Title: Magic Dreams
Author: Ilona Andrews
In: Hexed (Ilona Andrews)
Series: Kate Daniels #4.5
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Dystopia, Paranormal fantasy, Shapeshifters
5th sentence, 74th page: The street to the left led to a ruined apartment building, now little more than a heap of rubble, and the neighbors to the back of me had fled the city a long time ago.
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.
Let me start this review by saying I love Dali. She is so different to Andrea and Kate, far softer and a lot more quirky. From the first moment I met her in Magic Strikes her uniqueness and contrariness drew me in. Not to mention the fact that Jim has more than a passing interest in her.
Viewing Kate through the eyes of someone else is always a treat, but Dali’s recollections of the world are such a treat. A vegetarian tiger who is mostly blind and unable to really fight is a great character, and understandably, she sees Daniels in a very different light. Her explanation of Kate’s magic had me giggling aloud.
Most of the Kate Daniels books so far have focused on European magics (Russian, Celtic and Greek), so delving into the world of East Asian mythologies was a really nice change of pace. It also illustrated Andrews’ ability to utilise a broad range of belief systems and understandings of the world. This, paired with Dali’s placement in such a society (and her potential personal danger) as a white tiger was a great new journey to travel on, and I can’t wait for the next one!