A Questionable Client is a short story in the Kate Daniels world. While not written first, it is the prequel to Kate's world narrating when Kate meets Saiman. Since Saiman is a major figure in the rest of the series this is an important story to have. The great thing is that you can read it for free off of Ilona Andrews webpage.
The story itself was a bit anticlimactic. The writing was fine. The characters were as good as in the books. The plot was just not as flushed out as I would have expected. I completely admit that this is due to all the hype of this meeting. It is mentioned in every (nearly every) book. I just expected more. Honestly, there was not all that much more then had been said in the books.
This is actually the only Kate Daniels short story that I did not add much to the world. Maybe it would have been different if it was written from Saiman's perspective?
Fledgling is a young adult fantasy novel about a mixed human elf. With the elf and the human nation at war Jaevid does not fit in with anyone except his mother. With her death, at twelve, Jaevid is shipped off to live with his human father. Yet the stars align, and through a series of events Jaevid becomes a Dragonrider.
This is the first book in a four book series. It is a lot of character introductions with some good action to keep the reader engaged. The plot is a pretty classic tale, yet it is done in a way that is engaging and makes you want to keep reading. It would be appropriate for late elementary school and up. As an adult I still enjoyed it immensely.
The writing starts off a little choppy. There are way to many extra commas and the word placement was weird. Do not be put off it does not last past the first chapter. The rest of the writing is beautiful. The characters are engaging and distinct. Each character has their own distinct voice and personality, although it is all highlighted through Jaevid's perception.
Magic Burns is the second book in the Kate Daniels series. If you have not read the first I would start there. However, there is enough background thrown in that you would not be completely lost starting from book two.
In Magic Burns Kate turns into a more relatable character. She starts building ties to the pack as well as adopts a ward who needs Kate to find her missing mother. Like all Kate Daniels books, this book contains mythology and magic. The world premise is like no other and the characters are all very well written.
Ilona Andrews is one of my favorite authors due to their great charter development, writing skill, and unique world building. While the series stays true to the theme of the world, it does not develop into cookie cutter plot building. At the end of the book you feel Daniel's pain and frustration and look forward to where she is heading next.
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