Review ~ Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews @IlonaAndrews

Posted November 19, 2018 by Tanya in Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 0 Comments

Review ~ Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews @IlonaAndrewsDiamond Fire by Ilona Andrews
Narrator: Emily Rankin, Renee Raudman
Length: 3 hrs 56 mins
Series: Hidden Legacy #3.5
Published by Harper Audio on November 6, 2018
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 160
4 Stars
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Nevada Frida Baylor and Connor Ander Rogan cordially invite you to join their wedding celebration. Summoning, weather manipulation, and other magical activities strictly forbidden.

Catalina Baylor is looking forward to wearing her maid of honor dress and watching her older sister walk down the aisle. Then the wedding planner gets escorted off the premises, the bride’s priceless tiara disappears, and Rogan's extensive family overruns his mother’s home. Someone is cheating, someone is lying, and someone is plotting murder.

To make this wedding happen, Catalina will have to do the thing she fears most: use her magic. But she’s a Baylor and there’s nothing she wouldn't do for her sister's happiness. Nevada will have her fairy tale wedding, even if Catalina has to tear the mansion apart brick by brick to get it done.

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I was so excited for this new release in the Hidden Legacy world! I love Nevada and Rogan. Now we get to go on an adventure with Catalina, Nevada’s sister.

Catalina is trying to manage Nevada & Rogan’s wedding. She also seems to be in charge of keeping Rogan’s relatives happy. Then to add to her responsibilities, a family heirloom goes missing that MUST be found before the wedding, and Nevada can’t know. We end up in a great adventure that culminates in a wonderful reveal at the end.

What I really enjoyed most about the book was actually the narration. I listened to Diamond Fire and I loved how we started out with Renee Raudman with Nevada’s POV, then it was such an obvious switch over to Catalina’s POV with Emily Rankin taking the reigns and beginning this new generation of the series. I thought that was really well done and it was a great send off of Renee Raudman from the series.

Catalina is only 18 and has a lot of uncertainty about her life. She is afraid that no one sincerely likes her except her family because of her power. She believes that her power is the only thing that draws people to her. In Diamond Fire Catalina has to explore her power and her control of that power. She is definitely an asset to the Baylor Agency.

Despite being a novella, the Andrews packed in a good amount of mystery. There was even more than just the main mystery of the missing tiara. I enjoyed every minute of it. Catalina’s age didn’t even bother me like I thought it would. I initially thought this would come across as a YA mystery, but with the exception of a couple of times when her age is mentioned, I would never have known she was only 18. Catalina is very mature for her 18 years!

The novella did a great job of switching series POV from Nevada to Catalina and I’m itching to get to the next book. I also recommend the audio. I thought that Emily Rankin does a great job with Catalina and the Italian characters that surround her during this story. I consider it worth the credit.

About Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. author2sm“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.)

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