Scarred, solitary Derek Gaunt has separated from his Pack, and is truly a lone wolf. With no family he answers to no one; but is fiercely loyal to a chosen few. So, ...more
I suppose it could also be the blood bind to Kate, but I feel like, with the overall context of the novella - him dancing around romantic conversations, the inner monologue about something he wants but he knows he can't go for it, etc - the implication is really that it's Julie. He would die for her, he belongs to her... whether he's openly acknowledged it or not.(less) (hide spoiler)]
A few things to know in advance:
1. You CANNOT skip this novella. I'm not saying that b/c love the Andrews (which I bloody well do). I'm saying that b/c at least three major events take place in this book. THREE. At least.
2. We finally get in Derek's head. A lot of you have been concerned about Boy Wonder for awhile now. As the series progresses, he gets more and more withdrawn, more and more . . . cardboard. This is worrisome. We know the circumstances surroundin ...more
And the moral of this particular rererereread is: this story is actually a Little Red Riding Hood retelling. It’s the truthful truth, I promise! Don’t believe me? Read this behind-the-scenes dialogue between Julie and Derek, and see for yourself:
“My my, Wonder Boy, what
“All the better to
*screams, flails, dances awkwardly*
I'm seeing this listed as Kate Daniels 8.5, but, more importantly, also as Grey Wolf #1.
Who's the Grey Wolf, you ask?
Ok, guess who else is in this one? Never mind, don't bother guessing, I'm just going to tell you!
Julie! Yes, Kate's adopted daughter, constant troublemaker, and Derek's biggest fan, also stars in this story. And while she's too young for Derek (and he knows it!), you can tell that he is be ...more
✭✭✭✭✭ - 4.75 Bacony Stars
There are novellas in series you can skip and I’d say you aren’t missing much. I have enjoyed all of the Novella’s in the KD world, but besides a few little insights into how Kate is seen by others I didn’t take much out of them to go into main story line. Then there is Magic Stars and all that changed Boom, pow, KA-Bam in under 100 pages two characters from the KD world are fleshed out and the foundations are beautifully ...more
August 2016 Re-read - I need more Grey Wolf.
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I went into this novella knowing very little, except that it had potentially world-changing events within its pages. Now that I'm done - I tore through this on my (extended) lunch break today - I can definitely say that's the dead-honest truth.
I've long wanted a Derek book, and I've been 'shipping Derek and Julie, hard, for a very long time (since the metal ...more
When I saw that there was a new novella being released in the Kate Daniels Series, it was an absolute given that I would have to read it. I am always ready for more Kate and more Curran. Then I took another look at this book and found out that this one isn't focused on Kate or Curran and instead features Derek and Julie and I got even more excited. As soon as I saw some of my friends on Goodreads posting that it was available to purchase on A ...more
so, take my criticism with a grain of salt.
Magic Stars, while enjoyable, just doesn't live up to it's big sister full novels. Derek the wolf is hunting down killers when he runs into Julie at the crime scene. Together, they adventure. It's all very magical with interesting creatures and lots of action, tempered by Derek's internal dialogue. However. However, the pacing feels off, going from fight to fight without mu ...more
This is the first book where wolf Derek Gaunt is the main character and he is an excellent one!
Once he had the face of an angel and girls used to throw themselves at his feet. Now he is scarred and scary, but he is still sentimental and loyal to his friends.
Julie Lennart-Olsen used to live in the streets, filthy and skinny.
Kate decided to protect her. She took her home; she gave her blood and finally she adopted ...more
Magic Stars begins the new Grey Wolf series, a spin-off of Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series, in which Derek, a 20 year old shapeshifter who can turn into a wolf, takes center stage, although fans of Kate and Curran will be pleased to know that they make a brief appearance.
This novella gets off to a quick jump start, with Derek on the job, tracking down a group of men who murdered an entire family. Derek’s actions when he finds these ...more
Simply put, Ilona Andrews is writing the best urban fantasy available right now, period. The Kate Daniels series is the only one in recent times I've come across that is still original and captivating.
I don't usually read short stories because they usually just seem to be for the fans and not much of anything important happens. They tide the fans over until the next book comes out. This one, however, is one of the most compact, well-written shorts I've ever read. We see character development an ...more
Does that make me a shallow person? :D
This little novella is a must for Kate Daniels readers!
We finally got the POV of one my favorite characters in the series, Derek, the Grey Wolf.
I haven't realized how much I loved Derek until one traumatic event early on in the series.
And even if he got darker and more withdrawn throughout the story, there was still something very endearing about him, may be because of his i ...more
This story centers around Derek's investigation into the murder of a h ...more
A generously sized short story at over 60 pages, Magic Stars gives us a lead in the mind of Derek as he partners with Julie on a seek-and-revenge job while Kate and Curran are out of town. They go from one violent exploration to the next, with some downtime talking in between them.
If you're a fan of the series, this short story is important reading because it reveals some stuff about Julie in the background that is important to the overall story (Roland, her relationship with Kate). I already kn ...more
KATE DANIELS FANS MUST READ MAGIC STARS!
I don't know how to start this review without spoiling you guys. It was so good. So. Good.
