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Title: Ilona Andrews
Post by: CheekyHalfWit on September 02, 2007, 05:31:29 pm
Her first book came out reallier in the summer.  Its "Urban Paranormal", with a twist.  Magic and Technology are "fighting" for time in our world.  I really cant wait for her next one to come out.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Cerulean on September 07, 2007, 09:27:35 am
The book is Magic Bites. There's a sequel coming out next March called Magic Burns. I've not read the book yet, but it's on my TBR pile. I have heard some good things about it, though.

Here's a brief blurb on Amazon, along with a recommendation by Patty! Hmm, I might have to move that up the TBR pile.

Patricia Briggs
Splendid...an edgy dark fantasy touched with just the right amount of humor.

Book Description
Mercenary Kate Daniels cleans up urban problems of a paranormal kind. But her latest prey, a pack of undead warriors, presents her greatest challenge.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Cerulean on January 22, 2008, 08:24:53 am
Magic Burns, due out April 1st.

Here's the blurb from Amazon:
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As a mercenary who cleans up after magic gone wrong, Kate Daniels knows how waves of paranormal energy ebb and flow across Atlanta like a tide. But once every seven years, a flare comes, a time when magic runs rampant. When Kate sets out to retrieve a set of stolen maps for the Pack, Atlanta's paramilitary clan of shape shifters, she quickly realizes much more is at stake. The stolen maps are only the opening gambit in an epic tug of war between two gods hoping for rebirth, and if Kate can't stop the cataclysmic showdown, the city may not survive

BTW, here's what else is due out that day:
Small Favor (hardcover) by Jim Butcher
Embrace the Night by Karen Chance
Rogue by Rachel Vincent
Dagger-star by Elizabeth Vaughn

I'll definitely be at BN the minute I get off work!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Snoopy on May 10, 2008, 03:09:00 pm

To get back on topic: ;)
I just re-read both Ilona Andrews' books, and am sooo eager to know who Kate's father was (someone mentioned earlier on in the thread that it could be R which makes sense to me, but I have a feeling it's too obvious) and what exactly makes her so special, magic-and-power-wise. And of course, her relationship with Curran... I love how they dance around each other *dirty grin* and the last scene of the book was priceless and now I want MORE!!
*gnaws tail in frustration*
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Has on September 15, 2008, 12:12:54 pm
I joined Ilona's Yahoo group and I got this today- its info on her new series which sounds fantastic.

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Hello everybody.

Let's see, the new series.

Originally it was titled Borderland, but we had to rename it due to
another well-established series with the same title. It's now titled
the Edge series, and as soon as the marketing figures out how they
want to title the first book, I'll post it here.

Imagine that there is mirror world to our own. In this world magic
dominates. People there developed the same level of civilization,
except they achieved it through magical means. It's a place of
carriages without horses, soundproof spells on hotel rooms, magic
devices and people who're able to bring down a house with a burst of
power. This world is called the Weird.

Because in the Weird magic power is extremely important, the idea of
aristocracy never died. The land is divided into districts. A noble
who presides over the districts acts as a governor. A baron or earl
might only have a small area, while a duke might preside over a
territory equal to a state, containing numerous districts, each in
turn governed by a lesser noble.

Being a noble is no picnic: to formally assume the title, one first
has to take competency exams and do seven years of military service or
ten years of civil service and once the title is assumed, the noble
take with it the ultimate responsibility for the social wellbeing of
the citizens in their district. The Weird nobles are nasty customers
in a fight. Some of them, those who come from powerful families deep
within the Weird, are called bluebloods. And you never ever want to
piss one of them off.

Some people in the Weird are aware that there is another world, a
place quite similar to their own in geography but completely
different. In this world technology rules and magic doesn't work.
Even if a person with a magical ability does cross into this
technological world, it strips off their magic and they're left
feeling incomplete and crippled. Broken. Therefore, this world is
called the Broken.

The Broken and the Weird sit like two joined soap bubbles, barely
touching. The place where both worlds exist at once is called the
Edge. It's a narrow strip of land, about fifty to a hundred miles
wide that encircles the world. Here both magic and technology work at
once.

Living "on the Edge" is hard. The edgers are a mongrel lot. Most
aren't educated well enough to hold a decent job in the Broken and
their magic is rarely strong enough to let them succeed in the Weird.
They belong in neither world and they know it. Although they cross in
and out of the Broken and the Weird with ease, they're bound to the
Edge. Staying too long in either one will make them permanent
residents of that place - they will lose the ability to cross forever.

Most edgers make their living holding down minimum wage jobs, shopping
at Wal-Mart, and trading between the worlds. In both the Broken and
the Weird, they're illegal immigrants. Even if the were talented
enough to get good jobs, nobody would give it to them. They survive
the best they can. They're as likely to come at you with a gun as
with magic, and they don't like strangers.

In this odd place between worlds, lives Rose. Rose is a born and bred
edger and she comes from a family of doubtful reputation. Her grandpa
was a pirate. Her grandma is a disagreeable old woman who enjoys
cursing people. Her father is a gold digger and grave robber
(literally), forever looking for that next big treasure and never
finding it. Her mother was a slut. Of all the Draytons, Rose might
be the most responsible: at the time of the story, she's trying to
raise her two much younger brothers. Mom is dead, dad has ran off,
grandpa is dead too, after a fashion, and she's doing her best, poor
as you can get and working hard.

Unfortunately Rose has a problem. She's a fluke - magically she's
incredibly powerful. Instead of benefits, this power brought Rose
nothing but trouble. After she revealed it in a spectacular fashion,
the Edge families scrambled to grab her for the breeding rights and
when she and her family declined the marriage offers, a couple of
clans tried bridenapping. After Rose fried a few kidnappers, people
left her alone, but she became somewhat of an outcast. She keeps to
herself, raises her brothers, works her little job in a maid service,
and rebuffs all offers of marriage with a gun and a magic flash.

One morning she finds a blueblood on her doorstep and she tells him
exactly what she told all the others: she won't marry him.
Unfortunately, one just doesn't brush a blueblood off. He sticks
around and he isn't taking no for an answer. Soon it becomes apparent
that all is not well in the Edge: monsters are appearing, people are
dying, and Rose's family becomes a target. This blueblood, who calls
himself Declan (Declan Riel Martel, ade Dominik, ade Logran, ade
Rotibor, Seventeenth Earl of Camarine, Belyi Knyaz, and Lord of
Lynkshire to be precise)knows what's going on but he isn't talking...
Except to assure Rose that come hell or high water, she will be
joining him on his return trip to the Weird.

And that's the run down of the first book :) It's still very much a
contemporary fantasy with a definite modern flavor, but because it's
not set in a city, we're calling it rustic fantasy (rather than urban
fantasy.) Kate Daniels series is a bout 25% romance, and this one is
more like 50% - it's right in the middle.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kate on February 12, 2009, 07:33:53 am
This entry from yesterday on Ilona's blog cracked me up (only because I'm surrrre she wasn't serious):

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New morning, new day filled with hate.

:stares at Kate 4:

Rocks fall.  Everyone dies.

I've felt like that whilst writing before. I love how honest she is about that stuff. :)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Has on February 13, 2009, 03:54:48 pm
Hey Maz this is for you! - I know you had a crappy day I found the pic- but all credit to e_booklover she thought of the caption :D

Enjoy  :-*

(http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g82/Hascape/lion-1-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: nottled on February 17, 2009, 06:02:19 am
I really enjoyed these two books.  ;D The monsters were successfully 'icky' and even though I'm not a huge fan of fantasy worlds, I really liked her take on the future. I thought her vision was much clearer in the second book. I kept wondering what year they were supposed to be in?  :D I saw that White Street got it's name in '14 but did I miss it somewhere?

I love Curran but I think I love Samain more. The dancing in the snow scene was a hoot! :D

I cackled out loud when Bran showed up at the Keep and she head butted him in the nose. She's my kind of girl! I'm really looking forward to the next one and I don't even have to wait that long. ;D
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: e_booklover on March 06, 2009, 01:51:40 pm
She posted an excerpt of something she wrote while under stress last year.  http://ilona-andrews.livejournal.com/274951.html (http://ilona-andrews.livejournal.com/274951.html).  It looks good but darker/grittier then what she currently has out.  Me likes :)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: CheeseBK on March 19, 2009, 04:00:09 am
*coughs* back to the original topic.... before the mods are getting angry at me *ducks head*

a little hint: there are two different blogs where ilona and gordon post their snippets. they post the same things on both, of course, but sometimes you have to look through the comments on both pages to find out all the goodies.

http://ilona-andrews.com/index.php/blog/

(modified to remove outdated link - Ellyll)

have fun
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kate on March 25, 2009, 06:59:13 pm
Saw this basic pic on icanhazcheeseburger and had to add an Ilona-related caption. :)
(http://i591.photobucket.com/albums/ss357/kescheu/JimLOLZ.jpg)

Ooh, and I got the pic right!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: CheeseBK on March 31, 2009, 10:55:46 pm
:) demi I answered to your post on ilona's blog too. I ordered it with book depository now.

hey, do you remember jeremiah's dog from book 2? that's about how I envision that dog ;) all credit for that impressive creature goes to the makers of "riddick", though ;)

(http://i367.photobucket.com/albums/oo114/CheeseBK/jeremiah_dogKopie.jpg)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Good Mazoku on April 19, 2009, 09:21:02 pm
I notice it's something pretty common: I too wasn't much hooked until halfway through Magic Bites, and a friend of mine (who's hating/loving me right now coz we need to get an exam done and I'm lending her my copy of Magic Strikes ;D thus precluding her getting much studying done) had the same problem.
I think it's due to the fact that in the first half of the first novel we still have to get the gist of Kate's world and not all the characters have been introduced yet, so that may be the reason why it's a little bit "slow". :) But after that...zomg...me wantz more... T_T
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Has on June 02, 2009, 04:10:10 am
Silent Blade is out today!!! :D
http://samhainpublishing.com/romance/silent-blade

Maz I think you will be able to read this on the computer fine - its pretty short and its around 48 pages.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Good Mazoku on June 07, 2009, 03:05:18 pm
I'm really amazed at how much Kate has changed since Magic Bites, you can see how all the relationships she's developing (with Curran, Andrea, Derek...) are making her redesign her POV on lots of things. :)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Has on June 13, 2009, 12:12:43 pm
Yay!!! Glad you managed to download it okay.

By the way Ilona has posted another short story on the blog, this is their first sold story but recently the rights were reverted ;D
http://ilona-andrews.com/2009/06/happy-saturday/
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Has on July 18, 2009, 03:35:27 pm
Ilona has a new forum!
She suffered a server outage and lost the old one :(

But come over and join there will be an underpants thread to start things off :D
http://www.ilona-andrews.com/forum/index.php
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Cerulean on July 23, 2009, 11:00:40 am
And today's blog post (http://www.ilona-andrews.com/2009/07/23/revenge-is-sweet/) has a glimpse of a short story (?) about Kate as a youngster growing up with Greg. Very interesting!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Varg on September 22, 2009, 01:25:40 pm
(http://www.wallcoo.net/cartoon/Platinum_Conception_Studio_Pictures_02/images/Conception_Design_platinum_32.jpg)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: thebeadedchihuahua on September 29, 2009, 04:25:55 pm
I started reading Magic Bites and I found it hard to understand and get into at first. I'm on Chapter 7 now and its starting to make sense. Are the other 2 books of this series hard to understand like this one? Do they get better with each book like the Mercy novels?

I haven't bought the other 2 books yet because I don't want to get disappointed.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on September 29, 2009, 04:42:20 pm
The first book is the only one I've heard any complaints on. The series definatly gets better as it progresses, if only because you understand the world.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kate on September 29, 2009, 04:51:45 pm
Yeah, I think in the first one, she has to take so much time explaining the world and establishing the relationships, that it takes a bit longer for the story to really get started. For the next two books, she doesn't have to take that amount of time up front.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: lilliana on September 30, 2009, 03:37:09 am
I started reading Magic Bites and I found it hard to understand and get into at first. I'm on Chapter 7 now and its starting to make sense. Are the other 2 books of this series hard to understand like this one? Do they get better with each book like the Mercy novels?

I haven't bought the other 2 books yet because I don't want to get disappointed.

You wont be disappointed. I thought the same thing when I began Magic Bites. I pushed through the first half of the book wondering if I made a mistake buying all 3 books at once. Then once I got to the second half of the book, I couldnt put it down. The next 2 books are fantastic. Keep going!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: mystify on September 30, 2009, 05:48:08 am
I agree... It's better to just make it through the first part of book 1. After reading all 3 books, I went back and read the first again and liked it a lot more. The series is really fantastic and I'm so excited for the next one.

Read On the Edge yesterday. Another great book!  :D
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: mystify on September 30, 2009, 08:51:35 am

Love love loved how Declan just agreed to Rose's challenges to marry her when that wasn't the reason he went there at all. I can just imagine a snippet from his POV about this crazy lady coming out of the house telling him she won't sleep with him, etc.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: lilliana on September 30, 2009, 09:00:29 am

Love love loved how Declan just agreed to Rose's challenges to marry her when that wasn't the reason he went there at all. I can just imagine a snippet from his POV about this crazy lady coming out of the house telling him she won't sleep with him, etc.


Oh yes, that is a great scene! Especially when we found out why he went to Rose's house in the first place. He had been chased off by half the town by that point.  LOL  Another favorite moment is when Declan helped Georgie realize that he couldnt help keep everything he loved alive after they died. I really love Georgie and Jack. 
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: ArtAngel on October 01, 2009, 01:34:45 pm
Me too! It's heartbreaking to see her like that!

About On the Edge, I love Declan's family! They totally cracked me up! And the two boys were just adorable.


Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: lilliana on October 02, 2009, 03:31:41 am
Me too! It's heartbreaking to see her like that!

About On the Edge, I love Declan's family! They totally cracked me up! And the two boys were just adorable.




Kate needs to kick Curran's arse! (and then ravish him!  LOL )

I love Declan's family too! One of my favoroite lines in the books is from his grandfather (I think)
"Did you see that?" He just rescued her from us. The wedding is on!"  LOL
(I dont have my book, but I believe that is the correct quote.)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Cerulean on October 02, 2009, 07:14:08 am
I love the hero and the story behind the baddies.

I loved hearing about the de-evolution of the group that created the monster-maker. Very interesting. I'd love to hear even more. And I found a few other things interesting: 1) did it seem like there was a hint of a foreshadowing of an attempt by the Weird to sabotage or invade the Broken? I'm just thinking of Ellie's reaction to hearing about William & Declan's training on how to do this. But then again, what purpose would it serve? If they stay too long in the Broken, they lose their magic. Well, it sparked a thought.

And I'm really wondering why Declan joined the Red Guard, why he didn't want to be an Earl in the first place. He seems like he loves his family and vice versa. Maybe they've been too overbearing? They pressured him too much initially? It sounds like a very interesting backstory.

And I couldn't quite understand the strength of William's issues with Declan having a loving family. I understand his being upset, etc., but he really seemed to hate him and want to kill him, so is there more to this story? Since the next story will be William's, hopefully we'll get to hear more.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kate on October 02, 2009, 07:32:35 am
Cerulean, I didn't think that William hated Declan for HAVING a family. I think he was furious with Declan for having that loving family and walking away from them to join the Red Guard. To William, who values having a family so much he was trying to court Rose just so he could have one, it must have seemed that Declan had everything and just threw it away.

And as to why Declan would walk away, I think he put it pretty plainly: he just didn't want the responsibility. He wanted to be beholden only to himself. If you've been raised since childhood with the knowledge that a world of responsibility rests on your shoulders, I imagine that a footloose kind of life might be tempting.


I'm looking forward to finding out more about William, though.  :D
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Pendle on October 02, 2009, 08:21:04 am
I had no idea the next book was about William since I stay away from the snippets. That's good to know. I really like William.

Didn't realise that they'd be switching main characters either. I like William too. He's quite interesting, and here's hoping he deals with his emotional issues.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Has on October 02, 2009, 11:13:31 am
If there are more books contracted in this series- Ilona also said she will do more with Rose and Declan. I really hope there will be more and I also cant wait to read William. Definitely became a fan fave for me in the book :D
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Ellyll on November 12, 2009, 10:43:08 am
I'm sure I'm not the first person to think of this, but I have an idea about why Curran blew Kate off for dinner.

