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Magic Gifts (Kate Daniels #5.4)

4.37  ·  Rating Details  ·  12,564 Ratings  ·  662 Reviews
Dinner date after a hard workday should be heavenly. Of course, dates between the Beast Lord and Kate Daniels don’t always go as planned. Undead run amok, heads are chopped off, lawyers are deployed with extreme prejudice, and drunk vikings call people out.

Novella is after Magic Slays, same time as Andrea in Gunmetal Magic, both intersect. Gunmetal Magic bonus.
ebook, ARC Edition, Limited Edition, 100 pages
Published December 24th 2011 by Ilona Andrews
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I love Kate.

I love Curran.

I love Kate + Curran.

They should make fuzzy necromatic shifter babies. I’d totally babysit those adorable little psychos. And I wouldn’t even check out Curran’s ass (blatant lie is blatant).

Hmmm…I wonder if Saiman is seeing anyone. Don’t tell me you haven’t been tempted. He’s like the long lost older brother of The Wonder Twins.

Form of, Alex Pettyfer!
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Form of, Joe Manganiello!
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Form of, Robert Redford!

Oh God
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
5 IA Addiction Stars

You would think that going on a dinner date is easy, but when you are Kate Daniels and the Beast Lord of Atlanta and your first, middle and last name are "Trouble", a dinner can turn into a deadly affair. Before you know it you have a dead navigator, 2 dead vampires, a kid with a life-sucking necklace around his neck, crazy, drunk vikings and worse of all, politics to deal with. Who said dating is an easy affair?

“I'm sorry about the dinner."
"Best date ever. Well, until peop
Oct 26, 2014 Evgeny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Buddy read with Armina, Eilonwy, Asya, and Monty Cupcake.

Kate and Curran decided to have a quiet and peaceful dinner after a hard day involving Kate's kicking butt of yet another trouble-making monster and Curran's efforts to hold his ragtag Pack together. There are a couple of vampires outside of the restaurant they go and their navigators are inside. Sometime in the middle of the dinner things go TERRIBLY WRONG with the navigators and now a child's life is in danger unless Kate and Curran can
Buddy read with Eilonwy , Evgeny , Asya , and Monty Cupcake


I'm not giving this full 5 stars only because it's a novella but I'm rounding up because it was so much fun! It's nicely constructed considering its size, action packed and so so funny! I loved almost everything: Kate and Curran acting together through the entire time(perfect dynamics in an adult relationship); VIKINGS!!!; grand show of power(badass Kate in grey cloak edged with fur); the best ending with a great moral! P
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
I picked up Gunmetal Magic at the library a week or so ago and started reading it, and somewhere along the line I realized that the last quarter or so of the book was a KATE DANIELS NOVELLA SQUEEEE! And Andrea is fine and all but Kate . . . how can lesser mortals compete? Also Raphael vs. Curran? Sorry, Raphael, you're pretty hot, but it's just no contest for me.

So I abandoned poor Andrea in the middle of her professional and relationship woes and jumped into Kate's adventure, which involves a g
Robin (Bridge Four)
Loving my re-reading spree

There is something about this series that just makes me smile. I maybe don’t laugh out loud a lot during them but I definitely smile most of the way through.

This was a fun side story involving Kate and Curran working together to solve a few problems involving a life sucking necklace, vampires run amuck, guild wars, Drunken Vikings and trying to have a normal night out. I love these two together working as a team their dialog with each other is so fun and Illona and And
Oct 13, 2014 Anne rated it really liked it
Date Night!

Poor Kate can't even enjoy a nice night out with her sugar-woogums.
Halfway through the appetizers, a necklace chokes the life out of a Navigator, and both she and her besotted date lose control of the vampires they had chained up outside the restaurant.
Lucky for the patrons, Curran and Kate are able to mop up the mess.
However, that's just the beginning.
When the dead girl's mother shows up, she snatches the necklace away from her husband, and throws it on her elementary school aged s
October 2015 re-read: For being a novella length story about Kate, Ilona Andrews sure did pack a lot of awesomeness into this book. I was highlighting all over the place. I laughed out loud on almost every page. It was so much fun, with a good dose of excitement thrown in along the way.

What a great story. I really loved this. Ilona Andrews really could have made money on this novella, but they gave it away for free on their website for a few weeks.

Now I'm even more excited for the other part of
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
Please note that this review is wrote with extreme prejudice, one; because it was free, and who doesn't automatically loooove a free book? And two; this is a Kate Daniel's book and I am a complete fangirl, I actually let out an extremely uncool little shriek and did a little dance when I saw this, and the third and perhaps most important thing, Curran's in it. Naked. Nuff said.

