Series: Kate Daniels #1
Narrator: Renée Raudman
Published by Tantor Audio on May 27, 2007
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 9 hours 6 minutes
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…(less)
I’d heard so many positives about this series I was worried my expectations were too high and it would be a letdown. By the end of the book, that feeling wasn’t anywhere near my emotional state.
Rather than talk about the details of the story, I’m focusing on the essence of it and certain elements that make this a standout book and series start. I’ll begin with the series namesake, Kate Daniels. She’s formidable as most UF heroines tend to be but in a very practical sense. Kate dresses for the part and you won’t find her in leathers or stiletto-heeled boots. Everything about her is calculated for success in life-threatening situations. She’s vulnerable, a bit cocky but not overly so. And, she’s still at a place where there’s more for her to learn about her skills. There’s mystery about her and we know just enough to want to discover more.
Then there’s this fantastic world that Andrews has created. Some of the beings and species introduced here are unique, at least foreign to me. The dystopian environment complicates matters and I’m still waiting to learn how Atlanta (and I assume the rest of the world) came to be this new order where magic and technology have this odd coexistence. I’ve also had to abandon my romanticism about vampires.
Then there’s the infamous Curran, the Beast Lord. You know he’s nothing to mess with but we are only treated to glimpses of his awesomeness. The interplay between Kate and Curran is akin to foreplay right now with just the right level of irreverence on both sides. You just know it’s going to be really good but we’ll have to wait awhile.
The narrator did a fantastic job of telling the story and giving voice to Kate. I’m not too crazy about her interpretation of Curran, though. Makes him sound old.
I’m excited about continuing this series and thrilled that all the hoopla about it wasn’t overblown. What held me back from giving it an A+ is the density of world building that almost, but not quite, overwhelmed me. The action is intense and sometimes brutal, the secondary characters even more intriguing. I’m SO glad I’ve got this whole series ahead of me in this format as it’s going to be a really interesting journey.
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