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Magic Dreams: A Penguin Special from Ace (Kate Daniels)

Magic Dreams: A Penguin Special from Ace (Kate Daniels) [Kindle Edition]

Ilona Andrews
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From New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews comes a tale of darkness, desire, and werecats.

Alpha Pack leader Jim Shrapshire has always been the strong, silent type. But something has come over him--a magic force currently residing in one of the Pack's headquarters. Were-tigress Dali Harimau has always wished she could get Jim's attention--but now he needs her help.

Stricken with a magic-sickness, Jim needs Dali's flair for magic. And to save him, she must challenge a powerful, dark being to a battle of wits.

Includes an excerpt of Ilona Andrews's upcoming novel in the world of Kate Daniels, Gunmetal Magic

Magic Dreams originally appeared in the anthology Hexed.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 349 KB
  • Print Length: 86 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (26 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HU7NXS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,031 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fab little gem 2 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Fabulous short story about Jim (the pack head of security) and Dali, a shape shifting tiger; and their adventure.

I already really liked Jim and Dali who we meet in previous Kate Daniels books and this story showed them both at their best. Written from Dali's point of view, my only complaint is that it wasn't longer! It could have definitely been a novel.

Ilona and Gordon Daniels are very generous with their short stories, and I'm so pleased I read this one. It's a great companion to their Kate Daniels series - or even the new Andrea series that is coming out this month. It's just good to spend time with the characters and learn more about them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great novella 1 Sep 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The Kate Daniels books by Ilona Andrews is one of my favourite series. Kate and Curran - I adore them. I love the characters in these books, I think Ms Andrews excels at writing interesting and complex but fun characters. This ebook which was first published in last years anthology Hexed, features two fan favorite secondary characters from the Kate Daniels series - Dali and Jim. The action in the novella occurs between books 4 and 5 of the Kate Daniel series.

Dali and Jim are both were-cats, he's the alpha werecat and she's his rather troublesome magic expert. In this fantastic novella, Jim has a rather large difficulty of the magic kind and Dali is determined to help him. She's enlists the help of her family and sets out to save him.

Dali is a great character. She's a powerful but inconsistent magic user. She's legally blind and loves to drive- a slight problem here is that she crashes often and spectacularly. Jim as I mentioned is the head of the cat clan, he's the strong, silent, kick-ass type. The story is told from Dali perspective. She lusts after Jim, but doesn't believe she has any chance. Why would he want a half blind vegetarian tiger who can't stand the taste of blood. Nonetheless, she's determined to aid him...

I loved this story, it races along. The characters are great, the plot interesting and overall it's a really fun read.

The final scene has me squealing out loud - it was a good thing I was alone at home at the time.

My rating: 8.5/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars jim and dali finally! 11 Jan 2013
By Jeannie Zelos TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I love this series and it was great to have a book devoted to two of my favourite characters - Jim, the sharp and dark jaguar and the lovely Dali, vegetarian, near blind white tiger. Being very, very shortsighted myself I felt for her. Always groping round for glasses and totally lost without them! It was great to see them finally get it together and to understand why Jim acted as he did, neat plot too - all wrapped up tidily as happens in this series. No nasty cliffhangers leaving poor readers desperate to know what happens next, a real bugbear with me they are.... It was short though :( and I'm not a fan of short stories, and expensive at £1.91 for just 80 pages hence the four star rating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must-read for fans of the series! 18 Sep 2014
By Zareena
Format:Kindle Edition
Title: Magic Dreams
Serie: Kate Daniels (#4.5)
Author: Ilona Andrews
Source: Amazon - Kindle edition
Publisher: Ace

I loved this story! All of the books in the Kate Daniels series/world are just amazing and this precious novella was no different. I recently found out that Ilona Andrews is writing a short story about Jim and Dali in an anthology that comes out this November. The teaser that was posted on the author's blog (found here) was SO good and I am now completely in love with Jim and Dali. After that short extract I was in withdrawal symptoms from the Kate Daniels world and the only cure was to go in search of anything by this author. That is where I found the first part of Jim and Dali's story in Magic Dreams.

It is told from Dali's point of view and has everything a reader could ever want. Dali is an interesting character as a vegetarian weretigress but that's not all that makes her different from other shifters; she has more magic than most shifters in her and as a result can come up with some freaking kick ass curses to throw at people :) . Ilona Andrews also puts Jim in a new light in this short story. In all of the Kate Daniels novels Jim is pretty much the king of badass and is completely serious all the time. He's still a freaking badass in this novella but we also see a softer side of him concerning Dali.

This novella has two awesome characters who I'm now addicted to, a short yet satisfying plot, and that oh-so unique humour that is present in all of Ilona Andrews' novels. If you're a fan of this series then this story is a must-read! I really really can't wait for the Night Shift anthology!

5 stars
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dreams of blood 23 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
WARNING: This story was originally published in the short-story collection "Hexed." Do not buy if you own that book.

Most urban fantasy stories have female lead characters, and usually they're tough, allegedly butt-kicking twentysomethings who swoon in front of alpha males. So it's nice to see a more realistic heroine at the heart of "Magic Dreams," a beautifully suspenseful, clever story set in Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels universe.

Awkward, nerdy weretiger Dali Harimau is shocked when she comes home to find the werecat alpha Jim semiconscious in her bedroom. He's dazed and suffering from missing time, which seems to be connected to four missing shapeshifters -- and a mysterious woman that he saw. So Dali knows that it must be magic.

Fortunately, Dali has some knowledge of magic, meaning that she may be the only one who can find out what is slowly killing Jim. But this is no ordinary killer -- and as she tries to save the man she loves, Dali must confront a secret horror that she cannot possibly defeat except with her brains.

"Magic Dreams" is set in the same world -- even the same city -- as Ilona Andrews' glorious Kate Daniels' series, but the focus is on a character we haven't seen before. And Dali is a refreshingly realistic heroine: despite being a rare white weretiger, she's nerdy, puny and not very intimidating. And unlike most UF heroines, she uses her brains rather than brawn.

And despite being only a short story, Andrews' writing. is absolutely brilliant, weaving together urban fantasy settings with Asian folklore (including yokai and Indonesian fairy tales). But at heart, it's the story of an "ugly duckling" whose brains must be used to save the man she loves.
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