I think it's because of all that blood in the last book.  Kate's always so careful about letting her blood get found, and there was an awful lot of random blood flowing around and not getting mopped up.  I wonder if Curran found out, and now he's not so sure what he's planning to mate.

Like I said, I'm probably not the first person to come up with this theory.  It just struck me this morning, though, so I share.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Varg on November 12, 2009, 10:55:22 am
Interesting! Might be, but that doesn't really sound like Curran to not show because of speculation.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Ellyll on November 12, 2009, 11:08:04 am
But what if it's not speculation?  The assumption throughout the books has been that the blood is a definitive indicator, and anyone who gets a hold of it will know for a fact what Kate is.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Varg on November 12, 2009, 11:20:56 am
Yes,that would put a different spin on it. I'm still not convinced not showing is what he would do with that info. Just seems off to me.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Ellyll on November 12, 2009, 11:24:00 am
I'm not convinced, either.  But I like the theory.  ;D  I really look forward to finding out for real.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BigMama on November 17, 2009, 10:49:01 am
IMO, Curran has made his decision and is, for some reason, protecting Kate by his sudden rejection.  I have a feeling that when she finds out why, she will give him some trouble.  ;)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Pendle on November 18, 2009, 03:53:13 am
Maybe he's figured out who she is.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Tish on November 18, 2009, 10:19:56 am
I hope the spoiler thingys work cause it's my first time using them...Okay so here's my half-baked, harebrained idea on why Curran didn't show up for dinner. Curran suspected who Kate was, but didn't get comfirmation until she broke the sword. He's upset she didn't tell him. He's claimed her as his future mate and sees her not telling him as a trust issue(think of it as your spouse not telling you a huge secret). She doesn't trust him to keep her safe or to keep it under wraps and he feels he's proven himself by everything he's done for her (Midnight games/flying castle,etc). He sentenced himself to manual labor for participating in the other's "silliness" and has that time to brood about it. Meanwhile Mahon(who someone on Ilona's board said has something to do with Curran missing dinner and doesn't want them together) sees Saimen sp? posing as Kate do something very un-Kate-like. Mahon tells Curran, who is already upset with Kate, what happened, he doesn't believe she would do that, but doesn't give her the benefit of the doubt. Instead he decideds to distance himself from her to give him time to think without his need for her making decisions for him. I also think he's keeping tabs on her and is the tipster in chap 2.  Who knows??? Is it May yet????  This waiting is killing me!!!!!!



EDITED to fix spoiler tags - Ellyll
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: lacrima on November 18, 2009, 10:35:38 am
Oh, thank you. Not that I mind spoilers (and I was the one to come up with the Mahon-is-the-bad-guy-theory, after Ilona said that he thinks Curran isn't really in love with Kate), but I know that others do. So thank you for making it work.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Pendle on November 18, 2009, 01:01:56 pm
Do you think Aunt B and Mahon are having an affair? Wouldn't help if their fighting in separate corners over the Kate/Curran scenario.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: lacrima on November 23, 2009, 02:39:17 pm
I can access the page again.

As a little thank you I'll bring you the links to some Alpha Menz...

Part 1: http://www.ilona-andrews.com/2009/11/23/okay/
Part 2: http://www.ilona-andrews.com/2009/11/23/alpha-menz-snippet-part-2/
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: CheeseBK on November 25, 2009, 03:57:54 am
What exactly is Alpha Menz? It sounds totally great! Will it become a novel/series/anything? Will there be more Alpha Menz stuff? Enlighten me, please! ^-^

it's a ongoing online-story Ilona is writing and posting whenever she has time. although we devoted readers would love to see it published, it seems the editors think it's too .... special to publish it. *shrugs*
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Has on December 01, 2009, 11:03:22 am
This is all I could find the links to Alpha Menz its via tag search - I couldnt find a direct link hon
http://www.ilona-andrews.com/tag/alpha-menz/
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Has on December 02, 2009, 10:34:00 am
Kate this may help!!!!
Curran POV!!!! :D

http://www.ilona-andrews.com/2009/12/02/magic-strikes-curran-pov-part-1dedicated-to-the-mods-of-doom/comment-page-1/#comment-6185
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Has on December 24, 2009, 01:24:24 pm
Curran POV part 2 is up!!!

http://www.ilona-andrews.com/2009/12/24/magic-strikes-curran-pov-part-2-dedicated-to-reece-n/comment-page-1/#comment-7219

I think this is the best one yet
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Pendle on January 13, 2010, 02:26:11 pm
I've been re-reading the Kate Daniels series, I've picked up some snippets that I'd forgotton or glossed over.

1. Roland is still missing an eye.
- He must have some regenerative abilities, he's 4000 years old! But obviously not enough to grow back body parts. Personally, if I was Kate I'd go for the other eye. If you can't kill at least maim. He'll be blind...a bonus.  ;D

2. Kate knows Rolands real name.
- But does she? He might have lied to Voron. A leader wouldn't share everything. But is it important? I'd like to image if you know an old, powerful beings name (that no-one else does), you get power over said creature. Cool, if it were true.  8)

3. Currans family is dead.
- It puts him on an equal personal level with Kate. :P
- Though I remember Ilona said on her blog or forum "who said Currans parents were dead?" ...umm you did! And it was mentioned in the recent POV.

4. How the hell did Voron come to know the witch Oracle?

5. Kate is immune to both the immortus (vampire) pathogen and Lyc-V.

(I'll shut up now, am rambling!!)



Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Cerulean on January 22, 2010, 11:34:42 am
I read the first two Kate Daniels books over again last week to remind myself what's going on :) So here are some questions.
Does anyone have any ideas about what kind of creature Roland is? In the second book, Kate tells someone (Red?) that Roland was alive when The Morrigan was just being dreamed up. And she says he's several thousand years old, too. What is he and how did he survive that long? And what did he do when the tech was in full swing for so long?

What is the timeline for the world in these books? How long as the magic been back in the world?

What made Curran decide to pursue Kate?

What other kind of magic can Kate do? And would she age normally? And do shapeshifters age normally?

Just the ones I could think of offhand.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kate on January 22, 2010, 12:42:46 pm
Pendle, I'm pretty sure Kate's not human. She can't catch Lyc-V or become a vampire. And I think it's pretty well established that Roland is DEFINITELY not human. ;D
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Good Mazoku on January 22, 2010, 01:05:59 pm
Pendle, I'm pretty sure Kate's not human. She can't catch Lyc-V or become a vampire. And I think it's pretty well established that Roland is DEFINITELY not human. ;D

She's not. Remember in Magic Mourns? That guy that brings her the apples no human can eat and she munches them for snack? I'd say that makes for her not being human.

As for Roland: he's the head, the founder member, the creator of the People. He's got his hands in death magic and he could very well be a demi-god or something that deals with necromancy and the likes. My mythology sucks so I have no idea who he might be or resemble. :P How did he survive during tech? The same way that ancient vampire from book #1 did (one of the ones his ex-wife wielded), the one with the odd-shaped head, remember? I have no idea how it managed, but if something so insignificant as a vampire survived, then Roland could too. :)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Has on January 22, 2010, 01:10:29 pm
@ Pendle- hey no harm in trying :P LOL
And you never know! ;D

I agree Maz but I think the growing influence of magic in the world adds to Roland's influence and magic. i think age is def a factor on how powerful a person is in the series.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Good Mazoku on January 22, 2010, 01:14:41 pm
That's for sure, twin! :)

Could it be that I remember reading somewhere Ilona saying that shapeshifters age way more slowly than the average human? I could be utterly wrong, but I have the feeling I read something like this, I just can't remember where... :-[
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Has on January 22, 2010, 01:20:27 pm
I think it was on the forum somewhere but there was something about them aging slowly. Makes you wonder if older the shape the more if affects aging. Ohhh wonder if i should ask ilona this- I am not sure if this is gonna get stamped though :D
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Good Mazoku on January 22, 2010, 01:44:28 pm
It could be related to shape, but I think it more likely it could be related to their power: the more powerful the shapeshifter, the slower s/he ages. :) And Curran can eat those apples too... ;D
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Pendle on January 23, 2010, 07:20:00 am
There might have been magic 4000 years ago.  Probably was.  Remember that whole thing about the pendulum swinging the world from magic-based to science-based, and back again?

Makes sense. How advanced would tech have been 4000 years ago?

Anyhow about Gods. I thought they couldn't set foot on earth unless during a powerful magic flare. I've got this image in my mind with a bunch of deities having a ruckus on Olympus, but they can't get off the mountain to meddle in the lives of us lowly mortals. I'd imagine it's like watching a soap opera.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Pfefferminztee on January 23, 2010, 07:36:59 am
Pendle, I'm pretty sure Kate's not human. She can't catch Lyc-V or become a vampire. And I think it's pretty well established that Roland is DEFINITELY not human. ;D

She's not. Remember in Magic Mourns? That guy that brings her the apples no human can eat and she munches them for snack? I'd say that makes for her not being human.


Where did you read that scene? I cannot remember it.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Cerulean on January 23, 2010, 08:12:26 am
I thought about mentioning these questions at her forum, but I thought I'd just get us all talking here :) And now I definitely don't want to get "stamped!"

I can't remember Magic Mourns ... was that a short story/novella? I don't see how Roland can be human, but maybe just not completely human. And maybe this is a big assumption, but wasn't Kate's mother human? So even if Roland was nonhuman, Kate would be at least partially human. But then in the second book (I really need to remember names better), there's the issue of women taking on the powers of their lovers if they take their seed. So would Kate's mother have been changed by that - more than temporarily? (This might start another issue of what would happen to Kate if she and Curran had unprotected sex.)

In one of the books I read - maybe it was the second one - Kate says that the magic left the world around the Stone Age. That would make Roland around that old if he was around when magic was still in the world - which I think sounds right. Wow, that would make him *really* old. Again in the second book (geez), Kate tries to save Bran by pouring magic into him and she hears/thinks "this is how undeath is created." So 1) Kate could make vampires or other forms of undead, and 2) is this how Roland started the People? But vampires aren't supposed to be over 200 years old (somewhere in the series, probably that pesky second book) because Kate was surprised to be attacked by a vampire ~ 300 years old. So what was Roland doing in the ages before then?

And as I started the third book (Burns?) last night, I smiled to see a connection - we see Kate trying to talk a banshee down from a telephone pole because the woman's family called on her. But I'd just read in the first book where Kate related a very similar story to an innkeeper/barkeeper (?) she knew who wanted to know if his nephew should to into the Order. She tells the story of a family who called on the Order to contain a harpy (I think). But it turns out that the harpy was the man's aunt and he didn't know it - and the harpy was atop some kind of pole or structure. But the Order killed her even though the man begged them not to. I wonder if that was a deliberate similarity or an accidental one.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kate on January 23, 2010, 09:04:14 am
Cerulean, I always assumed that the banshee/harpy stories similarity was purposeful.

"Magic Mourns" is a short story in Must Love Hellhounds, I think. It's mostly Andrea and Raphael.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Cerulean on January 23, 2010, 01:50:39 pm
If Kate passes on some of her power to whomever she sleeps with (without the use of the mirror lock spell), the same should be said for Roland. I'd presume that's why Olathe was that powerful, but does the power transfer effects wear off?

It only works from the male to the female, not the reverse. So Kate couldn't pass anything along to a man using the mirror lock spell (as you mention); did you have other suggestions? They said that there was no other way for it to go from female to male. I think the effects do wear off, but it might take a long time. Olathe was still powerful and I got the impression that she'd been dumped by Roland a while back.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Pendle on January 24, 2010, 02:01:08 am
Quote
Having sex with me meant sharing some of my magic.
Magic Burns pg188.

Kate's going to pass some of her power on regardless. I presume her mate's going to get a power boost, and that's why she only has one night stands because the effects less noticeable.

Do you think Curran can handle it?
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Good Mazoku on January 24, 2010, 02:35:12 am
Pendle, I'm pretty sure Kate's not human. She can't catch Lyc-V or become a vampire. And I think it's pretty well established that Roland is DEFINITELY not human. ;D

She's not. Remember in Magic Mourns? That guy that brings her the apples no human can eat and she munches them for snack? I'd say that makes for her not being human.


Where did you read that scene? I cannot remember it.

It's at the end of the novella Magic Mourns, in the Must Love Hellhounds anthology. :) The novella revolves mainly about Andrea and Raphael, however Kate does appear at the end. Without wanting to spoil anything to anyone, let's say that there are these apples and no human is supposed to be able to eat them and Kate munches on them without problems of any sort. :)


Quote
Having sex with me meant sharing some of my magic.
Magic Burns pg188.

So we can more or less safely assume the same is true for Roland. :)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kate on January 24, 2010, 11:12:51 am
Quote
Having sex with me meant sharing some of my magic.
Magic Burns pg188.

Kate's going to pass some of her power on regardless. I presume her mate's going to get a power boost, and that's why she only has one night stands because the effects less noticeable.

Do you think Curran can handle it?

*scoffing* Of course he can handle it. He's the Beast Lord. Of course, that means he has to make up his mind to handle it and not get his panties in a bunch. :P
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Cerulean on January 31, 2010, 07:53:51 am
What I found the most disturbing about the Alpha Menz excerpts is the part where - and now I forget their names - (Lucas?) the main guy who may be the "hero" basically says as he's chewing on the heroine's arm, causing her great pain, that the only reason he didn't have sex with her is that she didn't want to be bound up, therefore trusting him, somehow. But he does fondle her without her consent. So basically, this guy is nigh unto torturing her, molesting her, and then would've raped her if she hadn't "trusted him." This same guy  also believes he now owns her and her daughter. After she wakes up, she starts to make breakfast for everyone. It's clear she's going to be the cook, the slave, and the food for these men. Forever and with great pain, apparently. I don't need my heroes to be shining pure white knights, but I would prefer them to less monstrous.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Pfefferminztee on February 01, 2010, 07:00:40 am
What I really love about Alpha Menz is that it is not romanticized. It is openly brutal, it is violent and it is ugly.
I often find a lot of so-called anti-heroes not that anti at all. If it wasn't mentioned I surely wouldn't have known that the writer intends them to be cruel.
Then I am often disappointed in their development: It is like 'Oh, you are my soulmate, all my foul behavioral patterns are forgotten'.
Both of these things won't be possible with characters like those.
It is extreme, but I love it.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Cerulean on February 01, 2010, 04:04:33 pm
Eh, the blog didn't really say much other than she'll do what she feels right for the character. Which is as good and true answer, but it's not really revealing. I'll be honest, I don't quite get how people can find this hero attractive. I certainly know people have different preferences, but I'm just confused ... what was it about that excerpt that made the hero ... well, identifiable, maybe? He was interesting, and he was unique, but I don't get the fascination. I get that it's fun to see Illona writing a creative new world, but the characters and the plot sound just horrible. You know I wasn't so sure about The Edge at first b/c I couldn't see how she could make (I suck with names) the hero likable. But she completely turned me around and I love that book. However, Alpha Menz just had things that are line-crossing for me. I don't see how a hero can be redeemed when he molests and thinks about raping the heroine. Maybe I'm belaboring the point (and I apologize if I am), but I just don't get it.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: e_booklover on February 01, 2010, 05:42:31 pm
For me personally I think I am more interested in the world and the characters as in what will happen with/to them next.  Based on the snippets so far I am not viewing the main male character in a romantic light but more of a can he is he capable of becoming "redeemed"?  What happened to make the family dynamics the way they are?  What is with this particular world?  Why did they pick her?  All those questions.  Do I think the possibility exists that he might change? Yes, but I have no idea where it will go.  

Again not every story is for everyone.  I am just glad that we can all discuss this without folks jumping on each other :).
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Demi on February 02, 2010, 02:13:09 am

I DO trust them, till now they never disapointed me. Every book i have read from
Illona Andrews was absolutley satisfying and i am sure, the next will be no exeption.

Thats why i am not fretting. They stand in the same line for me as our host, Patricia Briggs :-LOVE.
All i do with both authors is: looking happily forward to the next book.

All three are good as that, no worry´s from me. 8)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: SweetSensation on February 02, 2010, 12:13:38 pm
I'm looking forward to see what they do with ALPHA MENZ. Why does Lucus have to be redeemable? Is he even really an anti-hero ? I guess I just see a dark, violent character who I want to read more about. I think its going to be published by ACE, its not a romance but UF, unless I'm mistaken. So, I'm hoping under the umbrella of UF the story will be allowed to be what it is.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: ArtAngel on February 02, 2010, 12:50:35 pm
I can see Lucas as being reseemable. He is definitely an animal but I'm not sure that he actually had a chance to be otherwise, so he does fascinate me. But the real reason I would buy Alpha Menz is the world building. The little bit shown in her snippets is fascinating.

