Series: Kate Daniels #1
Date Published: December 31st 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Private Investigators, Women Sleuths
Audiobook Narrator: Renee Raudman
Description: Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for magic…
One moment magic dominates, and cars stall and guns fail. The next, technology takes over and the defensive spells no longer protect your house from monsters. Here skyscrapers topple under onslaught of magic; werebears and werehyenas prowl through the ruined streets; and the Masters of the Dead, necromancers driven by their thirst of knowledge and wealth, pilot blood-crazed vampires with their minds.
In this world lives Kate Daniels. Kate likes her sword a little too much and has a hard time controlling her mouth. The magic in her blood makes her a target, and she spent most of her life hiding in plain sight.
But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, she must choose to do nothing and remain safe or to pursue his preternatural killer. Hiding is easy, but the right choice is rarely easy…
I’ve been hearing amazing things about the Kate Daniels series, and at one point I bought up a bunch of the books when they were Kindle Daily Deals. So I finally decided to stream the audio so I get a chance to read it and see what all the fuss is about.
Kate is pretty kick-ass, I’ll give everyone that. She loves her sword, Slayer, and has some magical blood that is quite powerful. She also runs her mouth too much and gets herself into trouble, and refuses to accept help from anyone. So she’s isn’t easy to like, but she grows on you.
Here is an example of Kate and her mouth:
” Diplomacy was never my strong suit and my patience had run dry. I crouched and called out, “Here, kitty, kitty, kitty.”
“Kitty, kitty?” asked a level male voice. “What kind of woman greets the Beast Lord with ‘here, kitty, kitty’?” he asked.
“One of a kind”. I murmured the obvious reply. “
The supporting characters are quite awesome as well. The Beast Lord is my personal favorite, as he is very loyal and respectable for a beastie. I kind of liked how all the beasties were “The Pack” and all the vamps were “The People”, and everyone had their own titles and, as usual, the different lines are at the brink of warring each other.
But the overall story? It was just a good Urban Fantasy plot. A good plot, no complaints, but it didn’t blow me away either. It was just right for the genre, but I was expecting more from a series everyone is in love with. I’m curious about the magic versus tech issues, but that was kind of secondary to Kate trying to find the killer of her guardian. That plot included a lot of dead ends and conflicting clues, later to more murders and a unique creature. But it still didn’t blow me away. Since this is only the first in a series it probably gets a lot better. I’ve learned not to let the first in a series sway me from reading the rest if the first was good but not great.