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Subject: Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
Date Posted: 6/25/2007 2:43 PM ET
Member Since: 9/21/2005
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This is a review off amazon.com:

This is one of the best-realized fantasy worlds I've encountered in a debut novel. Our heroine, Kate, lives in an alternate Atlanta, where magic and technology come in unpredictable waves. When her guardian is killed, she seeks out the murderer using some hilarious concepts of investigation.

If you are a paranormal romance reader, this book may not be for you. Despite its title, "Magic Bites" falls strongly on the fantasy end of the continuum. "Magic Bites" is both a very good fantasy and mystery and you can get easily drawn in--as long as you are not too disappointed there is not a strong romance line in the novel.

Another warning, if you are someone who thinks vampires are dead sexy, this book does not ascribe to this point of view. Vampires are nobody's erotic fantasy in this novel and that makes them particularly interesting.

World building is critical to the fantasy genre and Ms. Andrews has earned a 5 star rating just for that. The rules for her world are pretty clear and she sticks to them. She's obviously carefully considered the eventualities of phases where magic and technology rule the city and keeps things interesting with the changes she puts her characters through.

Kate is a well-realized and interesting character. She's someone you can empathize with and she's got a pretty darn good sense of humor. I see shades of Raymond Chandler in this book in the humor.

Also, Andrews resolves her mystery in this book, but leaves you with enough questions to want to read her next novel in this series. I, for one, hope the novel comes soon, but I think she will be well worth the wait.

I personally liked the book very much.

Date Posted: 6/27/2007 8:24 AM ET
Member Since: 4/22/2005
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I just finished Magic Bites. It was excellent.

Date Posted: 6/27/2007 3:39 PM ET
Member Since: 4/23/2005
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well crap.  i picked that up last week and then put it back down because I just wasn't sure about it.  I'll have to pick it up again.

Date Posted: 7/12/2007 12:28 PM ET
Member Since: 5/4/2006
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i just got this book and now i will have to read it next..lol

Date Posted: 7/12/2007 6:43 PM ET
Member Since: 4/23/2005
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Well I bought it last week and it's in my TBR mountain.  LOL  I figured if I kept picking it up everytime I went to the bookstore it was meant for me to read it.

Date Posted: 7/24/2007 11:49 PM ET
Member Since: 8/25/2006
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I have had several recommendations for this book. I purchased it used and devoured it. I really enjoyed it  and must now go do a re-read. I am hoping she has more set in the same world.