Very Satisfying! Magic Steals by Ilona Andrews

Posted November 24, 2014 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 12 Comments

I received this book for free from Author, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Very Satisfying! Magic Steals by Ilona AndrewsMagic Steals by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #6.5
Narrator: Angela Dawe
Published by Tantor Audio on November 25th 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: eARC
Source: Author, Publisher
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four-stars

Shapeshifting tigress Dali Harimau may be a powerful healer and magic user, but she’s far from what might be called “normal”. She dislikes the violence and bloodshed that are a way of life for most of her kind, even going so far as to become a vegetarian. The last thing she wants is trouble...

Jim Shrapshire is an original, hardcore badass. A jaguar shifter, he’s been tasked with keeping Atlanta’s Cat Clan in line, which he does with swift and lethal force when necessary. His only soft spot is for the petite Dali, whose kindness he calls upon when he is injured.

When Dali is approached by a desperate woman whose grandmother has vanished, Jim is concerned enough to help investigate. But what they find may just be the end of them—an enemy whose skill in the dark arts is matched only by their willingness to kill anyone in their way...

Magic Steals was originally published in the anthology Night Shift.

SWOON  wellwritten  magical

MAGIC STEALS is Jim and Dali’s story and is told through Dali’s POV.

Imagine a 100 lbs tigershifter that gets sick at the smell of blood and is a veteran. That would be Dali, the blind tigershifter that loves racing her cars no matter how many she wrecks.

Jim is a werejaguar and acts as the Pack’s Chief of Security. As Dali puts it, Jim is a badass who wrote a book for badasses on how to be a badder badass.

Dali has very low self-esteem (but is not whiny!). She doesn’t see herself like those close to her do and it’s heartwarming to see her realize that her mom and Jim see her as she should see herself. A strong and beautiful woman. There is a scene between Dali and her mother where they talk about Jim (well Dali’s mother talks and Dali listens) that makes the hard ass Jim we’ve all come to love, swoon worthy.

I really enjoyed seeing another side to Jim. And watching him and Dali work together to solve a mystery and get their HEA.

MAGIC STEALS is a must read for Ilona Andrews fans!

 

Narration:

I was bummed to find out that Renee Raudman was not the narrator for MAGIC STEALS. I felt like I was cheating on her by listening to this novella since Renee narrates all of Ilona Andrew’s books. Angela Dawe is not one of my favorite narrators and if I had realized she was the only narrator for the anthology I wouldn’t have requested the audio for review. So after listening for about an hour I gave up and read the eARC that was provided by one of the authors.

While the narration didn’t work for me, If you’re an Angela Dawe fan you’ll enjoy the narration.

 

About Ilona Andrews

“Ilona Andrews” is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.

They have co-authored two NYT and USAT bestselling series, the urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge and working on the next volumes for both.

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12 responses to “Very Satisfying! Magic Steals by Ilona Andrews

  1. Aliyah

    I can’t wait until I have time to read Night Shift… and anything else by Mills Vane

  2. I posted this just now for Melanie. I’m going have a hard time tomorrow! The Darkest Touch is coming out too, I have to decide which book I’ll listen to first. I enjoy Angela Dawe’s narrations so I’ll be OK, but I totally get your feelings. As much as I enjoyed her I was totally bummed when she replaced Cynthia Holloway in the Morganville Vampire series 🙁 So I know exactly what you mean.
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  3. I listened to the entire series. While I enjoy Angela Dawe for Psy/Changleing, I was very disappointed that Renee Raudman didn’t narrate the Kate Daniels series. Raudman is THE voice for that series in my mind. Made it hard to listen to at first. I eventually got used to it.

    • I tried to listen to the Psy story since I’m familiar with the series (I listened to books 1-5) and I couldn’t hang with it. I really think Dawe is the main reason I didn’t enjoy that series. I MIGHT pick the series up again at some point but I’ll read it instead. Dawe’s narration is just too robotic for me.

  4. I’m not up to date on any of the series that are featured in this anthology except Kate Daniels, so I decided to hold off for now. I’m hoping that Ilona Andrews will release Magic Steals as a stand-alone novella, or that I’ll somehow find the time to read Nalini Singh, Lisa Shearin & Milla Vane.
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    • I ran out of time this weekend for reading but I plan on reading Milla Vane’s story at some point. I gave up on the Singh series about 5 books into it.