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Emerald Blaze

A Hidden Legacy Novel
Written by: Ilona Andrews
Narrated by: Emily Rankin
Series: Hidden Legacy (Andrews), Book 5
Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
4.9 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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Ilona Andrews, number one New York Times best-selling author, continues her spellbinding series set in the Hidden Legacy world where magic controls everything - except the hearts of those who wield it...

As Prime magic users, Catalina Baylor and her sisters have extraordinary powers - powers their ruthless grandmother would love to control. Catalina can earn her family some protection working as deputy to the Warden of Texas, overseeing breaches of magic law in the state, but that has risks as well. When House Baylor is under attack and monsters haunt her every step, Catalina is forced to rely on handsome, dangerous Alessandro Sagredo, the Prime who crushed her heart. 

The nightmare that Alessandro has fought since childhood has come roaring back to life, but now Catalina is under threat. Not even his lifelong quest for revenge will stop him from keeping her safe, even if every battle could be his last. Because Catalina won't rest until she stops the use of the illicit, power-granting serum that's tearing their world apart.

©2020 Ilona Andrews (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Amazing!

Just love this husband and wife combo of authors. Their stories are incredibly captivating and the depth of the stories is fantastic! This story didn’t disappoint. I loved Nevada and Rogen, but Catalina and Alessandro are even better!! So thrilled to see what will happen next!

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Made my 2020

Ilona Andrews always delivers! I love coming back to this world they made because who doesn't enjoy a well built world like Hidden Legacy. Plus Catalina is really different from Nevada and I love her too. Lastly Grandma Frida nuff said😘

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  • DGG
  • 2020-08-25

Disappointed in the narration.

Story is excellent but the narration is annoying. Too sibilant and she hits the last syllable of most of the sentences Too hard. It is cringeworthy and distracting.

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  • Milady
  • 2020-08-25

Best. Authors. Ever.

An Ilona Andrews book is about the only thing that could make 2020 enjoyable right now, so I'm extremely happy to have a new one to devour. Strong characters, wonderful world building, great action, hilarious dialog, and romance that isn't stupid. Seriously, if you haven't read this series, or their other books, you're truly missing out. Now I just have to patiently wait for the next release... after reading this a few more times anyway. 😀

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  • Liam T Bear
  • 2020-08-31

Have faith, those who disliked Sapphire Flames!

I'm going to keep this spoiler-free! Yesterday I wrote a review for Sapphire Flames after re-listening to it a year after my first DNF listen. I mentioned having faith in these authors -- that faith is renewed with this book. I love how all the problems I had with Sapphire Flames were not only solved but done so in a way that made sense -- the fact that I'd had such an emotional reaction to them (hurt, sad, even grieving) showed me how much I cared about this world and these characters. The authors do, too. I am so, SO glad I gave that book a second chance... with the caveat that I had this one to listen to immediately after. The story is crafted with care and I loved the blend of mystery (I mean, investigative agency) and deep horror, interspersed with the healing of family and of the deep wounds secrets inflict upon us. Catalina is truly come into her own, her character definitely NOT Nevada... and that's very much okay, because there's room in their family (and my heart) for both. There's a lot of character growth over these two Catalina books, and not just of Catalina. Alessandro finally comes into his own in this book, not just as a magic-of-convenience love-interest cardboard cutout, but a far more open and vulnerable man. I was emotionally invested in these two (I mean, much more so than from their first book) and it made this book a deeply satisfying read for both the Romamce reader in me as well as the Urban Fantasy reader. Worldbuilding continues to be complex and evolving in a beautiful way, power continues to corrupt, magic continues to be explored in greater depth, and some wonderful nods back to Nevada's books made me grin (like what happened to Bug's old hideout). Characters I love are here and are important to the story, not just refrigerated and thawed out for the convenience of plot purposes. I love Nevada and Rogan even more after this book and I didn't think that was possible. The change of narrators from Renee Raudman to Emily Rankin was absolutely necessary; I'm a huge fan of Raudman's, but I am also very familiar with Rankin from other books and her performance was excellent. The characters have their voices through her, kept consistent from previous books but also are now strongly conveyed through Rankin to such a point that I didn't need any cues as to who was speaking (the Catalina/Runa issue still exists, but I can chalk that up to them being of similar age and background as well as heritage -- I know people have picked out my accent down to my city, which has been surprising). I honour just how hard it must be, for characters to have their own voices independent of who is performing them! It speaks a great deal both to the strength of House Andrews as writers and to the performers of their works. The mystery is great. The story is compelling. The action and tension are excellent -- there is a lot less "random encounter" killing and it once again feels weighty indeed every time a life is taken (as it should be). Both new and old characters were an absolute delight -- House Pierce's contribution was excellent, Bunny's conspicuous absence from the previous book is rectified (Zeus, however awesome, is a little lacking in subtlety), the new security heads are both competent and compelling (and more than a little mysterious!), Doctor Arias continues to take no shit from ridiculous Primes going and getting themselves hurt (her bit in the previous trilogy still cracks me up -- Why would you let someone hit you with a car? Was it a nice car?), and Cornelius gets to be his quietly funny self. There are fewer other investigations going on involving the particular Baylor brand of chaos, although discounting the Prologue, this book definitely has one of the best opening lines out there. This book does not suffer from "middle of a trilogy" syndrome -- it's more a closure to Sapphire Flames while the Hidden Legacy over-arching plot continues to quietly press at the edges, threatening to spill forth once more. I'm delighted with this book, this series, and I can now see Catalina's story is going to be one I re-listen to almost as often as Nevada's. Besides, it's the Baylor family's story -- and like the Mafia, once you're in, you're in for life.