I've had my head in textbooks the last few weeks so I didn't know that Magic Stars was even a thing. Then I see Jen over at Red Hot Books talking about it on Twitter. When I found out that story was from Derek's POV and it had Julie in it too, I was like . . .
Derek has had a rough life, he had to kill his fathe ...more
This book stars Derek (The Grey Wolf) and Julie, who has appointed herself with the title of Kate's Herald. You know, like how Hugh was Roland's Herald. Many connections between those two concepts were made. We also find out that Julie knows way more than Kat thinks she does. It ...more
Anything Ilona Andrews writes is magic. If you ever take anything away from my years of wisdom that I am willing to share with you, this is the most important lesson.
So, I guess that's about it then.
Oh, wait, the book.
Okay, this book gives us the POV of Derek - the most awesome teenage werewolf sidekick ever. We Kate Daniels
Basically, this story is about a wizard who had a family killed for some magic stones. Derek and Julie team up and bring people to justice. However, all the good parts are Derek and Julie and Julie and Derek....soooo good!
And I'm not exaggerating! Okay, I lied, I am but just a little. But you can't blame me, I've (and just about every other fan of t ...more
Not gonna lie - unpleasant thoughts usually run ...more
Great entry in my favorite, favorite, favorite urban fantasy series. I had no idea Derek was such a little psycho and I LOVE IT. I did have an idea that Julie is overconfident in her abilities (teenagers, man) and this novella only created more tension in that area. I cannot WAIT to see what happens.
Can't say I'm overly enthused by the probability of an eventual Julie/Derek relationship, but I'm sure Ilona Andrews could convince me to like anything. Even ham. I hate ham.
Thanks to my fave IA BR b ...more
Oh, Derek and Julie!! I’m hoping we get a book two or at the very least some more short stories. Julie was kickass and awesome, and I loved being in Derek’s mind! There’s a lot brewing between these two and I can’t wait for more!
This is a must novella for the fans. ...more
The best part was Julie's revelations about Hugh and Roland, not to mention the fact that she knows about the whole Kate/blood/obeying thing. She seems to be really good at lying/hiding things.
Not sure how I feel about the Derek/Julie foreshadowing, Julie still seems way t ...more
Why this book?
I'm a fan of the Kate Daniels series
What I thought
Well this was a interesting fast paced read! This was great addition to the series and nice little novella. Just wished It was longer. Derek and Julie has always been two of my favorite characters. I admit I do ship them just a little bit even with the slight age difference. This was full of action and magic and I recommend to every Kate Daniels fan.
It’s not Christmas just yet, I know, but doesn’t it feel like it every time Ilona and Gordon publish something new? Yes, yes it does. Magic Stars came somewhat unexpectedly, having been kept secret until about a month ago, and the second we learned the protagonist, we were collectively consumed by an overwhelming feeling of pure joy. After all, Derek Gaunt deserves no less, and neither does our Julie.
Finally, we get a glimpse of Boy Wonder from up close. We’ve been waiting a long time for it, a ...more
I'm at a loss for words. It was too good to be coherent after reading it. Derek and Julie! Wow! This pulled on all the heart strings. Could two people be any more perfect for each other? I've always shipped Derek and Julie, but now I really really ship them extra hard.
Ilona Andrews are UF gods. I bow down to you and pledge my undying devotion because you can do no wrong. I loved this novella! It was 10 times better than most books. I usually hate short stories and novellas because they don’t fe ...more
IN ONE DAY.
And on my second read I told myself that I was going to go slower and post updates.
But I didn't.
Because I didn't want to stop reading long enough to share the super amazing quotes!
I'm not going to tell you what happens because I went into it not knowing and I LOVED it that way so all I will say is
You should read this!
If this is the direction that the Andrews are going with the KD world then I just need to send them a blank check to cover all of ...more
Usually I don't read novellas. But it was Derek so I couldn't resist. If you're a fan and you've been following Kate Daniels from the beginning I recommend you do not pass this novella. It's a must read! Not just because it's that good but there's a few revelations in it regarding Derek and Julie that you have to know. I believe the information will have an impact on the Kate series. Do NOT miss out!
2nd read - August 2016
3rd read - May 2018
4th Read - July 2018
It's no secret that I'm an Ilona & Gordon Andrews fan girl, I adore all of their books but I'm especially addicted to the Kate Daniels series. Derek has always been one of my favourite side characters and I love Julie too so the second I found out about this novella it jumped straight to the top of my most wanted books pile. As fans of the series will know most of the novellas aren't essential ...more
And damn, it's good.
I'm going to leave the review at that. Nothing else neeeds to be added. Just read it.
For some people, the stars aligned and everything went right. For him everything went wrong, every time. When he wanted something, when he reached for it, life broke him, yet somehow he always survived.
I have loved Derek Gaunt since the first book, and ever since what happened to him in Magic Strikes, I have worried about how he has changed. The sweet and charming Derek has disappeared, and in his place is a too serious Derek who seems to carry the world on his shoulders.
It was awesome to s...more
Stupid wolf. Her stupid, stupid wolf.”