This Chick Read: Magic Stars (The Grey Wolf Part 1) by Ilona Andrews

Magic Stars is a novella about Derek and Julie, from the Kate Daniels series.  This story takes place after Kate and Curran leave the Pack.  Derek, who had also severed his ties with the pack to join Kate and Curran, was hunting down the killers to a family of four when his path intersects with Julie, Kate’s ward.  Julie, a very head strong 16, takes a case that had come in to Kate’s business, and since Kate had been out, decided to investigate on her own.   Derek and Julie realize that they are investigating the same crime, and join together to solve it.

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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. 

Derek and Julie have an interesting relationship.  He is 20 to her 16, and the author seems to be setting us up for a romance between the two of them when she gets a little older.  He has always considered himself her guard, and cares more for her than he does almost anyone else.  He regards she, Kate and Curran as his pack, even if he won’t say it out loud.  It is interesting to hear his thoughts about himself and those he cares about, which is worth the time, as we don’t usually get insight into his character.

Julie, who we’ve watched grow up, has always been mouthy and strong, but now she also packs a powerful punch, literally.  She has been apprenticing with the local coven to enhance her magical abilities and has been taking private lessons from Kate’s father, Roland, who is the uber evil that the will be fighting in a future novel.  This fact comes out during this story and is a huge plot point for the series.  Will Roland gain some kind of power or allegiance over Julie, that will give him an advantage over Kate?  We’ll have to wait to find out.

I am a huge fan of he Kate Daniels series, and would recommend them to anyone who has not given them a try. If you’d like to see them in order, go to the author’s website at  If you are into the series, don’t miss the chance to read this gem.  The e-book is only $1.99 on Amazon.

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