Review: Sapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews

May 28, 2019     Danielle Romero     5 Stars, R2R, reviews

Review: Sapphire Flames by Ilona AndrewsSapphire Flames Published by Avon Books on August 27, 2019
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
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.

My Review

Beautifully written! Sapphire Flames was an action packed adventure from the point of view of Catalina, the 2nd eldest sister in the Baylor family. The first 3 Hidden Legacy books told their stories through the eyes of Nevada and when I learned the world would then continue from the eyes of another sister, I wasn’t too sure how I’d feel about it. Catalina in previous books was easy to overlook. She didn’t grab you as a secondary character but having read Sapphire Flames, you see how intentional that was.
Catalina doesn’t want to be noticed. She’s spent her life flying under the radar because to draw attention to herself poses danger not only to herself but to those around her unable to fight the pull of her siren powers.
Her love interest is Alessandro who seems to do everything he can to draw attention to himself but only the version of himself he wants you to see.
He’s a bit of an enigma and gah I want him to let Catalina help him with whatever mysterious problem it is that he is so intent in solving.
Like the first book in Nevada’s character arc, our hero and heroine don’t live happily ever after at the end of book one but there is strong potential and you can’t help but root for them.
Sapphire Flames was un-put-down-able.
Catalina was every bit the heroine I wanted with her quick witted humor and Alessandro was swoon worthy.
If you’re looking for an epic paranormal romance to dive into with a urban fantasy vibe, this one is for you.


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)