And the life of man, solitary, poore, nasty, brutish, and short. – Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan
After reading a bunch of disappointing urban fantasy, I returned to the Kate Daniels series to remind myself how it should be done.
The Kate Daniels series is a combination of urban fantasy and post-apocalypse. The setting is a familiar urban landscape, Atlanta, made foreign by the apocalyptic return of magic to the world. Magic once ruled the world, but faded, allowing technology to take precedence. A few decades before the series begins, magic returns, throwing the world into chaos. Magic comes in waves, alternating unpredictably with technology. The return of magic, brings legendary creatures and gods, shape-shifters and vampires to the world. The world has become unpredictable and violent. Society has become balkanized. Long distance travel has become difficult and long distance communication less certain. Guns are unreliable, making swords and hand-to-hand combat more relevant. A few spoilers for previous books and this book follow after the break. Continue reading