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Hex Appeal

(Phoenix Chronicles)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  4,748 ratings  ·  402 reviews
Fall under the intoxicating spell of their hex appeal…

In the magical world that lies hidden beneath our own, witches and conjurers play deadly games. They know just the right spell to kill a man with one kiss—or raise him back again. And they’re not afraid to exact sweet revenge on those who dare to cross them. But what if you’re the unlucky soul who falls victim to a conj
Paperback, 1st Edition, 356 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Review for Retribution Clause (Kate Daniels #5.6):

Warning: this thing is longer than the story it intends to non-review and stuff. You are quite welcome.

I hereby officially declare that I did NOT give this Ilona Bloody Shrimping Andrews (IBSA™) short story a pathetic 3-star rating and that I did NOT write what follows (view spoiler)
Sophia Triad
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
The story takes place in Kate Daniel’s world.
I guess you can even read it without knowing anything about the series.
The world, where magic is powerful, is well explained.

The action is based in Philadelphia instead of Atlanta.

We meet Saiman's cousin, the frost giant Adam. Adam cannot change shapes as easily as Saiman and he wears an enchanted watch to hide his true form.
He is definitely a lot nicer than Saiman, not sexually twisted and he has a real job as an insurance adjustor in POM Insurance
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
This is a review of just some of the stories of the anthology; the rating will change after I read other stories.

Retribution Clause. A story is set in Kate Daniels universe, but the action takes place in Philadelphia instead of familiar Atlanta. We have Adam who is Saiman's cousin with the same ancestry. He works as an insurance adjuster; his main jobs are usually to adjust the claims by using brute force (he has more than enough of this). His partner is Siroun; she is a female something - kind
Cathy (cathepsut)
Kitty Norville #4.6 - that was unexpected! This is one of my favourite UF series...
Kitty was not part of this, instead we are reunited with Odysseus Grant, a recurring character in the series.

Excellent story. If I wasn't a Kitty Norville fan already, I would certainly check out the series after this.

Vampires, witches, fairies, demons, over-loaded prose and a truly unlikeable heroine. Really u
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This novella is set in Philadelphia. The only reference to Kate is a package that arrives from Saiman's cousin, Adam. It's still in her world, though. So very cool!!
Adam works for an insurance company. One of their clients has taken out a policy that will come into effect if she is murdered. Since she is murdered, Adam and his enigmatic partner go after the killer. Because the policy guarantees the death of her murderer. Great story!!
Buddy read with Eilonwy , Evgeny , Asya , Monty Cupcake

This goes only for Retribution Clause by Ilona Andrews.


Very short and kinda filler. This decent story is part of the Kate Daniels world, set not in Atlanta but in Philly with Adam-Saiman's cousin-who deals with all problems Hulk style(which I liked because I love Hulk) and his work partner(only?)-Siroun-a kickass witch with a powerful god like magic due to a traumatizing event in her childhood. I really don't know what was th
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
That was a great short story! Im intrigued to learn more about these characters...
Jun 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Of the 9 stories, two didn't really appeal to me. In fact, if it weren't for those two stories, I'd rank this as a 4.5 or 5. Arguably the best anthology I've ever read!

The Bigfoot story by Jim Butcher was absolutely superb! The method of delivery was clever, the characters were very quickly given depth and likability, (no small feat in a short story), the action was brisk, and the humor elicited a number of chuckles. The man truly is a genius at story telling!

