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Magic Dreams: A Penguin Special from Ace (Kate Daniels) [Kindle Edition]

Ilona Andrews
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)

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Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC

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Book Description

From New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews comes a tale of darkness, desire, and werecats.



Alpha 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 headquarters. 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 Magic



Magic Dreams originally appeared in the anthology Hexed.


Product Details

  • File Size: 349 KB
  • Print Length: 86 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (June 26, 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HU7NXS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,805 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dreams of blood June 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
WARNING: This story was originally published in the short-story collection "Hexed." Do not buy if you own that book.

Most urban fantasy stories have female lead characters, and usually they're tough, allegedly butt-kicking twentysomethings who swoon in front of alpha males. So it's nice to see a more realistic heroine at the heart of "Magic Dreams," a beautifully suspenseful, clever story set in Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels universe.

Awkward, nerdy weretiger Dali Harimau is shocked when she comes home to find the werecat alpha Jim semiconscious in her bedroom. He's dazed and suffering from missing time, which seems to be connected to four missing shapeshifters -- and a mysterious woman that he saw. So Dali knows that it must be magic.

Fortunately, Dali has some knowledge of magic, meaning that she may be the only one who can find out what is slowly killing Jim. But this is no ordinary killer -- and as she tries to save the man she loves, Dali must confront a secret horror that she cannot possibly defeat except with her brains.

"Magic Dreams" is set in the same world -- even the same city -- as Ilona Andrews' glorious Kate Daniels' series, but the focus is on a character we haven't seen before. And Dali is a refreshingly realistic heroine: despite being a rare white weretiger, she's nerdy, puny and not very intimidating. And unlike most UF heroines, she uses her brains rather than brawn.

And despite being only a short story, Andrews' writing. is absolutely brilliant, weaving together urban fantasy settings with Asian folklore (including yokai and Indonesian fairy tales). But at heart, it's the story of an "ugly duckling" whose brains must be used to save the man she loves.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent short story August 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
In 2011 the readers got the release of a new novella from Ilona Andrews called "Magic Dreams", which was featured in the Hexed anthology and includes contributions from Yasmine Galenorn, Allyson James and Jeanne C. Stein. "Magic Dreams" focuses on Jim and Dali, who are both from the Cat clan. Jim is the alpha and the head of security for the Pack, while Dali is a white were-tigress who was last seen in Magic Strikes. "Magic Dreams" is sixty-eight pages long and is narrated entirely by Dali Harimau.

The novella is set a few weeks after the climax of Magic Bleeds and does not contain any spoilers for Magic Slays. The story begins with Jim visiting Dali--who is an expert of all things magical as was revealed in Magic Strikes--because he cannot remember what happened when he was investigating a certain mishap at a northwestern office. Figuring out what is happening at this office, and how Dali helps Jim, is the crux of the story.

Ilona Andrews has a rather crucial sense of what works and what doesn't, and choosing to focus on Dali--a minor, but fascinating character from Magic Strikes who shines because of her quirkiness and vulnerability--was a great decision. Throw in intriguing Indonesian and Japanese mythologies, a rather funny side to a mother-daughter bond, and top-notch writing, and it's no wonder that "Magic Dreams" is my favorite Kate Daniels-related short story so far.

All in all, "Magic Dreams" is another worthy addition to the Kate Daniels universe, and I hope the authors consider writing more stories about Dali as I for one would love to read more about the white were-tigress in a central role...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Angieville: MAGIC DREAMS July 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Though I read and very much enjoyed the Ilona Andrews' Andrea & Raphael novella in Must Love Hellhounds, I somehow never got around to reading the Hexed anthology. This was tragic on several levels, mainly because the Andrews novella included in that volume was the Jim and Dali story. I have been salivating over those two for what feels like forever now, anxiously crossing my fingers they would get their own book. And yet its inclusion in that antho somehow escaped my knowledge. This is why I got all giddy when MAGIC DREAMS was re-released last week, this time as an e-special. My nook and I clasped our hands in joy and then set about curling up together with one seriously gruff werejaguar and one smartypants weretiger. I've been extremely curious as to Jim's actual feelings on the small-package-good-things-come-in Dali, so it was with absolute relish that I devoured this 86-page treat.

The alpha of Clan Cat and leader of the Beast Lord's security force is a force to be reckoned with, albeit a strong silent one. That's why Dali tends to opt in favor of flying under his radar whenever she possibly can. The hydra-sized crush she's been nursing doesn't even come into it. Even if she wasn't almost legally blind, Dali can see from his actions Jim has little interest in her professionally and even less romantically. Why would he? She doesn't eat meat. She can't see properly. She's scrawny, ugly, and disobedient. And so like any self-respecting weretiger, she drowns her sorrows in fast cars and dusty magic. Until one day Jim comes in search of help. From Dali.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic Dreams A Kate Daniels Special
This was a short novella involving Jim and Dali. This was a pretty involved scenario that only Dali could solve with her both her shifter and added rare magic skills. Read more
Published 14 hours ago by Teddy Bear's Mom
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
this novella is a great side story in the magic series. But as a novella you don't get enough and the ending sort of just drops off. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars fun!
Definitely would look forward to a Jim/Dali book. This novella was complete in itself while also a teaser for more.
Published 14 days ago by V. Hampton
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting characters
I find the characters to be more realistic than the majority of paranormal romance novels. They make mistakes, are not always right, and have real insecurities. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Jennie Arnold
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome. Ilona Andrews is an auto buy for sure.
Anything this writing duo thinks up is great!
Published 17 days ago by Ashleigh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved it
Published 24 days ago by frazer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Live this series
Published 26 days ago by Nathan
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the next story/book to star Jim and Dali
Love love loved this short story by Andrews. Magic Dreams is set in the Kate Daniel's world, but centered on the side characters Dali and Jim. Dali is a really quirky character. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Samantha
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine glimpse into a side character...
Magic Dreams gives us a nice look into two supporting characters within the magic/TECH/magic/tech/MAGIC world of Atlanta and the Pack. Read more
Published 1 month ago by MDS
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice to see Jim has his own story
Chalk up another winner from Kate Daniels World. Novellas are notorious for leaving me unsatisfied. NOT THIS ONE! No important details left out, no rushed ending. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Donna Z
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More About the Author

New York Times Bestselling author 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. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Portland with their two children, three dogs and a cat. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.

You can read more about their work on their website: http://www.ilona-andrews.com

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