Alert: Pure Gushing Ahead
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews 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.
Sapphire Flames will be released August 27th on Amazon and other retailers. Preorder now!
“You shouldn’t have been able to use it. How exactly did you manage that?”
Alessandro gave him his dazzling smile. “It’s magic.”
Sapphire Flames was absolutely everything I wanted, and more. Ilona Andrews exceeded my already high expectations in ways I cannot even explain. I’m unworthy. With every book they write, they get better, and I do not understand how they do it. I love them more with every book I read from them.
Sapphire Flames is the start of a new arc in the Hidden Legacy series, with a new lead character: Catalina Baylor. I have read every Hidden Legacy book prior to this quite a few times now. I read the novella, too. It is impossible in my mind to separate Sapphire Flames from the rest of the series. Perhaps you could read this without reading the rest. But to that I say, Why in the world you even want to? This series is amazing, and this is the newest installment of amazing. Start from the beginning, you will not regret it.
Catalina is a lot like Nevada, which isn’t a surprise, they are sisters after all. Catalina is just as competent, she has a similar reaction to danger and adventure, and she loves her family just as much. All great qualities. The main difference between the two is that Nevada started from nothing, and Catalina has had nearly three years of training in being a Prime in charge of a House. It makes a surprisingly large difference, and this is what I mean when I say it was what I wanted and more. Because this is so, so much more than I could have wanted and it was amazing.
If you have read the series before, and especially the novella, you will know that Catalina has a massive crush on a Italian Prime named Alessandro Sagredo. Like, super massive, super adorable crush that her family teases her on relentlessly. And Alessandro seems to want her, too. Only she is afraid of her magic, she is afraid she will make him love her and it will be false.
This relationship is absolutely outstanding. The chemistry between these two are out of this world. I will do quite a lot to see more of these two together, thank you very much Ilona Andrews. This relationship pushes all of my “Oh my god!! They’re perfect for each other!!!! I LOVE THEM!!” buttons. Squealing included. The fact that Catalina doesn’t want to hurt him, and the fact that she had a crush on him for years is adorable and kind of sad. The fact that Alessandro wants her after their initial meeting in Wildfire is a bit odd, but I can work with it. They have an easy rapport. They fit each other very well. And they are hilarious together. I love them.
The story? Eh, who cares! It was about the romance!
Okay, serious time. I was impressed by the story, and not just the switch from Nevada and Rogan to Catalina and Alessandro. It took the world and the story we already knew and loved, and added onto it. Catalina is still a Private Investigator, and she still took on a case from someone who couldn’t pay the big firms. But the story is more than the sum of the parts. It was truly spectacular, and I am genuinely heartbroken that the book is over.
I don’t know how I’m going to wait for book five.
Probably by doing what I am already doing. Rereading books one through three, and then by reading book four again. And then maybe repeating once or twice, we’ll see. (I wrote this review about two weeks before it was posted. I’m already listening to it again from book one at the time of the release of this review. I have a problem.)
I received this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Ilona Andrews, HarperCollins-Avon, and Edelweiss for providing the opportunity to review this copy! I didn’t expect to get this, and now that I have it, I’m actually jealous of myself.
To read more reviews for this series, check out the Hidden Legacy series page!