Title: A Questionable Client
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #0.5
In: Dark and Stormy Knights (P.N. Elrod) & Small Magics (Ilona Andrews)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Dystopia, Paranormal fantasy, Shapeshifters
Format: Short story
Publisher: St Martin’s Griffin & NYLA
5th sentence, 74th page: He would make any bodybuilder gym proud.
In a world beset by magic waves, Kate Daniels works as a mercenary. She is tired, hungry, and there is foul-smelling blood on her boots. All she wants to do is to go home, but when Mercenary Guild offers her a job she can’t refuse, she finds herself protecting a man against Russian wizards.
Kate Daniels is quite possibly my favourite literary heroine. At least this week. And her introduction in A Questionable Client did not disappoint. This short story was a fantastic way to be thrown into Daniels’ chaotic future, one where magic and technology war for dominance and humans are powerless to do anything about it.
In Magic Bites, Kate’s past gig as a bodyguard for Sianim is often mentioned and alluded to, it was great to read the full story. Not only did it give me more of a glimpse into her work as a mercenary, and even the reasons why she isn’t insanely well off, but it also provided a glimpse into the selfish and manipulative nature of Sianim.
This was a great Kate Daniels fix while I wait for the next book in the series to arrive, and I would definitely recommend reading it as part of the overall series.