This is a short story involving, Kate, Curran and a small boy who has is slowly being suffocated by a gold necklace. Ka
Jul 05, 2016 AJ rated it really liked it
“It’s all fun and games until the drunk Viking Santa shows up.”

There’s not a lot of books where that quote ^^ would make sense, but it’s so typical of all that is this series, and I love it!

4 stars.

This novella continues the story of Kate Daniels, magical mercenary and all-round badass. It takes place during the same timeframe as Andrea’s book, Gunmetal Magic, and due to spoilers in this one, I’d recommend reading Andrea’s book first. This book also contains a big change for Kate’s world, so i
Huge thank you to Ilona Andrews for this great Christmas gift! (Ilona Andrews posted this for free for several weeks over Christmas) This was a fun read, with my favorite characters -- what more could a rabid faithful fan ask for? I am routinely surprised at how great the team behind Ilona Andrews is and how great the team of Ilona Andrews treats their fans. I loved this story. We don't get a Kate and Curran book this year (2012) but, we have this sweet and fun novella. And well -- did I mention ...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
4.5 stars, rounded up.
This was such an amazing Christmas gift!
You can download this very long Kate Daniels novella for free HERE
Happy reading. :)
Aly's Bookish Wonderland
Jul 11, 2015 Aly's Bookish Wonderland rated it it was amazing
God, I love Kate and Curran.
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Oh how I love the novellas and short-stories in this series! Not only are they wickedly entertaining, they also are great sources of information and add so much to the series as a whole! Everything makes a lot more sense after reading these side stories. The Andrews are so good I can’t believe it. They tie everything in perfectly, all the books are interlinked and this makes for an amazing world building. Kate Daniels’ world is so rich and dense that it really seems to come alive.

Magic Gifts is
Anzu The Great Destroyer
We walked inside the mead hall. The vampire, shapeshifters, the dog, and the lion man followed me.

This is why I love Kate Daniels so much.

1st read: 10th Jul 2012
2nd read: 21st Jul 2013
Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
He was completely nude. Gloriously nude.
Hrefna raised her eyebrows.
Curran pulled jeans and a shirt from my saddlebag.
"Well," Hrefna said. "I always wondered why you went all shapeshifter. Explains things."


Magic Gifts brings Kate and Curran working together to save the life of a seven years old boy from a life-sucking necklace. And to think it all started as a date. Nothing is ever simple with these two. Then again, if it were simple, it would not have been so interesting.
Sep 27, 2013 Mariya rated it really liked it
“Enough," Curran said. An unmistakable command saturated his voice. Jim clicked his mouth shut. I crossed my arms. "I'm sorry, is this the part where I fall to my knees and shiver in fear, Your Furriness? Silly me, I didn't get the memo.”

MAGIC GIFTSis my basically my Kate and Curran fix til the next full length Kate and Curran book comes back in 2013. This will be hard and much torture for me to wait that long. I don't know how I'll do it, but I was extremely happy to have MAGIC GIFTSfor Chris
Mrs. Badass
Dec 28, 2011 Mrs. Badass rated it it was amazing
It was Free.
It has Kate and Curran.
Naked Curran.
Clip-board throwing Jim.--I love Kate's Christmas gift idea for him next year *giggles*
It has Vikings!
It has Magic!
Ghastek was funny. I liked the vampires in this one (OK, not LIKED, but they were interesting and covered in skittle colors of sunblock *dies*)
They need to save a little boy from death
Andrea was walking around as a Bouda O.o

Flashy show at the Guild. It was freaking funny. I would love to see more Badass Kate apparel ;)

Despite a few sp
Nov 11, 2012 Keertana rated it really liked it
*sigh* I swear, Ilona Andrews could write a Kate Daniels #106 and I'd STILL pick it up. Heck, she could write a Kate Daniels #5.12 and #5.22 and #5.32 and I'd pick all of them up in a heartbeat as well. LOVE. So much love for this series. <33
Lady Heather
The story starts out with Curran and Kate going out on a dinner date... but as fate would have it and Curran and Kate.. well being Curran and Kate dinner turns into an event involving Vampires, Mages, Shape-shifters, and wait for it ...VIKINGS. That's right Vikings with the mead, axes, and a massive brawl.
Of course we can't forget the politics that always follow Curran and Kate with Curran being the Beast Lord, and Kate his Consort. Even though all they want to do is solve their probl
Jul 16, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So it looks like I'm increasing my ratings for most of these books (the ones that weren't already 5 stars anyway!) on this reread. I just fall more and more in love with this world and these characters every time I revisit it and this story was brilliant.

