A dinner date after a hard day at work sounds heavenly. Of course, when that date is between the Beast Lord and Kate Daniels, things don’t go as planned. Before you know it, undead are running amok, heads are being chopped off, lawyers are deployed and used with extereme prejudice, and drunk vikings are calling people out.
Magic Gifts is exactly that – a magical gift to fans of Kate Daniels and Curran. Set at the same time as the start of Gunmetal Magic, this story basically explains why Kate isn’t around much at the beginning of Andrea’s story. While out having dinner Kate and Curran end up becoming involved with the People, when one of their young apprentices loses control after given a necklace.
This is not a world or even Atlanta threatening situation and it’s nice to see how Kate and Curran work together in, what is for them, a regular day. They still don’t always see eye to eye and as ever chaos and is never too far away. The action scenes are fun, exciting and just what you expect from the pair. I especially enjoyed the Viking Hall and the confrontation in the glade, which gives you good background for a scene in Gunmetal Magic.
Another element I enjoyed was Jim’s juggling act between his responsibilities, his friendships and his loyalties as without meaning to Kate and Curran rely on him far too much. The resolution of the Mercenery Guild sub-plot could through up some interesting curve-balls for future adventures as well. Overall this is a great side adventure for one of my favourite book couples and an enjoyable couple of hours!
Recommended for fans of Karen Chance and Kelley Armstrong. 8.5 out of 10