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Small Magics

(Kate Daniels #0.5; 5.3; 5.6)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  3,989 ratings  ·  219 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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Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: PNR fans
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
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: read-in-2018, reread
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. :)
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
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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
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
Previous review for the two specific stories in SMALL MAGICS stands. ...more
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
Elena C.
A Questionable Client: ★★★
Retribution Clause: ★★
Of Swine and Roses: ★★★
Grace of Small Magics: ★★★★★
Magic Test: ★★★★
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
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
A Questionable Client, Kate Daniels 0.5 - 4.0 stars

It's incredibly fortuitous that Saiman displayed his true nature so accurately to Kate in their first interactions together.

He really is despicable sometimes. That is all.

Retribution Clause

Of Swine and Roses - 4.0 stars

So I mentioned in my reviews of Silent Blade and Silver Shark that I had been told the world-building in Burn for Me was similar to that of the worlds in the Kinsmen series and this novella . . .

So OF COURSE I had to
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
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
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: elib, x-2016, fantasy
4.5 stars
All 5 stars and 4.5 stars novellas. I enjoyed them all and I want more!
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.
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
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: x2015

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

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
Alison (Lady Coffin) S
Love these shorts, some I had read previous, some new.
Loved the ones in the Kate Daniels word, and the one connected but set in Philidelphia.
Also, some others that were very interesting.
Jan 14, 2016 rated it liked it
I had read all but one of these short stories before, but it was still fun to re-read. The new one to me, featuring Saiman's brother, was great. I hope it will at some point be part of a larger series. It was that good. This is more for fans than novices.
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I’m usually not one for short story anthologies. I’d much rather dig into a full size book or at least a novella, but these stories made for a good, quick read that reminded me that there is more in the Kate Daniels world than just Kate.

There are 5 stories in total. 1 happens before the series begins, 3 are mysteries to me (and don’t directly involve any familiar faces), and 1 is supposedly taking place around where we left off in the series. The first and last were definitely my favorites (for
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: magic
It surprised me how much I enjoyed this book, the stories are a bit too short but they all felt like a teaser and made me want to know more about the characters. A Questionable Client was the only one I had already read.

Retribution Clause was so good! I'm all in for a whole book with Adam and Siroun as we follow then through their work on POM.

Of Swine and Roses was cute, and not at all what I expected, it had a nice twist.

Grace of Small Magics also had a cute element but filled with action an
Kate H
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ilona Andrews is one of my favorite authors and the Kate Daniels series is my favorite of all the books that the husband/wife duo write. The writing style is fast paced and engaging and the characters are completely believable despite the fantastical elements that surround all the books. These books are a must read for me and I eagerly devour them and count the months until the next one arrives. I love that despite the occult and romance leanings of these books there is still a generous dose of ...more
A collection of 3 magical short stories with a couple of Kate-universe stories as bookends. (OK, there's another Kate-universe story in the middle, but it doesn't really tie in except very, very loosely.) In each case the magic is different, unexpected, and with a new purpose and new use by the characters.

It was a good fill-in read, but I wouldn't feel I'd missed out (except maybe from Magic Tests) by not reading them.
Rabid Reader
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
An entertaining mix of Kate or Kate related stories (most of witch have been released previously as individual stories). My favorite being Magic Tests, as I love the antics of Julie, Kates adopted daughter. Pre-teen dramatics, mythology, problem-solving and interesting characters make this story stand out.
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Quick stories set in the world of magic. Missing some depth but a great glimpse into what could be fully developed characters, relationships, and characters. Hoping to see some characters again through the Kate Daniels series.
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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

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