Title: Grace of Small Magics
Author: Ilona Andrews
In: Small Magics (Ilona Andrews) & The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance (Trisha Telep)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Paranormal romance, Urban fantasy
Format: eBook short story
5th sentence, 74th page: Too stunned to move, she simply stared.
A woman must repay her family’s debt to a shapeshifting magician.
Grace of Small Magics is a fantastic reminder that “offense is the best defense”. Grace’s quiet strength and stability in the face of overwhelming odds is inspiring, and her ability to take control of her future admirable. I love the way that Andrews uses this to poignantly remind us that just because someone appears mousey and weak, they are still capable of great feats.
Both the main characters in this story are battling their own inner demons and preconceived misconceptions. By working together and being themselves, they slowly are able to not only take account of their own past, but also find love and acceptance within each other. I love the idea that when you find someone, your past is just that, in the past, and your good points are grasped and embraced.