Back to the Kate 4 snippet. I'm very glad that the spoiler was taken down before I knew it was there. I'm not so sure I would have been able to resist looking and I really did not want to know. I voted "no" too.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: white_unicorn on February 04, 2010, 12:51:53 pm
okay, 1st of all  LOL on that snippet.... can't wait to get that book. bOuNcY

2nd on the other snippet with the tub.....  ??? I was assuming it was the protagonist as we get her POV in the 3 previous books... but, if the authors decided to make a turn and get another POV on this scene the speculation will be driving me mad.... so... I refuse to think who those are and will wait patiently for the book... as patiently as I can  >D

and last but not least... on Alphaz.... well... to me at least it's an interesting combination of... the worldbuilding, the characters, the story, the relationships, and the big mystery of Lucas.... Yep, he is one big mystery for me, because okay, he says he would do all of those things... he was craving to do all these things... but still he didn't. and the reasons he gives for Not doing anything is that she didn't give him those rights. That the deal didn't cover those rights, that she actually trusted him to stick to that deal. And yes, it is highly disturbing, and violent, and all of these things normal people consider sick... But, how is he any different than those Pirates Andrea reads about? To me at least the 'thinking' of something isn't the same thing as doing it, and how much different is he from Raphael in Nalini Singh's Angel's, the androgynes in Lili Saintcrow's Dante Valentine, or Nikolai in her Selene? Or any other dark character in any other book? Just because we can't have a POV from those dark characters doesn't mean they are not considering, thinking, craving something that would give any sane person pause.
Still, he understands that wanting something and doing it are to different things. I am curious as to what will happen with her daughter and maybe... the Stockholm's Syndrome?

Yes, I do have things I cannot read about, child abuse for example rises my hackles...

But those Alphaz intrigue me in a good way, and I have faith in the author's abilities to tell me a story that will continue to intrigue me.... 9) guess that's just me... :)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: mtomni on February 05, 2010, 08:45:56 am
I'm kinda disappointed that the story isn't a continuation of Rose and Declan.  I also was curious to see the mischief Georgie and Jack could get into.

Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on February 08, 2010, 12:06:39 pm
Oh, how could I forget Dolittle? And Aunt Bea, too, so she can make us tea and bring us sex toys.  :-whistle

You need someone to bring you those?
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: CheeseBK on March 01, 2010, 04:36:23 am
you might know about it already, but..... kate daniels now has a wiki. it's still under construction and there'll be a lot of changes, but if you want to check it out:

http://kate.ilona-andrews.com/wiki/pmwiki.php
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Pendle on March 06, 2010, 03:29:34 pm
I found the British cover for Magic Bites. http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/images/0575093935/sr=8-7/qid=1267921539/ref=dp_image_0?ie=UTF8&n=266239&s=books&qid=1267921539&sr=8-7

I really don't like it. She looks like the girl playing Lucy in the Narnia films.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: CheeseBK on March 11, 2010, 10:05:03 am
About Kate. He is the information man.

i guess you mean that you think saiman knows more about kate than he lets on. gotta admit, I was pretty confuzzled by your comment.... it seemed  so out of the blue :)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: odile on March 17, 2010, 09:06:26 am
Wouldn't be so sure wether he truely knows that information would be quite valueable at least for blackmail  9) and he is selling information after all. I guess he suspect, still wants to prove or to find out something... he just has to have a hint - don't think he would be so interested in Kate otherwise
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Pendle on March 17, 2010, 10:24:28 am
Sorry, when I said "he must know", I meant he must have worked it out. He would have been at the midnight games when Kate impaled herself on the blood sword. If he knew what the blood sword was, being the information man and all, then he's already got it all figured.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Pendle on March 17, 2010, 10:38:36 am
or sells the info to Kate's enemies?

But Kate knows about Saiman. I don't think he'd sell her out.

And I am pretty sure Curran has figured out some if not all of it on his own.....I think.....

And Jim. I think it depends on exactly what Andrea told them about the Scarlet Star.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Pendle on March 22, 2010, 04:29:14 am
Wasn't Kate 25 at the start of Bites?
I thought the same thing. That kinda stopped me from reading for a bit. It just wasn't my cuppa. I'm just waiting for Magic Bleeds.

I couldn't read it either, but there's an answer to the age question on Ilona's blog.

I always figured it was her birthday when she was enjoying her solitary drink, until Ghastek ruined it all. And I can't get that out of my head now. 
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Cerulean on April 06, 2010, 09:17:57 am
Compliments of the fabulous Jill Myles!!
http://www.ilona-andrews.com/forum/index.php?topic=17.330#lastPost (http://www.ilona-andrews.com/forum/index.php?topic=17.330#lastPost)

Hey a little NSFW warning! Thank goodness none of my students popped their head in my office. Still ... was totally worth it  :-LOVE >D
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on April 18, 2010, 01:40:08 pm
New short fiction up on her blog.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: nuitblanche on April 18, 2010, 02:36:46 pm
Wow, love the new look. I think I like it better. Very cool! :D

You have my vote on that one. The new Kate on the website may not be as beautiful as the one on the book cover, but she is in "reality" more of what a trained, fierce, "take no sh*t" fighter would actually look like, physique, clothes and all. Of course that is my opinion.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on April 19, 2010, 12:18:00 pm
Actually, 'the rock' is usually the engagement ring, which women get and men don't.  The wedding rings for both sexes are customarily (but not always) plain bands, or with very limited decoration.  And it's usually (in the U.S., anyway) on the left hand.  :)

Really?  My mom's engagement ring has three rocks, her wedding ring has two; my best friends are both getting studded wedding rings (though the one threatened dire things if her fiance spent the money to get real diamonds).  I guess I just thought that was typical then. 

Also, they all still wear the engagement ring along with the wedding band; and my mom additionally has a third band my dad got her for their first anniversary (they fit together into a little roseate of diamonds).  So there's still a rock there. 

Black ring, though... does anyone know what powers would traditionally be associated with onyx, obsidian, or any other black stones?
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: nuitblanche on April 20, 2010, 09:11:28 am
You are probably thinking that Slayer should be a huge medieval broadsword. Nothing wrong with that at all.

Without going all technical and saving my aching fingers a tremendous run around the keyboard, swords have come in all lengths, shapes (curved, straight,{variations of these} etc.) and weights. Swords from various areas of the world have taken on all these aspects (and more) as well as time periods they have come from.

So, until Ilona articulates very specific traits of Slayer, I think each reader can paint in their mind whatever image they want. Go for it!

I do like the blood all over it. Looks like Kate just had "a go" with something evil!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: CheeseBK on April 20, 2010, 09:22:14 am
ilona posted a pic of a saber (shashka) on the forum once, saying that was pretty much how slayer looked like. if you go to the kate daniels wiki you can find the pic there too....

http://kate.ilona-andrews.com/wiki/pmwiki.php?n=Main.Slayer

I actually carefully chose a such a sword for the wiki header :)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Pfefferminztee on April 20, 2010, 09:41:19 am
Ah, thanks for the info!
Now that I think about it more carefully it makes sense for a woman to have a thinner sword.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on April 20, 2010, 10:16:27 am
There is always a trade off between strength and weight, when going for a thinner blade.  A broader blade is stronger, but a thinner blade is lighter and faster. 
For length - longer blades are heavier, for one thing.  Secondly, a long blade increases reach, but for a short person, you'd have to have a ridiculously long blade to have that reach give you an advantage over a tall person (I'm a short person, and when I fence, I'm up against people 8 inches or more taller than me... if I use the longest blade available and they use the shortest, we might break even on reach... and then my arm will get tired faster).  On the other hand, a fast, skilled fighter with a shorter (lighter!) weapon can get inside the effective range of the longer weapon. 


On the other hand, Kate strikes me as the type (with Voron's training) to use any weapon to her greatest possible advantage. 
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Ellyll on April 20, 2010, 01:04:39 pm
Okay, all, I think we're getting a bit too heated about the sword picture. 

Cheese, I'm sure no one intended any slight to Ilona about the picture of the sword.  You and I both know how caught up readers can get in the accuracy of the pictures that go with books; it's an occupational hazard for the authors.  :)

And, yes, all, it's definitely not a completely accurate picture of the specific sword that Kate uses, but I expect it's fairly difficult to find a picture of a woman wielding that particular uncommon saber, and we have no reason to suppose that it was custom-drawn for the occasion. 

It's great to discuss it, but let's try to keep it civil, okay?  ;D

Ellyll, Moderator
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kate on May 04, 2010, 07:05:58 am
OH. Holy. Crap. Ilona just posted a "what if Kate, Curran, and Jim Tweeted" scenario: I had to mute my business call so I could laugh. http://www.ilona-andrews.com/2010/05/04/phhhhttthhh/
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on May 04, 2010, 12:23:05 pm
Poor Kate and Curran and Jim, can't twitter when the magic's up, won't twitter when Kate's mad at Curran.   9) *snort*

I agree Good Mazoku... I was doing a great job until I got to "I kil u." and then I absolutely died. 

Also, how often has Kate NOT been fuming at Curran over something... and hasn't one of her primary goals a lot of the time been to avoid talking to Curran?  I fail to see how this "declaring war" is different from usual... I mean, I have every faith in the author's abilities to create  a special "Kate and Curran destroy the world because of their love/hate relationship" thing; I just have little faith in a reviewer who so obviously has not read the books. 
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Good Mazoku on May 14, 2010, 03:13:51 am
Actually, yes: I won Must Love Hellhounds last year. :-[


EDITED TO ADD LINK TO CONTEST: Go here and enter to win an early copy! I believe in spreading the  :-LOVE.
http://hurog.com/forum/index.php?topic=4959.msg262757#msg262757


Ahahah: you know how I had already ordered it on my internet bookstore? I'm keeping the order standing and giving that copy to a friend of mine I got hooked on the series!! LOL LOL I believe in spreading the love too!! :-LOVE
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: CheeseBK on May 17, 2010, 03:50:57 am
did you see ilona's blog post about the short story 'the questing beast'? it's now available in e-reader formats. for FREE!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Has on May 20, 2010, 07:26:25 am
There is a very fun interview with Mahon and Aunt B from the Paperback dolls - :D
http://bit.ly/aVLRXH
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on May 21, 2010, 07:21:07 pm
Another short story is always a plus.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Avarel on May 23, 2010, 06:07:46 pm
I wasn't worried so much about Kate being angry at Andrea, I was worried it was the other way around. I thought Andrea was mad at Kate for doing something she both wanted to do/felt she should do, and felt duty bound not to do.

This was kinda what I was thinking... Then I had an evil thought. What if Ted figured out what Andrea was and something happened to her and that's why she hasn't contacted Kate.
I had it as I fell asleep last night and it has stuck in my head. Just thought I'd share.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: lilliana on May 24, 2010, 03:47:05 am
I have a feeling Ted is going to find out about Andrea eventually, but I doubt that's why Andrea is avoiding Kate. She may be upset and feeling guilty for not helping the Pack. Kate and Andrea need to team up and work together -- Maxine could be the secretary. :D And not to mention, if Aunt B wants Andrea to be Alpha, she wouldn't be able to keep her job at the Order. She couldn't keep her identity secret if she was Alpha.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Has on May 24, 2010, 11:23:50 am
My feelings about is that she is probably embarrassed about facing Kate and more specifically Raphael due to her torn loyalties with the Order and the shifters. I think she will be facing a similar crossroads that Kate faced and she has to choose and I agree Ted will find out sooner or later and I suspect that deep down he knows that Andrea is a shifter especially after that Loup attack with her partner.

I really hope she works things out with Raphael and she is going to have to face a lot more later when her is secret is known with other shifters. I feel for her but I don't think the Order especially the people who are running it will have the shifter's best interests at heart and they might even join forces with Roland especially since he is trying to get rid of them.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Salarika on May 24, 2010, 07:52:44 pm
Okay, I'll try. Given the peroration from Ted on what constitutes "human", I really don't see the Order joining forces with the People. In Magic Burns, didn't the Order pull everyone out - except Andrea - leaving the weres and the People to face the Fomorians because of something Roland was up to?

There, did that work?
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Varg on May 25, 2010, 05:50:59 am
Arrgh! I want to read beneath the evil black lines, I want to read beneath the evil black lines, I want to read beneath the evil black lines, I want to read beneath the evil black lines, I want to read beneath the evil black lines! 
 

But I haven't got the book yet! (http://www.home.no/sirip/sur_2.gif)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Varg on May 26, 2010, 01:14:49 pm
Stayed away from chat, no spoilers for me. book is in shipping. bOuNcY
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Salarika on May 26, 2010, 04:00:14 pm
Can we still speculate about the nature of Curran's beast? I have an idea I'd like to toss around.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kate on May 26, 2010, 04:02:54 pm
Sure, why not?
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Salarika on May 26, 2010, 08:15:55 pm
Okay. Panthera leo spelaea, the cave lion. Makes modern lions look puny. Here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panthera_leo_spelaea

Supposedly stood better than 5 ft tall at the shoulder (gulp). Now extinct - in our world, anyway - but the author(s) have been hinting for some time that Curran's magic goes way back, so when I first read the description of him, I got suspicious.

What do y'all think?
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: ArtAngel on May 26, 2010, 08:35:01 pm
Sorry for the double post but check out what I just found!!!!

A Curran POV for Magic Bleeds!!!!
Warning! Spoilers present!

 bOuNcY bOuNcY bOuNcY http://www.ilona-andrews.com/2010/05/26/magic-bleeds-curran-pov/ (http://www.ilona-andrews.com/2010/05/26/magic-bleeds-curran-pov/)  bOuNcY bOuNcY bOuNcY
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: CheeseBK on May 26, 2010, 09:47:41 pm
I'm still lookinf for the thread where Ilona herself mentioned it but here is a thread where a forum member answered a that question.

He is a Panthera leo atrox.

http://www.ilona-andrews.com/forum/index.php?topic=75.0 (http://www.ilona-andrews.com/forum/index.php?topic=75.0)

art, when we had the forum break down some of her answered questions got lost, but luckily most long-time members have the answers memorised *lol*
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Salarika on May 27, 2010, 12:22:48 am
Aha! Well, I wasn't too far off; spelaea was most probably the Eurasian form of the same beastie. Looks like the morphology of the skull is pretty much identical, from what I can see. Depending on when and how often the Bering land bridge was open, migration between the two continents would have been a cinch. Another mystery cleared up - thanks much, Art!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on May 27, 2010, 08:23:17 am
Oh, wow, the Curran POV.  :-LOVE :-LOVE :-LOVE :-LOVE
Ummm... Saiman is dead now, isn't he? ah, I'll miss the *&$%#@$




OK, in reality, I think that as a character he is too useful to let Curran or Jim ACTUALLY kill him.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Ellyll on May 27, 2010, 08:40:20 am
Kyria - Kate got Curran to agree not to kill Saiman, remember?  Because she needed him.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Has on May 27, 2010, 01:54:02 pm
This is semi related to Ilona but I had to link it. Jill Myles who writes funny paranormal UF did a fantastic mini fanfic based on Magic Bleeds. Its on the Odds Shots blog plus there is a giveaway!

http://www.theoddshots.com/2010/05/magic-and-my-heart-bleeds/

Beware dont drink or eat anything when reading- its hazardous to your health :D
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Vic on May 27, 2010, 05:09:19 pm
*snerk* at Mary Sue Bleeds. I don't think I've ever read any Jill Myles. Must rectify that.  :-whistle

Yeah, thought same thing when I read this "fan-fic" myself - was very amused!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Good Mazoku on May 30, 2010, 08:29:17 am
I just finished the book. I loved it. :-LOVE :-LOVE :-LOVE :-LOVE It's maybe the first time in my life I finish a book and feel the need to read it again right away. ;D It's so awesome I have no words for it.

Erra is one of my favorite villains ever. She and Kate drinking tea together and looking up the definition of "psychopath" had me in laughing fits.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: ArtAngel on May 31, 2010, 05:33:24 am
I was rereading the last fight yesterday and came across something interesting that I hadn't noticed the first time round.

