Release-Day Review: Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews (Hidden Legacy #3.5)


Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews // VBCDiamond Fire (Hidden Legacy #3.5)
Ilona Andrews
Published: Nov. 6, 2018 (Avon Impulse)
Purchase: Amazon
Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Reviewed by: Amy

Rating (out of 5): 5 stars

Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it may mention previous events in the series. If you haven’t started this series yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1, Burn for Me.

Dearest readers, House Rogan would like to formally invite you to bear witness to the nuptials between Connor “Mad” Rogan and Nevada Baylor of House Baylor. That is, if Catalina Baylor, Maid of Honor and sister to the bride, can wade through the seemingly endless branches of the Rogan family tree to find a thief among those who already wish ill upon Connor and his good fortune. Stay tuned to see Catalina take the reins of the investigation, and growing ever more comfortable harnessing her own Prime powers, while keeping Nevada in the dark lest she ruin her special day.

Diamond Fire is the perfect quick read to bridge the series going forward from Nevada’s point of view (as in the first three books) to her younger sister Catalina’s. Ilona Andrews did a wonderful job of making the tone of Catalina’s character stand out differently from that of her sister so there’s no doubt that we’re dealing with a different Baylor.

Because of her power—the ability to make people fall in love with her, often in a manic way—Catalina has kept herself closed off for fear that her power would unintentionally set people off. In Diamond Fire we see how lonely that’s been for her, but we also see her start to break out of that mindset and get the beginnings of Catalina grasping how to manipulate her power.

I enjoyed seeing the cousins interact with each other outside of Nevada’s purview. Seeing this tight-knit family that has oftentimes struggled, but has always been there for each other was wonderful. Seeing Catalina and Arabella work so hard to make sure Nevada would have the best wedding day ever, regardless of dysfunctional relatives or snobby Prime elitists, was sweet.

The mystery was kind of as tangled as Rogan’s family tree, but it was entertaining and satisfying in the end. We get a few little suggested crumbs of information about what to expect next, including a possible romantic attachment, and it’s all intriguing. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with Ilona Andrews and I look forward to the next chapter of this series.

Sexual content: none

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