Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Book Review: Sapphire Flames (Hidden Legacy #4) by Ilona Andrews


Sapphire Flames (Hidden Legacy #4)
By: Ilona Andrews
Publisher: Avon Books
Release Date: August 27, 2019
Source: eARC from publisher in exchange for a honest review
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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.


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My Thoughts:


I am in love with the Hidden Legacy Series, and it's colorful, real, and unforgettable cast of characters.  I loved the first three books in the trilogy, and was sad to say goodbye to Nevada and Rogan, but at the same time, oh so very excited to get Catalina and Alessandro's story!  

After Nevada was working herself to sickness and exhaustion, running House Baylor, as well as being there for House Rogan, Catalina and Arabella stepped in to make sure that their sister could have all of that pressure alleviated. Catalina being the oldest Prime in House Baylor is now in charge, and overwhelmed with all of the responsibilities and duties that come with her new position.

When Catalina's friend comes to her, because her mother was murdered, and her sister kidnapped, Catalina can't possibly say "no" and be able to look at herself in the mirror everyday. However, Catalina quickly finds herself in over her head and targeted by lethal assassin mages, and horrific monsters illegally created by the misuse of the magical serum which gave people their magical abilities.  Along the way she crosses paths with the crush she never got over, Alessandro Sagredo, a powerful Prime surrounded by mystery.

Sapphire Flames was an alluring, and exhilarating read!  I loved Catalina's character.  She reminded me of myself.  Catalina was introverted, didn't really have many friends, kept to herself, but was extremely close to her family and would die for them. She was a beautiful and powerful Siren, who was very serious, lacked confidence in herself, but had the world at her fingertips.  

Alessandro was her opposite.  He was gorgeous, charming, flirtatious, confident, and fun loving. When the two of them were together, you could cut the romantic tension with a knife.  I loved the way that Alessandro charmed, and flirted relentlessly with our heroine, and I loved how she put him in his place, (because he wasn't use to a woman telling him "no."  On the other side of the coin, Alessandro was a powerful and deadly assassin.  He had skills, and when he was in action, there was a serious side to him.

I loved the Baylor Family.  Special love goes out to Grandma Frieda.  She makes me laugh with her commentary and teasing.  I love that she has an Instagram account, is tough, but also tempers it with how loving and nurturing she is.  Grandma would die for her family, and being in her seventies, she is still a force to be reckoned with.  

Since this is book one in the second trilogy, we get more foundational information, so the first part of the story was a little bit slower, than the second half, which just flew by.  I would have liked to see more Nevada and Rogan in this book.  I know that the focus was suppose to be on Catalina and Alessandro, but I missed them.   

I would say Sapphire Flames was an epic success as the first story in Catalina and Alessandro's story.  I'm suffering from a major book hangover, and don't want to wait for the next book.  This husband and wife author team can write!  I loved all of the mystery, magic, action, and the build-up to a romance that is sure to be both sweet and steamy!





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About the Authors:

"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.






22 comments:

  1. This is the 3rd Rave I've read on this book. I Have to read this author but alas my plate is now filling up so yep they are on the wish list. Thanks Lindy Fantastic Review

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    1. Debbie! You need to read this series! I love it so much :)

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  2. So many people have reviewed this this week and I love it because all of you have loved it! I've read the first three and need to get caught up!

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    1. Yes, you need to get caught up! These books are so good Ali :)

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  3. I agree with every word, Lindy. Awesome story, can't for the next book. Great review.

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  4. Book hangover indeed! I cannot wait for the next book!!

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  5. Yay! So thrilled you loved this too. I do miss Nevada and Rogan, but happy to still have the series go on. I'll probably listen to the audio version soon with the hubby. Fab review, Lindy! :)

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    1. Thanks Rachel! I think it's so neat that you and your hubby listen to books together :)

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  6. Love the sound of this one! This author is super popular and with my paranormal kick lately I need to give this author a shot. Great review!

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  7. I really need to get into this series! I've read their Edge series but haven't dived in yet! You make me want to fall in love with them Lindy. ❤️ I love the fierce 70 yo grandma that has an instagram account!! You go mama!

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    1. I loved her too! I really hope you read this series Dani! I love it even more than the Kate Daniels series!

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  8. I love this series to pieces, too. The characters are so realistic - even when they have some kind of paranormal powers :)
    I'm happy you loved it, too, Lindy!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

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    1. I agree! The characters feel like they could be real people even though they have magic abilities. This is my favorite series of theirs, and I can't wait for the next book! Thanks for stopping by Lexx :)

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  9. I have truly adored this series so much, and I honestly can't wait to read this book and see this pairing come together. It will be beautiful to see for sure.

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  10. I love this series and can't wait to crack open this latest. Loved seeing you loving on it. :)

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    1. I can't wait to see what you think! I know you're going to love it!

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  11. I am so, so , so far behind on my Ilona Andrews reads! I love their work so much! I actually haven't even begun this series yet!

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    1. This series is so good! I binge read it in less than a month-that's how good it was!

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