2007, Ace Books
263 pages, Paperback
Yunaleska's recommended rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
Summary from Ilona Andrews' website
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…
To say Kate has attitude is a bit of an understatement. I giggled a lot at her comments (not at the paperclip ones). She's definitely an intermediary for the necromancers and shapeshifters - one who doesn't have diplomatic immunity. Kate isn't without backup - her own magic, which surprises all who encounter her. She does get into tight situations and sometimes has to be saved by her new, tenuous alliances. Who wouldn't enjoy being friends with someone who shapeshifts into a lion? No one would mess with you at night :) Fast paced, witty and with compassion thrown in, Kate Daniel's is one character's story who I'll be following.
(This got a mini review because I'll be doing a full review of Ilona Andrews' latest work, On the Edge shortly, alongside with an interview from the husband and wife team).