After Erra dies and when Curren picks Kate up, there is a vampire watching them... and Kate breaks Erra's blood ward with her own blood so Curran doesn't get hurt again. I wonder if Gastek is piloting that vamp? I have a feeling that he will definitely notice something like that...
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: lilliana on May 31, 2010, 05:54:50 am
Interesting. I didn't notice that Art, good call.

However, I get the feeling that Ghastek may not use the info against Kate because he respects and likes her.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: lilliana on May 31, 2010, 06:24:24 am
Oh, I totally agree with you! Ilona and Gordon have brilliantly written Ghastek as likeable so I forget that he works on the 'other' team. But when I see how he has respected Kate in a lot of ways, I wonder if he would turn on her. But, whatever direction Ilona and Gordon write his character will be interesting, of course.  :D
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: mtomni on May 31, 2010, 06:51:02 am
Did I miss what happened to Grendel?
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Pfefferminztee on May 31, 2010, 06:54:43 am
In the spoiler chat that Ilona and Gordon had, they said that: Ghastek is VERY power-hungry. He's very good at hiding it, but I think Gordon said something along the lines of, "he has big plans." So I suspect Ghastek would do what's best for Ghastek, regardless of the fact that he does like Kate. If being nice to her goes against his best interests, I don't think he'd hesitate to sell her out.

So maybe he will use her to get Roland down and all his lackies. Then he'll be the most powerful of the people. But yeah, I agree with you. He is an opportunist.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kate on May 31, 2010, 07:05:33 am
mtomni, Andrea has Grendel at the end of Magic Bleeds.

Pfeff -- I wouldn't call Ghastek an opportunist. Just VERY pragmatic. And with a very long-term plan.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: ArtAngel on May 31, 2010, 07:14:00 am
I know Kate always seems to think that Nataraja is the mastermind and that Gastek has no idea what he is up to, but I'm not convinced. I agree that Nataraja is the mastermind, but I'm convinced that Gastek has a very good idea of what he is up to and is just giving him enough rope to hang himself with... a void at the top in the People's palace would be very good for Gastek. I wish I knew more about Rowena so I can figure out where she is in all of this.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Has on May 31, 2010, 07:36:41 am
I agree about Ghastek being an opportunist. I think he is close to guessing if not has guessed Kate's background by now. He has his vamps watching her closely so he will use her in his power plays against Nataraja.
What I find interesting is Erra's comments about Roland's melancholy about losing Kate- I don't think Voron was honest about the reasons why her mother fled with him. I also think this would be a fantastic twist if it was true!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: lilliana on May 31, 2010, 07:44:38 am
That would be an interesting twist.

It doesn't register in my brain, but did Voron actually see Kate's mother die?
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: ArtAngel on May 31, 2010, 07:48:07 am
That is something I've been wondering too Has. Is Roland as evil as we thought? I believe he did lots of bad things, but in a life that long anyone would make lots of mistakes and with that much power they would be far reaching mistakes. Was there another reason why he killed her mother? Did Voron raise her to kill to protect herself... or maybe because he was in love with her mother too? So many questions... What really happened?
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Has on May 31, 2010, 08:14:27 am
I think Roland is very ruthless and is ambitious but I also he has to be multilayered instead of the being the big bad evil guy, which is way to cardboard cut out villian. I think Kate has to realise that and my gut feeling is that Voron manipulated the situation to get revenge back on Roland and what better is to twist his own daughter against him- I loved the juxtaposition of Erra who is the woman which Voron tried to turn Kate into. I also find it interesting Hugh has held back as well - even though I suspect he has information/proof of Kate's background.
I think the confrontation between Roland and Kate will be very twisty :D
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: lilliana on May 31, 2010, 09:08:08 am
Has - I like the way you think -- I had some of the same thoughts but couldn't quite put them into words as well as you did.  ;)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Salarika on May 31, 2010, 12:52:24 pm
Erra keeps referring (sneeringly) to Roland as a builder-type, whereas she's definitely into kicking over the anthill. Or she was. I was never sure all through MB whether Roland had sent her, or whether she saw a chance to kill someone and went awol. They almost sound like avatars of the original forces of order and chaos, and now chaos is out of the picture. Hmmm.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Ellyll on October 08, 2010, 12:02:04 pm
Just a heads-up.  We're going to be pruning here soon....  >D

Your tough, but fair, mods....  >D
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: ArtAngel on November 04, 2010, 02:45:44 pm
What did some of the commenters mean by "trolls"?  What's going on with Ilona and Gordon?  Where are the trolls bothering them?

They got some really nasty comments when Ilona changed the look of the website to the bright, cheery fall stuff. I think they deleted the worst of them, but their kids were reading the comments and got really upset. It was a mess.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Has on November 10, 2010, 10:51:48 am
LOL When I read that i couldnt help think of this :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yxiv3CBMS4M
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: nuitblanche on November 10, 2010, 12:00:05 pm
All I could think about was.....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmu5sRIizdw

Thanks Rob, that made my day!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: CheeseBK on November 10, 2010, 12:31:28 pm
LOL LOL LOL LOL A bunny duck!! LOL LOL LOL

uhhh... is that a buck? a dunny?
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on December 30, 2011, 05:36:05 pm
(http://thedevilspanties.com/comics/20111230.gif)
(The previous comic, which was commented on, will shortly be posted in the naughty corner.)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: CarolKat on September 09, 2012, 08:53:26 am
This was on Ilona's Facebook page.
(http://www.ilona-andrews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Magic_Bites1-198x300.jpg)(http://www.ilona-andrews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/kitty-in-a-curran-hat-300x300.jpg)  Which leads to the "Next" cover?


(http://www.ilona-andrews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Magic-sees-a-bird.jpg)  LOL LOL LOL LOL

Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Patti L. on October 30, 2012, 05:22:58 am
Someone has set up a PIRATED kindle download of http://www.amazon.com/Questing-Beast-ebook/dp/B009I4OWAS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1351603844&sr=8-1&keywords=questing+Beast
~~ an item that is free at the Ilona Andrews website, for $5.99, none of which will go to her & Gordon.  She's requesting people post reviews saying it's stolen & urging others not to buy.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on December 12, 2012, 11:04:42 pm
So, I was rereading Magic Strikes and found an interesting typo. Accouding to my ARC Saiman sent Kate flowers and a thank you CAR. Wouldn't it be nice to get a car as a thank you? I knew Saiman was rich, but that's just taking it to a whole new level.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Varg on December 13, 2012, 02:28:48 am
:D now that would be  taking it to a whole new lever.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on December 13, 2012, 10:38:35 am
...sadly, the car was one of the ones that Curran got a hold of...  LOL

(I'm pretty sure the car attack was post-flowers/card, but that was the first thing I thought of...)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on December 13, 2012, 08:58:57 pm
Yeah, I'm pretty sure that was the next book.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on January 11, 2013, 02:53:25 pm
NEW INNKEEPERS!!! :)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on January 11, 2013, 03:12:05 pm
I don't think I'll be getting tired of Sean any time soon. LOL
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on January 11, 2013, 03:25:13 pm
cocky thing, ain't he... and yet somehow he's still somewhat underpowered in this relationship...
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Patti L. on January 11, 2013, 11:20:49 pm
For those of us who don't have it on bookmarks, or whatever, chapter 7 part two Inkeepers: http://demo.ilona-andrews.com/2013/01/clean-sweep-chapter-seven-part-2/
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Patti L. on January 12, 2013, 06:53:03 pm
Isn't it up to chapter 7 part 3?  Can't get it to move forward...
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on January 13, 2013, 12:11:42 am
Chapter 7 part 2 is as far as it has gone so far.  :)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on January 18, 2013, 09:44:55 am
New Innkeeper http://demo.ilona-andrews.com/2013/01/chapter-eight-part-1/
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: ArtAngel on January 24, 2013, 07:34:20 pm
So, after Chapter 8, Part 1 of the Inkeeper was posted I reread the story from chapter one to eight and I really like how the story is coming together.

I then re-read all her short stories and really hope that Ilona and Gordon write more Kinsmen and Julie stories. I'm really curious about the dragon boy in An Apple for the Creature.

I hope that the announcement is a new series!

Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on January 25, 2013, 01:53:11 pm
New Inkeeper http://demo.ilona-andrews.com/2013/01/chapter-eight-part-2/
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Has on January 30, 2013, 09:12:32 am
Gorgeous cover for Magic Rises which was just unveiled! http://www.ilona-andrews.com/news/publishing-news/cover-reveal-magic-rises
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on January 30, 2013, 09:15:14 am
It suits Kate.  :)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Cerulean on January 30, 2013, 01:01:21 pm
I *love* this cover. Kate is powerful without being sexualized. And the colors really will make the book stand out. I think it's wonderful.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: CarolKat on January 30, 2013, 03:37:59 pm
Love the cover! So sexy!  :-LOVE
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on February 01, 2013, 09:42:50 am
New Clean Sweep http://demo.ilona-andrews.com/2013/02/chapter-nine-part-1/
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: ArtAngel on February 01, 2013, 07:44:06 pm
Can't wait for the next installment  LOL

That cover is lovely, it's my favorite so far!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: CarolKat on February 05, 2013, 08:42:39 am
Very good news on the Blog!
http://www.ilona-andrews.com/news/publishing-news/new-and-exciting-announcement
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on February 12, 2013, 02:04:52 am
New Clean Sweep http://demo.ilona-andrews.com/2013/02/chapter-nine-part-2/
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on February 16, 2013, 12:41:10 pm
New Clean Sweep:
http://demo.ilona-andrews.com/2013/02/chapter-ten-part-1/

I have this irrational urge to whap Sean on the nose with a rolled-up newspaper. 
I wouldn't do it to a real dog, but somehow werewolves with testosterone poisoning don't count. 

If I was feeling charitable, I probably wouldn't do it while the vampire was watching.  I have a rule of never trusting vampires.  Even intergalactic ones. 
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on February 16, 2013, 01:56:16 pm
It is amazing that both of them have the same reaction to raw sewage. LOL
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on February 16, 2013, 02:36:41 pm
well, they're similar personality types, aren't they?
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on February 16, 2013, 02:40:40 pm
 LOL Sort of. Not that they'll believe it until they finish their fight. Testosterone poisoning.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Varg on February 16, 2013, 02:51:25 pm
It isn't a fight it is bonding for the testosterone poisoned :P
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on February 22, 2013, 01:22:07 pm
New Clean Sweep.

http://demo.ilona-andrews.com/2013/02/chapter-ten-part-2/
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on February 22, 2013, 05:50:58 pm
OMG that was epic.  And in other news, Ive never understood the "naked-type" drunk, either. 
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Nifty on October 16, 2013, 05:15:03 pm
Found it.

And another interesting tidbit:

"Curran is Panthera leo atrox, and when we were researching this prehistoric animal, we stumbled onto an article that said they may have been grey and striped. We thought a grey lion would be kind of cool. We did take the liberty of giving him a mane, even though this particular breed of lions were mane-less."

Is that something they mention in the books at all?  I just looked that species up on the internet, and holy moly!  Big cat!  I like the images that show the comparison between that animal and today's African lion.  Big size difference.  And the fact that it's a prehistoric animal also sort of helps to explain why Curran is referred to as a First.  (I guess.)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on September 18, 2014, 03:03:45 pm
(http://www.ilona-andrews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/here-kitty-kitty.jpg)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on March 07, 2015, 09:53:57 pm
New Innkeeper http://demo.ilona-andrews.com/2015/03/chapter-11-part-3/
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Varg on March 08, 2015, 02:52:39 am
wow
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Grandpappy Wycked on March 14, 2015, 02:53:54 pm
Hey, Pagan rituals are very dramatic and tend to be very beautiful, just ask the Pagans... :-whistle
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on April 04, 2015, 07:04:32 am
So Magic Breaks and Burn For Me are both semifinalists at Dabwaha today, and BFM has a comfortable lead in its category, but MB is floundering after an early lead in its. Nook won't let me post links easily, but if you go to IA's blog there is a voting link and a Kate-Curran-Julie Twitter conversation to sweeten the deal. Let's fly those UF colors high!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on April 08, 2015, 05:52:36 am
http://demo.ilona-andrews.com/2015/04/chapter-twelve-part-1/

Go Dana! LOL
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on April 08, 2015, 02:25:53 pm
http://demo.ilona-andrews.com/2015/04/chapter-twelve-part-2/

Poor Orro!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Grandpappy Wycked on April 08, 2015, 11:13:18 pm
and Sean Arrives...
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on April 09, 2015, 02:27:02 pm
Part 3&4 (http://demo.ilona-andrews.com/2015/04/chapter-twelve-part-3-and-4/)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on April 09, 2015, 04:27:34 pm
Delightful.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on April 09, 2015, 05:20:23 pm
I seem to have forgotten, but can someone remind me who Turan Adin is?
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on April 09, 2015, 05:31:25 pm
The fantastic warrior that the Nuan Clan has that the other two sides can not beat.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on April 09, 2015, 05:35:00 pm
Ah. Thank you. I hadn't remembered him being mentioned previously.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on April 09, 2015, 05:41:01 pm
Chapter Nine

“Turan Adin is a creature of war,” Robart said and drank some of his mint tea. “He breathes and lives battle. Slaughter runs in his veins. The Nexus was settled almost twenty years ago in Nexus time and he has been there since the very beginning. He is the rassa in the red grass, the shirar in the deep water. The demon of that hell.”
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on April 09, 2015, 05:49:52 pm
Man, now I feel even worse for him than I did in the last bit.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on April 11, 2015, 05:14:58 pm
http://demo.ilona-andrews.com/2015/04/chapter-thirteen-part-1/
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on April 11, 2015, 06:42:29 pm
Wow! Psychology and physiology lesson as tactics.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Pee Wee on April 11, 2015, 09:53:22 pm
I'm not really sure if the first book is still for free or have I to buy the first now, and the second is (weekly I think?) online?
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on April 11, 2015, 10:04:16 pm
At least the first three chapters of book one are still online. Book two is still coming out as a serial. It is supposed to be weekly, but ends up a bit more random.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Pee Wee on April 11, 2015, 10:08:57 pm
Thank you, Janilee. I know myself, if I start to read I need it all  :D
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Grandpappy Wycked on April 16, 2015, 11:53:09 pm
Pee Wee, I liked it so much, I purchased a copy, and will do te same when book 2 is complete  :)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on April 17, 2015, 12:44:12 am
 :)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Varg on April 17, 2015, 08:47:34 am
Pee Wee, I liked it so much, I purchased a copy, and will do te same when book 2 is complete  :)

I did too, or I was going to and happened to comment slightly sulkily  :-[ at their blog about higher price for me here on the edge of Europe, and she happened to see it as I commented, and gifted me a copy of the book(file). Anyway, I am planning on buying this one as it comes avaiilable. :)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on April 30, 2015, 02:01:24 pm
http://www.ilona-andrews.com/magic-shifts-excerpt/ (http://www.ilona-andrews.com/magic-shifts-excerpt/)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Grandpappy Wycked on April 30, 2015, 09:33:31 pm
I hadn't seen the teaser of the Hugh D'Ambre before tonight...
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on April 30, 2015, 09:48:28 pm
It was a fun April Fool's Joke.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on April 30, 2015, 09:50:48 pm
Haha, it amuses me that they left that where it still shows up on the main page, a month after April Fool's.

Granted, one of the blog posts was that now they kind of want to try actually writing it (based on the reaction it got).  I would love to see it done, simply because I think that the writers are capable of creating a compelling story where the reader cheers for Hugh... without negating the fact that we all hate him from Kate's perspective. 
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on May 02, 2015, 06:46:11 pm
Who's hoping that Nuan Cee's guest is Sean? I don't even care whether it's likely or not.  That's what I want.
I'm not sure this is what I want anymore.  Poor Sean.
but it does make life more interesting.
and I'm still happy to see him.  :)

P.S. - new Sweep In Peace (http://demo.ilona-andrews.com/2015/05/chapter-14-part-1/)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on May 02, 2015, 08:34:25 pm
 :D
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on May 03, 2015, 10:41:40 am
New chapters are up:
http://demo.ilona-andrews.com/category/sweep-in-peace/page/4/
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on May 03, 2015, 04:29:54 pm
After much consideration, I am really suspicious of the motivations for bringing Sean to the Inn.  Like I said, I'm happy to see him.  But the merchants are aware of his personal connection with Dina and the Inn.  They know that Dina is not always mercenary in her decision-making, despite her attempts to remain neutral.  They may have brought him in to raise the stakes for Dina. 

