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's character grows and evolves so much from his first appearance in Kate's series, it's like watching my little brother grow up. Sorta. My little brother in no way has the burning drive Derek does to protect those he cares about or the claws to do it. Derek has become a force not only as a person but as a wolf. From his casual flirty ways to his steely determination, he's a character you will never forget.
Julie has gone almost in a different direction. From her horrible beginnings to the ups and downs with Kate acting as a big sister and Curran as an older brother but with parental privileges, it's nice to see her become secure not only in her place with Kate and Curran but with herself. She's a pistol all right and she knows things Kate doesn't think she knows. I can't wait to see how that works out!
We have these two unbelievably well written characters joining up in an adventure of their own. The interactions are a bit breath taking. What's exactly going to happen with these two? I don't know about other readers but I can't wait for more.
As usual, even in a novella, the writing is top-notch, the pacing is splendid and the storyline is riveting. I always have a very hard time not gushing when I review an Ilona Andrews book. Dang, they are just so good and I read them so quickly that I have to go back and immediately reread them. Magic Stars was no exception. I've read it through 4 times at this writing, trying especially to figure out exactly what the Andrews have in store for Derek and Julie.
Highly Recommended!!!!! Please don't cheat yourself out of a spell binding world by skipping all the previous Kate Daniels and her world books.