->''Chicks in leather with guns and swords and monsters who love them.''
-->--'''Ilona Andrews'''' Website/{{Twitter}}

''Kate Daniels'' is an UrbanFantasy series written by husband and wife team Ilona Andrews, authors of ''Literature/TheEdge'' series. The series has repeatedly made the ''New York Times'' bestselling list. The main series is set to have ten books in total with multiple spin-off novels, novellas, and short stories.

When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up these magical problems. But when Kate's guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}}'s magic circles.

The Masters of the Dead, necromancers who can control vampires, and the Pack, a paramilitary clan of shapechangers, blame each other for a series of bizarre killings--and the death of Kate's guardian may be part of the same mystery. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she's way out of her league--but she wouldn't have it any other way...

Has a [[Characters/KateDaniels Character]] page in need of love.

!!Books in the series:

# ''Magic Bites''
# ''Magic Burns''
# ''Magic Strikes''
# ''Magic Bleeds''
# ''Magic Slays''
# ''Magic Rises''
# ''Magic Breaks''
# ''Magic Shifts''
# ''Magic Binds''
# ''Magic Triumphs'' (upcoming)

!!Assorted other material:

* "Magic Mourns" in ''Must Love Hellhounds''--starring Andrea Nash
* "Magic Dreams" in ''Hexed''--starring Dali Harimau
* "Retribution Clause" in ''Hex Appeal''--starring Adam Talford
* ''Gunmetal Magic''--starring Andrea Nash
* "Magic Tests" in ''An Apple for the Creature''--starring Julie Olsen
* "A Questionable Client" in ''Dark and Stormy Knights''--Kate's first meeting with Saiman
* "An Ill-Advised Rescue" as a bonus in ''Magic Rises''--featuring Kate, Derek and Saiman
* "Magic Steals"--a novella featuring Jim and Dali, set during ''Magic Rises''
* "Magic Gifts"--as a bonus in ''Gunmental Magic''


