Review: Magic Gifts (Kate Daniels, #5.4) by Ilona Andrews

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“It’s all fun and games until the drunk Viking Santa shows up.” 

There’s not a lot of books where that quote ^^ would make sense, but it’s so typical of all that is this series, and I love it!

4 stars.

This novella continues the story of Kate Daniels, magical mercenary and all-round badass. It takes place during the same timeframe as Andrea’s book, Gunmetal Magic, and due to spoilers in this one, I’d recommend reading Andrea’s book first. This book also contains a big change for Kate’s world, so it’s definitely a necessary read for fans of the series.

The book begins with Kate and Curran attempting to have an actual ‘date’, only for them to witness a horrific death and then get caught up in investigating a mysteriously dangerous artefact, and working against the clock to save the life of a young boy. Full of all of the action, magic, violence, paranormal awesomeness and flat-out hilarity of Kate’s investigations, this latest adventure introduces loud and drunken Vikings to the mix, as well as a whole lot of undead involvement, continuing shifter politics, and lots of Curran time. Win!

And through it all Kate and Curran maintain the sarcastic snarkiness that I love so much about them.

“So the boy’s life is still in jeopardy,” Ghastek said.
Thank you, Captain Obvious.
“It’s being handled,” Curran said.
“I would like to be involved in that handling.”
“I’m sure you would,” Curran said. “It’s hard to believe, but I go whole days without worrying about your likes and dislikes.”

I love Kate and Curran individually, and together they are absolute gold! Unquestionably committed to each other, they have a brilliant dynamic, very much in love, but still full of the teasing banter that made up the beginning of their relationship.

“Mhm, Kate, the chief of security. Sexy. Who better to guard my body than the woman who owns it?”
“Curran, I will punch you.”
“Rough play.” Curran pretended to shiver in excitement

This is a great read which manages to be dramatic, full of violence and adventure, and still lots of fun.

I loved it – 4 stars.


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