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Ilona was born in the Soviet Union and came to the United States as a teenager. She attended Western Carolina University, where she majored in biochemistry and met her husband Andrew Gordon.
Ilona and Gordon (Andrew) are a husband and wife writing team, with their books published as a portmanteau of their first names. Gordon helped Ilona write and submit her first novel, Magic Bites. Its sequel, Magic Burns, reached #32 on the New York Times extended bestseller list in April 2008. The books in their various series continue to enjoy success.
In the lively comments sections of their website, in which Ilona actively participates daily, they are known as Ilona or Gordon if one is referring to either individually and previously "the ALs" (Author Lords) collectively. However, on August 1, 2019 Ilona and Gordon, who stated that they were never quite comfortable with the "Author Lords" nickname, requested "We would like to be addressed as IA collectively or House Andrews, if you guys would like to go with a fun nickname."
Some confusion has been generated by the fact that Andrew Gordon is usually referred to by his surname. Regarding this, he has said, "I know it can be confusing, but here is the deal: My legal or if you prefer, government name, is Andrew Beauregard Gordon. Andrews is my grandmother Helen’s maiden name and my middle name comes from the confederate general PGT Beauregard who fired on Fort Sumter and basically started our Civil War. Ilona calls me Gordon and that is how I think of myself, in the military we always used our last names."
The Kate Daniels novels are set in a slightly futuristic Atlanta, where magic and tech periods follow one another. During tech, guns and cars work. During magic, planes fall from the sky and generally anything technological fails but forgotten magic spells work again. In this world, magical creatures again roam the lands. Heroine Kate Daniels is a mercenary who fights various types of monsters. Kate is special: she is a human with some magical abilities but foremost, she is a great warrior.
|#||Title||Point of View||Publication Date||Publisher||Type||Included in|
|0.1||A Questionable Client||Kate||short story||free story on authors website
Dark and Stormy Knights
|1||Magic Bites||Kate||Mar 2007||Ace Books||novel|
|2||Magic Burns||Kate||Apr 2008||Ace Books||novel|
|3||Magic Strikes||Kate||Mar 2009||Ace Books||novel|
|3.1||Magic Mourns||Andrea||Sep 2009||novella||Must Love Hellhounds|
|4||Magic Bleeds||Kate||Jun 2010||Ace Books||novel|
|4.1||Magic Dreams||Dali||Apr 2011||novella||Hexed|
|5||Magic Slays||Kate||May 2011||Ace Books||novel|
|5.1||Magic Tests||Julie||short story||Magic Graves
An Apple for the Creature
|5.2||Magic Gifts||Kate||Jul 2012||novella||was originally published as a free ebook on the author's website during Christmas 2011
|5.3||Gunmetal Magic||Andrea||Jul 2012||Ace Books||novel|
|5.4||An Ill Advised Rescue||Magic Rises|
|5.5||Retribution Clause||Saiman’s cousin||Jun 2012||St. Martin's||short story||Hex Appeal|
|6||Magic Rises||Kate||Jul 2013||Ace Books||novel||includes 5.8|
|7||Magic Breaks||Kate||Jul 2014||Ace Books||novel|
|7.1||Magic Steals||Dali||Nov 2014||novella||Night Shift|
|8||Magic Shifts||Kate||Aug 2015||Ace Books||novel|
|8.1||Magic Stars ||Derek||Dec 2015||novella|
|9||Magic Binds||Kate||Sep 2016||novel|
|10||Magic Triumphs||Kate||Aug 2018||novel|
|11.1||Curran POV Collection||Curran||May 2016||short stories||published as a free ebook on the author's website|
Set in Kate Daniels World around the events of Magic Triumphs. A planned trilogy. The release of the second book in the series was delayed.
|#||Title||Point of View||Publication Date||Publisher|
|1||Iron and Magic||Hugh d'Ambray||Jun 2018||NYLA|
A continuation of Kate Daniels World, featuring Julie Lennart-Olsen.
|#||Title||Point of View||Publication Date||Publisher||Type||Included in|
|0.5||"The King of Fire"||Julie||Sep 2018||short story||free story on author's website|
|1||Blood Heir||Julie||Jan 2021||NYLA||novel|
|1.1||"Sandra"||Jun 2021||short story||free story on author's website|
The Edge world is in between the 'normal' earth and a magical world that looks remarkably the same. It's a small piece of land where some things are magical and some are not. Most people on either side cannot go across a border, so the edgers are generally left alone. But the few people that can cross borders cause trouble.
|1||On the Edge||Sep 2009||Ace Books|
|1.1||George and Jack in School|
|2||Bayou Moon||Sep 2010||Ace Books|
|3||Fate's Edge||Nov 2011||Ace Books|
|4||Steel's Edge||Dec 2012||Ace Books|
The Kinsmen Universe
|#||Title||Also In||Publication Date||Publisher|
|0.5||The World of Kinsmen||The Kinsmen Universe|
|1||Silent Blade||The Kinsmen Universe||June 2009||Samhain Publishing|
|2||Silver Shark||The Kinsmen Universe||Apr 2011||Samhain Publishing|
|2.5||A Mere Formality||The Kinsmen Universe|
Earth, as we know it, is a busy way-station for extraterrestrials due to the solar system having an unusually large number of "jump points". However, the people of Earth don't know about other worlds or aliens yet, so by intergalactic treaty Earth is designated neutral territory and visiting aliens must stay at the Inns and cannot reveal themselves to the native inhabitants.