* ActionGirl: Kate Daniels with her CoolSword and throwing knives, Andrea Nash with her guns. Not surprising in a post-apocalyptic society. Also the many of the female members of the Pack, especially the Clan alphas.
* ActuallyNotAVampire: In the first book, a guy she meets and dates briefly is set up to be the MonsterOfTheWeek. He isn't. It's really, really awkward.
* AfterTheEnd: Most of the human population was destroyed during the first magic flare, when monsters flooded back into the world and magic reduced skyscrapers to rubble.
* AllAPartOfTheJob: Kate Daniels works two jobs, one at the Mercenary's Guild killing magical nasties and one at the Order of Merciful Aid, keeping the peace and tracking down serial killers. She mourns that she can't even have a pet because she's never home often enough to keep it alive, she's perpetually in dismal financial circumstances. She's constantly being injured, brushing up against death three times in three books. Later it's revealed that she was offered a job with the elite Red Guard for very good money, but turned it down because it's too boring to sit around and wait for someone else to attack you. She'd prefer to be out there hunting down the bad guy. However, later in the series she has [[spoiler:become a private detective financed by the Pack, and has a much more settled home life with Curran]].
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Kate and her father Roland. Justified in that Roland, being over five thousand years old, predates all modern concepts of ethnicity or race.
* AngstComa: In the fourth book, [[spoiler:Curran for 11 days before he recovers]]. See below.
** [[spoiler:Doolittle briefly in ''Magic Rises''.]]
* AntiMagicalFaction: The Lighthouse Keepers.
* AnythingThatMoves: Saiman can morph his body into any form he wants. [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou He unsuccessfully tries to seduce Kate because he's never been rejected]].
** Male teenage boudas will go for almost anything. Older females think this is cute, most others disagree.
** Becomes an issue for Andrea with regards to Raphael. She can't see that he truly is in love with her because she feels that, as [[spoiler:beast-kin]], she's just TWTIHFY, "That Weird Thing I Haven't [[PrecisionFStrike Fucked]] Yet" to him.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: InUniverse. Offically, Norse Heritage exists to "preserve Scandinavian cultural traditions." In reality, it's mainly about getting drunk and rowdy while wearing horned helmets.
* UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}}: The post-apocalyptic kind.
* AxCrazy: Shapeshifters who lose the internal battle for sanity become loups, mindless bloodlusting creatures who like their cannibalism with a side order of rape.
* BackToBackBadasses: Kate and Hugh D'Ambray in ''Magic Rises'' while fighting the ochokochi. Made all the more badass because they are enemies who were raised and trained by the same man.
* BadassBoast:
** Curran gets an epic one in the fifth book:
--->"Youíre free to leave. Go home, kiss your wives, hug your children, and put your affairs in order, because tomorrow I will burn your neighborhood to the ground. We will kill you, your families, your neighbors, your pets, and anyone who will stand in our path. An attack on my family will not go unpunished."
** Kate makes a nonverbal one to a hardened elite ex-military hired guard:
--->''I would kill you in an instant with no hesitation.''
--->A slow recognition rolled over Hendersonís face.
** Kate, again, at the end of the fourth book:
--->"...know this: if you come to remove me, come in force, because if you to separate me from him, I will kill every single one of you. My hand won't shake. My aim won't falter. My face will be the last thing you'll see before you die."
** Andrea in ''Gunmetal Magic'':
--->"Listen well, because I won't be repeating myself, you racist prick. If you make any trouble for me or my people, I'll hunt you down like the pig you are and carve a second mouth across your gut. They'll find you hanging by your own intestines. The next time you hear something laugh and howl in the night, hug your family, because you won't see the sunrise."
* BattleCouple: Curran and Kate. Later Andrea and Raphael. Also, the clan Alphas.
* BeastMan: The stronger shapeshifters can develop a warrior form, halfway between their human and beast forms.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Kate and Curran. Andrea and Raphael.
* BetaCouple: Andrea and Raphael. Dali and Jim.
* BigEater: The shapeshifters eat a lot to fuel their transformations.
* {{Bishounen}} - Raphael, Ascanio and Derek. [[spoiler:The latter only until ''Magic Strikes'']].
* BloodMagic:
