Afternoon Delight: Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews

Afternoon Delight: Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews
Magic Stars

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Series: Kate Daniels #8.5
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Released on 8 December 2015
Pages: 64
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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From award-winning author, Ilona Andrews, an original novella, set in the New York Times #1 bestselling Kate Daniels World and featuring fan-favorites, Derek, and Curran and Kate’s very independent ward, Julie.

Scarred, solitary Derek Gaunt has separated from his Pack, and is truly a lone wolf. With no family he answers to no one; but is fiercely loyal to a chosen few. So, when several of those close to him are murdered, he’ll stop at nothing to hunt their killer through the magic-drenched streets of Atlanta.

Never one to be left on the sidelines, equally determined—some might say stubborn—Julie Lennart-Olsen soon joins in his pursuit; and what began as revenge turns into a race to save the city. Their search pits 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.

The Delight

A chance to get Derek’s point of view, a little side adventure for Derek and Julie, and a few tantalizing surprises about Julie?  Oh yes, this was definitely a delicious little addition to the series.


Magic Stars is a tweeny novella in the Kate Daniels series.  While its about side characters on a standalone adventure, there are some discussions and reveals that make it best read in order or at least after book eight.

As I said this is a novella so it goes quick.  It’s a gritty case that Derek and Julie were assigned from two different people and they meet up to join forces.  It was a good challenge for them and showcased Julie’s newfound power and strength.  She is very much a snarky, arrogant teen who thinks she’s got it all under control even if she’s taking magic lessons from Roland no less and passing judgment on the choices Kate made.  There is a new heightened tension between Derek and Julie that is left alone for now.  My favorite part was getting Derek’s thoughts and more of his background.  He’s always been a favorite character.  Julie has some brat to her, but I’m willing to give her a chance to grow out of it.

Like all their novellas, this one is well-developed and makes the most of its short page count.  Worth giving it a read if you get the chance.


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.


  1. I have to be honest and admit that due to the length, I probably would never have noticed this, and it seems like I would have had to be up on all the characters in the series. It’s literally been years since I delved into a novella, but so glad this one worked out well for you and was a keeper. I had the chance to see Ms. Andrews at a book signing, and she has the greatest personality ever, making you want to know more about her and to read her books. Great review! Hugs…

    1. I skipped it at first, but when I was having a Kate Daniels series needy moment, I went back and got it with GC funds. Yeah, this one would not do well standalone.

      Oh neat that you met them. They are in Michigan for one day this week over in Lansing and I want to go but it is right in the middle of work and report time so not happening. 🙁

  2. I see we are both on an Ilona Andrews kick right now! I blew through the main books of the Kate Daniels series last year in two months. It sounds like a long time, but I was reading ARC commitments in between installments. I never did manage to fit in any of the novellas, but here’s a secret – I wouldn’t have been disappointed if Kate and Derek had had a Mrs. Robinson thing going on. But now that it’s said and done, I’m glad she is with Curran! LOL

    Nice review. 🙂

    1. Oh yes! Kate Daniels series was my series challenge pick for last year and this was the one lone book in the series I missed. Now that I’ve been in a drought after reading the last one, I decided to go back for it.

      Ha! You know, I got that vibe a little off Derek around book three, but then like you say Curran became her everything and Derek slid into friend status. Did you get the same vibe about her and Hugh? I did a little on his part when they were over in Europe.

        1. Buahaha! No, thank goodness and it didn’t last for long when I saw how cruel he could be. He gets his own book this fall and I’m really curious about it now that he’s in Roland’s disgrace.

    1. They are pretty fun like the main novels. Most of them were part of anthologies until Penguin recently started releasing them as e-specials which is nice if you just want that story.

  3. I don’t like that they labeled this as book one to a new series. I agree with you that knowing what was going on in book eight was important. I also think there are things that happen that need to be included in the Kate series. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    1. Yeah, I saw that other labeling, too, and don’t know why either. it definitely was closely attached to the main series and definitely offered details that series followers would need.

      Thanks, Melanie!