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, when several of those close to him are murdered, he’ll stop at nothing to hunt their killer through the magic-drenched streets of Atlanta.
Never one to be left on the sidelines, equally determined—some might say stubborn—Julie Lennart-Olsen soon joins in his pursuit; and what began as revenge turns into a race to save the city. Their search pits them against powers they never imagined and magic so old, it predates history. It may cost Derek his life, but there are things for which even he would risk everything.
What I Liked:
I love how these authors can take a novella, something that a lot of writers seem to struggle with, and pack in a detailed and exciting story.
Magic Stars was rich in the details, had a solid plot, excellent characters (obviously, it's Ilona Andrews!) and once again touched on a little mythology and folklore to tell it's tale.
I liked seeing Derek in the lead, I've loved him since book one of this series, and it both breaks and warms my heart to see the man he's grown into.
The novella was a wonderful teaser of what could come after the Kate series ends and it excited my little fangirl heart leaving me wanting more of Derek and - dare I say it? - Julie.
What I Didn't Like:
Not a lot with this book but I have to admit that Julie still bugs me.
She's gotten much better, more likeable, since the earlier books but she is still a know-it-all and waaay too big for her boots. I like where her character is going, mini Kate-esqe, but I hate that she's in contact with Roland and apparently blind to his evil despite what she says. Hopefully she'll grow up a lot more as everything progresses in the series cause her and Derek baby are written on the stars... Mark my words. 😉
I love Derek. I seriously love Derek and I really hope that this is going to kick start a spin off series once the authors are finished with Kate's books.
“Clothes don't have magic powers. They don't mystically protect you from three-inch claws, rapists, or murderers. If someone decides to hurt you, they will do so whether or not you have a thin layer of denim over your skin.”