Friday, August 23, 2019

Sapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrew comes an enthralling new trilogy set in the Hidden Legacy world, where magic means power, and family bloodlines are the new currency of society…

In a world where magic is the key to power and wealth, Catalina Baylor is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, and the Head of her House. Catalina has always been afraid to use her unique powers, but when her friend’s mother and sister are murdered, Catalina risks her reputation and safety to unravel the mystery.

But behind the scenes powerful forces are at work, and one of them is Alessandro Sagredo, the Italian Prime who was once Catalina’s teenage crush. Dangerous and unpredictable, Alessandro’s true motives are unclear, but he’s drawn to Catalina like a moth to a flame.

To help her friend, Catalina must test the limits of her extraordinary powers, but doing so may cost her both her House–and her heart.

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Book 4
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I’m going to say it. I think this is the best book in the series so far – and I’ve loved every moment of every book. Catalina started to come into her own in Diamond Fire, but this is the first time we get to meet her as Head of House. And she’s fabulous. All grown up and in complete control of her powers, Catalina is a force to be reckoned with. I love that everyone in the book underestimates Catalina and House Baylor and I love how she proves her haters wrong.

This is one of the most action-packed stories in the series. It starts with a simple murder investigation that quickly spirals out of control. It’s the story of underdogs against a powerful secret organisation and it’s the story of Catalina learning who in her circle is an ally – and who is an enemy. Catalina is even more ruthless than Nevada and she leads with a cooler head. I love the way she uses her powers in combat situations and I love that she never backs down from a fight. By the end, Catalina’s choices end up opening up a whole new world of possibilities – and possible horrors – for House Baylor.

There is a hint of romance between Catalina and her unlikely ally, Alessandro, but Catalina’s focus is on her job and the survival of her family. As a siren, Catalina can’t trust that anyone’s emotions towards her are genuine, so she responds to Alessandro with caution, her walls firmly in place. I love her strength, her drive, and her focus – though I also wish Alessandro well in the next book.

It’s not quite a cliffhanger ending but I genuinely can’t wait to see what Catalina does with the new role she assumes at the end of this book. I almost wish I wasn’t reading this series book by book, pre-publication, because I can’t think of anything more enjoyable than spending an entire weekend binge reading the complete series back to back. This is turning into one of my all-time favourite Urban Fantasy series and I can’t wait for the next book.

I have read all the previous books in the Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews and I definitely would recommend starting from the beginning to have a more solid foundation of the world of Primes and Houses, but if you planned to skip ahead, then starting at Sapphire Flames is probably the best jumping off point without having read books #1–3 because Sapphire Flames is a new trilogy that takes place several years after the end of Wild Fire (book #3), but takes place in the Hidden Legacy world.

I think Ilona Andrews excels at that slow burn kind of love story mixed in with just the right amount of action and adventure. When Catalina and Alessandro finally cross paths again, I was 100% here for this reunion. When these two are on the pages together, I am laser focused because I don’t want to miss a single word in their exchanges. It has been great to see how much Catalina has grown up and begun to come out of her shell and utilize her power. Honestly, I can’t help but get super invested whenever I pick up a book by Andrews, but especially when it comes to the Hidden Legacy series. Ilona Andrews’ Sapphire Flames is exactly the story I’ve been waiting for ever since Alessandro Sagredo and Catalina Baylor first graced the same pages in Wild Fire. Also, after reading Nevada and Rogan’s story in the first three books of the Hidden Legacy series, I was super pumped to finally get a chance to read Catalina’s story.

I don’t often get the urge to re-read a series, but every time I read a book in Andrews’ Hidden Legacy series I find myself reading all the previous books as well. I just am so in awe and curious about the world of Houston’s Houses and Primes. Plus, I have grown so attached to all these characters and I am looking forward to reading the next installment and what they’re all up to. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

5 stars for Sapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews!

Also Available in the Hidden Legacy Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Burn for Me post.

Book 2
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For reviews & more info, check out our White Hot post.

Book 3
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For reviews & more info, check out our Wildfire post.

Book 3.5
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For reviews & more info, check out our Diamond Fire post.

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.) They have co-authored two New York Times and USA Today bestselling series—the urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and the romantic urban fantasy of The Edge—and are working on the next volumes for both. They live in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Sapphire Flames (Hidden Legacy #4) by Ilona Andrews to read and review.

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