Hidden Legacy, Book #3
By Ilona Andrews
Author’s Website: http://ilona-andrews.com/
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Omar
Just when Nevada Baylor has finally come to accept the depths of her magical powers, she also realizes she’s fallen in love. Connor “Mad” Rogan is in many ways her equal when it comes to magic, but she’s completely out of her elements when it comes to her feelings for him. To make matters more complicated, an old flame comes back into Rogan’s life…
Rogan knows there’s nothing between him and his ex-fiance, Rynda Sherwood. But as Nevada begins to learn more about her past, her power, and her potential future, he knows she will be faced with choices she never dreamed of and the promise of a life spent without him.
As Nevada and Rogan race to discover the whereabouts of Rynda’s kidnapped husband and are forced to confront Nevada’s grandmother, who may or may not have evil motives, these two people must decide if they can trust in each other or allow everything to go up in smoke.
Wildfire starts a couple of weeks after the events of White Hot, with the disappearance of Rynda Sherwood’s husband and the imminent threat of Victoria Tremaine. As Nevada and the Baylor P.I. agency start looking into the life of Brian Sherwood, they find that the son-in-law had more things in common with his mother-in-law, Olivia Charles, and he might be working with the mastermind behind the conspiracy that plans to take over the city. The more they look into it, the more they are attacked and the family is in danger. At the same time, to make sure that they are not eating up by the Tremaine House, the Baylor family decides to become a House, as that will give them protection for three years from other Houses. But Victoria Tremaine won’t stop just because of that, she has a week until Nevada and Catalina are tested and House Baylor approved.
While all of this happens, Nevada and Rogan’s relationship continue to grow, they have to work together even more as both of them want to see the end of the conspiracy, but most of all they have to find a way to survive the upcoming storm of Primes that want to destroy them.
I really liked the Hidden Legacy series and Wildfire has become my favorite one so far. In this book, we get to find answers to the mysteries that have appeared over the course of the series, we get to finally see the hidden powers of the younger members of the Baylor family, and learn how the Houses are formed in this fascinated world.
After the events of White Hot, as a reader and fan of the series, I was excited by the magic that will be used in this story. We have already seen Catalina used her magic, but in this book, we see people outside her family see her use her magic and been tested. At the same time, we get to see Arabella’s magic in full mode and expose her secret to the world. Most of all, it was a great scene when Leon learns of his magic and everything that happened in that scene, and become one of my favorite scenes in this book.
“That was too much. All the stress, worry, and fear combusted into fury inside me and burst into an inferno. He had my shoulders but he didn’t have my hands. I jerked my forearms up and clamped my fingers on his face. Pain flared inside me and rolled down my arms, turning into pure agony. Lighting shot out of my fingers and sank into the armored skin. Madero screamed. Welcome to the shockers, bitch. Someone snarled like a pissed-off animal and I realized it was me.”
Magic is a very important factor in the Hidden Legacy series, we see it with how the Primes act regarding whom to marry to make a better child for the House, and with the different types of magics that authors Ilona Andrews puts on this world. In the previous books, we have seen mind-control and elemental magic, and in this one we see nature, physical, and summoning types of magic Prime users at their full power. This book contains a lot of action and fighting scenes with powerful primes and some of the scenes are described so beautifully that is not hard to imagine them.
In Wildfire, we get to see characters, some the previous books, and my favorite, Cornelius, has some good scenes in it. At the same time, there was one character that we didn’t see at all in the book, and it made me sad because I felt that it could have been a great asset for the team.
“Zeus stood six inches from me. His massive head was level with my chest. Turquoise eyes regarded me with mild curiosity. He took up the entire width of the hallway. An enormous tiger-hound from another world with teeth the size of steak knives and a fringe of tentacles at his neck. It occurred to me that I was covered in dried blood.”
In this story, Nevada is growing in power and understanding how the Houses behave and the rules apply to them. She gets to experience the world knowing what she can do and disadvantages that come with being a Truthseeker. We also get to see other Truthseekers and how they compare to Nevada. I liked that Nevada and the Baylor family are trying to become a House, how their experience with other House change, and how they easily make allies and enemies of other Houses, their interaction with new Houses were great to read.
SPOILER!!! While this book is supposed to be the last installment of the Hidden Legacy series; the book ends with all of the recent problems resolved and readers get to know the truth. Most ending series give readers the feeling that there is much more to the storyline and that world, which Wildfire’s ending did, wanting to know more about the future of the Baylor family and maybe future books. I felt that there were some minor loose ends, some mysterious characters, left in the dark that weren’t brought up again. The authors have mentioned in their blog that depending on the sale of this book and what the publisher says, they might write another book to tie everything up. If that’s the case, then let’s cross our fingers and hope that everything goes well.
If you are a fan of author couple Ilona Andrews, their work, and the Hidden Legacy series, then I recommend Wildfire. In this last installment Nevada and Rogan, now a couple, will have to work even harder to protect their families and the city, while they deal with their passion for one another that burns like wildfire.
*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*