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.
Magic Strikes is the third book in the Kate Daniels series. I find the third book in the series is extremely important. It seems to be the point in a series when it is decided if things will end or continue on. If the series is continuing on then it is extremely important that the third book shows a lot of growth and reason for the reader to continue.
In my opinion the third book in the Kate Daniel series is better than the first two books. At this point most of the characters have been introduced. They are familiar, yet they are still mysterious. The relationships still feel new going into this book. By bringing everyone together in the Midnight Games the main characters become connected. It is a connection that you feel will last with them throughout the series.
This is the book where relationships truly begin, both love interests and family interests. Kate can no longer hide who she is.
The third book is really the book that tends to decide if you are committing to a series or bailing out. This book will make you commit. I would recommend you have the fourth book ready to start reading.
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?
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