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Sapphire Flames

A Hidden Legacy Novel, Book 4
Written by: Ilona Andrews
Narrated by: Emily Rankin
Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
Categories: Romance, Paranormal
4.5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From number one New York Times best-selling author Ilona Andrew comes an enthralling new trilogy set in the Hidden Legacy world, where magic means power and family bloodlines are the new currency of society....

In a world where magic is the key to power and wealth, Catalina Baylor is a prime, the highest rank of magic user, and the head of her house. Catalina has always been afraid to use her unique powers, but when her friend’s mother and sister are murdered, Catalina risks her reputation and safety to unravel the mystery.

But behind the scenes, powerful forces are at work, and one of them is Alessandro Sagredo, the Italian prime who was once Catalina’s teenage crush. Dangerous and unpredictable, Alessandro’s true motives are unclear, but he’s drawn to Catalina like a moth to a flame.

To help her friend, Catalina must test the limits of her extraordinary powers, but doing so may cost her both her house - and her heart.

©2019 Ilona Andrews (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great Novel!!!!

Catalina is a worthy heroine, the story was a bit slow to start but it picks up and has a strong conclusion. The tone is very different to the first three books in the series but it's not surprising since the lead character has changed. The writing is fantastic and it was great getting to catch up with other characters from the original trilogy but it was a little disappointing that Nevada, Rogan and Cornelius were barely in this book. The Narrator was funny and engaging.

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Hate the Ending!

Honestly, if I had know what a total cliff hanger this ended on, I would have waited the 12 weeks to get it from the library. I certainly wouldn’t have bought this. By the time the next one is out, I won’t remember the details of this one. Grrr!

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  • IreneMBBT
  • 2019-08-28

No HEA here - start of new series arc

Wow. Well done, complex story, set 3 years later, when House Baylor is coming out of their 3 years of protection given to a new house. It’s sink or swim time.
Nevada was hurting herself, trying to work for two houses, so she was pressured into committing to House Rogan by her family, and Catalina was made Head of House Baylor. Augustine, who I’m now calling The Instigator because of the jobs he sends them, gets Catalina out of bed late one night to help stop a young man from jumping off a roof. Turns out, he’s the younger brother of Runa Etterson, the poison mage from Diamond Fire.
And who’s in the thick of things? Alessandro Sagredo. Who is a lot more badass than we had any clue.
And that huge crush she had on Alessandro? We’re now talking Big L. Too bad she’s still worrying about him succumbing to her magic. And he’s got a larger agenda that he’s committed to.
We also get another side of Linus Duncan as Warden for Texas - hard to imagine him as bored. What’s missing is what has happened over time between Linus and Catalina that makes her very dear to him.
Overall, the story is well done, but there’s no happy ending. And this is one of the softest, smoothest cliffhangers I’ve ever seen.
Rankin does an ok job of narration. Her voice is pitched a little high for my comfort level. And I really miss Raudman’s voicing of Grandma Frieda;)

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  • Hollie
  • Covelo, US, Canada
  • 2019-09-03

Different but still great!

Cat's story is different than Nevada's in a few ways:
-how they approach relationship development
-magical ability and offensive vs. defensive capability
-maturity level and economic status of the characters given the timeline

All of this plays a major role in how the story develops. We do not see Nevada in this book at all (though she is referenced and a call or two during the story). There really is no predicting how this will go, and that is why I will be eagerly awaiting the next installment.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-08-29

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!

I devoured this book. If you've never read an Ilona andrews book, dont start here, start with burn for me. If you read the first trilogy and are worried about a new protagonist, don't be. Catalina is not just a new Nevada, she is definitely her own person and therefore has her own struggles and weaknesses. My favorite thing about her is probably her intelligence. She is not the heroine you would yell at through your screen asking why the heck she is going into the obvious killers lair. But she is young, and needs to work on her self confidence, and I think that is something that we will be able to watch grow throughout this trilogy and I. Cannot. Wait!

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  • LISA
  • 2019-08-29

So happy to return to House Baylor

You'll barely even miss Nevada and Rogan. This book has all the things you love about the original stories with new juicy tidbits to keep you looking forward to the next. The new narrator is just as good as the previous one so there's nothing missing on that front either. Great production.

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  • AMP5
  • 2019-09-08

Whew! Better than last one....

What a relief this Hidden Legacy #5, #2 of Catalina’s story, was 100% better than the first.
It took a while to get rolling. I’m not sure why Catalina had to be SO surly all the time to Alessandro, for SO long. Without any humor to it. Just plain old surly. She was beginning to really lose any charm as a heroine. Alessandro was definitely revealed as an unexpected type character. Now he did add some charm though I wish he had teased more or there would have been more banter: what made Rogan and Nevada’s stories so fun. Also a little too much of something, Je ne sais quoi, but not the good stuff, recycled from previous trilogies, BUT the last third of story got interesting and also was finally sounding like Ilona Andrews writing style again. So I have great hope for the series and am excited again.
The new narrator, Emily Rankin, also improved with this installment AND also as story progressed. Still weirds me out to hear Bug not sound like Bug, (or Grandma) but that can’t be helped. In this one, at least the voices are now differentiated. And honestly, as long as Alessandro sounded good, nothing else matters anyway. Well the heroine’s voice has to not be annoying. But honestly, it was amazing improvement. So applause to Emily, because Alessandro did sound good.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-09-04

Catalina's turn

Now head of House Baylor, making the big choices, and trying show strength is doesn't have....while running into her teen crush.
Loved the story line and can not wait for more!!!

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  • Dennis G. Washburn
  • 2019-09-03

Overperformed

While the story is well-written, the performer so over performed it that it was almost nauseating.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-09-01

A big NO to the Narrator .

Simply put, Narrator could have done better.....so frustrating when the story is good but the Narrator completely ruins it!!

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  • 🔵🔷🔹Del-VALLE🔹🔷🔵
  • 2019-08-29

LOVED IT!

Magic, mayhem and shenanigans! A very hot, powerful, and extremely confusing Italian Prime, plus all the Baylors make for a very interesting story. Can’t wait to see what comes next, and what’s the deal with Linus.

For me the story was a 5 Star one, worth my time/credit and I highly recommend it!

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  • Chandra S.
  • 2019-08-29

Exceptional

Absolutely fantastic. Don't need the rest of the minimum words, absolutely fantastic sums it up.

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