Aparna (inspirethoughts) wrote,

Book Critique 2016 – 08/07/2016: Magic Steals (Night Shift #2)

Continuing with the critiques I started in 2015, here is the next in series – a book review.
Prologue: Go here

Stars: 2.5 / 5
Recommendation: An interesting short story involving psychics, changelings and humans - but not my palate to read though for this novella.

Night Shift is a collection of four novellas by four authors who have mastered the art of spinning stories in urban fantasy and paranormal romance - Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Milla Vane and Lisa Shearin - published in November of 2014. Since I had read the first novella in the book, even though I had never read the remaining three authors, I still ended up reading. Here is the review of the second novella.

Magic Steals is the second novella in the book written by Ilona Andrews and is the Kate Daniels #6.5 in the same series. The plot revolves around Jim Shrapshire - who ran Clan Cat and a jaguar shapeshifter - and Dali Harimau - a weretiger (shapeshifting tigress).

Dali Harimau is a weretiger but everything opposite of what a weretiger or as a matter of fact a shapeshifter tigress would be - she is vegetarian, throws up at the sight of blood, wears thick glasses, has little skills in fighting and a very skinny girl. But she is dating Jim Shrapshire, who ran the Clan Cat - one of the seven classes in Atlanta's Shapeshifter Pack, a werejaguar, serving as the Pack' Chief of Security and complete badass. Although the dates never crossed beyond first base so far. She was determined to seduce him that day so they can take the next steps. But he came tired after a challenge fight and hurt. Using the magic that flowed through her she puts him in a healing sleep but gets interrupted by her mother and a friend Iluh Indrayani. They have come to Dali to seek help on Iluh's missing grandmother - Eyang Ida aka Ida Indrayani.

But she hadnt introduced Jim to her mother. She was a weretiger - of course all opposite - and also did magic - both the tiger purifying magic and spell-based magic. Did she feel unfit for Jim? Or did Jim play along only with her and not really serious about her? Of course a pack's lead should have a strong mate. So is that what Jim thinks of her - not strong enough? Or is Dali fearing those reasons and playing all this cool? While she is battling her fears, Jim and Dali head to Ida Indrayani's home to find more about her disappearance. Dali finds that some kind of Indonesian black magic is taking over the house and rotting it inside out. She sets on to purge the house and get rid of that black magic. Will they find what was causing this to the house? Who took Eyang Ida? What is the main reason? The plot continues exploring these questions and we see much more beyond that.

The whole plot is written in first-person context.  Again not having read any of the books in this series, a few of the terms and things I did not understand. For instance what if The Shift? Why doesn’t the Magic keep buildings intact? Etc. Although I have to say it creeped me out a bit at the various kinds of mythical and evil beings shown in this small novella. It’s a little gore for my palate and situations that are a bit hard for me to imagine. Perhaps if I read the first book it might help. In anycase not a series that I would follow though.

Good enough book if you like the gore mixed with paranormal romance and fantasy.

Spoiler Alerts:

1) Very interesting that the vehicles run on two different kind of engines - Water Engine (that runs on magic) and Gasoline Engine (that ran on fuel. Wouldn’t we all want to have one such - no more environment hazards because of this.
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