** Blood wards are magic circles drawn in the caster's blood, and they draw their strength from the blood itself.
** Magic itself seems deeply interwoven with a person's blood, which is why Kate can't afford to lose hers.
** Kate, her aunt and her father are all capable of creating blood armor.
* BoomerangBigot: [[spoiler:Leslie Wren, a werelynx who goes rogue in the fifth book]].
* CharacterDevelopment: Kate begins the series as a mouthy, immature loner. As time passes, she learns to bite her tongue and apologize for her words, she stops putting her ego first, and she acquires some friendships that are very important to her.
* ChekhovSGun: The essay on [[spoiler:''Upir'']] that [[spoiler:Bono]] gave Kate before the start of ''Magic Bites''.
* CoolSword: Slayer. Minor character Rene has a poisonous rapier that's a lot like Slayer.
** [[spoiler:In ''Magic Breaks'', Sarrat. Both Slayer and Sarrat are made from ''the bones of Kate's grandmother''.]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Kate, Curran, Derek, and Andrea all have horrifically abusive childhood trauma and carry the baggage with them.
* DeadpanSnarker: A lot of characters, but we mostly hear Kate snark because we're in her head. About the only one who doesn't fit this trope is Grendel, and he's a shaved poodle.
* TheDeterminator: Kate and Curran both. [[spoiler:In particular, when Curran charges into a flying palace full of thousands of armed Rakshasas in the middle of a magic jungle]].
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Kate faces off against divinity several times. To wit, a Babylonian plague god, and a Celtic demon-crow...thing. Also, the Morrigan shows herself to be wary of Kate, withdrawing with a promise that they won't meet again after Kate threatens her.
* DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: And before she punches out the Babylonian plague god, Kate and said god have tea and a nice chat about strategy. [[spoiler:And their family]].
* DivorceRequiresDeath: Wolves mate for life, and so clan Wolf doesn't believe in divorces. Ever.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: One of the defining characteristics of Dali Harimau. As she has a shapeshifter's HealingFactor, she considers crashing to be merely inconvenient. Her passengers and nearby pedestrians disagree.
-->'''Jim:''' You're legally blind, you can't pass the exam to get a license, and you drive like shit. You're a menace.
* EatingTheEyeCandy: Kate [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial totally doesn't wax poetic]] about Curran. More literally, her preferred response to the MaleGaze is to do the exact same back at whoever's doing it.
** Andrea does this quite a lot as well. Really, if a woman is the POV character, expect a lot of this in the internal monologue.
* EmpathicWeapon: You know Kate's really angry when Slayer starts smoking.
* EnemyMine: Several times the competing factions of the Atlanta magical community have had to come together to overcome a threat--the Lighthouse Keepers in the fifth book is perhaps the best example as virtually every single powerful faction was there.
* EvilParentsWantGoodKids: Surprisingly, [[spoiler: ''Roland'']]. Unfortunately, he's never managed to pull it off no matter how hard he tries, just because of who he is as a person.
* [[EvilUncle Evil Aunt]]: [[spoiler:Erra is Roland's sister and thus Kate's aunt]].
* FantasticRacism: Tons.
** Rakshasas hate shapeshifters. They despise both animals and humans and thus consider shapeshifters to be twice as bad.
** Ted, Kate's boss, claims Kate betrayed humanity by helping the shapeshifters in the Midnight Games [[spoiler:and eventually causes her to quit]]. Kate states that the Order is completely and unrepentantly racist.
** The Pack themselves have some who believe beastkin--children of animal-weres--should be slaughtered at birth. Some of the Pack believe that people who aren't shapeshifters will never be qualified to become an Alpha.
** The Lighthouse Keepers against all magical beings.
** Hugh D'Ambray thinks shapeshifters are so sub-human they don't even feel real love.
* FacePalm: Kate's been known to gently beat her head against a wall, especially after talking to the Beast Lord.
* FurAgainstFang: The People (the vampires) and the Pack (the shapeshifters) are in a constant state of tension. Given the way the story is being built up regarding Roland's intentions in Atlanta, this is where it seems to be headed.
* GagEcho: In ''Magic Rises'', when George is trying to use whiskey to [[HealItWithBooze disinfect Kate's wounds]], Kate adamantly refuses and we get this from Desandra: "Do you need me to hold her down, because I can totally do that." A few minutes later, Kate says the same to Desandra when Desandra refuses to change out of her blood-stained and dirty clothes while helping clean up the aftermath of the fight in Doolittle's room.
* GladiatorGames: The Midnight Games. They're a major part of the plot of the third book.
