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Small Magics

(World of Kate Daniels)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  5,433 ratings  ·  298 reviews
Alternate cover edition of ASIN B015JNEOEK

***The stories in this anthology have been previously published***

Now collected for the first time, an irresistible compilation of five previously published stories by the bestselling author of the Kate Daniels series; including Kate’s very first meeting with Saiman, some related adventures, and two unforgettable ‘outside’ ex
Kindle Edition, 159 pages
Published September 17th 2015 by NYLA
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Jan 08, 2021 rated it liked it
Small Magics is a collection of short stories, already published elsewhere. Some of the stories are set in Kate Daniels world. To clarify, this book is mainly for Ilona Andrews diehard fans who want to read anything was ever published by the couple and who miss Kate. That would be me.

A Questionable Client ****
The short story is a prequel to Kate Daniels series and shows how Saiman and Kate met. It is full of the usual banter between the two and of kick-ass action.

The Retribution Clause***
A cous
This collection contains the stories "A Questionable Client," "Retribution Clause," "Of Swine and Roses," "Grace of Small Magics" and "Magic Tests." Committed fans of the Andrews' works should love this collection. I enjoyed it a great deal, but it leans heavily on romance tradition, a genre I don't willingly read. Nonetheless, they avoid the generally misogynist tropes in hetro romance and with palatable results.

I've read three of these stories before, but I'm generally a fan of the Andrews and
This is a fantastic collection of Kate Daniels's shorts and well worth it for any fan to have on their shelf. Some of these I've read before, so I just copied and pasted the old reviews (because I'm lazy) and hid them under a spoiler tag. <-- if you'd like to see them.

Magic Tests
4 stars
(view spoiler)
Sophia Triad
Five enjoyable magical stories. Highly recommended book for all the lovers of the Kate Daniels’ world.

*Two of them are definitely part of the Kate Daniels world and they take place in Atlanta:
-A QUESTIONABLE CLIENT where main characters are Kate and Saiman. Kate tries to help Saiman and save him from some dangerous Russian wizards. Saiman is not really innocent, but it does not matter in the end. He will become Kate’s best customer from now on.
Funny story full of magic and adventure.
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reread, read-in-2018
So I was going to save Magic Tests for when I got through Kate #5 on my reread of the series (I'm currently on book #3), but I was so close to finishing this little anthology that I couldn't resist just finishing. :) ...more
Feb 21, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2022, urban-fantasy
A very fun read. Only wish it was longer.
3.5 stars - Spoilers


This was the funniest story in the collection, I'd read it before but I really wanted to read Kate and Saiman's first meeting again, their back and forth was great and that ending with Kate and the cat was still hilarious.


Really enjoyed Adam and Siroun's story, they did seem rather similar to Kate and Curran personality wise, but I guess that was a good thing since Kate/Curran are usually very readable characters. I went in expecting Ad
Woman Reading
4☆ recommended for fans of Kate Daniels

Small Magics is an anthology consisting of five short stories (about 60% of the book) and ten vignettes primarily narrated by Curran (40%). In terms of timeline relative to the Kate Daniels universe, these tales begin as early as one year before #1 Magic Bites and continue until right after the conclusion of #7 Magic Breaks. They aren't arranged in chronological order in the book. In my review, they're listed in the order in which they appear in Small Magi
Wow what a wild ride. I have read some of the stories here and there either on Ilona Andrews blog or through other ebook formats for free. It was still nice to have everything in one place. I have read all of Curran's POV's except for 3 stories though so it was great to get some new and interesting development concerning his character. And you can see the shift with him for when Kate became something more. Considering I didn't even like Curran in the first few books in the Kate Daniels's series ...more
I've read and reviewed a lot of these stories separately or as part of other anthologies but it never hurts to have everything all in one place so I'm going to post those reviews again here. Three of the stories in this anthology are set in the Kate Daniels world but two are completely standalone (and one of those was completely new to me).

A Questionable Client (Kate Daniels 0.5):

A Questionable Client is a prequel short story for the Kate Daniels series and shows a bit of Kate's history with
Anna lost in stories *A*
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
*disclaimer :) before I get into my actual review of this story I need to explain some things :) I actually already finished the whole series and I may have binge read them, so all of the installments may or may not got blurred together in my mind… ;) but hey, I will do my best to separate them at least a little bit :) it happened, because I read this series during a two month long period of time when I struggled with a lot of changes in my personal and professional life, so I read a lot, cause ...more
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
A Questionable Client, Kate Daniels 0.5 - 4.0 stars

Kate is hired as a bodyguard by Saiman, who has used his abilities to steal a magical object from some very angry Russian priests. Chaos ensues, and Saiman, as ever, is despicable.

Retribution Clause

Retribution Clause takes place in the Kate Daniels universe and is told from the POV of Saiman’s cousin Adam and Adams’s partner Siroun who live in Philadelphia and work for an insurance company.

Selling insurance, you ask? *chortles*

Not hardly.

A wo
A Questionable Client: 3.5 stars

Oh, I enjoyed this!! I know that Saiman has a questionable morale, but he is always a FUN character to read. It was great to read how he and Kate met for the first time; which involved Saiman swallowing an acorn that made him look like a 'pregnant' man (urgh, my brain!)

A Retribution Clause: 3.5 stars

The characters here are new (I think) and the only 'relationship' with the Kate Daniel's world is that Adam Talford, the eight-foot frost giant is Saiman's cousin. Ada
Mindy Lou's Book Review
1st Novella: Magic Tests

This was a fun novella. I like Julie and it's pretty cool to see from her eyes what her magic is like. I can see here partnering with Kate when she gets older, investigating. I definitely would like to see more her POV.

