Friday, September 25, 2020

Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews

Catalina won't rest until she stops the use of the illicit, power-granting serum that's tearing their world apart. Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews, #1 New York Times bestselling author, continues her spellbinding series set in the Hidden Legacy world where magic controls everything… except the hearts of those who wield it.

As Prime magic users, Catalina Baylor and her sisters have extraordinary powers—powers their ruthless grandmother would love to control. Catalina can earn her family some protection working as deputy to the Warden of Texas, overseeing breaches of magic law in the state, but that has risks as well. When House Baylor is under attack and monsters haunt her every step, Catalina is forced to rely on handsome, dangerous Alessandro Sagredo, the Prime who crushed her heart.

The nightmare that Alessandro has fought since childhood has come roaring back to life, but now Catalina is under threat. Not even his lifelong quest for revenge will stop him from keeping her safe, even if every battle could be his last. Because Catalina won't rest until she stops the use of the illicit, power-granting serum that's tearing their world apart.

Don’t miss our reviews of the rest of the Hidden Legacy series!
For book one, Burn for Me, click HERE.
For book two, White Hot, click HERE.
For book three, Wildfire, click HERE.
For the novella Diamond Fire, click HERE.
For book four, Sapphire Flames, click HERE.



Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews

Book 5
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This series just keeps getting better. The Catalina we meet in this book is confident, competent, and fierce. She owns her roles as Head of House and Deputy Warden, and she’s come a million miles from the anxious teenager we met in the first books.

This book is Catalina’s – and she’s absolutely fabulous. All grown up, Catalina mixes her formidable magical talents with a world class brain and a precise ability to read and manipulate people. The combination actually makes her a better Head of House than her sister was. As much as this is more of a romance than the previous book, I love that the focus of the series is always on the Baylors as a family. There is a scene between Nevada and Catalina that is just as moving as the intimate moments Catalina shares with Alessandro. Catalina’s relationship with her paternal grandmother is chilling – but she has also grown into this relationship. Adult Catalina is no one’s victim and she’s definitely the product of both her formidable grandmothers. I love all the Baylors so much and I was really glad to see Nevada and Rogan back as key characters in this book.

I devoured this book in a single sitting. Actually, when I finished the last page, I looked up, the house was dark and even the dogs had taken themselves to bed without me noticing. It’s that good. The plot is wonderfully complicated, the pacing is perfect, and the romance is swoonworthy. If it needs saying, this book really won’t stand alone. New readers need to go all the way back to the first of Nevada’s books to fully understand this one, but this is an absolute favourite series and I’m sure new readers will love it as much as I have.

I read all the previous books in the Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews prior to reading Emerald Blaze (book five) and I have been a huge fan of this writing duo since the beginning of this series when it followed Nevada, the oldest Baylor sister. Emerald Blaze and the previous book Sapphire Flames both follow Catalina Baylor and, therefore, if you don’t plan to start at the beginning of the series I would highly suggest starting with at least book four (Sapphire Flames), but I think starting from the beginning is more beneficial for the understanding of some of the overall story arc. Plus, who doesn’t want to spend more time with House Baylor?

I think one of my favorite things about the Hidden Legacy series is the way that this author couple has perfected the slow burn romance in their books. Everything about this series has had me drawn in and completely enamored with the characters from the very first page. Plus, Andrews has done such a phenomenal job of world building and I find the concept of Primes more intriguing with each book. I could not put these books down, when it was Nevada and Connor in the first three books, and I want to stay up all night to keep reading about Alessandro and Catalina’s. I find the chemistry between Alessandro and Catalina to be so authentic. I can’t wait to see what Andrews has in store for book six.

All in all, another five stars for Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews.



Author Bio


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 Emerald Blaze (Hidden Legacy #5) by Ilona Andrews to read and review.

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