Plus, if anyone else figures it out, they might question her neutrality.  Everyone is still floundering at this point, trying to figure out their next moves... so there's still the chance that they'll achieve peace.   But although Arland didn't hate Sean so much when they parted ways, I don't imagine it would go over real well if the vampires figured out that the merchants' secret weapon scary monster dude is Dina's old friend Sean. 


Just sayin' - don't trust the merchants right now, guys.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on May 04, 2015, 12:27:15 am
And don't trust George.
These "Big Picture" guys do not look at the small bits of collateral damage that follows them. :o
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on May 04, 2015, 11:00:05 am
http://demo.ilona-andrews.com/2015/05/chapter-14-part-2/

More information and a new challenge.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on May 04, 2015, 12:57:53 pm
And don't trust George.

...but I still picture George as the little boy from the Edge, so I have a hard time seeing him pragmatically after a certain point. 

So... the merchants brought Sean into the mix, knowing they could put themselves in a win-win situation by exploiting Dina and Sean's... can I call it romantic subtext?  I feel like they're not exactly friends, but they're not involved in a relationship at this time, either.  Anyway, either they get Sean as their champion until he dies, or they get the peace treaty signed, or (as they were hoping would be the case) both. 
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on May 04, 2015, 02:04:12 pm
Wonder if it was part of George's calculation?
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on May 04, 2015, 02:31:10 pm
I doubt it, I find it very unlikely he would have known that Dina and the current Turan Adins knew each other.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Grandpappy Wycked on May 04, 2015, 06:57:04 pm
I agree with Z, George already said he did not know "what" the Turin Adin was. Would surmise he wouldn't know either.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Nifty on May 07, 2015, 05:03:26 pm
This post will be chock-full of spoilers.  Even though the last book came out a year ago, I'll use spoiler tags.


I just finished a re-listen of Magic Rises, and it raised a question that's been lingering since I read Magic Breaks:  Do we think that the identify of Hugh's mole on the Pack Council has truly been resolved?

In Magic Rises, Hugh reveals that that he knows that Kate said to the Pack Council at the end of the events of Book 4.  But in Magic Breaks, after Curran rescues Kate from Mishmar, he tells her that he found out that Jennifer was approached by Hugh's people after Daniel was killed...which was at the end of Book 5

So that makes me think Jennifer couldn't be the original mole, and that that was a nice red herring Ilona fed us.

We readers don't know all the Clan Alphas.  This would be the list prior to the events of Magic Rises:
CAT:  Jim...and I think I've read online that the female cat alpha is one of his sisters?  Has she ever been named?  This is a plot hole for me, because when Kira is first mentioned in Magic Rises, isn't Kate surprised to LEARN that Jim has sisters?  So how can the female cat alpha be Jim's sister if Kate is surprised to learn that he even has sisters?  Regardless, I find it hard to believe that one of the cat alphas is the mole.
RAT:  Tom and Robert Lonesco.  Possible that one of them is the mole, but I find that hard to believe, especially after reading Magic Breaks.  Just doesn't seem like their style.
HEAVY:  Mahon and Martha.  Come on...I cannot believe that one of them would be the mole.
WOLF:  Daniel and Jennifer.  The timing is wrong for Jennifer, I think, and I dunno...Daniel seems too honorable.
BOUDA:  Aunt B and Raphael -- I think Raphael is the male bouda alpha at that time.  NO WAY is either of them the mole.
NIMBLE:  We know nothing about Nimble, except that the alpha couple challenged Kate at the Council meeting and she killed them and they were replaced by the betas.  Clearly the original alphas could not be the moles.  Maybe the replacement alphas -- the betas -- were.  Clan Nimble doesn't really have much of a presence in this series.
JACKAL:  I don't think we know who the Jackal alphas are.  Have they ever been named.  My vote for Council mole goes to the Jackals.  If nothing else, it would tie in with Hugh's preferred shapeshifter soldiers of choice.  Hibla and most of her people were Jackals.

(It could also be one of the BETAS.  They were present in that Pack Council meeting as well.  But that seems unlikely simply because it wouldn't be impactful for it the mole to be one of the betas.)

Okay, next questions:
Given Kate and Curran's separation from The Pack and Roland's agreement to leave them alone, does it even MATTER whether or not a mole is still out there.  Kate is no longer in hiding, she has claimed the city, and one could even argue that she's under Roland's protection (since he agreed that he would give no order to any of his people to mess with her).

Obviously it might not be over for Hugh:  Curran has bested him in a fight now TWICE and Kate has bested him once; Curran has Kate (whom Hugh wants); Hugh failed where Landon Nez succeeded (in persuading Kate to come to Roland of her own free will); and Kate -- after claiming the city -- will have more power than ever.  (Magic Break explains that by claiming the City, Roland reaps the harvest of that land's magic.  So the same should happen for Kate, and that upsurge of power will make her MORE of a challenge to Hugh, won't it?)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on May 07, 2015, 05:08:27 pm
But the pack itself could or would still be seen as a threat by Roland.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Grandpappy Wycked on May 08, 2015, 10:05:03 am
Nimble: seems to read as a mishmash with no real "Alpha". Possibly they have a chosen delegate for Pack Business.

I think there is still a Mole, and, I think it is a Beta, not an Alpha due to being able to be more able to go places outside the Keep than an Alpha can unobserved as they are the ones running errunds for the Alphas all the time. not just enforcers but gophers as well.

I agree with Janilee on the Pack being seen as a threat. Especially since it appears the Pack Territory is not actually in the Claimed part of the City. Roland attacking the pack can't be seen as him attacking the City IF they don't actually lie in the Claimed part of the City. I can also see the Pack "Hiring" Kate and Curran to locate A Mole or Multiple Moles in the Pack to keep Open Ties as a way to keep Roland back. "We are Allies still even though they renounced their titles and severed all ties, we have Hired them under New Contract as our Advisors/Investigators" kind of angle.

As for Jim and the Female Alpha, I believe Kate 'assumed' Jim was the only Alpha of the Cats and when she finds out he has a Sister is when she learns of a Female Alpha. At least that is how I tracked it when I read them.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Itsy-Cat on May 10, 2015, 04:44:53 am
I'm pretty sure that the keep is actually within the claimed part of the territory though.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on May 11, 2015, 03:02:20 pm
New Sweep in Peace http://demo.ilona-andrews.com/2015/05/chapter-15-part-1-and-2/

A woman with a plan.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Pee Wee on May 12, 2015, 09:18:44 pm
Breathless - finished the first Cleen Sweep. Will reach you  ;D
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on May 12, 2015, 09:26:14 pm
 :D
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Pee Wee on May 15, 2015, 09:21:27 pm
And now I've to wait - this is hard  :o
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on May 18, 2015, 07:57:13 pm
http://demo.ilona-andrews.com/2015/05/chapter-15-part-3/

Another note suggests they are trying to finish this soon.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on May 19, 2015, 01:37:55 am
Wheeee!!!!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Grandpappy Wycked on May 19, 2015, 07:44:46 am
Wheeee!!!!

+1
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on May 19, 2015, 03:34:33 pm
New Innkeeper

http://demo.ilona-andrews.com/2015/05/chapter-fifteen-part-4/
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on May 19, 2015, 09:58:37 pm
See?  I told you that everything with George came back to the little boy from the Edge.
Speaking of which, I want more Jack.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on May 19, 2015, 11:27:27 pm
Don't know if we're going to get more Jack.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Grandpappy Wycked on May 20, 2015, 12:55:08 pm
Kyria

(https://localtvwtvr.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/jack-daniels.jpg)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on May 20, 2015, 01:17:24 pm
I'm looking forward to how this all turns out.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on May 20, 2015, 05:51:34 pm
*sigh*
Wycked, you know that's not the Jack I'm referring to.  I'm a Wild Turkey girl. 9)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Grandpappy Wycked on May 20, 2015, 07:35:18 pm
*sigh*
Wycked, you know that's not the Jack I'm referring to.  I'm a Wild Turkey girl. 9)

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/68/Lynx_lynx_poing.jpg)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on May 20, 2015, 07:39:03 pm
Ah.  Much more betterer.  :)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on May 21, 2015, 01:37:51 am
Yes, that's the missing lynx. :-whistle
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on May 21, 2015, 05:19:45 am
That one definitley belongs in Groaners.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on May 21, 2015, 06:55:23 am
*obligatory somewhat-amused groan* :)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on May 22, 2015, 01:27:54 am
*obligatory somewhat-amused groan* :)

No more? Sigh. I must be losing my touch.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on June 01, 2015, 08:33:04 am
Chapter 16 part 1 http://demo.ilona-andrews.com/2015/06/chapter-16-part-1/
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on June 07, 2015, 09:26:37 pm
The End

http://demo.ilona-andrews.com/2015/06/chapter-16-part-and-epilogue/
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on June 08, 2015, 12:49:56 am
The End

http://demo.ilona-andrews.com/2015/06/chapter-16-part-and-epilogue/

Loved it.
Including the epilogue. LOL
Always leave'em laughing.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on June 08, 2015, 07:14:23 am
 :D Poor Officer Maris. Orro has spoken! LOL
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on June 08, 2015, 08:10:34 am
Who didn't see it coming that Orro was going to stick around?
Officer Marais... sir, just be happy with your new fuel mileage and just Shut Up!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Grandpappy Wycked on June 08, 2015, 10:58:50 am
Who didn't see it coming that Orro was going to stick around?
Officer Marais... sir, just be happy with your new fuel mileage and just Shut Up!

I expected Caldenia to offer to pay Orro's wages myself.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on June 08, 2015, 06:02:55 pm
Orro probably should have held out for that.  It honestly sounds like Caldenia was desperate enough she might have considered it.

But, I thought from the beginning that it sounded like money is less of a motivator to Orro than the work itself.  And having Dina not only give him the chance to regain his place but also look past the guy who prepared the tea as the obvious choice for the poisoner (not that it would have worked in anyone's favor to blame him, but by his reaction you can tell that he was still afraid that would be the outcome), both make him inclined to favor her.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on June 08, 2015, 06:48:34 pm
Very true. And he found a kitchen that need him.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on June 09, 2015, 01:49:09 am
Oro? He now has a place he is needed, he is an artist in need of a place to perform his art, and he may well be foreseeing that this Inn will have gained a reputation that brings him more challenges.
Officer Maris? He has a questioning mind, and knows something far outside ordinary is going on. If it was his own car with that gas mileage he might shut up and enjoy it, and how is he going to explain the fact that he is not buying gas or using it from the Department's pumps?
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on June 09, 2015, 08:30:25 am
I suppose it would go against his morals to siphon from his cop car into his personal vehicle.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on June 09, 2015, 08:41:50 am
It might be what saves his job. LOL
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Grandpappy Wycked on June 09, 2015, 09:47:49 am
uhm, you guys are missing something, that cruiser may actually belong to him if he is being allowed to drive it for personal business. If he was sent out of town on business, he wouldn't get to take his cruiser, he would be expected to fly and use his personal vehicle. If the cruiser is actually his personal vehicle, then he can use it for personal business. There are some jurisdictions that offer incentives if the officers provide or pay for their own cruisers so the department can save money
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on June 09, 2015, 11:32:16 am
In that case, he should just enjoy!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on June 10, 2015, 03:03:56 am
uhm, you guys are missing something, that cruiser may actually belong to him if he is being allowed to drive it for personal business. If he was sent out of town on business, he wouldn't get to take his cruiser, he would be expected to fly and use his personal vehicle. If the cruiser is actually his personal vehicle, then he can use it for personal business. There are some jurisdictions that offer incentives if the officers provide or pay for their own cruisers so the department can save money


"Officer Marais rolled down his window. “I had a five-day training session in Houston this week. I don’t like leaving my family alone overnight, so I every day I drove to Houston and back.”"
For the story Officer Marais drove his cruiser on official business all this distance. I know nothing of police procedures, but I am startled at the idea that in some jurisdictions the officers own cruisers.
Someone higher in rank and wearing plain clothes I could understand using their own vehicles, but that shocks me.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on June 10, 2015, 04:42:24 pm
In TN it is required that constables procure their own vehicles.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Grandpappy Wycked on June 10, 2015, 06:13:39 pm
the training is out of town, the district would have paid for him to fly up, but because he chose to drive, he would have to use his personal vehicle. Remember, in going to Houston, he is going out of his jurisdiction, which means his cruiser is useless as a Police Vehicle. The only way he could justify driving it is if it belongs to him.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on June 11, 2015, 02:00:13 am
the training is out of town, the district would have paid for him to fly up, but because he chose to drive, he would have to use his personal vehicle. Remember, in going to Houston, he is going out of his jurisdiction, which means his cruiser is useless as a Police Vehicle. The only way he could justify driving it is if it belongs to him.

Okay, it's just that the fact that there are jurisdictions where officers own the vehicles with the lights and sirens and radios and whatever else is way outside of my sphere of knowledge. Thanks for the information.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Patti L. on July 27, 2015, 08:26:43 pm
Anne Sowards ‏@AnneSowards 11 hours ago

also: @ilona_andrews is taking questions this week on Goodreads's ASK THE AUTHOR. Info: http://www.ilona-andrews.com/blog/2015/07/26/ask-the-author/ …
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Patti L. on August 03, 2015, 09:12:18 pm
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/sci-fi-fantasy/a-long-crazy-trip-chatting-with-ilona-andrews/
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on August 04, 2015, 04:55:19 am
Cannot wait to get my hands on that book.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on August 04, 2015, 04:57:14 am
That was fun.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on August 04, 2015, 04:23:57 pm
I grabbed it today after work, but haven't started it yet. I'm looking forward to this!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on August 05, 2015, 12:29:10 am
I expect mine today. And I saw this a few minutes ago:
http://www.ilona-andrews.com/blog/2015/08/04/errata/

Oops. Two letters. But it means that First Editions will have a distinct point of proof.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on August 05, 2015, 04:05:49 pm
 LOL
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on August 05, 2015, 04:09:18 pm
I got two copies, one for the house and one for Elder Daughter who has her own apartment. I had not reminded her it was coming out, and the look on her face when she saw me holding out her very own copy was worth every penny and then some. Younger daughter who is briefly at home between AT hike and internship is reading the house copy. I will get to it after I finish revising an article for reprint (after twelve years. Good thing it's held up well.). That kid better be done by lunchtime tomorrow or there will be trouble.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on January 29, 2016, 02:37:58 pm
One Fell Sweep has its first chapter up!http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/2016/01/29/one-fell-sweep-chapter-1/ (http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/2016/01/29/one-fell-sweep-chapter-1/)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on January 29, 2016, 07:09:48 pm
 :D Woo! Hoo!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Itsy-Cat on January 30, 2016, 03:22:12 am
Yey!  bOuNcY
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Pee Wee on January 30, 2016, 11:55:30 pm
 bOuNcY bOuNcY bOuNcY
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on March 05, 2016, 06:21:02 pm
They are trying to put up an Innkeeper installment every Friday, and so far they are succeeding. This week's was particularly good.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on March 05, 2016, 06:58:14 pm
Who thinks that Arland's fixation on Dina will be moving to her sister?
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on March 05, 2016, 07:20:30 pm
-raised hand- Me.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on March 06, 2016, 02:05:54 am
That's what I'm looking at, also. I think she had him from the time he realized she fixed her own armor the hard way.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on March 06, 2016, 11:59:28 am
I agree.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on March 06, 2016, 05:00:00 pm
 :D
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Pee Wee on March 12, 2016, 11:49:42 pm
So do I  :D
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on April 22, 2016, 04:57:26 pm
Instead of One Fell Sweep, they posted the start of Magic Binds! bOuNcY
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on April 23, 2016, 01:29:33 am
Instead of One Fell Sweep, they posted the start of Magic Binds! bOuNcY

Yes! And I tied right into it!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on April 23, 2016, 05:32:10 am
Ooooh! Ooooh! How do you do spoiler bars? I don't usually comment on prepublished stuff, but WOOOHOOOO! A certain character finally figures it out!

Never mind, found the spoiler tag thread. Let me see whether I can make this work:

Mahon is finally onboard with Kate!

