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From New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews comes a tale of darkness desire and werecatsAlpha Pack leader Jim Shrapshire has always been the strong silent type But something has come over him a magic force currently residing in one of the Pack's headuarters Were tigress Dali Harimau has always wished she could get Jim's attention but now he needs her help Stricken with a magic sickness Jim needs Dali's flair for magic And to save him she must challenge a powerful dark being to a battle of wits Includes an excerpt of Ilona Andrews's upcoming novel in the world of Kate Daniels Gunmetal MagicMagic Dreams originally appeared in the anthology Hexed

10 thoughts on “Magic Dreams

  1. says:

    Ever since I read Magic Steals a little while back I'd been wanting to find out how Dali and Jim originally got togetherDali is just one of those characters that have been in the background of the Kate Daniels books but I've always secretly wished played a much larger roleAnd Jim iswell he's Jim Curran's best friend Kate's old partner and the badass of the Pride Basically there's some hinky black magic that nearly kills Jim and Dali is the only one ualified to help Spoilery thing spoilery thing spoilery thingThe EndMy favorite part? view spoilerWhen Jim says at the end that he couldn't make a move on Dali until he was absolutely sure she liked him because he felt like it would be a misuse of his leadership role as Cat Alpha if he asked her out first hide spoiler

  2. says:

    35 stars Jim the werejaguar the shapeshifter Pack’s chief of security is in deep trouble from some mysterious sleeping sickness Dali the vegetarian white tiger is determined to help not least because she has a mad crush on Jim It’s an interesting and kind of amusing novella Review to come

  3. says:

    ⚔ The Grand IAA™ KD Buddy Rerererereread Extravaganza GIAAKDBRE™ aka the yellow brick road to Magic Triumphs ⚔Previous rating 5 stars New rating 35 stars Yes this is a Despicably Low Rating DLR™ No my account hasn't been hacked by the Fluffy Siberian Bunnies FSB™ Yet➽ And the moral of this reread is shamelessly downrating an IA story for the first time in the entirety of my entire life I am Because although I love the Cool Japanese Stuff CJS™ and Awesome Indonesian Stuff AIS™ in this story I have now read Kate Daniels 200 a few times and can now fearlessly ascertain that① Notwithstanding her nifty Shodo magic tricks and funny vegetarian tiger antics Dali Whiny Woe Is Me Harimau is a Premium Sick Love Puppy PSLP™ and First Rate Pity Party ueen FRPP™ Which I slightly dislike in female characters② Jim Shrapshire is a Selfish Asshole of the First Order SAotFO™ who needs to be sacrificed to Roland in Magic Triumphs In a most excruciating way if possibleOriginal review from a couple of centuries agoOnly a few days left before Magic Breaks is finally released and I’m definitely getting restless As a desperate measure I’ve decided to get my hands on anything Kate Daniels related hence Magic Dreams I didn’t know this short story was about Dali Jim and I can’t say I was very excited at first In the series Dali pretty much comes across as a clumsy nutcase and Jim is the very serious and paranoid head of security for the Pack I didn’t expect to have much fun reading Magic Dreams Well I was very wrong this is a very fun entertaining readI actually loved Dali as a narrative voice and it was great to see things from her perspective Jim is definitely growing on me now and doesn’t seem to be the boring ever serious alpha I thought he was Nice I really liked the interaction between Dali him and it’s fun to see how different they are from the other couples in the series Kate Curran Andrea Raphael A very fast paced entertaining read Now I would love to read about Dali Jim who would have thought?

  4. says:

    The story of Jim and Dali

  5. says:

    Buddy read with Armina Eilonwy Asya and Monty CupcakeOne of the most powerful groups in post apocalyptic Atlanta is called Pack shape shifters ruled by iron hand of its leader Curran One of his right hand people also in charge of overall security is Jim who makes his appearance in practically every previous Kate Daniels book During one of his security related investigations he stumbles upon a magic related problem so he has to ask his resident magician Dali for helpDali is an unusual character She is a shape shifter; her animal form is a white tiger She is also vegetarian near sighted and faints at the sight of blood I repeat she is a tiger A vegan tiger if such a thing is possible A vegan tiger that is afraid of blood As a side note we discussed her problems with my buddy readers and came to a conclusion most of them come from the fact that you cannot feed a cat no matter how large with only stuff which grows from soil; cats are predators and there is nothing can be done about itJim and Dali always seemed to me very flat characters; Dali is stereotypical comic relief than flat I did not expect much from a story from Dali's POV and this is exactly what I got not much The story was OK but the character did not have any additional dimensions for them The romance between them was hinted at before now it is clearly shown The novella is short and a fast read but nothing outstanding Well not exactly For some reason I always expected for a Chinese dragon to make an appearance I like them and they are not common guest stars in modern fantasy in the series; it finally happened which brought some explosive resultsThe final rating is unsurprisingly 3 stars a good but completely forgettable read This review is a copypaste of my BookLikes one

  6. says:

