Sapphire Flames

Sapphire Flames

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 t...

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Sapphire Flames Reviews

  • Sarah

    April 2019:

    I HAVE AN ARC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think I'm about to spontaneously combust from the excitement!

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    In case you missed it there is all kinds of extra info about the new Hidden Legacy series in this

    interview with Ilona and Gordon. I am so bloody excited about this spin off!

  • Robin (Bridge Four)

    Nevada and Rogan have their new beginning and this book is all Catalina.

    I think you need to know that going in. Sure, you get cameo situations from the Dragon and his new wife but they are so far removed from the main focus of this book you shouldn’t read it for that or you will be disappointed.

    What you do get:

    Nevada and Rogan have their new beginning and this book is all Catalina.

    I think you need to know that going in. Sure, you get cameo situations from the Dragon and his new wife but they are so far removed from the main focus of this book you shouldn’t read it for that or you will be disappointed.

    What you do get:

    With all of that there should be something for you and hopefully you won’t miss the Dragon and his new wife that much.

    The end of the three-year grace period is coming to an end and House Baylor has had some time to make some contacts and get a little established, but it is a trying time as their immunity is about to expire. On top of that there is a case that falls into Catalina’s lap that everyone tells her not to take, so of course that is the case she is going to take.

    This is a wild ride full of surprises. Catalina has been under the tutelage of none other than Mrs. Rogan and she has learned a lot. She might still be the shy girl at heart but she is coming out of her shell and this new case is going to push her to her limits.

    The biggest surprise for me is Alessandro. I expected the charming pretty boy and not much more, but the boy has secrets, talents and a vendetta. Add all that in with some very cool powers and I loved what happened when he and Catalina teamed up to take down the bad guys in this.

    Linus Duncan, man of mystery has a soft spot for the Baylors. If you’ve read the rest of the series you’ve probably guessed why. I was really surprised to see him play a role in this book and even more surprised by what that role was. Alessandro isn’t afraid to go up against some powerful men in his not courtship of Catalina, even when they act like a grandfather to her.

    This is classic Ilona Andrews with humor and danger and that slow burn romance happening. I devoured this book and can’t wait to listen to the audio when it comes out. While I was sad not to see more of Rogan and Nevada I think Catalina and crew carried this book well and I loved the set up for some future books in the series with Catalina at the helm.

    I'm not going to say what I had to do to get a copy of this early. It might have involved the sacrifice of a Barbie involving four toenail clippings, herbs, a secret, a promise and copious amounts of bourbon...don't ask.

    But, I got it and the Author Lords who shall be named IA have done it again and written something absolutely wonderful that I will read again and again and again.

  • Melindam

    ARC provided by the Publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

    I will try to keep this review spoiler-free and will share more thoughts upon publication.

    So, first of all a BIG THANK YOU to Ilona & Gordon for writing another breath-taking installment to the Hidden Legacy Series + to Edelweiss/Avon for letting me read it before publication.

    And let's not forget my GR Friend

    ARC provided by the Publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

    I will try to keep this review spoiler-free and will share more thoughts upon publication.

    So, first of all a BIG THANK YOU to Ilona & Gordon for writing another breath-taking installment to the Hidden Legacy Series + to Edelweiss/Avon for letting me read it before publication.

    And let's not forget my GR Friend

    for recommending me the series despite the covers!

    I CAN'T EVEN....

    I wanted to read it in one go, but kept on putting it aside, because I dreaded the moment it would all end.

    Well, eventually it ended, but with WHAT A BANG! A MILLION EXPLODING PERFECT STARS!

    I loved it from the first page to the last.

    In my review of Book 3,

    , I adopted the Baylors as my literary family and I also mentioned how much further potential there is in the Hidden Legacy Universe.

    Ilona and Gordon kept expanding that universe in Books 1-3, adding more layers, depth and intrigue, BUT with Sapphire Flames they upped their game even further.