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  • peaches
  • 2020-08-31

Great series

I have really enjoyed this series so far. The books are action packed and the characters are well developed and draw you in. There is a mix of humor and dramatic events that the characters must overcome. The narration is good with distinct character voices.

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  • Deb H
  • 2020-08-31

Another great story

I have read every book this couple has written and enjoyed every one of them. Great story and wonderful characters. They always pick great narrators for their audible books so they are great in any format

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-08-29

A solid sequel

The plot was fine but not as tight as the Andrews’ other work. Maybe because it is setting up for the next book? I did love that the usual romance tropes were flipped. The narration is slow and flat. I recommend listening at 1.2x speed. I wish the producers had selected a narrator with a Texas or southern accent.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-08-28

Catalina is growing into her storyline

I liked that in this book you got to see more growth in Catalina. She’s getting older, she’s dealing with more stuff. Like her older sister, she’s focused on caring for her family but she’s doing it her way. There is still the humor that was present in previous books which I fully appreciate. I didn’t expect the storyline and how it tied into previous characters and I think the book was all the better for it.

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  • Douglas
  • 2020-08-28

Simply the best Ilona Andrew's novel ever!

I've read every Kate Daniels book and almost all of their other stories. They've become the best storytellers since Robert Heinlein. Congratulations. There are no words to adequately describe the twists and turns in this book. THIS IS A MUST READ/LISTEN!

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  • DWK
  • 2020-08-28

Hope this series never ends

I reallly like the world and magic Ilona Andrews has built for this series. This character depth and detail is outstanding. this book is full of action and true connection between characters. it just makes you want more and more. please don't stop writing this series.

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  • Phx17
  • 2020-08-27

Catalina Baylor vs.Borg Magical Construct

Each book spends some time reintroducing the world, the Baylor Family, and the extended cast of characters... but this is a huge cast with a lot of backstories. Plus, the Baylor Family & Co. are so fun, interesting, and mad-hatter that this book is most appreciated having first listened to the previous books in this series. Or at least start at book 3.5. Books 1-3 introduce a world populated by man-created magical humans and track Nevada Baylor as she ascends to the status of Prime magic user and leader of Baylor House. From book 3.5, we switch to second eldest sister Catalina Baylor as she grows from quiet teen afraid of her power to a Prime in her own right. Whereas Nevada started already strong and confident, Catalina has been playing catch-up... until now. This book picks up months after the last one. Catalina has used that time to learn, train, and evolve into a deputy warden and generally kick-ass secret agent against world threatening magic crimes. I like her better with a spine. And lots of swords. I also better enjoyed her interactions with Alessandro, which finally moves past kisses (the author duo sure does love to drag romantic HEA side out thru several books). As with previous books, there is a self-contained magical mystery procedural where our characters figure out who dunnit while clashing with magical people and magical beasties. This one introduces a magical swamp monster with mad-regeneration skills and a baddie with a Frankenstein fetish for combining animal, metal, and magic. I enjoyed the ride, although with the exception of Catalina, Alessandro and Leon, all the rest of the colorful series regulars get fairly short shrift.

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