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When magic is up, electricity dies, cars stall, and skyscrapers tumble; when it's down, phones and guns work, and defensive spells can't protect your house from the creatures who stalk the streets. Equally dangerous are the competing factions of The Pack - a highly organized and military clan who governs Atlanta's were-bears, -wolves, and -hyenas - versus the Masters of the Dead, power and knowledge-hungry necromancers whose minds control hordes of blood-crazed vampires.

This is home to Kate Daniels, a mercenary who investigates when things get out of hand. Kate likes her sword a little too much and has a hard time controlling her mouth. But when her guardian is murdered, she must choose between doing nothing and staying safe, or pursuing the dangerous entity who killed him. Kate is way out of her league; but who ever said the right choice was easy?

©2007 Ilona Gordon and Andrew Gordon (P)2009 Tantor Audio

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Hard work to begin with but well worth the effort

Ilona Andrews is a new author for me but I will certainly be listening to more of her work

This book is the first of the Kate Daniels series and has a few problems to begin with - its almost as if you had missed a book and started with book 2 and I found it hard to follow - in fact had to go back and re-listen to the first couple of hours before I really got it and still feel like I missed some bits, but then the book gets going and its hard to put down.

Our heroine is a great character who really grew on me. Starting as a loner but she gradually bonds with a few others who will doubtless feature in future books. I have high hopes for the series being a good one.
Similarities to Jane Yellowrock or Mercy Thompson are definitely there

I liked the narration which seemed well suited to the book and I loved the story, it wasn't at all clear how this was going to pan out until well into the book but was gripping once the action really started.

Different take on Vampires in this book - definitely they are different creatures to the normal ones in this genre.

The book itself is a complete story but obviously there are more books in the series and I will be downloading book two shortly to see where this this takes Kate and hope I have found a new series to keep me going for a while


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  • Trevor
  • 25-04-17

i really enjoyed

both the story and the narrator. Kate is an awesome character who combines sass and intelligence.

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  • Sarah (Feeling Fictional)
  • 16-03-17

A brilliant start to the series

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I've been a huge fan of the Kate Daniels series for years now and it honestly gets better and better with every book. There aren't many series that I reread on an annual basis but this one is always top of that list.

Kate is a brilliant main character, she starts out as quite a loner but quickly gains friends and allies as the series continues. I love that she's fierce, determined and incredibly protective of the people she cares about. This series also has some of the best side characters you'll ever come across, they're all so vivid personalities that it's impossible not to care about them.

This series is full of action, Ilona Andrews is constantly finding unusual mythologies to dip into to add depth to her world building, there are plenty of humorous moments to lighten the tone when the story turns darker and the characters are absolutely fantastic.

What does Renée Raudman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I'm still fairly new to audiobooks so this was the first time I've listened to this book (even though I've read my print copy 4 times previously!) but I enjoyed Renee Raudman's narration and liked hearing the characters brought to life.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I tend to get easily distracted when reading audiobooks but this one held my attention from beginning to end. I was making excuses to find activities where I could spend time listening to the story.

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  • Nina
  • 04-02-17

Fantastic Series

I saw this series on audible and it had so many good reviews I bought the first two books so that I could start at the beginning and I was not disappointed. This series is incredible, Kate is a badass but one you like, you never know what is going to happen. You stay at the edge of your chair or in your mind waiting to see what will happen, you can't guess. It keeps you enthralled. Kates father is several thousand years old, (Spoiler Alert) He killed her mother and tried to kill her at birth. She has in essence in the first book been in hiding so that he can't find her but events come into play that out her. She is friend to the pack, The largest group of shape shifters in the country. The world in in upheaval, it fluctuates between magic and tech and the people never know when it will change. She meets Curran the beast Lord and boom chemistry. But they have alot of animosity towards each other. He gives her Dereck to act as a body guard. He turns into a wolf. But Kate has her own remarkable traits, she can make her blood turn into body armer or a weapon. She has been trained all her life as a warrior so that one day she can go against her father. I loved Kate, Curran, Dereck, Julie, Angela, et.al. they are like a family. You will never know what is going to happen. Read this series, you won't be sorry.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-02-17

Extremely slow to begin

I almost returned this a few times but stuck with it. I did not love this book. It was just ok and hope the second is better.

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  • leo frediani
  • 19-04-17

Fun story, questionable pronunciation

I'm a long-time Ilona Andrews fan. This book was just as entertaining as their others, though it seemed like they read several Anita Blake books just before writing it and borrowed heavily from that style. The narrator's accent was inconsistent, but that wasn't the worst part. For the love of god, please make sure your narrator can say the word "wolf" before giving her a book predominately about werewolves, or you'll have a book about "werewoofs" instead.

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  • YouKnowMyName
  • 03-06-17

Ok... I'm hooked!

First off, I absolutely LOVE the reader. she has such a variety of voices and they mesh well with each character, bringing them to life. you can picture each one as if you've met them with their unique personalities. Then the author.... not enough words can describe how I feel about them! this book has got me hooked and I'm eager to see how it plays out. On to the next one!

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  • FemDragon
  • 23-03-18

Looking forward to the next

I liked it. I do feel like I should listen to it again. I think there were some things I didn't pick up on in the beginning, but that's a good thing.

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  • Stevan
  • 17-03-18

I was surprised

When I got this audiobook I wasn't expecting anything. the book started. an I was entranced by a mystery, that kept me in till the end.

recommend this book to all.

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  • Erik Merickel
  • 12-01-18

A good solid start

This is an interesting introduction to a neat post-modern world where magic is making it's chaotic return. Or I guess has returned. I'm interested to see where the story goes. I struggle with some of the writings pacing, as it stumbles when translated to speech, but that may be due to poor editing in places. Several times I found myself stumbling over transitions and having to relisten or look it up in whispersinc. Still an interesting listen. Voice actress does a good job with all her different voices and personality.

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  • Rhiannon
  • 13-11-17

A little of everything

I was hesitant to pick this book because i love the series and was worried I wouldn’t like the performance. I listened to the clip probably 3 times before I decided to try it anyway. Glad I did, you don’t get the full effect in the sample clip but it’s because the performer speaks with a soft southern accent, which is great as this is in the south. Anyway, she does great and I can’t wait until the rest of the series is out. This series has a bit for everyone, fantasy, violence, love, etc.
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