Magic Gifts by Ilona Andrews

Magic Gifts is a Kate Daniels novella and is Ilona and Gordon’s Christmas gift to their fans. It’s available as a free download for two weeks after they uploaded it on Christmas day. Hurry and grab a copy if you haven’t downloaded it yet! Ilona and Gordon are so generous for giving their fans a freebie like this. I’ve seen some of the snippets for this novella on their blog and it’s great to see all the scenes come together to form a story. Magic Gifts occurs after Magic Slays and at the same as Gunmetal Magic, which is Andrea’s book and will be released next year. The Kate Daniels series is my favorite urban fantasy series and this might contain some spoilery bits for the earlier books. Check out my reviews through these links: Magic Bites, Magic Burns, Magic Strikes, Magic Bleeds, Magic Slays

Here’s the premise:

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 extreme prejudice, and drunk vikings are calling people out.

I think I’ve said it often enough but I have a feeling I will keep saying it over and over again: I will read anything written by Ilona and Gordon. I read this as soon as I downloaded a copy on my Kindle. I love their short stories because they feel like bite size snacks compared to their novels – delicious snacks that readers can gobble up in one sitting. In Magic Gifts, we get a glimpse of how things are between Kate and Curran. I think it’s awesome that their relationship keeps on developing. I like how their romance spans the entire series and even when they’re already together, the banter between them is still funny and sweet at the same time. And yet this novella isn’t just about the two of them. There’s a little bit of Andrea, Kate’s best friend and business partner, as well as their shapeshifter sidekicks: Derek and Ascanio. I can’t wait to read more about Andrea’s story and I’m really interested in seeing where things will go for her. There are also a few scenes with Jim, Kate’s former colleague in the Mercenary Guild and the head of security of the Pack. I thought Jim and Kate’s arguments were hilarious. Aside from the characters, I also like the worldbuilding in the whole series and how each book and novella focuses on a different mythology (and the magic tied to that culture). Magic Gifts is about Norse mythology and Vikings. All in all, a lovely Christmas treat for Kate Daniels fans. Thank you again, Ilona and Gordon!

14 thoughts on “Magic Gifts by Ilona Andrews

  1. Thanks for giving me the heads up on this.:) I actually found out about this because I saw on Goodreads that you and Tina were reading this yesterday. Will transfer it to my Kindle soon! I’ve missed reading about Kate and Curran.:)

    • I hope you get to read it soon! It’s a quick read because it’s just a novella but I loved it. Kate and Curran. ♥ This will tide us over until the next Kate Daniels reslease. πŸ™‚

  2. Ha, I was going to say the same thing as Celina – haven’t had time to catch up with blogs on my reader so I wouldnt have known about this without goodreads and seeing that you and Tina were reading it. *has downloaded*.

    • Good thing you still have enough time to go on Goodreads! I was surprised that there was already a page created for Magic Gifts over there and with several reviews already. Hope you get to read this soon, Janice. πŸ™‚

  3. Oh, this is another series that I haven’t had the chance to read yet. I’ve heard soooo much about it. I admit, I’m a bit intimidated by the book covers of this series :D. But this looks like my kind of fantasy series. πŸ˜€

    • Tin, I’ve noticed that you read epic fantasy more than urban fantasy but you should really make an exception for the Kate Daniels series. πŸ™‚ I used to think I wasn’t a fan of urban fantasy until I discovered Ilona Andrews. I keep meaning to read more books in the genre but the TBR pile isn’t letting me. πŸ˜› Anyway, these books are available in both Powerbooks and Fully Booked if you’re interested. Why are you intimidated by the covers?

      • I know. I think Harry Potter is the only urban fantasy I could think of, that I’ve read and liked. Although I have the entire Bartimaeus Trilogy on my TBR, I think that’s under urban fantasy as well. i’m looking forward to that. πŸ˜€

        I have this thing about “real people” photos on book covers, so I’m quite timid about picking up this book. But it’s a hang-up I can totally overlook. Especially since it has a kick-ass heroine in it. πŸ˜€

      • Hmm yeah, both Harry Potter and the Bartimaeus Trilogy are urban fantasy but they’re middle grade/YA and not adult urban fantasy. I tried a lot of YA urban fantasy before and didn’t like a lot of them (although I loved the two series that you mentioned) so I continued to read epic fantasy. Then I discovered that adult urban fantasy is more my kind of thing. πŸ™‚

        I don’t like real people in covers too but it’s not such a big deal for me. πŸ˜›

    • Forgot to mention Ghastek and Doolittle! But yeah, I like that we see so many of the secondary characters in this novella. I can’t wait to read Andrea’s book. πŸ™‚ I saw some of the snippets that they posted on their blog and they’ve made me more curious.

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