Hi everyone, Mod R here.
I’ve seen a lot of questions about the reading order of the Kate Daniels World books since the release of the Wilmington Years series.
A complete list of books in order- for all the Ilona Andrews books, not just KD- is always available on the Release Schedule page here. You can also save the page as a PDF and keep it in your documents for ease of access. A small FYI here that other book websites don’t always have the correct list (for various reasons) and, when possible, you should refer to the author’s own.
I thought I would go a bit more in-depth on KD World today, with a timeline overview and details I remember Horde members wanted clarification on. If you want a short-ish summary of the main KD series story, you can find it here.
Brief Kate Daniels timeline
Magic is not a precise force, and its movement in the world is mystery. Even though humanity at large only noticed its return in the world during the atrocities of the Shift, which began with a flare in the early 2010s, magic had been slowly seeping through the cracks and building momentum for decades prior.
It awoke Roland sometime in the 1990s (some think as early as the 70s- Disco Fever Roland is too much to contemplate, however). This is also around the time he found Hugh, so Hugh has a couple of decades on the rest of the main cast, although of course he was kept young through Roland’s magic.
Curran and Kate were both born in the same decade as the Shift, about 5 years apart. When we first meet them, in the early 2040s, Kate is mid-20s and Curran close to 30.
Their adventures in the main KD series span approximately 5 years, with the battle of Atlanta from Magic Triumphs taking place in the summer of 2045. The biggest time skip between books of the main series is Magic Binds to Magic Triumphs, with almost 2 years going by between Kate and Curran’s wedding and their adventures with a 13-month-old Conlan. Snuggled inside this time skip will be the entirety of Hugh’s Iron Covenant series, which will all take place before Magic Triumphs.
The chronological order, including Curran’s POVs (which can all be found in Small Magics, carefully marked to where they belong) and short stories is the following:
- Questionable Client– Prequel, a year before the main series begins, can be found in Small Magics
- MAGIC BITES
- Curran POVs from Magic Bites- his version of Unicorn Lane and dinner at Fernando’s
- MAGIC BURNS
- Curran POV from Magic Burns- Soup
- MAGIC STRIKES
- Curran’s POVs from Magic Strikes- Midnight Games and Hot Tub plus Kate’s Origin and Naked Dinner which happen immediately after the book’s timeline.
- Magic Mourns (Raphael and Andrea novella)
- MAGIC BLEEDS
- Curran POVs from Magic Bleeds: Conclave Scene and Awake
- Magic Dreams (Jim and Dali novella #1)
- MAGIC SLAYS
- Gunmetal Magic (Andrea’s POV book)
- Magic Gifts (Kate novella)- this happens roughly at the same time as Gunmetal Magic. I will take the opportunity here to answer a common question: you can buy the ebook of Magic Gifts separately, but if you’re looking for the print version, it can only be found at the back of the Gunmetal Magic paperback. Afaik, there is no audio version.
- An Ill-Advised Rescue (can be found at the end of Magic Rises, but takes place a month before the action of the book happens)
- Magic Tests (Julie’s POV, can be found in Small Magics, happens right before Kate sails to the Black Sea in Magic Rises)
- MAGIC RISES
- Magic Steals- Jim and Dali second novella, takes place back in Atlanta whilst Kate&co are in Colchis
- MAGIC BREAKS
- Jim’s POV associated with Magic Breaks, immediately after the end of the book- can also be found in Small Magics
- Curran POV- Moving Day into the subdivision, after Kate and Curran have left the Pack
- MAGIC SHIFTS
- Magic Stars (Derek’s Novella). This sometimes appears as Grey Wolf Book 1. There will not be a Grey Wolf Book 2, further adventures of Derek will be contained in the Aurelia Ryder series. (MetalRose4Ever!)
- MAGIC BINDS
- IRON AND MAGIC (Hugh’s book #1) + its unreleased, as-yet-unnamed sequel
- MAGIC TRIUMPHS
The main series ends with Kate and Curran eliminating Roland’s threat and walking not-so-gently into their good Happy Ever After.
The King of Fire, Julie POV short story. 5 years after Magic Triumphs, whilst establishing the queendom of New Shinar with Erra, Julie receives a late night call from the Oracle of Atlanta. Sienna delivers a prophecy about Kate and her line being severed by Moloch. Julie is the only one who can change the outcome, at great personal sacrifice.
7 years have passed since Magic Triumphs, and 2 since the King of Fire and the prophecy that Kate must not learn about (at least not from Julie). The sharp-eyed of the Horde will also pick up on the fact that it takes Moloch 2 years to regenerate after Julie dismembers him in King of Fire. We can keep that in mind as something that happens in the background for some of the characters that may not be featured too prominently in the Wilmington series. Ahem.
Magic Tides and Magic Claims both happen in the same year (roughly 2052, but it really doesn’t matter) in summer and early fall, respectively. As of yet, we don’t know whether there will be a third book, so we cannot speculate on its timeline- but House Andrews have said the Wilmington years will probably all precede Blood Heir.
Conlan is 8 years old. Kate and Curran have left Atlanta in order to give him a normal life, away from the pressures of being the son of the former Beast Lord and Consort- and from the suffocating attention of the various factions. The Lennarts live for most of the year in North Carolina and it’s where Conlan goes to school.
You (gender neutral) guys. They still maintain their interest in the Guild of Mercs and they still visit family and friends in Atlanta during the summer! There is no need for confusion as to why they’re in Atlanta during Blood Heir. The subdivision of shifters who left the Pack with Curran and Kate still exists, and they still enjoy the special independence-from-the-Pack status. Conlan has friends and adventures in Atlanta, and he goes to see his werebear grandparents. This is all covered by Nick in Blood Heir when he gives Julie/Aurelia the lay of the land upon their first meeting in his office.
Kate’s power confers youth and immortality, so even during Wilmington and beyond, Kate and Curran will continue to look in their early 30s. This effect extends to most of their friends- if Kate cares about them, they will benefit from her magic, and survive mostly unchanged through the passage of time and almost all physical damage. The exception here is Uncle Nick Stupid Head, who is, well…a stupid head with a very stressful life and a troubled relationship with any magic coming from Kate’s bloodline. Fear the Shinar, even when it bears gifts.
This happens 9 years after Magic Triumphs, 4 years after Julie found out about the prophecy and roughly 2 years after the Wilmington Years stories. It is the furthest book in the Kate Daniels World timeline, until its sequel arrives.
Let me put this another way: things that are hinted at during Blood Heir, like the vision of Kate with a baby girl, what Derek saw etc have not happened yet, because nothing in the storyline has reached further than this.
“But where is Kate’s baby during Wilmington years?” Not even a glint in Curran’s eye yet, Horde! We will have to do that dirty, filthy thing we all know about and w*ait. “But Conlan says he has a sister!” I’ll take “Who is Julie Olsen-Lennart?” for 500, please, Alex. “But what happened to Derek?” See under BDH Actions, Filthy in the sentence above. P*atience.
Sandra– This is a Kate POV that takes place *during* Blood Heir.
THE CLAMS ARE COMING! Only a couple of weeks left, yay clamming dance of joy. We will devour and enjoy and talk about it for months to come!
Sequels in the KD World *will* happen, but I cannot tell you which first or when, as they will not be announced until House Andrews are happy with how far they’ve gotten in the manuscript and they’re ready to share a preorder.