Expected Release Date: June 26, 2012
Publisher: Penguin
Imprint: Ace
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book:
Part of a Series: Yes, Kate Daniels 4.5
Series Best Read In Order: Yes
Steam Level: Chaste
Pet Peeves: (Possible) Too Stupid To Live Moment
Favorite Tropes: Plain Heroine, Unrequited Love

Official Blurb: Alpha Pack leader Jim Shrapshire has always been the strong, silent type. But something has come over him–a magic force currently residing in one of the Pack’s headquarters. Were-tigress Dali Harimau has always wished she could get Jim’s attention–but now he needs her help. Stricken with a magic-sickness, Jim needs Dali’s flair for magic. And to save him, she must challenge a powerful, dark being to a battle of wits.What Worked For Me:

  • I’ve always been a fan of plain or unusual heroines, and so I loved Dali.  Nearsighted, plain, and rather disappointing as a shapeshifter, I loved that she had her own hidden strengths, and it was great watching her “grow into herself” so to speak.
  • Jim has always been delicious, and I’ve been hoping for several books now that he and Dali would end up together, even if their pairing did seem a little odd.
  • I loved Dali’s mother, and how there was so much more to her than originally appeared.
  • I really enjoyed the villain. As a fan of Japanese horror flicks, I highly approved of the history behind the villain as well as the way the confrontation.

What Didn’t Work For Me:

  • I was a little disappointed that there was no sex, but then again, this is a Kate Daniels novella, and seeing as how the authors made us wait for years for Kate and Curran to have some on-screen action, I could forgive this one rather easily.
  • This was much more of a “Dali” story than a “Jim” story, which I admit left me a little disappointed.

While I wouldn’t recommend this one to readers completely unfamiliar to the Kate Daniels series, I do think that it would work well for those who perhaps have not yet read all of the stories.

I was so happy when I heard that Jim was getting his own story, and while I greatly enjoyed this novella, I admit I was a bit disappointed that this was far more of a “Dali” story than a “Jim” story.  Even so, I was highly impressed with the amount of action and plot that the authors were able to squeeze into such a small word count.

Highly recommended for any fan of the Kate Daniels Series, as well as readers who enjoy Japanese horror, unconventional heroines, and fantastic urban fantasy.

A very solid 4/5 Stars