No day is ordinary in a world where Technology and Magic compete for supremacy…But no matter which force is winning, in the apocalypse, a sword will always work.
Hugh d’Ambray, Preceptor of the Iron Dogs, Warlord of the Builder of Towers, served only one man. Now his immortal, nearly omnipotent master has cast him aside. Hugh is a shadow of the warrior he was, but when he learns that the Iron Dogs, soldiers who would follow him anywhere, are being hunted down and murdered, he must make a choice: to fade away or to be the leader he was born to be. Hugh knows he must carve a new place for himself and his people, but they have no money, no shelter, and no food, and the necromancers are coming. Fast.
Elara Harper is a creature who should not exist. Her enemies call her Abomination; her people call her White Lady. Tasked with their protection, she’s trapped between the magical heavyweights about to collide and plunge the state of Kentucky into a war that humans have no power to stop. Desperate to shield her people and their simple way of life, she would accept help from the devil himself—and Hugh d’Ambray might qualify.
Hugh needs a base, Elara needs soldiers. Both are infamous for betraying their allies, so how can they create a believable alliance to meet the challenge of their enemies?
As the prophet says: “It is better to marry than to burn.”
Hugh and Elara may do both.
“Some people in the world only saw in black and white. They were driven by fear. They had learned how to survive in their little corner of the world and they saw any change as a threat to their survival.”
This was a really fun book, and a good addition to the Kate Daniels world, too. I enjoyed reading this quite a bit. For a book that started out as an April Fools’ joke, Ilona Andrews managed to pull off the impossible – Hugh comes off as a nice guy. And, I like his ladyfriend, too.
Though this book takes place in the Kate Daniels world, I personally believe that you don’t have to have read Kate Daniels in order to enjoy this book. Ilona Andrews does a great job of introducing the world in this book. There are some crossover characters and events that get brought up in this book that are in Kate Daniels, as well, but those also get explained with time. If you have read Kate Daniels before, this is best read before Magic Triumphs and after Magic Binds.
The plot of the book that is separate from the romance parts of the book progresses in a fairly typical manner. If you’ve liked and read previous books by Ilona Andrews, you’ll understand. I liked the plot of the book, but the majority of the book was taken up by the romance in this book’s case. The best part was probably Hugh coming to terms with the loss of his God, though. This book is mostly Hugh finding his footing in his new home, and all the weirdness that it entails.
The major part of this book is the romance. It is hilarious. I was highly amused by the whole thing. I burst out laughing at Hugh’s incredulity that he was going to have to marry. In typical Ilona Andrews fashion, they fight. A lot. It is hilarious. Elara is perfect for Hugh. They’re constantly trying to one up the other when it comes to the fighting. They’re going to end up killing each other by the end of this series, I know it. So damn funny.
I really liked this book, and it is a good start to the series. I’m definitely looking forward to more to come from these two.
To read more reviews for this series, check out the The Iron Covenant series page!