Kate Daniels #1
by: Ilona Andrews
$6.99 mass market paperback
Released: April 2007
Kate isn't your average merc. She specializes in magical cleanups, and she's good at what she does. When her mentor winds up dead, she personally takes the case, vowing to avenge his murder.
The trail leads to a group of necromancers called the Masters of the Dead, but it turns out they've lost several of their numbers as well. When she realizes the local shapeshifter clan has had casualties as well, she begins to think something's fishy.
And lucky her, now she's caught in the middle of the two most powerful factions in Atlanta, both expecting her to work a miracle and help them solve their problems.
Just another day in the life of a merc.
This is book one of the series, and again I'm rereading them so I'm caught up for the new book release. In Kate's world, there are fluctuations between magic and technology that happen every couple days. When magic takes over, electricity and cars don't work, and the monsters come out to play. When tech takes over, wards fail and magic becomes useless. Vampires are no more than mindless bloodthirsty monsters controlled by the Masters of the Dead, necromancers who raise the creatures and pilot them like one would a remote control toy. The shifters are organized into the second largest pack in North America, and are led by the Beast Lord, a shifter who rules with an iron fist (or paw, haha). Kate is a tough as nails merc, whose grasp of magic goes way beyond what it should, making you wonder just what secrets she's hiding. She manages to get herself into all sorts of trouble, but the awesome thing is she can get herself out again. A loner by nature, she slowly starts to realize that being alone may not be the best thing for her after all.
There's something about these books that makes me forgo sleep to finish them. Can't put my finger on it, but I'd have to say the characters if you twisted my arm. They're amazing.
Carla gives this book a