It’s a double review today, because I’m not including novellas in my reading challenge and this review (being number three in a series, and effectively the end of the mini-trilogy featuring Nevada and Rogan) is largely pointless! For that reason, among others (mainly my laziness), these reviews will be short.
Rogan has a shirt! Really though there’s not much to say about this cover. It matches the others, but I’m not a huge fan. It reads more as standard romance than fun urban fantasy romp, but that’s probably a deliberate sales move
Just when Nevada Baylor has finally come to accept the depths of her magical powers, she also realizes she’s fallen in love. Connor “Mad” Rogan is in many ways her equal when it comes to magic, but she’s completely out of her elements when it comes to her feelings for him. To make matters more complicated, an old flame comes back into Rogan’s life…
Rogan knows there’s nothing between him and his ex-fiance, Rynda Sherwood. But as Nevada begins to learn more about her past, her power, and her potential future, he knows she will be faced with choices she never dreamed of and the promise of a life spent without him.
As Nevada and Rogan race to discover the whereabouts of Rynda’s kidnapped husband and are forced to confront Nevada’s grandmother, who may or may not have evil motives, these two people must decide if they can trust in each other or allow everything to go up in smoke.
Wildfire is amazingly paced—full of action, with character moments throughout that demonstrate the growth of all the amazingly vivid side characters in this series, and also serve to drive the plot forward. The result is an engrossing, thoroughly entertaining book that flows so effortlessly you’ll be hard pressed to stop reading for any reason.
I loved the plot revolving around Nevada’s (other) grandmother in this book. I thought she made for a great antagonist and a perfect personification of Nevada’s fears about the role Houses have in society, and the effect that role could have on her family.
Nevada comes into her own in this book, her efforts to improve and learn about her magic and new place in the world pay off, making for a thoroughly satisfying character arc. Garen and Rynda were great characters to really show how well-matched Rogan and Nevada are, and I was very interested to see Nevada’s interactions with other truthseekers.
Augustine, Matilda and Cornelius were great supporting characters; and unless I’m mistaken there was a hint as to Matilda’s magic at the end of the book, that I can’t wait to see explored. Arabella finally gets some time to shine in this book, and I can’t wait for her to get a trilogy of her own.
I also really appreciated the introduction of respected, powerful mages that have a sense of responsibility in Wildfire. I had forgotten that Nevada owes a favour to someone by the end of this book, and with the change of narrators I’m interested to see how that will come into future books in the series.
The only thing I wasn’t a fan of in Wildfire was the lack of resolution regarding Caesar’s identity. If it’s the person fairly strongly hinted at, then why hold out? And if it’s not that person, that’s a hell of a red herring. Re-reading the book after recently having read Sapphire Flames though, the timeframe given to Victoria by (presumably) Caesar is very interesting given the time gaps between books. If Catalina’s trilogy follows the layout of Nevada’s, things will really heat up in Hidden Legacy #5, and I can’t wait.
Bonus Review: Diamond Fire (Hidden Legacy #3.5) by Ilona Andrews
This is a cover I can get behind, Catalina looks like a strong, magical lady, the way she deserves
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.
I enjoyed this novella, it wasn’t as action-packed as I had hoped it would be, but one large development occurs towards the end, and the means by which it was accomplished effectively highlight the differences between Catalina and Nevada as heroines. Nevada is a typical heroine—flashy, loud, impeccable integrity and morals, always getting beat up and shot at and thrown into life-or-death situations. Catalina is a far more unobtrusive sort of hero, she does her job, slides under the radar and gets shit done.
Rogan’s extended family were an interesting cast for this novella, and I was glad to learn more about Mrs Rogan. The voice of a stressed out middle child trying to step up and bear the responsibilities usually shouldered by an older sister really came through in this book, and the playful antics of Arabella as the youngest also read true.
All in all, Diamond Fire is a fun teaser for Sapphire Flames, and allows readers to try out Catalina’s voice and see if they’re a fan before jumping into book four.