Review: Magic Dreams (Kate Daniels, #4.5) by Ilona Andrews

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This is a great little extra to the Kate Daniels series featuring Jim, Alpha of the were-cats, and head of Security for Curran the Beast Lord, and Dali – half-blind, vegetarian, mystical were-tiger. It’s a quick story but it still contains the disgustingly gory and creepy violence that I have come to expect from these books, as well as a subtle romantic thread which I was very excited to see.

Dali is the Pack’s only magic user, so when Jim encounters dead shiftesr and general nastiness in one of the pack houses, he turns to Dali for help. And when they discover that Jim has fallen prey to the evilness at work, it’s up to Dali to take on an evil demon and save the day all on her own.

I really like Dali. She is quirky but super intelligent, and something between her and Jim has been hinted at in the previous books, so I loved this opportunity of getting to see them together up close and personal. They have a great relationship – respectful and easy, yet full of the sarcastic banter that I love about this series.

“You want me to go back into that house protected by a magic sticky note?”
“Don’t even start,” I told him. “It’s working. If it weren’t working, you couldn’t drag me into that place.”
“What did you write on here? ‘Don’t die’?”
No, I wrote, ‘Don’t be an a-hole!” I headed for the house.
“On yours or mine?”
“On yours”
“Well, in that case, your magic isn’t working. I’m still an asshole.” 

This story is told completely from Dali’s POV, and I enjoyed getting to know her better. I particularly liked getting Dali’s POV in beast form. She seems so innocent, and it’s a great contrast to the badassery that usually goes on in this series. That’s not to say that she’s not a badass, because she is – but in her own way. And when she is put to the test, she is prepared to risk all to save the man she loves (awwwww).

I really enjoyed this short story, and am looking forward to seeing things continue to develop for two of my favourite characters.

He came for me again. He could barely move, but he dragged himself up and threw himself at an enraged demon for my sake. It was enough to make a girl cry.

4 stars.


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