The stories by Illona Andrews, Simon
☆★Tinja★✮ A Court of Pizza and Laziness
3 stars for Retribution Clause only. I really liked it, like everything else Ilona Andrews writes. But why, why was this soooo short? I loved the characters, this story ended way too quickly. Where was all the kissy-kissy stuff??? I demand this story to be continued... PLEASE?
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
Retribution Clause by Ilona Andrews
Adam - frost giant cousin to Saiman. He's sweet, I like him & he has the same odd sense of humor as his cousin.
Siroun - an unknown magical being of awesome badass-ery & killing. She's on the level of Kate skills. Yeah, that amazing.
Now the real question: WHY WAS THIS ONLY 53 PAGES LONG? The Andrews gave that whiney bouda brat Andrea a whole effing book, but Siroun & Adam only 53 pages? Something is wrong here. Very wrong, I tell you!
4 stars

2. Bigf
Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
This little story is about Adam, Saiman's cousin. He seems very different from out pervert: he prefers his frost giant form, he is an insurance adjuster and he appears to be actually in love with a woman (Siroun, who is also his partner).
The two have to enforce a client’s Retribution Clause, and kill a man accused of strangling his wife.

Well, I would like to learn more about Adam and Siroun, so I hope I'll get to see them again.
4.5 stars - great!

The below review was written after my first reading, between September 7 and October 3, 2015.
I reread this book from November 29 through December 1, 2016 (I also read "Retribution Clause" on November 9, then again on December 1). I am not going to make any updates to my review, but there are a few changes I could make. . . But if you're interested in those changes, please read my status updates from 2016, which can be found below this review.

. . .

I reviewed each story as I r
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 stars: Retribution Clause - Ilona Andrews
1st read - June 2015
2nd read - July 2016

This is set in the same world as the Kate Daniels series but we don't get to see any of the characters we already know and love, we do get to meet Saiman's cousin though so there is a link there. I really loved Adam, as much as I find Saiman's constant body swapping amusing it is kind of creepy so it was interesting to see how different Adam is and how comfortable he is in his own skin. Adam and his partner, Sir
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I have to say that I am becoming such an Ilona Andrews fan girl that any anthology that has a story by them has an immediate leg up. While Andrews story was my favorite, there were enough other entertaining hexy shorts to make this a worthwhile collection for me.

In the order that I read them...

Bigfoot on Campus - Jim Butcher, Harry Dresden short, this is episode number three of "Harry and the son of Bigfoot" -Irwin's dad has a vision of his son in lethal trouble and again sends Harry in to pinc
Carolyn F.
I read this as part of Hex Appeal

This is a story about Saiman's cousin and the woman he works with. He is not at all like Saiman. Good story. 3-1/2 stars

Merged review:

I read as part of Hex Appeal anthology.

A blackjack dealer discovers some shenanigans and gets help from a magician at the casino to figure it out. Okay story. 3 stars.

Merged review:

Anthology Average is 3 stars. There were a few I thought were pretty good, but nothing outstanding. One story I thought would be worth pursuing the seri
Alyssa Ricks
Feb 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Retribution Clause, Ilona Andrews - 4.5 Stars This story takes place in the Kate Daniels world, but follows characters we've never met before. The main character is Saiman's cousin, but a very different personality (he prefers his true form and subdues it with a magic watch to go unnoticed) and with less magic. He works for an insurance company and when a woman is murdered by her husband he and his partner are assigned to carry out the retribution clause in her life insurance policy within 11 ho ...more
Rating and review only for Retribution Clause by Ilona Andrews.

Actual rating: 3.5 stars.

A very short story about two characters we've never met. I'm interested to see if they pop up again down the line. I liked both of them very much!!! Saiman's cousin seems quite different from him!!
3 stars because I would like to read more about these interesting new characters. Would also love to visit new cities and see how their response to the shifts compare with Atlanta's.
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
This review was posted at Under the Covers

Well the first thing that made me want to read this book was the cover. Yeah I admit it. The second thing? ILONA ANDREWS! Quite frankly, anthologies can be a good place to find new authors to read or just a collection of stories that are hard to develop because they are so short. As you can see by the number of authors in this anthology, yes, the stories were short. But some managed to convey enough of the story where I didn't feel anything was missing.

