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Diamond Fire

A Hidden Legacy Novella
Written by: Ilona Andrews
Narrated by: Renee Raudman, Emily Rankin
Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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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.

©2018 Ilona Gordon and Andrew Gordon (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Nice transitional Novella

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I did enjoy this between series arc, but I have to admit that I was kinda of lost at the end since so much happened so fast. It was nice to see a conclusion for Nevada and Rogan and it was a good character introduction for Catalina. The dialogue was fun and if not for the small stakes I probably would have had a stronger reaction to it. That being said I am definitely looking forward to the next one.

Audio: I'll miss Renee but Emily is just as good and brings new energy to the characters.

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loved it!

I liked the shorter format for getting to know Catolina. She is coming into her own. I look forward to see how the relationship will progress once she meets her handsome Italian count again.

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loved it.

As someone who recently survived a wedding I loved getting to see the background action of Nevada and Rogen's wedding. My wedding was thankfully less exciting, but the authors have a talent for writing believable family interactions. Purchasing this novella isnt necessary, but it does offer a satisfying transition to the next Baylor books.

I enjoy Renee's narration, but I also really like the new narrator. The transition was done well and isn't at all jarring.

This book falls into the 'cozy' category for me; the main plot line is not surprising, but there is enough going on that I was never bored. There were funny bits, serious bits, squee worthy bits and an overall sense of satisfaction. I'm looking forward to Catalinas books with anticipation.

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  • Pamela Taylor
  • 2018-11-06

A bit more please

I have listened and read everything Ilona Andrews has put out but when they announce a change of narrator I was a bit crushed. Reneé Raudman has been hands down one of the best narrators ever. But with that being said Emily Rankin was also great. She really brought Catalina to life. This story was more so about her and the struggles of finding yourself and your own voice. I really understand her a lot more now and I am just as invested in her story as I would be with Nevada. Rogan’s mother is everything i had hoped she would be as well. I cannot wait to see what happens next.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-11-09

Narrator was a disappointment

Renee Raudman, one of my favorite narrators, only read the opening. The rest of the book was read by someone else and she is only ok.

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  • Margaret
  • 2018-11-17

Good, too short

Really good story but it is too short. It feels like a prelude to the real story. Or maybe the first 5 chapters of a book with 25 left to go.
Both narrators are very good, and I liked Catalina having her “own” voice. Connor’s mom is an amazing character. I hope she makes more appearances in the future.
I gave the story 4 stars because I dislike teasers - and this is just a peek at Catalina’s potential. There was room for more here.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-11-07

Passing of the torch done right!

In many ways this book is passing the torch. Not only did we get a new heroine but a new narrator too. (good choices, marketing!) I can't wait for Catalina's first full book. (and hopefully we'll see Alessandro too.) This book was fun, funny, and made me ready for more. I did guess part of the plot but there is a lot going on here. New narrator is good, I will need to associate her versions of the voices now but it won't be too bad. I think they should have Raudman help coach Rankin for the first book maybe.

Catalina is different from Nevada, so far in a good way. These differences are enough so that we can have new twists and still continue the overall plot with no issues. I like seeing the same characters through the eyes of another. The different POV helps us explore familiar characters in new ways.

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  • Lonnie-The GreatNorthernTroll-Moore
  • 2018-12-15

I can hardly wait for the next book...

What a wonderful novella... Figuratively, this is a passing of the baton... Nevada is getting married, and is passing her duties of running the family owned detective agency to her sister Catalina... and even before the marriage takes place, Catalina gets her first job...

This story is actually a service to Ilona's fans, who self describe themselves as the BDH (Book Devouring Horde), but in reality, this would be a great place to step into the series, even if you've never read the previous stories! Ilona Andrews is extremely adept at giving just enough backstory, without inundating you with detail!
This is Catalina's first real appearance as a solid character... and Catalina is Absolutely Awesome! She gets to exercise her power, without a catastrophic outcome, and Leon is more than ready to play backup to protect Catalina and the rest of his family. Oh yeah, you're gonna love Leon... just wait and see!

This audio book is narrated by a familiar favorite, Renee Raudman playing Nevada and a new voice for Ilona Andrews fans, Emily Rankin who plays Catalina, and I loved listening to this tale. This was was a sneaky fun intro, so the fans get a taste of Emily's work as she takes over narrating the Hidden Legacy series, Catalina's POV.

...And as intended, I can hardly wait for the next book!

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  • webempress
  • 2018-12-02

Wish it was longer!

I love Ilona Andrews and own most all of her titles. Kate Daniels was my favorite until the Hidden Legacy series came out. Not even sure why, but this series has become my favorite. I was disappointed when I thought the series was over, so I'm overjoyed to learn it will continue! This novella had more story packed in it that many full length books and is a great bridge to the next trilogy. My only disappointment is that I have to wait a year for the next book.
Rene Raudman is great, as usual. I typically don't like narrator changes in a series--since it is jarring to suddenly hear characters with greatly different voices and intonations--but found the shift to Emily Rankin very smooth. She continues the narration style of previous books nicely while giving Catalina her own voice.

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  • Jennifer
  • 2018-11-29

You've done it again!

Another nearly perfect book! These characters continue to fascinate me and their stories intrigue me until I want to read them over and over and over again!

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  • S. Ludtke
  • 2018-11-29

A novel’s worth of story

While technically only a novella, it offers a complete story which has sone significant impact on the main plot line of the parent series

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  • Dee Zee
  • 2018-11-28

Great glimpse into Caitalina's perspective

I enjoyed this novella. Caitalina's struggles with her powers and the mystery of the tiara's disappearance made for a entertaining read. The background story of Nevada's wedding made it even more fun.

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  • Carrie White
  • 2018-11-22

I love it!

Interesting, thrilling, and so personable. Getting to know Catalina was great fun! I enjoyed every second of this novella and really really hope they're writing more!

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