Tuesday 27 December 2011


Magic Gifts by Ilona Andrews
Book 5.4 of the Kate Daniels series

Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook

A dinner date after a hard day at work sounds heavenly. Of course, when that date is between the Beast Lord and Kate Daniels, things don’t go as planned. Before you know it, undead are running amok, heads are being chopped off, lawyers are deployed and used with extereme prejudice, and drunk vikings are calling people out.
Source: Info in the Synopsis was taken from the author's website at http://www.ilona-andrews.com/magic-gifts/ on 25/12/2011.

Thank you to Ilona Andrews for the Christmas gift of this wonderful Kate Daniels novella!!

My Thoughts:
In this story we meet a new character, Ivar... Could this be a new ally? Looks like its shaping up to be another fascinating personality... The image I have here is not really accurate, but close.

The story telling quality is 5 out of 5, as per usual! And I love the humour and banter between the characters! I think the humour between the pages is one of the most endearing feature in all the books of this husband and wife author. It sure makes any work by these authors very easy to read. The same with the world building. But then again I always found the world of Kate Daniels fabulous! I am a rabid fan after all!! So I understand the world and the nuances of it's culture, but I am not sure that a non-follower of this series can, just by reading this book. So to anyone new to this series or if you have not yet started reading this series, I don't recommend that you start with this book. It probably is not a good idea for you to read this book. I would suggest that a reader go into this series or start with Magic Bites, book 1. Keep in mind that this is a short story. Not much room for world building. However I am not objective enough to tell you for certain that the world building in this book alone is enough or not to be taken as a stand alone book.

Like I said this book is a short story, that means I got done reading this book in no time at all. That it actually felt like it was just a few minutes of reading pleasure! Pace? Quick. And the problem with that is, I wanted more and I have to wait for spring for the next one!!

Short quick read for Kate Daniels series fans.

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 4
Ending = 4
World building = 5
Cover art = 4.5
Pace = 5

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

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FTC Disclosure:
This short novella ebook was downloaded for free from the author's website at http://www.ilona-andrews.com/magic-gifts/ on 25/12/2011. No money received for this review.


  1. I'll wait and read this one until I have read book 4 and 5, but at least I got it :D

  2. Blodeuedd - It would make more sense if you read the books chronologically since subsequent books talks about events in previous books. But download it now because it is only free for a limited time.

  3. I think of all the things anyone could have thought of to have given us as a Christmas present this one ranks right up there at the top of my happy to get list!

    I got my copy now if only there were more hours in the day, thanks for whetting my appetite Cherry it is good to know that once again with all the authors have going on that they gave us another wonderful story featuring Kate! (no matter how short)

  4. jackie b central texas - Yeah, I think it's so wonderful of Ilona and Gordon to give this to us as present! :)

  5. Oh, I had to get this one even thought I'm not that far in the series yet. I know I'll get there. :) Sounds like a great short story! Thank you!


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