    Influential families (called Houses) with powerful magic rule this alternate world and also control territories in Houston, where our story takes place. There are several kinds of magical abilities (telepaths, telekinetics, empaths, pyro/aquakinetics, truthseekers, etc) and several levels: minor, average, notable, significant & prime. Primes are usually the leaders of their families/houses and also "breed" to have offsprings with even more magic as it means social and economical power: the more you have the more influential you are.

    Newly established or "emerging" houses have a 3-year-long grace period when they are protected from the intrigue/attacks of already existing ones. But once the period is over, the gloves are off and the beasts gather for blood.

    This period is just coming to an end for the Baylors with 21-year-old Catalina (younger sister to Nevada) at the head.

    We see the world of the magical Elite through her eyes: it's seductive, it's glamorous, it's glittering and it's cruel and dangerous as hell. Catalina's (not-so-secret) crush, Alessandro Sagredo, is the perfect embodiment of this world and they get involved in untangling a conspiracy that is beyond their wildest fears.

    So, Ilona & Gordon just went and did it again. They pulled me under to this world and I don't want to re-emerge, ever.

    There were moments when I went cold (all the atrocities some people are committing) and then hot (OMG, Alessandro & his characterisation is perfect. I love what a dark horse and how morally ambiguous he is!), when I laughed out loud (the always adorable Baylor Family and their antics) and when I was sitting on the edge of my chair with excitement and anticipation.

    The Baylor Family dynamics is heart-warming and perfectly imperfect and the sexual chemistry between Catalina and Alessandro is delicious & sizzling. I loved their every scene.

    And until the next book comes out ... well.. I'll just start re-reading the whole series again.

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    Clear your calendars for release day, folks, because

    nails another book in the Hidden Legacy series, and it is just as addictive as the rest!

    I'm a superfan of

    , and I've loved each and every book in this series. I was beside myself when I found out that I got an ARC of

    , especially since I was in love with

    . Just totally

    . I tried to wait until closer to release day to

    Clear your calendars for release day, folks, because

    nails another book in the Hidden Legacy series, and it is just as addictive as the rest!

    I'm a superfan of

    , and I've loved each and every book in this series. I was beside myself when I found out that I got an ARC of

    , especially since I was in love with

    . Just totally

    . I tried to wait until closer to release day to read

    , but after a few

    books in a row, I knew I had to crack this one open.

    And I didn't go to bed until the very last word, just before 3 am.

    I loved getting to know Catalina, who is a bad-ass in her own right, and seeing more of the extraordinary Baylor family. I loved getting to know Alessandro, who is SO much more than meets the eye. I loved the pacing, the energy, and the non-stop action.

    The book isn't

    a romance, but those of you who are familiar with

    know how they operate. I know there will be more Hidden Legacy books coming with how this one left off, and I'm

    .

    can't write fast enough to suit me.

    *Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

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  • Geri Reads

    YES, yes, it's everything I expected from the Andrews! Fast-paced, anxiety inducing action, fantastic dialogue, searing chemistry between the two leads, humor, and so much more!

    Full review to come closer to the release date!

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    ETA: Two great snippets of deleted scenes from this book, from the Andrews’ blog:

    (Arabella POV story)

    (Sgt. Munoz scene)

    I got sucked into this ARC the minute it hit my Kindle, and finished it off in one day. It was worth every minute! This is the fourth novel in Ilona Andrews' Hidden Legacy fantasy/romance series, in which magical families control most of our society. (You do have to start at the beginning of this se

    ETA: Two great snippets of deleted scenes from this book, from the Andrews’ blog:

    (Arabella POV story)

    (Sgt. Munoz scene)

    I got sucked into this ARC the minute it hit my Kindle, and finished it off in one day. It was worth every minute! This is the fourth novel in Ilona Andrews' Hidden Legacy fantasy/romance series, in which magical families control most of our society. (You do have to start at the beginning of this series; each book builds on what came before.) Having wrapped up the romance of Nevada Baylor,

    and the novella right before it,

    , now shift the main character focus to Nevada's younger sister Catalina, a "siren" with powerful persuasive magic.