*buffs nails* Am I awesome, or what? I totally figured out what the average first-grader could!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Patti L. on September 09, 2016, 07:29:44 pm
https://sweeps.penguinrandomhouse.com/enter/ilona-andrews-kate-daniels
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on September 10, 2016, 01:11:47 am
https://sweeps.penguinrandomhouse.com/enter/ilona-andrews-kate-daniels

Thanks for the heads-up on this.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on September 20, 2016, 04:52:45 am
Out today! WOOOOOHOOOOOOOO!!!!!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on September 20, 2016, 12:29:57 pm
I know, I stayed up past 2am finishing it. It was amazing, needing to work on about 5 hours of sleep was not.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on September 20, 2016, 08:03:03 pm
 LOL  Been there and done that too.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on September 21, 2016, 05:22:58 am
I started earlier and was only up until 11:30. WIN!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on September 21, 2016, 12:31:04 pm
I started it as soon as it was available. :(

Despite the warnings, I wasn't expecting so much introspection, but it really made the book.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on October 25, 2016, 07:06:22 pm
New OFS chapter up!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on October 25, 2016, 09:51:50 pm
O.K., it is good Dina should be getting more help soon. As for the rest, they need to write faster.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on October 26, 2016, 04:02:19 am
They said they want to finish it this week! This is so awesome! And they couldn't have picked a better week - my mom is here. I totally deserve a reward.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on October 26, 2016, 04:39:39 am
They said they want to finish it this week! This is so awesome! And they couldn't have picked a better week - my mom is here. I totally deserve a reward.

 LOL Rewards are good.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on October 26, 2016, 03:49:40 pm
You totally do.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Patti L. on August 13, 2017, 11:42:57 am
http://www.ilona-andrews.com/snippet-for-you/
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on August 13, 2017, 12:17:32 pm
O.K., so I want to se her in a book soon! LOL
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Grandpappy Wycked on August 13, 2017, 05:18:55 pm
O.K., so I want to se her in a book soon! LOL

Seconded, though, if she does it in the Style of Innkeeper, as an online set, I won't complain either...
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Patti L. on September 04, 2017, 11:45:54 am
 Sharon Lee Retweeted
The Pixel Project‏ @PixelProject 1 hour ago

Pls RT: Join @ilona_andrews 4 a Google Hangout on 8 Sept 2017 2 say NO 2 #VAW http://is.gd/IAndrewsR4P  #Read4Pixels

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DInok8HVoAAiZkA.jpg)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on September 04, 2017, 11:48:01 am
 :) Very nice thank you.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on September 05, 2017, 05:11:31 pm
Cool!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on September 05, 2017, 06:32:10 pm
I look forward to it.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Patti L. on December 20, 2017, 07:28:18 pm
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Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on December 21, 2017, 01:40:30 am
Whew, quite a haul.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on December 21, 2017, 08:26:40 am
Entered.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on December 26, 2017, 06:59:27 am
New Innkeeper up! WOOOHOOO!!! It's about Maude.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on December 26, 2017, 07:26:41 am
 :D
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on December 27, 2017, 12:51:23 am
About Maude, who was not told just how much she had impressed Arland's Uncle.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on December 27, 2017, 07:07:35 am
Apparently.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on December 27, 2017, 10:45:50 am
Even if she was, she has all that past experience to go by.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Grandpappy Wycked on January 05, 2018, 07:56:06 am
Currently listening to White Hot,

and finding that though I really like the world and story building, I am finding too much similarity with Kate/Curran, almost like listening too the same conversation yet from a totally different book. Almost to the point it feels like the interaction is detracting from the story line. Probably just me, but that is how it is feeling to me. At one point, I really expected to here Kate or Curran's name slip out by mistake since the Narrator is the same for both book series.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Grandpappy Wycked on January 05, 2018, 08:11:05 am
Separate from my previous post, Chapter 2 of Maud is up
http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/2018/01/05/chapter-1-part-2/
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on January 05, 2018, 08:32:30 am
Helen is spectacularly cute as always.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on January 05, 2018, 10:41:34 am
Currently listening to White Hot,

and finding that though I really like the world and story building, I am finding too much similarity with Kate/Curran, almost like listening too the same conversation yet from a totally different book. Almost to the point it feels like the interaction is detracting from the story line. Probably just me, but that is how it is feeling to me. At one point, I really expected to here Kate or Curran's name slip out by mistake since the Narrator is the same for both book series.

I didn't notice that in reading them. It might be specific to the audio versions.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on January 05, 2018, 01:34:12 pm
I didn't notice it either. I think Rogan and Nevada are more playful.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on January 12, 2018, 02:14:52 pm
New chapter:
http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/2018/01/12/chapter-2-part-1/
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on January 13, 2018, 12:26:41 am
 :)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on January 13, 2018, 01:34:30 am
 :)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on January 20, 2018, 07:17:57 am
Maude's Novella Chapter 2.2 (I am waiting for the proper title!)

http://www.ilona-andrews.com/mauds-novella-chapter-2-part-2/
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Varg on January 20, 2018, 02:01:10 pm
Yay!

The name suggestion in the comments are quite fun,  but I would like it to get a real one soonish.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on January 29, 2018, 08:45:07 pm
New Sweep of the Blade is up.

Yes, the new title was announced!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on January 30, 2018, 06:13:57 am
 :D

They must be feeling better. It's late because they had some of the crud that's going around.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Grandpappy Wycked on January 30, 2018, 01:11:29 pm
New Sweep of the Blade is up.

Yes, the new title was announced!

http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/2018/01/29/chapter-3-part-1/
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on January 31, 2018, 02:12:16 am
 :D
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on February 03, 2018, 05:04:55 pm
They have been busy
Chapter 3 part 2

http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/2018/02/02/chapter-3-part-2-2/
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on February 04, 2018, 05:39:32 am
The pic that goes with it is quite awesome.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on February 12, 2018, 04:12:31 pm
Missed this http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/2018/02/09/chapter-3-part-3/
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on February 13, 2018, 08:20:05 am
I go there every Friday. They usually post new chapters in the afternoon.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on February 13, 2018, 01:41:38 pm
It used to be Mondays. I'll get the hang of it sooner or later.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on February 20, 2018, 03:35:41 am
http://www.ilona-andrews.com/maud-novella-chapter-4-part-1-and-2/
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on February 20, 2018, 04:36:08 am
 LOL Helen!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on February 20, 2018, 11:32:50 am
Now I am totally dying for Friday.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Patti L. on February 20, 2018, 01:23:45 pm
https://www.rtbookreviews.com/blog/140016/cover-breakdown-ilona-andrewss-magic-triumphs
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on February 20, 2018, 05:06:08 pm
That is a lot more analysis than I usually put into a cover, but you've got to while away the time somehow.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Grandpappy Wycked on February 26, 2018, 06:39:53 pm
http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/2018/02/23/chapter-4-part-3/
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on February 26, 2018, 09:42:52 pm
Hmm.... Candy!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on February 27, 2018, 02:16:02 am
Sweet!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on March 03, 2018, 07:22:27 am
Interesting backstory.

http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/2018/03/02/chapter-5-part-1/
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Grandpappy Wycked on March 09, 2018, 10:38:50 am
http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/2018/03/09/chapter-5-part-2/
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on March 09, 2018, 01:00:06 pm
 LOL "What if I were a werewolf?"
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on March 10, 2018, 04:45:49 pm
That cracked me up too.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Patti L. on March 16, 2018, 02:56:02 pm
http://www.ilona-andrews.com/innkeeper-delayed-bribe-presented/
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on March 16, 2018, 05:18:14 pm
Pretty fantastic.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on March 23, 2018, 09:36:52 pm
New Sweep of the Blade installment. Can't put up url with my Kindle. http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/2018/03/23/chapter-6-part-1-and-2/

Sniff sniff Helen!  :-' Child brings a tear to the eye every time.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on March 24, 2018, 02:53:28 pm
She is a fierce wild beast.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on April 01, 2018, 04:59:04 pm
Three (3) chapters of the new Hugh book posted!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Patti L. on April 01, 2018, 05:10:21 pm
http://www.ilona-andrews.com/iron-and-magic-and-contest/
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on April 04, 2018, 06:26:28 am
New Maud chapter up!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on April 04, 2018, 10:26:45 am
 :o I understand Maud's concern for Helen a bit more now.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on April 04, 2018, 03:46:39 pm
 :D I just want Illemina to see that video.  :D
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on April 04, 2018, 05:00:21 pm
 LOL And, perhaps, her consort.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on April 05, 2018, 03:33:50 am
A lot of folks are going to be revising their opinion of Maud. I'm wondering how her kill-count compares to others, and if she is given a title due to it.
I imagine a precis of the video will circulate shortly; perhaps soon enough for Illemina to see it while she still has some bruises from the Ladies Communal.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on April 05, 2018, 06:08:44 am
Their opinion of humans in general may undergo a shift as well.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on April 05, 2018, 03:24:39 pm
 :) Perhaps, but it takes a lot to pound through xenophobia.

I'd stick with their ability to see Maude in a different light.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on April 06, 2018, 03:55:57 am
Sad but true.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on April 07, 2018, 12:51:52 am
 :D I wasn't expecting it. They have put up the beginning of Chapter 7. And we get to eavesdrop.   bOuNcY
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on April 07, 2018, 03:56:03 am
Surprise, but pleased. And I love this one.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on April 07, 2018, 10:55:51 am
Happy, happy, happyhappyhappy.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on April 07, 2018, 01:09:15 pm
Such a cliffhanger!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on April 13, 2018, 12:53:31 pm
New installment up!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on April 13, 2018, 01:36:24 pm
http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/2018/04/13/chapter-7-part-2/

A story within a story! :)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on April 14, 2018, 01:56:01 am
Fun. Wheels within wheels, with plotting and treachery abounding. Will it end in slaughter or a surgical strike?
Bwah-hah-haaaa!!!!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on April 14, 2018, 04:34:32 am
Um, both?
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on April 14, 2018, 05:48:58 am
 LOL Pretty please. And by tomorrow?
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on April 15, 2018, 01:36:02 am
Um, both?

Both? Hmmm, ahhhh, say as in a few quick eliminations in otherwise quiet rooms while out in the Main Ballroom the various groups have a Vampiric party/free-for-all? With House Krahr keeping it to a minimum by having pre-selected the plotters? Sounds like fun.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on April 15, 2018, 09:57:30 am
Also, did you guys see that Goodreads says they have a Hidden Legacy novella coming out? This being the one they could neither confirm nor deny. That's almost as good as a conformation to me!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on April 15, 2018, 11:46:40 am
WANT!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on April 15, 2018, 02:23:10 pm
Interesting!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on April 18, 2018, 02:56:49 pm
(http://www.ilona-andrews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/wedding-invitation-r-and-N-497x500.jpg)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on April 18, 2018, 03:11:55 pm
Can't wait! I shall certainly save the date.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Grandpappy Wycked on April 18, 2018, 05:20:13 pm
guess I need to read the most recent book that I haven't had a chance to read yet... :-whistle
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on April 21, 2018, 02:11:51 pm
No new Innkeeper until the beginning of May. :(

And this: http://ew.com/books/2018/04/21/ilona-andrews-new-hidden-legacy-series-announcement/
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on April 21, 2018, 06:12:46 pm
I can understand that. I can only imagine how stressful finishing up the Kate Daniel's series and the Huge book is. Though I am a bit sad, but I am also glad they want to do the best they can with it.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Patti L. on April 21, 2018, 06:20:22 pm
I can understand that. I can only imagine how stressful finishing up the Kate Daniel's series and the Huge book is. Though I am a bit sad, but I am also glad they want to do the best they can with it.

Huge books are always hard.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on April 21, 2018, 07:25:47 pm
You're just delighting in my typos tonight. Hugh
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Patti L. on April 21, 2018, 08:28:56 pm
Quite so.  But it's still true that huge books are hard.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on April 21, 2018, 09:24:49 pm
 LOL
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on May 03, 2018, 01:10:43 pm
They brought back the fraction test!

And apparently I belong with The Order. 0.o

I certainly don't take the rigid stance the Order espouses, and I really have no interest in getting into a fight myself.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on May 03, 2018, 08:28:55 pm
I am a member of the Covens.

I can live with that.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on May 04, 2018, 12:56:02 am
A Knight of the Order, "disciplined, competent, and organized". Wow, did I ever pick some wrong answers for it to call me any of those ...
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on May 04, 2018, 05:02:50 am
What Bill G. said. The eyeballing smiley here is entirely insufficient for this answer.

ETA: I took it again, changing some of the iffy answers, and got...the same thing. Hmm.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on May 04, 2018, 09:26:43 pm
New Innkeeper installment. Laughed at the end. LOL
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on May 05, 2018, 03:04:30 am
The fun continues. This bodes to become significantly more than they anticipated it being. (Yay!)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on May 05, 2018, 05:02:44 am
 :D Happy, happy, happy.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on May 18, 2018, 08:44:13 pm
New Innkeeper ! And the plot thickens!  LOL
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on May 19, 2018, 02:16:42 am
 ... but it doesn't solidify.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on May 19, 2018, 05:54:38 am
Man, I needed that. And now I need the next installment!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on May 29, 2018, 10:09:16 am
New! Innkeeper! Up! on a Tuesday!  bOuNcY  bOuNcY  bOuNcY
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on May 29, 2018, 10:34:03 am
http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/2018/05/29/chapter-9-part-2/

They were dealing with stuff. So I patiently stalked their site. LOL

Yay! Helen!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on May 29, 2018, 12:48:33 pm
I was doing the same thing.  LOL
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on June 01, 2018, 06:29:01 pm
http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/2018/06/01/chapter-10-part-1/

Woo hoo! LOL
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on June 02, 2018, 04:47:22 am
Two in one week! We are not worthy!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on June 03, 2018, 12:02:05 am
Worthy? No.
Greedy? Yes. I read it, anyway.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on June 03, 2018, 06:51:14 am
I'm pretty sure it's just because the last chapter was late. But still, I didn't expect it.  :-LOVE
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on June 04, 2018, 03:08:59 pm
The Twitter bit they wrote was hilarious.  LOL
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on June 05, 2018, 01:21:21 am
The Twitter bit they wrote was hilarious.  LOL

As were the previous KD World twitters. Re-reading them was fun, too.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on June 05, 2018, 11:30:56 am
I think they decided these latest ones were actually texts. They are like little short stories themselves.  :D
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on June 09, 2018, 07:50:46 pm
New Innkeeper.
 bOuNcY
I could hear Maude's eyeroll towards the end. LOL
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on June 10, 2018, 06:17:20 am
Yes, Nuan Tooki was a bit over the top.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on June 18, 2018, 01:49:44 pm
New! Innkeeper! Up!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on June 18, 2018, 02:09:04 pm
http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/2018/06/18/chapter-11-part-1/

<evil chuckle>
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on June 26, 2018, 05:27:41 am
As the paperback production for Hugh's book has been held up, or at any rate it's not going to be in stores yet, I broke down and ordered it for my Nook. There is a snippet up on their blog.  LOL magnifying glass  LOL
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on June 26, 2018, 12:25:53 pm
I read until 2 AM last night, and forced myself to stop. In the middle of a battle! I'll be returning to it soon.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on June 27, 2018, 09:10:56 am
My senior offspring borrowed my Nook to read it yesterday. I was finishing up two other books to clear the decks.  :D Looking forward to reading it today during the thunderstorms (I made sure it was fully charged last night). Now off to finish chores and errands so I can read with a clear conscience!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on June 29, 2018, 10:44:46 am
It turned out to be excellent.

Unfortunately, the entitled idiots who so frequently show up online have been harassing Ilona about Innkeeper, while she is trying to get contractual obligations - the kind for which she gets paid - satisfied while nursing a serious hand condition. I am fantasizing ways to electrify keyboards so as to zap posters who feel they are owed excellent fiction at will, for nothing.