We have some really sweet and humorous moments when Kate and Curran attempt to go out on a date like a normal couple and then there is plenty of arse kicking when they're trying to save the life of a young boy in danger. Oh and we have vikings t
Magic Gifts – there’s Naked Curran…’nuff said

So now that I have your attention…

There IS naked Curran, but there’s always more to say when it comes to a Kate Daniels story. I initially didn’t even read the synopsis because Kate gets an insta-click. The cover is really cool, making me wonder if covers for future novels are in for a style change.

This story takes place after Magic Slays (Book 5) and runs simultaneously with Andrea’s upcoming novel, Gunmetal Magic. Kate and Curran just can’t seem t
Dec 27, 2011 Chachic rated it it was amazing
Originally posted here.

Magic Gifts is a Kate Daniels novella and is Ilona and Gordon's Christmas gift to their fans. It's available as a free download for two weeks after they uploaded it on Christmas day. Hurry and grab a copy if you haven't downloaded it yet! Ilona and Gordon are so generous for giving their fans a freebie like this. I've seen some of the snippets for this novella on their blog and it's great to see all the scenes come together to form a story. Magic Gifts occurs after Magic S
Dec 30, 2011 Christiana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This.was.sooo.good!! As a big fan of Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series I fell again for the wonderful characters, the fantastic worldbuilding and of course the humour...mmmhm, I think I'll need a quote to sum it all up:

<"And how did your day go?" I asked Ascanio. He turned to me, a dreamy look on his pretty face. "We killed things. There was blood. Fountains of blood. And then we had barbecue." Why me?>

Thank you so much for this awesome novella!
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
It's all Kate & Curran + Vikings. Is there anything better? I just wish this was longer & no Andrea.

Buddy read with Eilonwy, Evgeny, Asya, Armina.
Dec 28, 2011 Jan rated it liked it
Good for a novella, but because it was a Kate Daniels novella I couldn't help but want more, more, more. Kate and Curran were their usual awesome selfs, and I loved the insight in their relationship.

HOWEVER. After Magic Slays I'm really worried about Julie, and I hated that she made a short appearance here, because nothing was mentioned about the situation. I'd rather hadn't had her show up then.

HOWEVER² The mercenary thing was great, but I simply didn't get the whole problem with Jim, and why K
Jan 02, 2012 Estara rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of the series
Recommended to Estara by: autobuy author and series
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Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Rating* 4.0
*Genre* Urban Fantasy


This story is a present the authors released in time for Christmas which to me says alot about the authors and how they appreciate their fans.

Magic Gifts is a bridge between Magic Slays (Kate Daniels #5) and Gunmetal Magic which is Andrea's book and releases during the summer of 2012.

What starts out as a first of it's kind date between Curran and Kate, quickly spirals out of control when a vampire navigator who works for the People is killed by a gold nec
Dec 27, 2011 Ami rated it really liked it
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Other Books in the Series

Kate Daniels (10 books)
  • Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)
  • Magic Burns (Kate Daniels, #2)
  • Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels, #3)
  • Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels, #4)
  • Magic Slays (Kate Daniels, #5)
  • Magic Rises (Kate Daniels, #6)
  • Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels, #7)
  • Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels, #8)
  • Magic Binds (Kate Daniels, #9)
  • Untitled (Kate Daniels, #10)

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“He grinned. "You're jealous."
I considered it. "No. But when you stared at that woman like she was made of diamonds, it didn't feel very good."
"I stared at her because she smelled strange."
"Strange how?"
"She smelled like rock dust. Very strong dry smell." Curran put his arms around me. "I love it when you get all fussy and possessive."
"I never get fussy and possessive."
He grinned, showing his teeth. His face was practically glowing. "So you're cool if I go over and chat her up?"
"Sure. Are you cool if I go and chat up that sexy werewolf on the third floor?"
He went from casual and funny to deadly serious in half a blink. "What sexy werewolf?"
I laughed.
Curran's eyes focused. He was concentrating on something.
"You're taking a mental inventory of all people working on the third floor, aren't you?"
His expression went blank. I'd hit the nail on the head.
I slid off him and put my head on his biceps. The shaggy carpet was nice and comfortable under my back.
"Is it Jordan?"
"I just picked a random floor," I told him. "You're nuts, you know that?"
He put his arm around me. "Look who is talking.”
“Tall, with skin the color of rich coffee, and dressed all in black, Jim looked like he was carved from a block of solid muscle. Logic said that at some point he must've been a baby and then a child, but looking at him one was almost convinced that some deity touched the ground with its scepter and proclaimed, "There shall be a badass," and Jim sprung into existence, fully formed, complete with clothes, and ready for action.” 125 likes
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