Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #5
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers / Avon Books
Publication Date: August 25, 2020
Date Read: August 31, 2020
Length: 400 pages
A Mass Market Original—Also Available in a Hardcover Library Edition
Ilona Andrews, #1 New York Times bestselling author, continues her spellbinding series set in the Hidden Legacy world where magic controls everything—except the hearts of those who wield it.
As Prime magic users, Catalina Baylor and her sisters have extraordinary powers—powers their ruthless grandmother would love to control. Catalina can earn her family some protection working as deputy to the Warden of Texas, overseeing breaches of magic law in the state, but that has risks as well. When House Baylor is under attack and monsters haunt her every step, Catalina is forced to rely on handsome, dangerous Alessandro Sagredo, the Prime who crushed her heart.
The nightmare that Alessandro has fought since childhood has come roaring back to life, but now Catalina is under threat. Not even his lifelong quest for revenge will stop him from keeping her safe, even if every battle could be his last. Because Catalina won’t rest until she stops the use of the illicit, power-granting serum that’s tearing their world apart.
I really enjoyed this book! I have been a big fan of this series from the start and really everything Ilona Andrews writes for a very long time so I went into this book expecting to love it so I was very pleased that it was just as good as I had hoped. I usually read any Ilona Andrews book in quick order just as soon as it makes its way to my hands but I was forced to take my time with this book due to things going on in the rest of my life and I think it was actually really nice to savor this story one piece at a time. I looked forward to the time that I did have to dedicate to this story and I found it to be a fantastic read.
The story starts off with a bang and the excitement held until the very end. I love how creative some of the enemies are in this series. As I read this book, I was reminded by just how well done the world-building in the series has been. It was really easy to slip into this story and focus on the mystery at hand and this mystery really kept me guessing. I had no idea how Catalina and Alessandro would pull it off but I knew that it would be fun to watch.
Catalina is a great character and I feel like she has grown a lot in this installment. She heads House Baylor efficiently and with authority and she is willing to make any sacrifices necessary to protect her family. She also plans to protect her heart, namely from Alessandro. Alessandro was more of a mystery to me. I liked him coming into this book and thought that his abilities were impressive but I feel like he opened up a bit in this book. I do think that he is the perfect match for Catalina and I hope to really see some sparks fly in the next installment.
I would highly recommend this book to others. This was just a fun read. It was great to catch up with all of the key players from the series, including Nevada and Mad Rogan. The mystery in this book was very well done and the characters were easy to care about. I cannot wait to read more from this talented writing pair soon!
I received a digital review copy of this book from Avon Books via Edelweiss.
Book #1 – Burn for Me – My Review
Book #2 – White Hot – My Review
Book #3 – Wildfire – My Review
Book #3.5 – Diamond Fire – My Review
Book #4 – Sapphire Flames – My Review
Book #5 – Emerald Blaze – Now Available!
About the Author
“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.