Of course this technology could be adapted for other uses.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on June 29, 2018, 01:27:59 pm
I don't understand that attitude. They're giving you fiction, for free! Don't look the gift fiction in the mouth!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on June 29, 2018, 02:50:10 pm
I agree with both of you.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Patti L. on June 29, 2018, 05:35:11 pm
Likewise.
I won't even harass about stuff I'm ready to pay for; as Neil Gaiman said about GRRMartin, "he's not your b!tch."
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on June 29, 2018, 06:30:21 pm
Exactly.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on June 30, 2018, 12:33:03 am
When I saw the post about the idiots harassing her over the lack of what they deemed themselves entitled to it made me wish for hair samples or fingernail clippings, for my occasionally alleged (and non-existent) voodoo rituals.
And that brought me to the idea that since it was electronic messages, perhaps the e-mail could be used for e-voodoo. Hmmm....
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on June 30, 2018, 04:06:22 am
And thus another techno -mage is born.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on June 30, 2018, 11:32:32 am
 LOL Like Harry Dresden only better!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on July 01, 2018, 12:09:15 am
If only ...
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on July 01, 2018, 01:39:30 am
 LOL
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on July 09, 2018, 05:31:09 am
Short Diamond Fire snippet on Blog. LOL
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on July 09, 2018, 10:34:52 am
 :D Leon.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on July 10, 2018, 03:11:53 am
Indeed.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on July 11, 2018, 02:46:06 pm
I started rereading the Kate Daniels series. Just finished reading Magic Bites. It's interesting to see how far they have come.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on July 12, 2018, 06:59:24 am
Yes, most writers improve as they go along. MB was really good, though, for a first book from new writers (though not the first thing they'd written).
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on July 12, 2018, 01:15:37 pm
I don't actually like Magic Bites all that much. But just looking at sentence and scene structure, it's really good.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: mtomni on July 13, 2018, 05:40:06 pm
Loved Iron and Magic.  I'll probably read 2 more times before the next book comes out.  Wait!  Aren't we supposed to read the next Daniels book before the sequel?
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on July 13, 2018, 05:45:41 pm
I believe that's what the authors' note said.

Edit: New sweep of the blade up
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on July 13, 2018, 08:55:14 pm
Arland's mother rocks!  LOL
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on July 14, 2018, 01:11:20 am
And what will happen to the swaggering fool, er, groom?
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on July 14, 2018, 05:33:28 am
 LOL We shall see. Next week. Same bat time. Same bat station.

http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/2018/07/13/chapter-11-part-2/
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on July 14, 2018, 08:48:12 am
They are heading out on a two week vacation. I kind of hope they won't post so Ilona's hands get time off to heal. OTOH, WANT MOAR!!!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on July 14, 2018, 09:51:51 am
I just keep reminding myself that if Ilona permanently damages her hands, we'll have a lot less to read in the future.

Also, finished reading Magic Burns, and I can totally see where the fan theory that Grendel was Bran's dog came from.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on July 14, 2018, 05:57:47 pm
Oo I like that theory; I haven't seen it before (I'm not active on their forum)

I can't believe that people are so rude as to send them things like that letter Ilona posted recently!  We all want more stories, but authors are human, and being nasty to them results in LESS stories, not more.  Jerks. 

But then... I work in Customer Support, so I guess I can believe that people are that rude, I just wish they weren't. 
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on July 14, 2018, 06:59:52 pm
I'm not active over there either. But I watched one of their Q&As where that theory was brought up.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on July 14, 2018, 07:16:09 pm
I have a question that I want to submit to a Q&A... I've always wondered if the "magic waves" move across a temporal continuum, a spatial continuum, or both.  ie, if I'm in Iowa, and Kate's in Atlanta, and a magic wave hits in Atlanta at 10:00 am, does it also hit in Iowa at 9:00am? or does it move across space like a rainstorm?  Or does magic just exist out there in the universe and the earth plows into it as we hurtle through space?  This has been pestering me for years but I have never actually submitted it.  The answer may be somewhere, but I haven't seen it. 
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on July 14, 2018, 07:20:04 pm
Hmm, I will try and ask it if I see them do another Q&A. I haven't seen that one asked either, and it's something I've also thought about.

I've also thought it might start out one point and spread out in a circle until the magic is exhausted.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on July 15, 2018, 05:14:36 am
That's a new one to me, but someone somewhere may have asked it. I would probably check the FAQ first.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on July 20, 2018, 01:30:37 pm
http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/2018/07/20/chapter-11-part-3/
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on July 21, 2018, 01:22:09 am
The plot it definitely thickening. The games will begin, and I suspect all will see just what happens when Maud is truly in battle mode.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on July 23, 2018, 07:07:10 am
 :D
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on July 27, 2018, 04:12:23 pm
http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/2018/07/27/chapter-12-part-1/
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on July 28, 2018, 01:57:51 am
And it is awesome!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on August 08, 2018, 12:18:18 pm
They were early this week. The vacation must have helped. :D

http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/2018/08/08/chapter-12-part-2/
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on August 08, 2018, 04:14:05 pm
It's Wednesday.  I hit the wrong button on my favorites bar, intending to come to Hurog.

But there was new Maude and Arland.
yay!

Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on August 09, 2018, 03:15:31 pm
And today there is more! Woooohoooo!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on August 09, 2018, 04:19:54 pm
 LOL Misdirected kiss!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on August 10, 2018, 01:15:15 am
I hope this doesn't get anyone to screaming at them about any possible missed days in the time to come. It was disgusting to read about how some folks reacted to not getting the gift that they thought they were owed.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on August 10, 2018, 05:49:53 am
Ditto.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on August 10, 2018, 06:59:32 am
Seriously. Where do these people come from? They are a serious test for my compassion practice. Bless their hearts.

I cracked up when she stabbed him with the sedative.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on August 10, 2018, 05:34:27 pm
I hope this doesn't get anyone to screaming at them about any possible missed days in the time to come. It was disgusting to read about how some folks reacted to not getting the gift that they thought they were owed.
I hope these people get spoilers to all future books and movies that are on par with finding out who Luke's father was.  And that birds always poop in the middle of the driver's side of their window and their washer fluid reservoir develops random leaks
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on August 11, 2018, 12:29:00 am
I hope these people get spoilers to all future books and movies that are on par with finding out who Luke's father was.  And that birds always poop in the middle of the driver's side of their window and their washer fluid reservoir develops random leaks

Agreed. And then, things should start to go bad for them.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on August 11, 2018, 06:04:11 am
 :D
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on August 13, 2018, 02:54:55 pm
http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/2018/08/13/chapter-13-part-1/

Wanna know more!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on August 13, 2018, 02:57:42 pm
Well, darn it, missed this.

http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/2018/08/13/chapter-12-part-4/
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on August 14, 2018, 05:57:55 am
And a second one after that! Holy moly!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on August 14, 2018, 01:39:26 pm
The Authorlords are truly benevolent rulers.

lol.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on August 14, 2018, 09:20:36 pm
Has anyone else remembered that we've left Arland alone and sedated?
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on August 15, 2018, 01:46:30 am
Oh, yes. And Maude will be recalling that shortly. I wonder if the Tachi will follow her when she rushes back to him.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on August 15, 2018, 06:47:14 am
Hmmm..... 8)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on August 15, 2018, 11:00:49 am
At least he hasn't had coffee.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on August 15, 2018, 01:09:09 pm
 LOL That would mess with the sedative.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on August 15, 2018, 04:26:24 pm
 :D
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on August 15, 2018, 05:56:34 pm
I don't think Maude has forgotten Arland.  I think she just has her priorities straight, which are, Helen first, then everyone else.  Even the man/vampire she loves.  AND... she knows that if Arland had been able to voice an opinion at that moment, he would have told her to run to her kid and deal with the repercussions later. 

If she didn't think Arland was the kind of man who would rather she leave him alone and unconscious when her daughter's life was in danger... she'd be back on Earth pestering Dina about Sean and plotting how to find their parents.

So, yes, she'll be rushing back there sometime in the near future... but first she needs Helen out of danger, and then she needs to ensure that rushing back to her rooms isn't going to trip some sort of trap or otherwise give the unknown antagonists a better position.  Because vampires are conniving creatures, but they aren't omniscient... so Arland being unconscious in Maude's rooms could be something unexpected that will give Maude and any allies she can vet quickly, an element of surprise.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on August 15, 2018, 08:59:53 pm
I agree with your assesment of Maud's priorities. I'm just not certain she remembered to shut the door as she ran out.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on August 16, 2018, 02:27:54 am
Yes, she needs to see that Helen is healing and the infirmary is secure before heading back. But the infirmary is probably a very secure location so that all injured individuals are safe.
The room door? In their stronghold, I expect that leaving a door unlocked or ajar requires noticeable effort. I think it would have shut and secured by itself as she ran.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on August 16, 2018, 10:43:08 pm
O.k.,the open door won't be a problem.  LOL
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on August 17, 2018, 12:00:45 am
http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/2018/08/16/chapter-13-part-2/

It wasn't, but not in the way I expected. Nor did I expect anything else here.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on August 20, 2018, 09:47:26 am
Part of me wants to say that they should have locked Arland IN, so he couldn't go wandering around half-awake and half-dressed if he had a contingency plan.

But the other part of me is just happy that Maude has someone she trusts to back her up.

Also the imagery of Arland stumbling in was pretty hilarious. Someone get that man a coffee!!! *snicker*
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on August 25, 2018, 02:01:05 pm
Sweep of the Blade Chapter 13 Part 3 (http://www.ilona-andrews.com/sweep-of-the-blade-chapter-13-part-3/)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on August 25, 2018, 02:18:29 pm
 LOL Beat me to it.

Glad we are using our strengths now! :)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on August 27, 2018, 04:12:00 am
I think we are getting into the home stretch.  :D
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Patti L. on August 27, 2018, 07:26:38 pm
http://www.words-and-dirt.com/words/review-ilona-andrewss-magic-triumphs/
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on August 27, 2018, 07:49:36 pm
I like that review.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on August 28, 2018, 04:19:22 am
Me too.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on August 28, 2018, 02:27:02 pm
Fantastic read. I managed to practice some self control and stopped reading at 1 this morning. Finished it shortly after I got home. :-LOVE
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on August 28, 2018, 02:35:13 pm
IT WAS SO AWESOME! Now I have to reread to see what I missed.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on August 28, 2018, 06:47:13 pm
I've also already began my reread. Did you see that foreshadowing with Thanos? the only a god can redirect bit? Also, my sister pointed out that the prophecy in Europe came true.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on August 31, 2018, 04:13:43 pm
...what j@ck@$$es complained about no Innkeeper this week? 

Some days, I wish the interwebs could go "well this person is being an @$$hole" and stamp their actual, real-life forehead accordingly.  Bonus points if it whacks them really hard with the stamp. 
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on August 31, 2018, 04:16:30 pm
Sounds about right! 9)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on August 31, 2018, 05:04:51 pm
...what j@ck@$$es complained about no Innkeeper this week? 

Some days, I wish the interwebs could go "well this person is being an @$$hole" and stamp their actual, real-life forehead accordingly.  Bonus points if it whacks them really hard with the stamp.

The entitlement that exists online used to be a source of amazement to me. When I moderated an author's board, we used to fantasize about having the ability to electrify the keyboard of any troll that gave us trouble, so that it would shock the s#!t out of them. Either that or have a hand come out of the screen to slap them upside the head.

I didn't see the complaints. There were a few morons in the MT spoiler thread who were upset that things didn't happen the way they had imagined. I don't know why they bother reading books other people write.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on August 31, 2018, 11:43:27 pm
The "Comments are closed" lead statement left me worried. Then I read the post and realized that yeah, the self-entitled scum have done it again. And blasted at their assistant. Bleh on them. An electrified keyboard seems about right, 220 across the hands, please.
I wasn't keeping track, but they've given us several more than the usual schedule and now they're on the release tour. It shouldn't take much brainpower to realize the next episode will be delayed, does it?
AAAaaarrrrgggghhhh ...
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on September 01, 2018, 01:33:44 am
Because of all of those issues, I only vaguely hoped for another episode.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: mtomni on September 01, 2018, 05:06:14 am
Just finished Magic Triumphs.  As usual, it is great.  However, I really hope this isn't the last of Kate Daniels or her world.  Is it?  I'm not including the next 2 Hugh D'Ambray books.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on September 01, 2018, 05:08:30 am
It's not. There will be Roman's story, probably Julie and Derek's, and who knows what else. It's such a rich world that they can go off in pretty much any direction, as evidenced by Hugh's story. Who would have thought they could pull that off?
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on September 02, 2018, 12:08:27 am
I certainly didn't see any way for them to pull it off. And I like the way they've said they will let Kate, Curran and Conlan have their HEA, while continuing into new story arcs with other characters. So many ways they can go!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on September 02, 2018, 09:05:47 am
And I totally forgot Ghastek and Rowena! Desandra and Nick is the one I didn't see coming, and I really can't wait for that.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on September 02, 2018, 03:17:34 pm
I was not a fan of the way that, at the very end (i.e., DO NOT touch this spoiler tag unless you have completely finished the book at least once!) Julie left without actually speaking to Kate. I understand that she needed to leave, but if she isn't holding Kate's slip up against her, Kate really deserves that conversation in person. Even if Julie is mad about it. Kate is protective of Julie but wouldn't prevent her from leaving in the end. It's just a crappy way to leave things and it makes me not like Julie. At least we can count on Derek tracking her down.

Also I hope that the people who are speculating that Saiman is not dead, are right. He's such an unusual and interesting character; I will miss him if he is really dead.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on September 03, 2018, 12:04:50 am
I've missed the speculation about Saiman, but my own has been that his wish to be buried in Unicorn Lane was in the hopes/expectation that the wild magic there would bring him back.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on September 03, 2018, 12:49:18 am
Aarg I'm two books back. Must not touch spoiler bars.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: mtomni on September 03, 2018, 03:48:28 am
Wait!  Desandra and Nick?  I really missed that one.  I guess I'll have to go back and reread Triumphs again.  We are talking about Nick the Knight, aren't we?
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on September 03, 2018, 08:42:56 am
That comes from a Q&A session at one of their appearances. Apparently Gordon confirmed it will be a thing, and Ilona gave him the Look Of Death. I had no clue, but someone evidently spotted something in one of the earlier books that made them suspicious, or else they were just speculating wildly.

I agree that Julie did not handle it well, but she is still a teenager who had a very rough start to her adolescence including the loss of her parents, and Kate, bless her heart, is not always the poster girl for effective communication skills herself. In particular, when they were over in Europe, Kate was kind of an idiot IMO. I cut both of them some slack, because Lord knows I need people to cut me some slack sometimes. And I am homing in on 60.

I'm not fond of Saiman and wouldn't miss him all that much, but he is half Aesir, and they're hard to kill permanently. Specifically, Kate has deduced that he probably descends from Loki. Most likely those who miss him won't miss him for long. From my perspective, he has progressed to doing the right thing of his own volition, though for the wrong reasons, so there is hope that he may evolve further. Before this I just considered him a garden variety sociopath, and I have had enough exposure to those that I don't find them particularly amusing. I've had even more exposure to teenagers, of course, and they generally do evolve eventually, much more frequently than sociopaths do. Hence my patience with Julie.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on September 03, 2018, 02:13:11 pm
I don't like Salman... but I find him valuable and interesting as a character.

I want to cut Julie some slack, but at the same time I'm really mad at her. There are times when it is acceptable to walk away from your parent and leave a letter. Trust me, I did it once. That in itself isn't the issue; it's when and how she leaves that I can't reconcile.

Also I hate the obvious cliffhanger at the end of a series. If you're giving Kate and Curran their HEA, then end it with that. Start the next series with Julie leaving. It leaves me feeling that Julie is being very disloyal to those who love her, and that doesn't belong at the end of a series.


TLDR: Loved the majority of the book but really hated the epilogue.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on September 03, 2018, 03:28:52 pm
I agree with most of what is said. I will miss seeing Saiman be his weird self, and seeing more character growth in these last two books than we've seen in the rest of the book for him.

My reread is taking longer, ir part because school has started, but in part because I don't want to be reminded about all that character death in the final battle. I was in part really amused by the epilogue, and in part really upset. I do think that Julie should have handled it better, but I also recognize that she is still a teenager, with her still developing brain, and an irregular childhood. I'm also upset that she apparently left without telling Derek anything. Yes, they're not dating, but they very obviously are close, and you don't just abandon your friends like that. Erra being resurrected and (to put it mildly) upset about it really made me laugh.

