Review: SMALL MAGICS by Ilona Andrews

Small Magics

Favorite story: Because I’m always thrilled to learn more about Kate’s protege, I was delighted to read “Magic Tests” in this collection. Julie shined in this story, especially because she’s not just a miniature version of Kate. She’s been influenced by all the adults in her life, and it shows in the way she handles interpersonal relationships and conflict. I also enjoyed this look into an educational institution in the world of Post-Shift Atlanta, especially because that is a world-building element often overlooked in fantasy series that are not primarily “magical school” narratives.

Story that I wish would be expanded into a novel: How do insurance claims work when magic and nonhumans walk the land? “Retribution Clause” not only featured a protagonist completely different from Kate Daniels, but an entirely new location and type of hero as well! (Gender, race, job, the works.) This was a fun story with a twisty plot, but the most exciting thing about it was everything that was new, such as its setting of Post-Shift Philadelphia. If this story is a “test pilot” to see whether readers are up for a spin-off series, count me in.

Rating: 5 (out of 5) stars.

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By day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. Her debut novel, STEEL VICTORY, was her thesis novel for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction graduate program in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Previously, she was one of the co-editors for FAR WORLDS, a speculative fiction anthology. She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online (www.jlgribble.com), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/jlgribblewriter), and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits). She is currently working on more tales set in the world of Limani.

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