    Jim likes a girl The problem is that Jim is too Alpha to make the first move Moreover as the Pack Leader of the were cats and head of Security for Curran the Beast Lord he can be easily accused of taking advantage of his positionDali likes a boy The problem is that were tigress Dali is vegetarian almost blind and too unattractive to make the first move A brain with glasses she describes herselfOne day Jim is in trouble Being at the wrong place the wrong time he has been infected with something hideous that is eating Jim’s soul and magic Jim keeps falling asleep and as a final result he will dieDali will not allow an evil spirit to steal Jim from her Jim is hers nobody else could have himThe living breathing golden snail KEONG EMAS is the only thing that can help Jim Dali will not hesitate to risk her life to find it for him She has to visit the Underground the most dangerous place in Atlanta for shifters and buy itThen Dali will have to fight JOROGUMO the Biding Maiden the whore spider and get Jim out from her spiderweb It is a good thing that Dali is a clever girl and very good in riddlesJim’s and Dali’s future will look brightThere is also the addition of another interesting character in Kate Daniels’ world A SUANMI ie the son of the dragon from which Dali will saveI loved the book It features weird and wonderful creatures from Asian mythology especially from Japanese mythology I have a good knowledge of Greek mythology and I have noticed that the references and the descriptions in the previous books concerning the creatures from Greek mythology are perfectly accurate Thus I am absolutely positive that all the descriptions of the Asian mythological creatures in this book must be also exactly right The author must have done a lot of homework for these books

  7. says:

    35 Kitty Stars “Look he isn’t even concerned”I poured the tea “He’s concerned Mother He just doesn’t panic because he’s in charge and if he panics everybody else will panic”“I can jog around the room pretending to scream if you would like” Jim offered” This novella centers around two of our favorite kitties in the series Jim and Dali As usual with IA's characters these two find themselves neck deep in trouble and have to find their way out of itWriting and action wise the book is great Well structured and it actually delivers a good and complete story which is very important for a novella BUT while I love Jim and Dali as side characters they don't excite me as protagonists They both lack the snark and awesomeness of Kate and Curran or the smexy of Raphael That's not to say I didn't like them They just play in a completely different league “A rolled up newspaper landed on my head and then on Jim’s “None of that in my house”Oh my gods The alpha of Clan Cat just got smacked with a rolled up newspaper “Mom”She pointed at me with the newspaper “Do not shame me”I clamped my mouth shut When she pulled out the shame card it was all over” This was the funniest scene in the book which is saying much about the lack of the humor KD is so full ofThe one titbit I did love was the thing about Kate and phones I never gave it much thought and it's kind of funny that Dali knows what the problem is but doesn't inform Kate P

  8. says:

    Ilona Andrews is one of those authors where they could publish their grocery list and it would be amazing They are one of my very favorites for urban fantasy and fantasy and I’ve been slowly working my way through the KD world novellas to help cope with the fact that Kate is over and Julie is not yet ready to come into the world SOMEDAY Oh how I ship my Julie and Derek This could aptly be called ‘White Tiger and the Search for the Golden Snail’ or awesome nerd girls kick butt What a fun Dali and Jim novellaPlease excuse typosname misspellings Entered on screen reader

  9. says:

    45 Butterfly Kissed Stars Re read July 15 2014 before the release of Magic Breaks Possible inflating rating because of my love for Dali don’t judge me She became one of my favorite characters during the midnight games Dali is a drag racing Indonesian white tiger with magic short term memory loss after shifting that curses on parchment and is a vegetarianSOLD When Jim becomes the target of a supernatural force only Dali and her mystical family can help him She has had a crush on Jim for a long time but is sure that her Alpha will only ever see her as a uirky cat with some magic and never as a woman Sometimes being smart can get in the way The only thing you’re proving is that the smartest woman I know has zero common sense You have powerful magic you’re smart you’re competent but none of that matters I have a dozen Nadines I only have one you What good would Nadene do me right now? And I know you’re female I’ve noticedOne of the best parts of this entire novella is the time spent with Dali’s family Her mother is absolutely hilarious at times and the scenes in that house are priceless “A rolled up newspaper landed on my head and then on Jim’s “None of that in my house”Oh my gods The alpha of Clan Cat just got smacked with a rolled up newspaper “Mom”She pointed at me with the newspaper “Do not shame me”I clamped my mouth shut When she pulled out the shame card it was all over”Unlike the other women of this series that are all kick butt and take names later Dali is mostly smarts and cleverness It is a nice shift from some of the other women Her adversary is something out of Japanese demon lore and I totally loved the mythology shift as well Great beginning to another couples romance I can’t wait to see what happens to these two down the road as well

  10. says:

    Buddy reread with the Ilona Andrews Addicts in preparation for Magic Triumphs Original rating 4 starsNew rating 3 starsYes I know lowering an IA rating should be punishable but between Jim and Dali and knowing what I now know of them I just couldn't look at this as sweet Now the only thing I saw was how whiny and pathetic Dali is and feel sad for all that wasted potential And Jim well lets just say that I really want him to be a sacrifice of the war with Roland This reread also made me realize how much I sympathize with the spider demon So yeah something's definitely wrong with me if the character I feel most sorry for is a giant man eating spider Original reviewThis was so sweet Dali seemed like a great character in Magic Strikes and now I love the uirky half blind reckless weretiger Jim is also a character with great potential Sure there were moments in the previous books when I wanted to bash his head in so when I realized where this is headed a sinister smile curved my lips He already has one hell of a job and now he will never have a calm boring day I hope we get some glimpses of him tearing his hair off in the future novels