“… I might suggest the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. It’s artful mixing of magic and technology and realistic characterizations makes all the books a wonderful read. I stayed up four days straight finishing them.”
and Tanya says:
“Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels series is another very well written true urban fantasy. There’s romantic tension, but no action until later books.”
Tessa: I love the whole series, and can’t get enough of Curran. :-)
As per the author’s website:
The world has suffered a magic apocalypse. We pushed the technological progress too far, and now magic returned with a vengeance. It comes in waves, without warning, and vanishes as suddenly as it appears. When magic is up, planes drop out of the sky, cars stall, electricity dies. When magic is down, guns work and spells fail.
It’s a volatile, screwed-up world. Magic feeds on technology, gnawing down on skyscrappers until most of them topple and fall, leaving only skeletal husks behind. Monsters prowl the ruined streets, werebears and werehyenas stalk their prey; 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 sometimes even trained killers make friends and fall in love, and when the universe tries to kick them in the face, they kick back.
- Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, Book 1)
- Magic Burns (Kate Daniels, Book 2)
- Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels, Book 3)
- Magic Mourns (as found in the Must Love Hellhounds (Berkley Us) anthology) – it can also be purchased separately as an ebook here: Magic Mourns: A Companion Novella to Magic Strikes
- Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels, Book 4)
- Magic Dreams as found in the Hexed Anthology
- Magic Slays (Kate Daniels book #5)
- Magic Tests as found in the “An Apple for the Creature” Anthology (book # 5.3)
- Magic Gifts <— This novella takes place at the same time as Andrea’s book, right after MAGIC SLAYS, and the two stories intersect. “Magic Gifts” appears as a bonus in the back of Gunmetal Magic. (book # 5.4)
- Gunmetal Magic: A Novel in the World of Kate Daniels (Andrea’s book # 5.5)
- Retribution Clause as found in the Hex Appeal Anthology (book # 5.6)
- The Beginning of Magic (Kate Daniels)
- An Ill-Advised Rescue Part 1 (Kate Daniels #5.8) This is a deleted scene from Magic Rises offered for free on the author’s website.
- An Ill-Advised Rescue Part 2 - This is a deleted scene from Magic Rises offered for free on the author’s website.
- Magic Rises: A Kate Daniels Novel (book #6)
- Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels Book 7)