It is really hard to say good bye to a series. Yet, I think it was time. Thankfully we do not have to say goodbye to the world, just the world from Kate's perspective.
It seems more and more that the books in this series have a long drawn out book and then an epic battle in the last chapter. Maybe this is a bit dramatic, but it feels that way. As I was nearing the end of the book I kept wondering how an entire series was going to tie up. I wish it was not as rushed, yet I think everything leading up to the end was very valuable. Maybe for the final book it could have been another fifty pages or so.
I am glad that I read the first book in the new series before this book. Although, if I had not I would have only been slightly behind.
I have enjoyed this series immensely. I think this was a good ending, or rather bridging to the rest of the world.
Iron and Magic is the first in a new series that spins off from Ilona Andrew's Kate Daniels series.
I was not sure how they would pull off writing a series about one of the most ruthless warlords, Hugh d'Ambray. Especially since they were marrying him off. I appreciated that they kept true to the character, while also showing a more personable side. It is there realization that not everyone is evil or good and that all people are a mixture of both. Although, this book is ultimately for fun and not an expression of human nature.
The book is set before the last book in the Kate Daniels series. I inadvertently read it at exactly the right time, and I am glad. While you can read it without reading the Kate Daniel's series it would be best to read the first twelve books in that series before reading this book. I am glad that the Kate Daniels series is ending, and equally glad that this series is starting in the same world. It gives the world a fresh perspective.
My favorite part is the ending. This book is ultimately part of a long series, one that went before and one that went after. I love how they set it up. Not everything was tied up happily ever after - which would not fit Huge d'Ambray, yet enough was to be satisfied that it was a place to end. It was a great start to a new series. I am excited to see where it goes and how it ties into the last book of Kate Daniels.
Magic Gifts is a novella in the Kate Daniels series. In many ways it is hard to review the story separately. It is so mixed in with the rest of the books. I first read about this story in one of the main novels of the book. I still had this book on hold and had skipped over it.
While I enjoyed going back and getting a better context of what led to the events of the story I was also a little disappointed that there was not more. There was just enough plot to make this a full book instead of a novella. Yet the writing was good and it was a good story. I do highly recommend reading the novella and short stories in this series.
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