Reviewed by Ami
Title: Sapphire Flames
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #4
Hero/Heroine: Catalina & Alessandro
Genre: M/F Urban Fantasy
Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Avon Books
Release Date: August 27, 2019
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: From #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrew 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 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.
The last time we read about Catalina in Diamond Fire, a novella celebrating Nevada and Rogan’s wedding, we had a glimpse that Catalina would be in training, that she would have to beat her fear and shyness. She has been put into record as a Prime, and there will be spotlight on her, whether Catalina wants it or not.
In Sapphire Flames, after Catalina officially turns twenty-one, she is now the Head of House Baylor. She’s responsible of her relatively-brand-new-and-small House. When Catalina decides to take a case to investigate why her friend’s mother and sister are killed, Catalina discovers a whole lot more sinister plan is playing behind it. Catalina wonders if she bites more than she can chew. It doesn’t help that her teenage crush, Antistasi Prime Alessandro Sagardo, is inserting himself into her investigation and her life.
One thing for sure … Catalina has grown up. Yes, she must, Catalina has a huge responsibility now. This Catalina is no longer the shy and quiet Catalina from the original Hidden Legacy series. But she is still kind – she still thinks with her heart as well. Catalina doesn’t have that sarcasm Nevada owns like the back of her hand. Catalina also doesn’t have the devil-may-care her younger sister, Arabella, has. And clearly, Alessandro can still short-circuit her brain *laugh*.
As always, Ilona and Gordon Andrews skillfully create an intricate web of reasons and possible plan behind the murder. They also create brand new villains who are awesome and scary as hell. It’s wonderful to read how Catalina and Alessandro work things out, without Nevada or Rogan even lend a hand. Which is fantastic because this is Catalina’s book and not Nevada’s … it’s her time to shine.
I cannot wait to get the next book, mostly because Alessandro is still an enigma. There’s more than meet the eyes about this Prime. He’s not all that he seems. Alessandro clearly keeps a secret and I want to see it out in the open.
WHY IS THE NEXT BOOK NOT IN MY HAND RIGHT NOW?! WHY!?!?
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*