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: August 25th 2020
Series: Hidden Legacy #5
Published by Avon
“Ilona Andrews has cast their magic on me and I am but their helplessly devoted servant. ”
~ Under the Covers
Catalina Baylor, Head of House Baylor and Deputy Warden of Texas has two problems. One, the mangled corpse of a Prime, which may, or may not be connected to the theft of the Osiris serum, a serum that either has a small chance of unlocking someone’s power, but a larger chance of turning them into a monster. Two, Alessandro Sagredo. The man who broke her heart, but is now back and seemingly intent on protecting her from the monsters.
If you’ve been following us here at Under the Covers for any length of time, you’ll probably know that Ilona Andrews is my favourite ever author. Any favourites lists I make, one of their books will be on there, in the top spot if I can swing it. So, when you continue on with this review, just remember this is not unbias. I went into this book fully expecting to give it 5 stars, because Ilona Andrews has cast their magic on me and I am but their helplessly devoted servant.
But, when I say “their magic”, what I mean is, a well constructed, fascinating world that gets more intricate as the series builds; characters that are complex, funny and well developed; story lines that are interesting, well paced and assist in building the world and the characters. Then there’s that extra sprinkle of romance added on top of this, and I am a goner.
In Emerald Blaze we see Catalina and Alessandro, with some assistance from the Baylor family, face off against a powerful adversary with Catalina still having to balance the politics of being a brand new House. There’s a lot going on, which means that there is quite a bit of information to take in; however, Andrews does it with a relatively light touch, mixing it with humour and witty banter so it doesn’t feel overwhelming. Combined with the fast pace and some pretty epic battles, this book flies by and before you realise it you’re on the last page.
Now, lets get to the delicious part of Emerald Blaze; the romance stuff. Catalina and Alessandro have been building up since White Hot, when we first see them on the page together. In Sapphire Flames we see their connection really spark, but both of them have secrets, especially Alessandro, that keep them apart. In this book, secrets are revealed, decisions are made and I ate it all up and still want more. If you’re in this series for the romance, this book won’t disappoint.
If you haven’t read this series yet and my review has peaked your interest don’t start here, this isn’t a book that stands alone. It needs to be enjoyed as part of a series, go back to book one, Burn For Me, you’ll be in for a real treat or romance, action and magic. Otherwise, enjoy the latest installment in the Hidden Legacy series, it is my favourite read of 2020 so far and I have now got another 12 bleak months of waiting for Ilona Andrews next book!
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