Sapphire Flames

Sapphire Flames

A Hidden Legacy Novel

eBook - 2019
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews 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.  
Publisher: [S.l.]: HarperCollins, 2019.
ISBN: 9780062878335
Characteristics: 400 p.
Additional Contributors: cloudLibrary

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Aug 08, 2020

This is the 4th (technically 5th if you count the novella Diamond Fire) book in the hidden legacy series.
I really like the authors and I thoroughly enjoyed Kate Daniel’s and I also very much enjoyed the first 3 books in this series when they were about Nevada and Connor Rogan.
Catalina on the other hand is hardly an interesting character. The first half of the novel was okay-ish where I thought her character might have potential, attributed to being mentored by Rogan’s mom as some kind of fairy god mother, but alas the plot just got predictable yet nonsensical with Linus making a showing that in a way changes everything. While Alessandro was a 2-D character suffering all the trappings of a bad romance novel bad boy character.
—-spoilers alert——
I was willing to buy Nevada stepping away from being head of the Baylor House. I was willing to buy that she and Rogan can leave the Baylor House to try to stand on its 2 own feet because somehow being a vassal house to Rogan’s is such a horrible thing. I was willing to buy that Nevada wasn’t involved here because she is away on a weird funeral request. But the rest of the plot truly made no sense. The murder that started it all makes zero sense! What was the upside exactly?! How is punishing a former employee in that matter useful?!
So Benedict the ‘evil’ force is basically an absolute idiot who blunders around raising all sort of unwanted attention while his goal is NOT to attract attention!
Catalina on the other hand seems to strike gold with every detective move she makes, even though she is inexperienced and is a ball of neurosis and anxiety. Moreover she revels in her role as an insufferable martyr. While Alessandro is a cheesy version of every bad boy you can think of with very convient powers that somehow allowed him to be some sort of Mission Impossible character who happen to always show up in the exact moment where Catalina needs to be saved. His involvement in the plot is not well explained at all because it is based on a faulty foundation. Was he going to be some sort of bodyguard to Sigounery? To what end exactly knowing what she was involved in?! Then there is the ‘relationship’ between these two or the absence of one! There is absolutely NO chemistry between these two yet we are supposed to believe that the rich bad boy (not) assassin is somehow smitten with her and that there is more to her adolescent crush for him.
Then there are idiotic sub plots like the whole security team fiasco? What was that about?!
It is a pretty terrible plot and a terrible romance unfortunately and of course it ends with a spectacular breaching of an evil lair that even Mad Rogan wouldn’t have attempted in such a manner and she and Alessandro of course had to save each other only to be pulled away by family obligations on both sides. Insufferable martyrs! Sigh!

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