2nd Novella: A Questionable Client

A quick novella that shows how Kate was introduced to Saiman's character. It explains a lot about the man and why Kate feels about him the way she does. This was worth the read.

3rd Novella: Retribution Clause

I feel like I
h o l l i s
Previous review for the two specific stories in SMALL MAGICS stands. ...more
Carolyn F.
Anthology. Average is 4.9 stars which is really good for an anthology.

1. A QUESTIONABLE CLIENT – Very good story, prequel to the Kate Daniels series. This is the first time Kate and Saimen meet. 5 stars.

2. RETRIBUTION CLAUSE – 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.

3. OF SWINE AND ROSES – First off - a complaint. Um she has dark hair in the book! The girl on the cover of the separate short story is a red head. Cut
I loved this, it was entirely excellent, as predicted. The Curran scenes were my favourite, I could read the whole series again just from his point of view.
Just Josie
Ehm LOVE it!

Big time.

Badass short stories.
Fun, well thought of, and true to the magical story telling by the Andrews.

Always saying yes to these people and their captivating words.

Read: 13/12/2020
1st rating: 5 stars
Genre/tropes: Urban Fantasy
Cover: 4 stars
POV’s: Multiple
Will I recommend: Yes
Jan 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
3.5 stars
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
This is a wonderful collection of short stories from the Andrews team. I’ve only read A Questionable Client and Magic Tests before, so Retribution Clause, Of Swine and Roses, and Grace of Small Magics where all new to me. I loved this collection of stories!

A Questionable Client - 5 Stars

This one was previously published in the anthology Dark and Stormy Knights. A Questionable Client is #0.1 in the Kate Daniels series. We get to see Kate the Mercenary and meet Saiman for the first time. Saiman sh
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing

reread 2020 - I just love Grace of Small Magics - I feel this way every time I read it. Grace is awesome and Nasaar is so sympathy stirring. Now I am going to imagine more of their HEA.

------------original review 2015----------------
This is a collection of previously published shorts- but right now it's free through kindle unlimited, so I decided to re-read a few.

Grace of Small Magics - this is a favorite of mine and I've reread this story every time it's been released since the first time in on
Gio Listmaker
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it

A Collection Of Short Stories Of Ilona Andrews

My Favorite Was About Julie In Magic Tests
Ashley (Red-Haired Ash Reads)
3.5 stars

*Overall rating is the average of the following ratings.*

Magic Tests: 4 stars
We finally get a story from Julie's POV! Julie's magic is put to the test when she is tasked with finding a missing student from her new school. I enjoyed this quick story and hope we see more of Julie's new friends in the future.

A Questionable Client: 4 stars
The bodyguard job that introduced Kate to Saiman. I quite enjoyed this introduction story and the fight scenes.

Retribution Clause: 3 stars
This is a scen
4-4.5 stars

Overall, this was a really good anthology of short stories.

A Questionable Client:
4 stars

This was a very good short. It's Kate's first story and it's about Kate playing bodyguard for the shifter Saimen (this is their first meeting).

Retribution Clause:
4 stars

This was a very good story. It takes place in the Kate Daniels world but it's in a different city and the main character is Adam, Saiman's cousin. Adam works for an insurance company but in this world, the insurance payouts are a bi
h o l l i s

This is the story of a girl who, reluctantly, goes on a date with a boy she doesn't like and has nothing in common with. And the date fails spectacularly. But she rescues a pig from being slaughtered and somehow finds her happy ending anyway.
--> four fun fleeing farm-animal stars


Unbeknownst to her, Grace's family is bound by servitude to another Clan they betrayed over a hundred years ago. She's called in to service to help the current leader best another i
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, urban-fantasy
This collection of five Ilona Andrews stories was fun. There are three set in the Kate Daniels world, but only two of those with characters I know. The other one, Retribution Clause, set in post-Shift Philadelphia, was good, though, and has a neat connection to Kate's world. I loved the idea of an insurance policy with a retribution clause in case of death by foul play.
Of Swine and Roses and Grace of Small Magics were different settings and new characters to me. The first was sweet, if a little
I enjoyed this, but because of the page limit it was hard to really connect with some of the new characters.

A QUESTIONABLE CLIENT and MAGIC TESTS were great kind of BTS stories for the Kate Daniels fan.

RETRIBUTION CLAUSE has Saiman’s cousin and some pretty interesting figures that I’d love to know more about.

And finally, OF SWINES AND ROSES and GRACE OF SMALL MAGICS were stories set outside of the KD land, but still pretty great shorties.
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This will tide me over... a bit at least.
God, those two can write. Just love the stories. The writing, the characters. 
This is quite short, but I don't care.
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, elib, x-2016
4.5 stars
All 5 stars and 4.5 stars novellas. I enjoyed them all and I want more!
This is a compilation of 5 short stories in the Kate Daniel's universe. I liked some more than others but they were all good. Despite being novella length, they were all solidly written and enjoyable. It's not necessary to read them to understand the Kate Daniels series, but they add a nice something to the series and fill out some characters and plot points some more.

A Questionable Client *** 3 stars

Retribution Clause *** 3 stars

Of Swine and Roses **** 4 stars

Grace of Small Magics ***** 5 stars
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Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade ...more

Other books in the series

World of Kate Daniels (1 - 10 of 13 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)
  • Gunmetal Magic (World of Kate Daniels, #6 & #6.5; Andrea Nash, #1, Kate Daniels, #5.5)
  • Magic Rises (Kate Daniels, #6 & #5.8)
  • Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels, #7)
  • Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels, #8)
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