Review: Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews (@jessicadhaluska, @ilona_andrews)

Posted December 11, 2015 by Jessica in Jessica, Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 12 Comments

Review: Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews (@jessicadhaluska, @ilona_andrews)
Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #8.5
Published by Indie
Published on: December 8 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 64
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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Novella set in Kate Daniels world...
Derek Gaunt has no family and few friends. Scarred, solitary, he is the lone wolf who separated from his pack. When those close to him are murdered, he’ll stop at nothing to hunt their killer through magic-drenched Atlanta.
Soon Julie Olsen joins him and what begins as revenge turns into the race to save the city. Their search puts 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.

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A few things to know in advance:

1. You CANNOT skip this novella. I’m not saying that b/c LOVE the Andrews (which I bloody well do). I’m saying that b/c at least THREE major events take place in this book.

2. We finally get in Derek’s head. A lot of you have been concerned about Boy Wonder for awhile now. As the series progresses, he gets more and more withdrawn, more and more . . . cardboard. This is worrisome. We know the circumstances surrounding his entrance to the Pack, and, just like his face since the rakshasas got ahold of him in MAGIC STRIKES, they aren’t pretty.

What we didn’t know is how much harder he struggles for equilibrium than the average shapeshifter. How useless he feels now that he can no longer charm important information out of persons of interest for Pack security. How he’s reconciled himself to a Lone Wolf’s existence.

In MAGIC STARS, we learn all that and so much more.

3. We learn what Julie’s been up to. Besides learning to wield tomahawks and occasionally hanging out with Roland when Kate’s not looking.

Dollface has been BUSY.

Our story opens with Derek ambushing a group of men who killed a family Kate and co. did business with. It’s only his desire to know why these men murdered the Iveses that keeps him from slaughtering ALL of them as soon as he kicks their door down.

They were mercenaries hired to retrieve a rock for a warlock named Caleb Adams.

But they didn’t recover the rock. *whispers* Maybe b/c they killed the Iveses rather than asking them where it was. Eejits.

Whatever. Derek heads back to the Iveses’ home to look for it himself—If Caleb Adams wants it, Caleb Adams isn’t going to get it.

Caleb Adams is goin’ down.

Where does Julie come into all this?

Read it and find out. Suffice it to say that this is definitely a team effort, and, man alive, do they make an excellent team. *waggles eyebrows*

Mythology-wise, I loved the Fae feel of this novella’s obstacles. I suspect at least two of the creatures have their roots in Russian fairy tales (probably all three), but Fae-like creatures are Fae-like creatures no matter whence they hail.

But none of that matters, b/c you have to read it anyway.

If you read Kate Daniels, I don’t highly recommend this book . . . I INSIST you read it. And all the real fangirls (and boys) will. So next year, when you’re gearing up to read KATE #9, and you see a bunch of posts like, “OMG, what’s Hugh (<------hell yes, I did just name drop) going to do now that _______?!” or, “Is Julie going to tell Kate ________?” you won’t get to spew your righteous anger b/c spoilers, b/c NOT SPOILERS. Not if you’re current.

So get current. *winks*

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My name is Jessica and I live in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I’m trying my hand at writing, but mostly I read. My favorite genres are Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, and the YA versions of those genres, but if there is a book of a different color getting lots of buzz, I’ll read it too, just to be informed. If I’m not reading or writing, I’m probably on Goodreads or Pinterest or baking blueberry pies because I love them.



12 responses to “Review: Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews (@jessicadhaluska, @ilona_andrews)

  1. I was so excited to see this released a little earlier. I need to catch-up with the main books of the series (I think I’m about 2 behind) before diving into this one. So glad to hear this is a good one!

  2. Woohoo! I’m looking forward to reading this one, Jessica. Only 2 more books ahead of it…I think. Well 2 more books for sure – not certain about novellas. It’s so hard to figure out what I *must* read in this series. But 7 and 8 are on tap. Inside Derek’s head…goodness!