Hex Appeal is a collection of 9 short stories. While anthologies are not usually my favorite reads, I found this anthology to be a quick and enjoyable way to spend a freezing cold Sunday. While most of the stories ranked in the 2 - 3 star range, 3 stories stood out for me:

I'm beginning to think that there is probably not a book or story of the writing team Ilona Andrews that I wouldn't like. I mean, who would think to combine the urban fantasy world of Kate Dan
Interesting side-story set in Philadelphia which features Saimon's cousin, Adam, and some other intriguing new characters. Don't know if they'll play a part in the main series or only in these little side adventures but it was interesting! And has me wanting to know and read more.
Nov 10, 2014 rated it liked it

I ONLY read "Retribution Clause" and "Bigfoot on Campus." The first story gets two stars and the second one gets four stars, hence the three-star rating.
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

Another solid supernatural anthology featuring some of the biggest names in urban fantasy.

Retribution Clause by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels’ world)

The magical world of the Kate Daniels series is unparalleled in urban fantasy. Truly. So it was great fun to read a story that takes place across the country from Kate’s Atlanta in Philadelphia. There are no character crossovers, but the hero is Saiman’s cousin and also a frost giant. The characters are impre
Maraya21 (The Reading Dragon)
Stories Read: 2

Ilona Andrews - Retribution Clause (Kate Daniels #5.6)
Rating: 1.5 Stars
Date: March 20, 2018

Welp. I could jever have thought I woyld say this, pretty much like everyone that has read this, but this story was awful and pointless. There were literally dozens of characters they could have done a story about. But nope. I do get that they probably wanted to test something and/or flex their writing power with something totally new inside something old but still nope. Not even an inch.
So, I Read This Book Today
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
There are a bunch of really good reviews of this anthology, most I agree with totally. There are some great stories in this anthology, and a couple my particular tastes didn't care for. But even the ones I wasn't crazy about, I still liked well enough. As with all anthologies I read, I also found a couple of new authors that I didn't know that much about - but find that their work is worth looking into! Overall, I would say a 3.5 more than a 4 in total, but a couple of the stories threw it over ...more
A quick, fun read focusing on Saiman's cousin, Adam, and his partner Siroun....both creatures that are somewhat unexplained in their entirety, but definitely presented as powerful and ancient....together they collect on the retribution clause of insurance policies to enact the revenge of the deceased....interesting potential to see these characters again in the Kate Daniels series and filter out their storylines and their place in the overall plot????....I enjoyed this mystical journey etched in ...more
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it
A testament to the talent of this writing duo that I can read a short story about characters I've never met, with only a brief mention to how they are connected to the world of Kate Daniels, and still be fully engaged and enjoy the read. I found both Adam and Siroun, and their jobs, to be intriguing. Can't wait to see if/how they fit into the future.
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
So I got this book for the remaining Ilona Andrews short story, but I made some other discoveries along the way, so I'll type them out. I would definitely recommend the anthology though - as such things go, it was a pretty good primer on discovering some new authors.

The Ilona Andrews story was fine - I've basically come to believe that, as much as I adore IA, they work best in longer books, otherwise things get a bit confusing. To be clear, it wasn't bad, it just wasn't great, and I'm used to lo
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rating and review for the Ilona Andrew's story, Retribution Clause, only.

Have you ever experienced that crushing moment of confusion and disappointment when you open a story expecting a beloved character name to jump out at you and receive something completely different? Thus was my reaction to the first paragraphs of Retribution Clause by Ilona Andrews. Adam? Color me confused, particularly since I’ve been reading Mercy Thompson as of late and firmly have that particular UF Adam down as the UF
Christal (Badass Book Reviews)
So I read this book a while back and wrote a review of each story, and I just found out that somehow Goodreads had deleted the whole thing. Since I borrowed this from the library, I can't go back and see what each story was but this is what I do remember:

Retribution Clause by Ilona Andrews
Probably my least favorite Ilona Andrews short. Still good, but it left me with too many questions to be satisfying.

Bigfoot On Campus by Jim Butcher
Loved this one. Butcher is great in short form and this stor
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