Synopsis and Details:
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.
Series: Hidden Legacy #4 | Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Romance | Release Date: August 27, 2019 | Publisher: Avon | Pages: 336 | ISBN: 978-0062952585 | ASIN: B07G141J8W | Format: ARC | Source: Netgalley
Review with Rating:
How much do I love the Hidden Legacy series? An absolute ton! Sapphire Flames is the fourth book in the series and one of the many reasons why I am enthralled with it is because it was able to survive the changing of the main character! It was a truly amazing read!! There was much to enjoy while reading this book that I was sad when it was over because I wanted more time in this world! In this story, Catalina Baylor has taken over for her sister Nevada as Head of House Baylor. Of course, it was a peaceful transition because her family was just trying to step out from the shadow of House of Rogan.
The first step on the road to independence for House Baylor was not taking any more help from Nevada and Rogan. As a House, they needed to prove to everyone that they could stand on their own. This was not an easy first step because they could have desperately used the resources from Rogan but it was a necessary one. With their reprieve from attacks from other Houses about to expire there was much pressure on Catalina to show that their house was strong enough to survive. The last thing Catalina should have been doing was taking on House Etterson as a client but Runa Etterson had shown kindness to Catalina’s family in the past and that was not something that Catalina could ignore.
Catalina knew that leading an investigation into the mysterious deaths of two members of House Etterson was dangerous but she had no idea just how dangerous to her heart it would soon become. For reasons that defy explanation, Alessandro Sagredo, a man whose very existence has been marked as one who was a reckless playboy, also a man with whom Catalina had been infatuated with for years, mysteriously shows up and seems to be following Catalina’s every move. His presence only adds confusion and need to Catalina’s already out of control world. With her client acting unpredictably and danger around every corner the last thing that Catalina needed was also to have a man who set her soul on fire acting completely opposite of her every expectation.
What a fantastic story Sapphire Flames was! I enjoyed my time spent with the Baylor’s as well as the additional characters. The villains were quite dastardly and had me all kinds of hyped up for the Baylor’s to bring about some vengeance. The interplay between Catalina and Alessandro was comical, endearing, and surprising at times. This story was filled with non-stop action that included witty dialogue, plenty of danger, romance, and an ending which only promises more to come. I can’t say I was the biggest fan of the ending because the heart wants what it wants but I am intrigued as to the direction the overarching plot is taking. Sapphire Flames is a most welcomed addition to this strong series but more than that, it was a joy to watch Catalina come into her own and learn to trust herself. I am eagerly awaiting the next installment in this series! It can’t some soon enough for me 😍.
*Thank you to HarperCollins Publishers & NetGalley for this eARC of Sapphire Flames*
This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
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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.)
Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.
They have co-authored several bestselling series, including the #1 NYT bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels, rustic fantasy of the Edge, paranormal romance of Hidden Legacy, and Innkeeper Chronicles, which they post as a free weekly serial. For complete list of their books, fun extras, and Innkeeper installments, please visit their website.