* AGlassInTheHand: In ''Magic Bleeds'', Kate is on the phone with Saiman after he tried to seduce her away from Curran. Curran listens to their conversation with a blank face while slowly rolling his plate into a tube. His ''metal'' plate. Kate has to explain the screeching noise as "construction". When Curran finally sets it down, it's been compacted into a ball an inch across.
* GlorySeeker: In the first book, Curran accuses Kate of being this because she doesn't accept how neatly the case wraps up. He thinks she's just trying to come up with another bad guy because she likes playing in the big leagues with everyone listening to her.
* GoingNative: Normally averted with shapeshifters, who either [[TheFettered go Code]] or [[AxCrazy go loup]]. Some, however, become like animals and have to [[MercyKill be put down]] because they can infect other animals and humans with [[TheVirus Lyc-V]].
* TheHedonist: Saiman. To his credit, he doesn't even try denying it.
* HealItWithBooze: George tries to do this to Kate's wounds after being attacked in Doolittle's room. Kate will have none of it as it doesn't really help with the healing.
* HealingFactor: Lyc-V does this for all shapeshifters. Various other people and creatures have this as well.
* HeroicBSOD: Kate suffers one in the fifth book when [[spoiler:she learns that her mother used magic to force her adoptive father into helping her, and that said adoptive father did not care for her as much as his revenge against her biological father]].
* HeroicSacrifice: Several times by various characters. [[spoiler:Kate tries twice, but is rescued both times by Curran. Corwin dies protecting Derek. Bran dies rescuing Julie for Kate. Aunt B dies so Raphael and Andrea could get away]].
* HornyScientist: Saiman always wants to bed Kate in return for him helping her out.
* HowDoIShotWeb: Kate struggles to gain control over several powers during the course of the series, most importantly the Words of Power and her innate blood magic.
* InterspeciesRomance: Kate and Curran. Technically [[spoiler:Raphael and Andrea]].
* KnightTemplar: Ted. Probably true of a lot of the Order.
* LadykillerInLove: Curran to Kate and Raphael to Andrea.
* LanguageOfMagic: The ancient tongue the Words of Power are taken from.
* MagicalIncantation: Words of Power, acquired in a do-or-die contest of willpower.
* {{Magitek}}: some technologies are supplemented with magic, such as feylanterns and electric lights or cars modified to run on magic-infused water.
* MidBattleTeaBreak: The BigBad in the fourth book visits Kate's apartment and actually has tea with her before they continue fighting.[[spoiler:Since said BigBad is both her aunt and a psychopath, she wanted to spend time with her niece before she had to kill her]].
* MindRape: The BigBad of book four has a puppet who inflicts this. [[spoiler:She hits Curran with it to screw with Kate and causes him to [[GoingNative go wild]] before falling into an AngstComa for a bit]].
* {{Mundangerous}}: In the first book, Kate and her allies are gearing up for a potential battle. The Beast Lord explains that the werewolf Alpha is absent because he broke a bone due to "LEGOS". At first Kate is confused, trying to remember a Greek monster or spell that might have disabled a werewolf, before the Beast Lord clarifies that the wolf tripped over his kid's toys and fell down the stairs.
* MultitaskedConversation: In ''Magic Rises'', Derek and Kate have one of these in Desandra's room so that Kate can let Derek know that a vampire is listening in on their conversation.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: [[spoiler:Lorelei Wilson]], in ''Magic Rises'', wants to do this. [[spoiler:At first she tries subterfuge to win Curran, then outright challenges Kate. She is told to shut up and sit down before she gets herself killed]].
* MysteriousProtector: Naeemah is a strange variant--[[spoiler:she was hired by [[TheDragon Hugh d'Ambray]] to protect Kate until he could be certain she was Roland's daughter, but she doesn't like Hugh and may protect Kate after their contract is over if Kate proves herself worthy of it in some way]].
* NamedWeapons: Slayer has many names, including Wolfripper.
** The Blood Weapons created by [[BigBad Roland]].
* NonhumanHumanoidHybrid: [[spoiler:Andrea]] has much angst about being one of these.
* OccultDetective: Kate isn't formally trained as one, but she's in a politically convenient enough place that she ends up getting the job. [[spoiler:Later, she becomes a P.I. instead]].
* OffingTheOffspring:
