Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews

Posted December 15, 2015 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 8 Comments

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

Magic Stars by Ilona AndrewsMagic Stars by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #8.5
Published by Ilona Andrews on December 8th 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 64
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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Novella set in Kate Daniels world...

Derek Gaunt has no family and few friends. Scarred, solitary, he is the lone wolf who separated from his pack. When those close to him are murdered, he’ll stop at nothing to hunt their killer through magic-drenched Atlanta.

Soon Julie Olsen joins him and what begins as revenge turns into the race to save the city. Their search puts them against powers they never imagined and magic so old, it predates history. It may cost Derek his life, but there are things for which even he would risk everything.

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I don’t know how to start this review without spoiling you guys. It was so good. So. Good.

I’ve had my head in textbooks the last few weeks so I didn’t know that Magic Stars was even a thing. Then I see Jen over at Red Hot Books talking about it on Twitter. When I found out that story was from Derek’s POV and it had Julie in it too, I was like . . .

Derek has had a rough life, he had to kill his father after he turned loup. But Curran saved and trained him. Then Derek worked for Jim as a spy of sorts because he was so handsome, he could anyone to talk to him. Then Derek almost died and was left with a scarred face and broken voice. He switched roles in the Pack and formed a close bond with Kate and is known was Curran’s wolf. He has the potential to be wolf alpha if he wasn’t labeled a lone wolf after leaving the Keep with Kate and Curran.

She sat up straigher. “Will you stop bossing me around?”

“Stop doing stupid crap, and I’ll stop.”

Her eyes narrowed. “Eat my horse’s ass.”

Julie is Kate’s kid. Julie has had a rough childhood too. Kate found her living on the streets when she was 12. Things happened that almost cost Julie her life but through magic Kate saved her but there’s a price for the magic that was used.

Derek and Julie have been close since their near death experiences. And I’ve hoped that their friendship would bud into a romance. Julie is 16 and Derek is 20; not a big age difference but at their ages it’s still too big for anything real to happen. But after reading Magic Stars . . .


“Sorry I scared you,” he said as they left the building.

She rolled her eyes. “You’re not that scary.”

Relief washed through him. He bared his fangs at her, pretending to snarl.

“Ew. Drool. Nothing you do scares, me Derek. Deal with it.”

“I’ll have to try harder then.”

“You do that.”

Derek and Julie work together to find the killers of a family and found out what they were after that warranted them killing the whole family. It was like reading a Kate and Curran adventure. There was action, blood (lots of blood), snark and magic. Plus a big lead up to the future for both Derek and Julie.

These two are Kate and Curran’s mini-mes in so many ways. It’s easy to see Derek becoming the Beast Lord when he’s older and Julie has been training in magic and she could give Kate a run for her money when she comes fully into her own power.

Andrews’ has only wet my appetite for these two. I hope they have a full-length novel in the future when they’ve grown up and are ready for a HEA.

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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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After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.

While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).
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8 responses to “Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews

  1. I loved that you used gifs in this post. I know that isn’t normally your thing, but that just proves the point even more. I’m going to hold out for the audio. Even if Renee Raudman isn’t reading it, I want to support Ilona Andrews to encourage them to continue audios of their self published works.

    • This one is good! Julie is going to be kick ass, I dare say more than Kate when she gets older. It’s coming to audio as soon as they pick a narrator. They’re going with a male one this time because it’s from Derek’s POV (mostly).