For future short stories or books, I would love to find out how Julie found out about Hugh (though I suspect that will be covered in the Hugh books) and I would love to see some of the adventures she has with Erra. I know both of the Andrews have mentioned being a little leary about how much Julie would change between the series they have in mind and the kate series, and how the readers would react to that. Some e-book short stories might fill the gap enough to not surprise/upset the readers as much.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on September 04, 2018, 08:55:56 am
I'm guessing Julie learned about Hugh from Ascanio. Also, in some Q&A session somewhere, the ALs said that Julie has left a note for Derek. I'm not really down with that note either - one step short of breaking up by text - but I'm not going to argue with the ALs about it. Presumably it is part of Julie's development as a character and an adult.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on September 04, 2018, 01:53:46 pm
I haven't read any of the Q&As. I will need to go looking.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: mtomni on September 05, 2018, 04:22:33 am
Can someone tell me what HEA means, please?  I'm assuming it's from texting.  However, I don't text.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on September 05, 2018, 06:58:04 am
Happily Ever After
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on September 05, 2018, 04:56:10 pm
Interested FAQ post:

http://www.ilona-andrews.com/catching-up-and-answers-to-faq/ (http://www.ilona-andrews.com/catching-up-and-answers-to-faq/)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on September 06, 2018, 02:16:50 am
And they've finally re-opened the Comments. Some folks must have really pi ..., er, peeved them. Looking a gift horse in the mouth is bad enough, but kicking the giver takes a special level of idiocy. (There, I did find something other than the obscenities that first occurred to me.)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on September 06, 2018, 05:28:54 am
#2 on the NYT list! Woohoo!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on September 07, 2018, 11:29:13 am
http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/2018/09/07/chapter-14-part-2/ (http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/2018/09/07/chapter-14-part-2/)

Huh, I didn't notice that the link to part 1 didn't get posted. Plus there is a snippet from Diamond Fire. We're really getting spoiled.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on September 07, 2018, 03:17:37 pm
Spoiled indeed.

Of course, all the books coming out at practically the same time has been enriching as well.

Fancy talk to seal a deal. :)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on September 08, 2018, 04:38:18 am
This is really a highlight of my weeks.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on September 14, 2018, 12:59:53 pm
http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/2018/09/14/chapter-15-part-1/ (http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/2018/09/14/chapter-15-part-1/)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on September 14, 2018, 04:45:35 pm
Uh oh! Drunk vampires!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on September 14, 2018, 05:43:41 pm
She's not allowed to draw her sword. I wonder what Illemina's position is on forks.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on September 14, 2018, 06:08:36 pm
What was that line that... was it Hugh? said about Kate?  Something about her being a killer, and if you took her sword away, she'd kill you with her knife, and if you took her knife away, she'd kill you with her bare hands? 

Maude is more diplomatic in general than Kate... but no less likely to make use of whatever weapons she has.  And if the only weapon she has is wit, then she will slice you open with that as well. 
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on September 15, 2018, 12:13:05 am
This must be coming to a head. At this wassail, more than swords will come out. Should we say "In Caffeino, Veritas"?
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on September 15, 2018, 05:27:58 am
 :D
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on September 15, 2018, 01:53:21 pm
 :D LOL
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on September 15, 2018, 10:26:42 pm
The final posts in 'But, but, but, I WANT IT!!" are about maps. And this was yesterday's Blog post in Ilona Andrews' site: http://www.ilona-andrews.com/review-of-how-to-draw-fantasy-art-and-rpg-maps/
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Patti L. on September 16, 2018, 01:39:18 am
Yeah, that's where Kyria's post came from, if I'm not mistaken?
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on September 17, 2018, 12:11:12 am
Yeah, that's where Kyria's post came from, if I'm not mistaken?

Oopsie! I didn't notice the hue of her word Maps that indicated it was a link. :-[ Viola, er, voila, I blush.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on September 17, 2018, 04:32:19 am
 :D
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on September 20, 2018, 01:22:27 am
http://www.ilona-andrews.com/kinsmen-and-other-questions/
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on September 20, 2018, 01:37:30 pm
http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/2018/09/20/chapter-15-part-2/ (http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/2018/09/20/chapter-15-part-2/)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on September 20, 2018, 03:05:21 pm
 :) A day early!

And she kept her temper!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on September 20, 2018, 04:06:33 pm
 :D And next, the hunt! I hope they post another tomorrow! Ooooh, I hope they do!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on September 20, 2018, 05:58:00 pm
I was thinking that they might know they won't be able to post tomorrow and that is why they shared today.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on September 20, 2018, 06:06:07 pm
Either they posted early because they can't post tomorrow, or... sometimes in the past when they are getting close to the end, they post a little more often.  So that's a possibility.  Or, obviously, they will or won't post tomorrow for other reasons.  lol.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on September 20, 2018, 06:22:13 pm
True.  LOL
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on September 21, 2018, 12:10:19 am
Ayuh, she keeps her temper. Barely. Partly by imagining a sword through the stomach of one of her tormentors. It's going to come as a very rude shock when they learn by example what she's capable of. >D
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on September 21, 2018, 06:26:07 am
Indeed it will be. >D
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on September 21, 2018, 02:45:55 pm
No installment today due to previously scheduled routine doctor's appointment.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on September 27, 2018, 12:43:03 pm
New chapter up, since they will be busy tomorrow.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on September 27, 2018, 01:05:44 pm
http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/2018/09/27/chapter-15-part-3/

A hunting we will go! :D
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on September 27, 2018, 01:50:14 pm
I like these new critters already!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on September 27, 2018, 03:16:00 pm
I want one. 
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on September 28, 2018, 01:01:40 am
Hunting, all right. But who's the intended prey, and who's hide ends up on the barn door? Bwa-hahaaaaa!
House Krahr constantly underestimates her, in spite of what they know; the other Houses are clueless. I think the lessons are soon to start.  Arland, Otubar, Ilemina and Karat are likely out front and thus more easily targeted. But Maud is going to get into the middle on a mount far better suited to the action. Hee-hee, hee-hee-heeeee ...
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on September 28, 2018, 05:07:39 am
 :D Can't. Wait.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on September 30, 2018, 10:33:38 am
Story up, presumably from Julie's POV.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on September 30, 2018, 12:49:15 pm
I don't believe it is Julie. I think a cousin or sister of Roman. Feel free to come up with a better answer. :)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on September 30, 2018, 01:25:05 pm
He calls her Julia, and she has a brother who is a shapeshifter and can hold warrior form at age 6... of course it's Julie. I am not entirely comfortable with the ending of the story, though, but interested to see where her story goes.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on September 30, 2018, 01:47:36 pm
I didn't notice he's used her name. And I agree about the ending.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on September 30, 2018, 04:04:13 pm
I'm just happy to read it. They are so unbelievably generous with their gifts.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on September 30, 2018, 04:32:10 pm
Agreed!  The Authorlords are benevolent rulers. 
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on September 30, 2018, 11:36:12 pm
Generous and benevolent, indeed.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on October 01, 2018, 05:10:34 am
What I want to know is the identity of her grandmother. Context suggest Erra. Roland is her grandfather by adoption. Erra said once that Julie was a child of the steppes. She has a ton of magic. I wonder whether she and/or Hugh is/are  descended from Erra. Maybe one of her children managed to procreate before she killed them. Or maybe Erra is just her grandmother by adoption, though strictly speaking she's Julie's great-aunt by that means. It arguably could be Martha, but the description doesn't fit.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on October 01, 2018, 12:59:50 pm
I was thinking that possibly Erra's and Roland's mother had resurrected when they brought her back to her homeland. Roland had been worried about that. Erra makes far more sense.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on October 01, 2018, 02:04:28 pm
At the end of Magic Triumphs, didn't Erra and Julie decide that Erra could be Julie's adoptive grandma?
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on October 01, 2018, 02:06:35 pm
Probably. That sounds right.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on October 01, 2018, 03:09:00 pm
Come to think of it, you're right.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on October 02, 2018, 02:31:57 am
I had assumed Erra; but the 'child of the steppes' makes me wonder about her antecedents.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on October 02, 2018, 04:22:09 pm
Me too, Bill.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on October 02, 2018, 06:53:16 pm
Didn't Erra at one point state that Julie's ancestral people, the kurgan, refused to marry or breed outside of their own people, despite Erra's family's best efforts? 
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on October 02, 2018, 06:59:45 pm
I think so.

Also. The author lords' blog post made me curious what question everyone was asking. Not curious enough to dig through more than a page worth of comments, though.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on October 02, 2018, 07:26:35 pm
they were asking about Julie being called Julia.  The page they reference has Barabas call Julie by her full name, Julia.  Basically they're confirming that yes, it is in fact Julie.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on October 02, 2018, 07:49:13 pm
Okay.  LOL
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on October 03, 2018, 12:29:26 am
I was baffled about that, too. And took a sampling. Some folks really came far away from the wall. And one post after the explanation thanked the AuthorLords for explaining that Julie was the Grandmother involved, this was her Grandchild, and I forget who the others were deemed to be. The next post said "I hope you're kidding".
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on October 07, 2018, 09:59:22 am
This scene must be kicking their butts, or else something dire has happened. I am trying valiantly not to pout. I have never needed an installment more than this week. Hope everything is ok with them (not just because of Innkeeper!).
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on October 07, 2018, 10:51:05 am
I can imagine it being a scene that just isn't coming out the way they want.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on October 07, 2018, 11:14:24 am
I am feeling impatient, but that's my problem not the Authorlords, who are so kind as to share their creativity with us. I agree - hopefully they're just struggling to get the scene in shape and it's not a matter of some personal emergency.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on October 08, 2018, 05:06:48 pm
New chapter. Dragons!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on October 08, 2018, 05:13:51 pm
Linky (http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/2018/10/08/chapter-15-part-4/)

Maud has a new superpower.  Nifty.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on October 08, 2018, 05:53:33 pm
Woo hoo! LOL
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on October 09, 2018, 12:47:03 am
Grand.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on October 09, 2018, 10:17:08 am
 :D I so needed that!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on October 15, 2018, 01:37:43 pm
New chapter http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/2018/10/15/chapter-16-part-1-and-2/.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on October 15, 2018, 03:42:57 pm
WOOHOOOO! I'm out of here! Catch you later.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on October 15, 2018, 04:20:11 pm
OK, obligatory romance scene; some exposition which advances the narrative slightly and will likely prove important in future books. What I want to see is a serious smackdown, ideally with the tachi getting a crack at the vampirates. Been waiting for it ever since the tachi offered to kill Seveline back at the beginning, which was only four days ago chronologically I think.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on October 15, 2018, 05:28:39 pm
I agree, nice chapter, but I was hoping for more action.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on October 15, 2018, 05:33:39 pm
We just had some action! LOL I feel like if we were reading this all at once, instead of in parts, the romance scene would be a more welcome break at this point.  I'm sure we'll get a smack-down in the end!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on October 15, 2018, 05:48:29 pm
I'm sure you're right. I look forward to reading it when its all published.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on October 15, 2018, 11:57:30 pm
They just put Helen down for a nap she's had so much action!  LOL

I do feel like we've got plot lines for several more stories.  8)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on October 16, 2018, 06:43:41 am
Yes, and then they got some action. Just not the kind I was waiting for.

True, Kyria. I do have a regrettable tendency to skim some scenes on my first read through if it's getting late. This is not necessarily one I would skim as written, if it were in context with the previous chapter.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on October 16, 2018, 12:09:30 pm
A break, and information. Stories that are truly non-stop action get very old very quickly.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on October 16, 2018, 04:12:06 pm
True. And it is a good resting place. I suspect we're coming up on the final conflict soon.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on October 17, 2018, 05:48:09 am
 :D The novella has expanded to a full length book!  :D
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on October 18, 2018, 01:47:03 am
Ayuh. I had expected Maud's arrival to be the climactic fight; now it's just an interval. And one that informs her enemies of what they face in her.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on October 18, 2018, 05:32:54 am
Yep.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on October 19, 2018, 01:50:53 pm
http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/2018/10/19/chapter-16-part-3/

Nice tidy piece. The enemy have shown their hand.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on October 19, 2018, 11:28:17 pm
That they have. But they must have had some last-minute changes to accommodate their new knowledge of Maud.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on October 20, 2018, 04:10:30 am
They are also probably upset that she managed to upstage the wedding hunt.  >D
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on October 20, 2018, 11:03:21 pm
They are also probably upset that she managed to upstage the wedding hunt.  >D

Yes, whatever the Happy Couple achieved was utterly upstaged by Maud and Arland's kill.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on October 21, 2018, 05:01:47 am
Got that right.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on October 21, 2018, 05:58:40 am
Wonder if they used that as leverage for the new venue?
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on October 22, 2018, 12:32:57 am
Could be.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on October 23, 2018, 06:32:49 pm
Deleted Scene from Hidden Legacy (http://www.ilona-andrews.com/deleted-scene-from-hidden-legacy-4-more-cowbells/) The Authorlords are truly benevolent rulers... :)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on October 23, 2018, 07:53:18 pm
Two weeks and we get the novella.  :D
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on October 23, 2018, 08:16:43 pm
It was pretty fantastic.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on October 24, 2018, 12:49:08 am
Fantastic, yes. And never to be seen again? Sob. Perhaps in a revised format, somewhere down the line.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Patti L. on October 24, 2018, 05:06:05 am
Just so they catch the "turn left coming out of the elevator,"
and
"the elevator door opened, and I turned right" bit...
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on October 24, 2018, 05:40:20 am
And the kid's name changes, and the Primes' wardrobe changes. And I'm not clear on whether Placeholder High reflected snark on Catalina's part, or procrastination on the part of the ALs. However:

NOT COMPLAINING. It was awesome.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on November 05, 2018, 09:50:11 am
NEW! CHAPTER! UP! Even though they are sick as can be!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on November 06, 2018, 08:06:47 pm
I have already read Diamond Fire!  It's good - I'm really looking forward to the next full novel in the series. 
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on November 06, 2018, 08:32:37 pm
I stayed up to read it last night. Definitely had me laughing.

I hope Alessandro didn't completely give up and that we will see him again.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on November 06, 2018, 08:36:45 pm
I think they've mentioned that he will be in the next books.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on November 06, 2018, 08:40:37 pm
Excellent. I either missed that or forgot.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on November 07, 2018, 01:07:33 am
I really enjoyed Diamond Fire, and the new chapter. And I'm immensely enjoying how the new Maven is taking hold.  Maud is putting her Innkeeper's knowledge to great use, to the benefit of House Krahr and the lees and the Tachi. There's going to be a ripple effect from this;  Lady Dil’ki and Nuan Cee will prosper in their societies for it's success, the trade station is will benefit a large number of spacefaring peoples, and Maud's name will be associated with it as news spreads. The long-travelling brother may even hear of her and decide to visit.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on November 07, 2018, 05:44:47 am
Both were fabulous reads and most excellent distractions from the current political polarization.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on November 07, 2018, 04:36:20 pm
Given that the brother is an Arbitrator and according to Sweep In Peace, the Arbitrators are forbidden from returning to their home dimension, I'm not looking for him to show up any time soon in this one.  Definitely once they're closer to finding their parents, though.

Regarding Maude as Maven, I really liked the depiction.  It was very action-y, but a different kind of action.  Maude, if you haven't made yourself indispensable to House Krahr by the end of the wedding, I shall eat my own arm.  It's a safe bet because she's already 99% there.  lol.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on November 08, 2018, 12:47:58 am
I'd forgotten that Klaus was an Arbiter. Oh, zooterkins, I might be forced to a re-read! And Maud/Maude is indispensable to House Krahr, the question is when did/will they notice it.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on November 08, 2018, 05:11:42 am
Pretty sure they already have. I seriously doubt they offer random GFs the post of Maven.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Zealith on November 09, 2018, 03:48:38 pm
New chapter.
http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/2018/11/09/chapter-17-part-2/ (http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/2018/11/09/chapter-17-part-2/)
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on November 09, 2018, 04:46:20 pm
It is ON!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Patti L. on November 16, 2018, 09:51:35 pm
http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/2018/11/16/chapter-17-part-3/
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: BillG on November 17, 2018, 01:43:39 am
The evil one's plan is disrupted and the gauntlet thrown! Maud the Red, the Sariv, is going into the fray.
Heh, heh, heh.
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Janilee on November 17, 2018, 07:50:23 am
Let the shenanigans ensue!  LOL
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: Kyria on November 17, 2018, 01:54:10 pm
in the time-tested manner of ritual combat between rival tribes of humans in my area, when one is moments from being officially declared victorious: *sings* na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na, hey, hey, hey... GOODBYE!
Title: Re: Ilona Andrews
Post by: pondhawk on November 17, 2018, 02:45:23 pm
 bOuNcY  bOuNcY  bOuNcY