Review: MAGIC STEALS by Ilona Andrews

magic-stealsWhile Kate and Curron obviously hold a place close to my heart, I think my favorite romantic couple in this series is easily Dali and Jim. Because I’ve also known these characters as individuals for so long, this makes their relationship all the sweeter.

This novella was a fun read because it both plays on so many cultural stereotypes and rebels against them. Dali’s conflict with her mother, hiding her relationship with Jim, made me laugh out loud multiple times. (And the fact that Dali, a vegetarian, is willing to cook meat for Jim is a testament to the way she cares about him.) The ending was also delightful.

But this novella wasn’t just a love story. It was also a tale of Dali and Jim working together as partners to defeat a foe. Again, long-time readers of this series already know each of their abilities and strengths. Watching them support each other outside of the romantic realm is one of the many ways in which Ilona Andrews excels at writing relationships. I hopeĀ to see more of Dali and Jim’s crime-fighting adventures.

Rating: 5 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.

Currently reading: Home Birth (Kaiju Revisited #2) by Jessica McHugh

Currently writing: 79,507/90k words

Published by steelvictory

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 (, on Facebook (, and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits). She is currently working on more tales set in the world of Limani.

Join the Conversation

1 Comment

Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: