Book Lovers for the Prevention of Supporting Character Neglect: Kate Daniels World aka The Magicpocalypse

Filed in Book Lover for the Prevention of Supporting Character Neglect , Draconismoi , featured , Ilona Andrews Posted on July 8, 2013 @ 7:00 am 28 comments

MagicpocalypseWelcome to the our first meeting of the Book Lovers for the Prevention of Supporting Character Neglect! Where Book Lovers from across the world stand in solidarity for the supporting cast. Those individuals that make the story and keep us coming back even when the protagonist needs a good smack (*cough Harry Potter cough*). Hear our anthem! Because everyone deserves top billing now and then.

Secondary Characters by Original Cast Recording on Grooveshark

For our inaugural meeting, we will take a close look at Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels’ World. Ilona is among the more considerate authors out there, as she has given various others a chance to shine while Kate and Curran are recuperating (Andrea, Dali, and Julie), but that consideration is no excuse! There are still a plethora of magnificent characters in post-magicpocalypse Atlanta that are suffering from an unacceptable lack of Their Own Lives.

Caro: I think Saiman. Yes, he is a narcissistic asshole most of the time but there’s something about him that makes me want to forgive his actions. I wish we got his story – a whole book. He’s not a good guy, and that’s the whole appeal! That guy deserves to be the center of attention.

Cass: Saiman would totally agree with you on this.

Caro:  Hey! I wouldn’t say no to a new scene with him dancing naked in the snow. *wriggles eyebrows*

I skirted the iceberg and saw Derek. He stood rigid, hands spread wide, his upper lip wrinkled in a preemptive growl. He was trying his best not to touch a blonde whose hands rested on his shoulders.

She was nude. Short, with hair down to her butt, she was proportioned with an almost obscene generosity: round ass, solid thighs, big heavy breasts tipped by pink nipples. Considering the size of her waist, it was a wonder she didn’t fold in half under the weight of her boobs. Her skin glowed, almost as if lit from within by sunshine, and so she stood there, naked, unashamed, golden. Sex in the snow. She looked at Derek with huge eyes and purred. “A puppy. Play with me!”

Derek’s eyes had gone completely yellow.

Past him, Ghastek’s vamp crouched on the edge, making no move to assist.

I swiped a chunk of crusty snow, clamped it into a ball, and hurled it at the blonde. The snowball hit her upside the head, bursting into powder.

“Saiman! Step away from him!”

The blonde whipped her head around. “Kate…”

Her body twisted with preternatural fluidity. Female flesh melted like wax and re-formed into a muscle-corded frame. She swept toward me through the snow, growing, twisting, molding, hardening, too fast to follow and then a man wrapped his arm around my waist pulling me to him.

He was tall, perfectly proportioned, and muscled like a Roman statue. The same golden radiance that had illuminated the blonde lit his skin from within. His hair, a deep red streaked with gold, fell to his waist without a trace of a curl. His face was angular, yet masculine, and his grin had a mordant edge sharp enough to draw blood. He leaned toward me and I got a good look at his eyes. They were orange. Radiant, brilliant orange, streaked with pale green that almost looked like the crystals of ice growing on a window during a freeze.

They did not look human.

“Kate,” he repeated, pulling me closer. He towered at least half a foot above me. Snowflakes swirled around us. His breath smelled like honey. “I’m so glad you came to visit. I was so dreadfully bored.”

That’s it. The flare had driven him insane.

Cass: Meh. The only way I want to see more Saiman is if he’s paired up with someone other than Kate. I get it dude, you want to sleep with her. MOVING ON NOW.

The true unsung star of post-Shift Atlanta is Barabas. Pack-attorney and Kate-advisor extraordinaire. On any given day he’ll be called upon to advise Kate against doing anything suicidally moronic, go toe-to-toe with the never-ending supply of corporate attorneys employed by The People, then get into a jurisdictional pissing contest with racist local authorities, and still find time to protect individual shapeshifters’ constitutional rights after they helped sober up a floozie who dared to proposition their man by repeatedly dunking her into a pool, broke into a vault filled with magical weapons of mass destruction, or abducted a district attorney’s nephew. You know. The usual.

“Barabas Gilliam.” A business card materialized in Barabas’s long elegant fingers. “I’m her attorney.”

Tsoi glanced at the card. “You’re a Pack lawyer. What are you doing here?”

“Working.” Barabas grinned, displaying sharp white teeth. “You see, even us dirty Pack lawyers have to pass the bar just like everyone else. If you check, you’ll find that I’m a member in good standing. I’m licensed to practice law in the lovely State of Georgia and several of her illustrious neighbor states, which means Ms. Nash can hire me to represent her.”

Tsoi pointed at me. “Is she a member of the Pack?”

“No, Ms. Nash is a private citizen, who has retained my services. Now I do make it a point to keep up with current legislation, but perhaps I missed something—is there a new law that states a Pack attorney can’t practice outside the Pack? If so, thank you ever so much for bringing it to my attention, Detective.”mongoose-300x199

“You think this is some sort of comedy going on here?” Collins gave him his tough stare.

A little red spark flared in Barabas’s eyes. “Excuse me.”

He struck with preternatural quickness and yanked a five-foot snake from the counter, an inch away from Tsoi’s elbow. Tsoi jumped, clearing half the room in a single bound.The snake body flailed in my lawyer’s fist. Barabas jerked the snake to his mouth and bit its neck.

“Jesus Christ!” Collins took a step back.

Tsoi clamped her hand over her mouth.

Barabas spat the head onto the counter. “Pit viper—my favorite. Where were we? Ah, yes. You were trying to intimidate me. I apologize for the interruption. Please, resume your staring.”

He just casually bit a snake in half when asshole cops were trying skirt around the edges of the 4th, 5th and 6th amendments! What I wouldn’t give to be able to do that…. Who doesn’t want to see a Day In the Life of Barabas Gilliam?

Kate Daniels

Weigh in below. Barabas or Saiman? Is Caro a perv for wanting more stoned-naked-dancing Saiman? (Normally, I’d say yes. But this is Saiman. He’d be into it.) Do I have anger issues I need to focus on? (Probably.) Who else do you think deserves a jaunt in the spotlight? Has anyone invented a internet-based mind-control device through which we can get the dynamic Andrews duo to give us more more MORE!?!

About Draconismoi

Draconismoi is a Legal Aid Attorney out on the frozen tundra. After two weeks of -30F, she started telling people she moved to Alaska because she loves the indoors. Right now you'll find her curled up under all the blankets she owns, surrounded by a pile of books. Every so often she emerges from her cave (when there is food) and wonders how she'll justify prolonging this behavior once the temperature rises and the sun returns.

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  • aurian July 8, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Lol I like Saiman, he/she sure is something. Yes more Saiman please, without Curran’s insane jealousy please. Who else? The doctor, he is a great supportive character as well. I would like to know his past. And the story of the alpha female of the jackals.

    • draconismoi July 8, 2013 at 12:45 pm

      Okay, I’ll give you the doctor. He’s pretty awesome. But you all need to stop feeding Saiman’s narcissism! Or else he’ll turn into Russell Edgington.

  • Caro The HEA Lover July 8, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    LMAO I think we all know I’m a perv! lol And uuuuuuuuuugh of course I’d only want Saiman if paired with someone other than Kate. That just wouldn’t do!

    • draconismoi July 8, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      I didn’t mean ACTUALLY paired up with Kate. He is probably so terrified of Curran now that he doesn’t want to look at her too long. I just meant that I am BORED with the Saiman/Kate dynamic. He flirts, she snarks. Yawn.

      I’d be more interested in a few more stories with Saiman’s cousin. Much more interesting branch of the family tree.

  • Ilona Andrews July 8, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Sorry, guys, the next candidates for their own stories are Roman the Black Volhv and Jim and Dali. 🙂

    Saiman would be really difficult to write as a star because he is so completely selfish and that makes him predictable. His cousin Adam is a better candidate and we may do another short story with him, because Adam is a good guy, even if he is an insurance adjuster.

    Barabas… We would need to consult an attorney. I love court dramas, and I’d love to write one, but to do it correctly, the amount of research would have to be staggering. 🙂

    PS. I so got a kick out of this post. Made my day.

    • Draconismoi July 8, 2013 at 4:03 pm

      Damn, I guess that’s a no on the internet-based mind control. Though I am totally excited for more Jali (Dim?).

      But if the only thing keeping you from Barabas is research….I just so happen to be extremely familiar with an attorney who specializes in small-town courtroom drama and would completely devote herself to assisting in the creation of post-Shift jurisprudence.

      I already see the legal dynamics of Pack jurisdiction as analogous to Tribal Court (which we have a lot of out here on the tundra) – making me your perfectly suited R.A. 😉

  • blodeuedd July 8, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    More nekkid Saiman!!!

    • Draconismoi July 8, 2013 at 6:27 pm

      So is it the Saiman you and Caro are interested in, or the naked dancing? Just for clarification purposes.

      • Caro The HEA Lover July 9, 2013 at 11:38 am

        Both! lol I am really interested in his story but I wouldn’t miiiiind more nakedness 😉 Honestly if you know me, you know I cannot pass an opportunity to ask for nakedness! 😉

  • Shelly Nelson July 8, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    OH – I want Barabas AND Roman. Yay!!!!!! And Jim/Dali too. I want a lot and my authors just can’t seem to write fast enough. Just Sayin’.

    • Draconismoi July 8, 2013 at 6:09 pm

      I know the feeling. Any tidbits to keep us entertained between books are welcomed. I’m just going for an Inception-style idea worm. So that one day Ilona and Gordon just can’t HELP put churn out a epic adventure of Barbaras using his legal powers of awesome to utterly destroy an asshole of epic proportions. Take THAT Ted!

  • Artem July 8, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Very nice post, guys (thank you Ilona for sending me here). I have no opinion on Saiman as he is more or less a douche but a Barabas story would be interesting. I would also be curious to see if Gordon and Ilona can publish a proper gay weremongoose lawyer story.

    But I out of the choice above, I’d take Roman and his insane family every time.

    • Draconismoi July 8, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      Between you and Shelly, I am now envisioning a Barabas/Roman pairing……and gotta be honest, totally loving it. We already know Roman digs blondes. BUT WILL ILONA TAKE US THERE?!

      • Ilona Andrews July 8, 2013 at 4:38 pm

        Sorry, guys, but Roman likes women. There is a nod at a possible Barabas-centered relationship in Magic Rises, but just a nod. It would have to be a really special guy. Barabas is manic and difficult to live with.

  • Marina July 8, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    …… more Derek please !!!! And/Or Barabas!!!!!

  • Ilona Andrews July 8, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    And apropos of nothing, I love the way your comments work. If you don’t mind me asking, is this a plugin or a theme feature?

    • Draconismoi July 8, 2013 at 5:01 pm

      I think this is a question for our European Bloc (because I have no idea. I think it’s probably a plugin, but not sure. It was like this when I came on board). Sadly, they are all probably sound asleep right now. I’ll nudge them over here to explain tonight (their morning).

    • Stella July 8, 2013 at 5:09 pm

      Hi Ilona, welcome to BLI! *waves* 😀 Though I’m still awake, sorry that I’m not much help to you, hopefully one of our more techie members will answer your question once they wake up.

    • Galen Charlton July 8, 2013 at 6:15 pm

      One of the honorary BLI gnomes here — the comments are done with the Discussion WordPress plugin.

      • Draconismoi July 8, 2013 at 6:24 pm

        Whoo! I KNEW it was a plugin. Just had no idea which one. Thanks, Galen!

  • AmyBRbkwrm July 8, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Thanks to Ilona for the Twitter link. I am a fan of Barnabas. He is an interesting character with depth and intelligence and you just gotta love the snark factor. Samain is just too self-centered, ego-centric, narcissitic. Looking forward to Romans story!

  • Elsbeth July 8, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Roman. First choice has gotta be Roman. But Barabas would be cool. Wouldn’t even have to be a whole book for Barabas. Just ‘a day in the life of’ would be pretty special.

    • Draconismoi July 8, 2013 at 5:59 pm

      I am LOVING all this support for Barabas! I also think a short story would suffice. For now at least. Might be enough to keep Ilona and Gordon from feeling like they need to go to law school…

      • Susan July 8, 2013 at 8:05 pm

        You could be their legal consultant!

        • Draconismoi July 8, 2013 at 8:29 pm

          If you look closely at the thanks in Gunmetal Magic, you might see two Book Lovers real names. 😉

  • Susan July 8, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    So, are we all counting the days ’til the end of the month or what?!?

    I don’t know if I’d want to have Saiman as a MC, but I will say that I love all the scenes he appears in. Even more Adam-centric stories with Saiman cameos would be great.

    That’s one of the great things about the KD/Magic books: even the secondaries, both good and bad, are fabulous in their own right. Almost any of them merit their own short stories/novellas/books. Not just Barabas and Saiman. I think everyone wants more Derek. And is anyone else as fascinated by Ghastek as I am?

    • Draconismoi July 8, 2013 at 8:33 pm

      None of the Book Lovers voted for Ghastek. I needed a scene in order to fairly pit them against the MOST EPIC LAWYER SMACKDOWN EVER… what does Ghastek have that can compare? Hmmm?

      Also, yes. Counting down the days until the end of the month. Which might be why we started with Ilona.

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