Friday, December 18, 2015

Review: Magic Stars

Magic Stars (Kate Daniels, #8.5, Grey Wolf, #1)Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels, #8,5
Released: December 8th 2015
Publisher: NYLA
Length: 64 pages
Source: Publisher for review
Buy: Amazon

From award-winning author, Ilona Andrews, an original novella, set in the New York Times #1 bestselling Kate Daniels World and featuring fan-favorites, Derek, and Curran and Kate’s very independent ward, Julie. 
Scarred, solitary Derek Gaunt has separated from his Pack, and is truly a lone wolf. With no family he answers to no one; but is fiercely loyal to a chosen few. So, when several of those close to him are murdered, he’ll stop at nothing to hunt their killer through the magic-drenched streets of Atlanta. 
Never one to be left on the sidelines, equally determined—some might say stubborn—Julie Lennart-Olsen soon joins in his pursuit; and what began as revenge turns into a race to save the city. Their search pits them against powers they never imagined and magic so old, it predates history. It may cost Derek his life, but there are things for which even he would risk everything.

It’s not Christmas just yet, I know, but doesn’t it feel like it every time Ilona and Gordon publish something new? Yes, yes it does. Magic Stars came somewhat unexpectedly, having been kept secret until about a month ago, and the second we learned the protagonist, we were collectively consumed by an overwhelming feeling of pure joy. After all, Derek Gaunt deserves no less, and neither does our Julie.

Finally, we get a glimpse of Boy Wonder from up close. We’ve been waiting a long time for it, and it’s easy to understand why. Derek’s head is a dark place and his voice must have been very difficult to achieve. Even now, we only get 3rd person narrative, albeit a very insightful, intimate one. Looking back on his life and how he came to be a member of the Pack, it’s a wonder than he stayed not only relatively sane, but loyal and kind-hearted above all.

Magic Stars is relatively short, but it packs a strong punch. What starts as a vicious murder and a hunt for revenge ends up being a much more dangerous plot against Atlanta. Derek and Julie are the only ones standing between the city and total destruction and as usual, they do so fiercely and with heaps of sarcastic remarks.

Aside from being filled with action, Magic Stars brings new on the romance front, just a tiny hint of something I’ve been hoping for for a very long time. With these two, a mere hint is enough, a subtle promise of more to follow somewhere down the line. I’m sure it won’t be simple or easy, but that’s half the fun. Whichever way the tide turns, Ilona and Gordon will make it endlessly entertaining.

There are just two words one can say after a novella like Magic Stars. You all know them, you all say them often enough. MORE, PLEASE.

A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher for review purposes. No considerations, monetary or otherwise, have influenced the opinions expressed in this review.


  1. I know so many people who have loved this UF series, Glass and Melanie, and now I seriously need to get in on this series. I haven't enjoyed much UF fantasy for a while apart from really the grim reaper series. I'm so glad after so many books it continues to be great. Lovely review, Maja!

  2. that axe wielding girl looks like she's ready for anything! it's not bad review

  3. Seriously. I need to make a more concerted effort to read their books! Specially this Kate Daniels series!

  4. I'm really loving the KD series so far, and I can't wait to read this!

  5. I just started reading this and I already love it. When I saw it had Derek I couldn't resist.

  6. This was an unexpected surprise and I loved this story, too, Maya! Getting more inside into Derek's head and getting a taste of what will be (because that romance HAS to happen!) was such a treat. Julie is turning into quite the badass! Kate is training her well. :)

  7. I can't wait to read this! I'm so bummed that's it's only 64 pages, because yeah, I want more! I've also been wondering about the subtle romance hint between Derek and Julie. I do love Boy Wonder!

  8. I need to read this. I have thought that Derek and Julie were meant to be since they met.

  9. I SO need to read this series! I was wondering about this book because the cover looks a bit different but it makes sense to me now.

  10. Ilona Andrews just makes my day. Seriously. Need to catch up on the last few books in the series, but I know I'm in for an absolute treat!

  11. Glad to hear that the romance brought something you had been hoping for.

  12. Oh YES! So need to get to this one. I want to catch up before I do, but reviews like this are making it hard to wait! Bad blogger! ;)

  13. I still need to start this series, and the more reviews you write about it, the more I know I NEED to get started already!
    Great review Maja!

  14. I was so happy to have a novella in the KD world! And I'm glad to see you had a great time with this one too! It was a lot of fun right? Loved to see Derek and Julie!

  15. Great review. I'm so excited to read this one!

  16. Sounds like a great novella, Maja. And the Ilona Andrews trademark pretty much guarantees quality escapism :) Lovely review, you!

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