** The near-immortal necromancer currently known as Roland will not tolerate a living child who would inherit his BloodMagic, as they generally use this magic to try to kill him, each other, and anyone else they have issues with.
** A large problem for shapeshifters. Children aren't born knowing the Code, and so have lots of chances to go loup. As many as one in four go loup by puberty. It's worse for wolves: one in 10 goes loup ''at birth''.
* OurWerebeastsAreDifferent: Shapeshifters are humans or animals infected with the Lycos Virus, engaged in a constant struggle to stay sane. They can be fully human or fully animal, and those with a high degree of control can take on a monstrous in-between state known as the warrior form, combining the two for maximum lethality. The leader of the Pack is a werecat. He can change into a lion, but not just any lion; he turns into a North American cave lion, an extinct species which is half again as big as a modern lion. Additional werebeasts include werebears, werebuffalos, wererats, werehyenas, werebadgers, pretty much all kinds of mammals. On top of that, the virus goes both ways, giving animals the ability to turn human, though they usually have to be killed. Very rarely, a werebeast and a beastwere can produce offspring, resulting in a beastkin, with an in-between form that is a seamless blend of human and animal, in contrast to a werebeast's warrior form.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Vampires are mindless with hunger and no longer have any semblance of personality. They can be piloted by necromancers, but, left to their own devices, they would kill until there was nothing left to kill but themselves. As with the werebeasts, vampirism is caused by a virus.
* {{Panacea}}: Used to save shapeshifters from going full loup, it's incredibly hard to get a hold of. Curran had offered $300,000 to anyone who could teach the Pack how to make it. [[spoiler:Hugh D'Ambray]] arranges for Kate and Co. to go into a pretty obvious trap just for the chance to get enough panacea to protect the Pack's young for a single ''year''. [[spoiler:As of the end of ''Magic Rises'', the Pack is now in possession of Christopher, whom Kate rescued at random from Hugh, who makes batches of Panacea of incredible potency and who is passing that knowledge onto Kate and to the rest of the Pack]].
* PhysicalGod: [[spoiler:Erra]]. Roland by implication. [[spoiler:Kate will be, too, when she gains control of all her powers]].
* PoliceAreUseless: Generally played straight, especially when the Lighthouse Keepers seem intent on committing mass murder with impunity.
* RealityEnsues: OnceAnEpisode, Kate and Curran try and [[GoodOldFisticuffs beat the stuffing out of each other]]. Kate doesn't ''always'' lose because the fights rarely make it to an actual conclusion, but Curran tends to end in a much better position than she does, because he's a head taller than her, twice her weight, and has SuperStrength and a HealingFactor. In these fights, Kate is little more than well-trained and irritable [[spoiler:and she doesn't unleash her BloodMagic against him]].
* RoaringRampageOfRescue: When Kate is captured by rakshasas, Curran and the rest of the shifters embark on one to rescue her.
* SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler:Erra is a girl, though the ancient poem that describes her says she's a he]].
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: "God help you if you offend the Pack, because they didn't need a K-9 unit to find you."
* ScienceDestroysMagic: Seems to work both ways: Technology destroys magic and magic causes technology to fail.
* SilverHasMysticPowers: Silver prevents lycanthropes from healing and is incredibly painful. Its mystical properties and mundane antimicrobial properties prevent the virus from working.
* SupernaturalGoldEyes: Shapeshifters' eyes change from human to animal when they're upset or losing control. Kate often refers to Curran's eyes as molten gold or fiery yellow when he's angry.
* TemptingApple: [[spoiler:Thanatos brings Kate some apples of immortality because he can't find anyone else able to eat them without causing some nasty side effects and eating them is the only reliable way to dispose of them. Kate makes Curran an apple pie with them because he can eat them too]].
* ThroughHisStomach: Shapeshifters use food to show affection and announce protection.
* TrainingFromHell: The reason Kate is such an expert swordswoman.
* UncannyValley: The Reapers, human-like enough to fool m-scanners, not enough to fool Kate.
* TheVirus: Two: one makes shapeshifters, the other makes vampires.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: The shapeshifters can switch at will between their human forms, their halfway warrior forms, and their animal forms.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Andrea/Raphael & Kate/Curran. The former is seemingly resolved by the third book. [[spoiler:The latter is resolved later in the fourth book. Meanwhile, Raphael is hurt by the fact Andrea chose to stay with the Order while Kate went off to help the Pack. They make up and get back together in ''Gunmetal Magic'']].
* WordsCanBreakMyBones: Kate [[TookALevelInBadass levels up]] early in the first book when she learns her first few Words of Power.
** Quite literally with "kneel!", if enough power is invested.