    We've jumped forward 3 years from the last Hidden Legacy book and novella; Catalina is now 21 and the head of House Baylor. A murder investigation drops in her lap (it involves the family of Runa Etterson, the wonderful poison mage from

    ) and Catalina wants to take it on ... even though a couple of major players CLEARLY warn her not to get involved. Of course that only makes Catalina more determined.

    It's fun to see Catalina step up her game ... not just a notch or two, but some major leaps forward for our shy young woman. And, holy cow, Alessandro's character is NOT what I expected given what we've previously seen from him. Hidden depths, y'all.

    That ending though!!

    Full review to come.

    Initial post: Just approved on NetGalley!!! I'm afraid all those other books in my TBR pile will have to take a back seat for a day or two. Ilona Andrews is about as addictive as it gets for me. :)

  • Corina

    4.5 stars

    As expected, the author wrote one fantastic first book about Catalina and Alessandro.

    The feelings, the action, the humor - Sapphire Flames had it all.

    And although Catalina's magic is more defense than offense, the action wasn't missing in the slightest. Catalina grew so much over the last three years, that's how much time went by since Nevada's wedding, and wow there were some pretty interesting changes happening during those years. Catalina really impressed me. I had an inkling that sh

    4.5 stars

    As expected, the author wrote one fantastic first book about Catalina and Alessandro.

    The feelings, the action, the humor - Sapphire Flames had it all.

    And although Catalina's magic is more defense than offense, the action wasn't missing in the slightest. Catalina grew so much over the last three years, that's how much time went by since Nevada's wedding, and wow there were some pretty interesting changes happening during those years. Catalina really impressed me. I had an inkling that she would turn into a fascinating character, but I had no idea how kick-ass that girl would become. Strong, business savvy, with a spine of steel and not hesitant to make hard choices when needed - Catalina has become a woman not to be messed with. And consequently my kind of heroine.

    Alessandro on the other hand was as swoony as I remembered him. Not all was as it seemed. He had some interesting facts hidden behind his too gorgeous for his own good facade - and there is so much more I want to find out about him. He knew how to steamroll Catalina when needed. Supported her without question. Stood by her side without care for his own safety - all in all he was the perfect guy for her. And easily as awesome as Connor “Mad” Rogan, just a tad more realistic - lol. One word - yummilicious!!!

    I loved that the world was so familiar to me. The supporting characters were beloved. And their banter and personalities so dear to me. The intricate plots were as fascinating as ever. And a recurring character had me questioning everything I thought I knew.

    I can't wait to see how it all will end. I have so many questions.

    Overall, I didn't want Sapphire Flame to end. I wanted to read book 2 & 3 immediately. That's how awesome and addicting this story was. And I can guarantee that the next two books will be even more awesome. Because that's just how it goes with an Ilona Andrews series. They pull you in and never let you go.

    ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵

    If you haven't read this series yet, but you love a little magic, fantasy and PNR with your romance - you need to pick up the first trilogy. It's about the older sister - kick ass Nevada and her love interest Connor “Mad” Rogan.

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  • Erin O'Roark

    I have so many mixed feelings right now. I am so excited this series is continuing because I love these characters and the world is far too brilliant to end in a trilogy. But I honestly have no desire to read about Catalina. I want more Nevada and Rogan as they are the main reasons I loved this series. I just don't think I care about three books on Catalina.

  • ☆★Tinja★✮ A Court of Pizza and Laziness

    What the HELL!!!!?!!!!!!

    WHAT THE HELLLLLLLL!!!!!?????@$%&*€£

    💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖

    *flips the fuck out*

    YAAASSSSSSSSYASSS GIVE THEM ALL THEIR OWN BOOKS OH PLEASEEE!!!

    ILONA ANDREWS I WORSHIP THEEEE 💖💖

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