Innkeepers have a symbiotic relationship with their Inn; a living, semi-sentient and probably alien lifeform. They are powerful within Inn grounds and can use their "magic" to control every part of the Inn and grounds - including creating additional customized rooms for guests just by a thought and opening portals to other worlds their Inn has forged a connection to.
The inside of an Inn bends physics to extreme lengths - treating it more as a suggestion than a law.
An Innkeeper's purpose is twofold: protecting their guests at all costs, and maintaining the ignorance of Earth's people to the existence of alien cultures.
Dina Demille comes from a family of Innkeepers and recently woke her own Inn, Gertrude Hunt, from hibernation. As Gertrude Hunt is comparatively unknown, getting visitors and keeping a thriving Inn is tough. Fortunately, Dina is also tough and goes to extremes to make her visitors happy, whilst keeping the true nature of the Inn a secret from the local population.
Two of the main human-looking races featured (in a nod to urban fantasy) are: "Vampires" - The Holy Anocracy, attractive, warlike, fangs; and "Werewolves" - genetically engineered shapechanger super-soldiers.
The Innkeeper books are posted free online as a weekly series of partial chapters on the Ilona Andrews website. When a book is finished the chapters stay online for a short while then are taken down and become a first-draft, edited and published as a novel.
Due to the weekly format the comments sections of each chapter are very lively with speculation as to what comes next.
Ilona and Gordon have dubbed their fans in the comments sections, especially of Innkeeper, the Book Devouring Horde (BDH) - a play on the Hope Crushing Horde from one of the Innkeeper books. In turn the BDH have historically and playfully referred to them collectively as the ALs (Author Lords). They are now termed House Andrews (another play on words from the books) or IA.
|#||Title||Also in||Publication Date|
|0.5||Gerard Demille and Helen Meet|
|1||Clean Sweep||The Innkeeper Chronicles: Volume One||Dec 2013|
|2||Sweep in Peace||The Innkeeper Chronicles: Volume One||Nov 2015|
|3||One Fell Sweep||The Innkeeper Chronicles: Volume One||Dec 2016|
|4||Sweep of the Blade||July 2019|
|4.5||Sweep with Me||Jan 2020|
|5||Sweep of the Heart||Ongoing (see website for chapters) - publication 2022|
|#||Title||Also in||Publication Date||Publisher||Comments|
|0.5||Of Swine and Roses ||Small Magics||Mar 2011||short story|
|1||Burn for Me||Oct 2014||Avon|
|2||White Hot||May 2017||Avon Romance|
|3.5||Diamond Fire||Nov 2018||Avon Impulse|
|4||Sapphire Flames||Aug 2019||Avon|
|5.1||A Misunderstanding||Jul 2019||short story|
|5||Emerald Blaze||Aug 2020||HarperCollins Publishers|
|6.1||The Cool Aunt||short story|
- Alphas: Origins
Anthologies and collections
|Anthology or Collection||Contents||Publication
|The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance||Grace of Small Magics||Mar 2009||Running Press|
|Must Love Hellhounds||Magic Mourns||Sep 2009||Ace Books|
|Dark and Stormy Knights||A Questionable Client||Jul 2010||Ace Books|
|Hexed||Magic Dreams||Jul 2011||Berkley|
|Magic Graves||A Questionable Client||Sep 2011||Kindle ebook|
|Angels of Darkness||Alphas: Origins||Oct 2011|
|Hex Appeal||Retribution Clause||Jun 2012||St. Martin's|
|An Apple for the Creature||Magic Tests||Aug 2012||Ace Books|
|Night Shift||Magic Steals||Nov 2014||Ace Books|
|Small Magics||A Questionable Client
Of Swine and Roses
Grace of Small Magics
|Sep 2015||NYLA Publishing|
|The Innkeeper Chronicles: Volume One||Gerard Demille and Helen Meet
Sweep in Peace
One Fell Sweep
|May 2017||Subterranean Press|
|The Kinsmen Universe||The World of Kinsmen
A Mere Formality
|Aug 2018||Subterranean Press|
- "Ilona Andrews". 2011-12-02.
- Scott, Veronica (20 September 2016). "Interview: Gordon and Ilona of Ilona Andrews on 'Magic Binds,' mythology and more". Happy Ever After.
- "Reviews and Awards". www.ilona-andrews.com. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
- "Press Kit". www.ilona-andrews.com. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
- http://www.ilona-andrews.com/new-nickname-has-been-chosen-and-innkeeper-audio-update/[dead link]
- Night Shift. OCLC 898304752.
- "Kate Daniels". ilona-andrews.com. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
- results, search (28 August 2018). ISBN 0425270718.
- "The Iron Covenant". www.ilona-andrews.com. Retrieved 2022-01-04.
- "The King of Fire". www.ilona-andrews.com. Retrieved 2021-06-13.
- "Sandra". www.ilona-andrews.com. Retrieved 2021-06-13.
- Andrews, Ilona. "Letter To The Readers". Hidden Legacy. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
- "Our Books". Ilona Andrews. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
- Angels of Darkness. WorldCat.org. OCLC 706018112.
- "Small Magics". www.ilona-andrews.com. Retrieved 2019-01-07.