I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
by Ilona Andrews
Released: June 26th 2018
Series: The Iron Covenant #1
Published by NYLA
“I loved this book, it was an Urban Fantasy that was brimming with bloody action and dark magic as well as hint of romance. ”
~ Under the Covers
I’m going to try really hard to write this review with the minimum of fangirling. But, I am not guaranteeing anything. I can’t seem to help myself, Ilona Andrews (a husband and wife team) is my favourite author. I literally love everything they write, it’s like they know exactly what type of books, characters and worlds that will fascinate me and then craft an interesting story about it. Was Iron and Magic any different? No, I loved it.
Iron and Magic is the start of the Iron Covenant series and also book 9.5 in the Kate Daniels series. Having a new series set in the same world as Kate Daniels has be jumping for joy and maybe doing a little dance as well. I loved seeing it expanded outside of Atlanta and with a, mostly, brand new set of characters. However, if you haven’t read the Kate Daniels series and therefore don’t understand the world dynamics I could see how this book may be confusing.
But, now we come to the crux of why I loved this book, Hugh D’Ambray. Before this, we know him as a ruthless adversary to be feared and hated. He’s done some terrible things to characters we know and love. But, in Iron and Magic we get to see, if not a different side to him at least we get to see his character as a whole. His motivation and reasoning behind his actions. How being under Roland’s control for centuries has affected him. Andrews doesn’t soften him, he’s still the ruthless general he has always been. But now that intelligence and strength seems to be pointed in a different direction.
With such a powerful hero, the heroine of the story needs to be able to match him. And this is where Andrews brought in Elara Harper. You aren’t quite sure what she is apart from scary dangerous and full of magic, as well as extremely protective of those under her care. Elara and Hugh clashing was one of the highlights of this book. They are forced into a marriage of convenience due to a need to share resources as well as having a shared enemy. Both of them had finally met their match. And, although there was a little bit of resolution between them toward the end, it will be interesting to see their relationship develop as the series continues.
I loved this book, it was an Urban Fantasy that was brimming with bloody action and dark magic as well as hint of romance. Andrews has further developed the world created in the Kate Daniels series and I can’t wait to see what will happen next and how the two series will intersect in the future.
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Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?