Deleted scene #2

Pay Me (Hidden Legacy, #4.2)Pay Me by Ilona Andrews
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Deleted scene, set after SAPPHIRE FLAMES. Catalina and Arabella collect a payment. This was a good one!

Can be read for free here: https://ilona-andrews.com/deleted-sce…

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Hidden flames

Sapphire Flames (Hidden Legacy, #4)Sapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

New trilogy in the Hidden Legacy universe. Set three years after the first trilogy, told from the POV of Nevada‘s sister Catalina.

While it is probably intended as a stand-alone, there is very little explanation of what has happened so far or in terms of world building. For newcomers I think it would be best to start with the first trilogy, for a better grasp of this world.

Catalina sounds very much like Nevada, almost interchangeable besides their differing kinds of magic. Alessandro is pretty one-dimensional at first, but gets a bit more interesting in the course of the book. The romance is barely there though. I guess that part will get more intense in the next two books.

Nevada only appears in a few brief phone calls, Rogan is absent and the rest of the family is pretty much in the sidelines.

As always, good action sequences. Good tension, entertaining, rarely a dull moment. A must-read for fans. Made me think of the Edge series.

5 stars? Or just 4 stars? Can‘t make up my mind… the story in the first book of the series was more interesting…

And now the long wait for the next book.

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Done sweeping

Sweep of the Blade by Ilona Andrews

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


“I do not comprehend this species. How have they ever managed to achieve interstellar civilization without self-destructing?”

Finally, after about one year of updates, the epilogue in December. And finally, finally the longingly awaited HEA, with a little teaser for the next installment.

I am a little underwhelmed. There was too much discussion about who does what to whom and why for my taste. And too many too detailed descriptions of endless, different settings. And Maud always being the clever one and explaining to the others how it all works got a little old as well. The action scenes were great though. Ilona Andrews knows how to write great sword fights and bloodshed in general.

And I guess it is a tough one to keep a great narrative going in a weekly online serial with barely any editing. At the moment I feel no great need to pick up the edited, improved, mature version. But if the next story in the Innkeeper universe will show up on IAs website, I am game.

Main chapter page: (probably won‘t be available online for much longer)
http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/ca…

PS: I am at a loss about attaching the appropriate genre label. Science Fiction it really isn‘t. Ok, there are space ships and some interstellar travel. But it‘s mostly flying through the great beyond in vessels resembling catsles, with gardens, trees etc. It‘s definitely not UF. Romantic, soft SF? Space Fantasy?



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Sword fight!

Sweep of the Blade by Ilona Andrews

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


“I do not comprehend this species. How have they ever managed to achieve interstellar civilization without self-destructing?”

Read in November, ★★★★☆:
Chapter 17, parts 1-4, 15 p., http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/20…

I am a little underwhelmed. There is a little too much discussion about who does what to whom and why for my taste. And too many too detailed descriptions of endless, different settings. And Maud always being the clever one and explaining to the others how it all works is starting to get a little old as well.

However, as soon as there are action sequences, the story takes off. IA does action sequences really very well. The battle scene at the end of chapter 17 is excellent.

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Main chapter page:
http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/ca…



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Not so hidden legacy…

Diamond Fire (Hidden Legacy, #3.5)Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It was good. Catalina doesn‘t sound particularly different from Nevada‘s inner voice, though. The main character was completely interchangeable for me.

A bit low on plot, not the full „IA-Experience“, as another reviewer put it. I don‘t think it‘s supposed to be that, though. It‘s more about moving the main story away from Nevada and Connor and establishing Catalina as the next main character for the coming books.

For genre I would place this in the Young Adult corner. However, I also recommend reading the main series, Hidden Legacy, first.

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In other news from Publisher’s Lunch Deals section:
Three more novels in Ilona Andrews‘ Hidden Legacy series, focusing on the emerging powers and personalities of previously-introduced House Baylor family members, for publication starting in fall 2019, plus a novella to bridge the gap, published by Avon Impulse in November 2018

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Still sweeping

Sweep of the Blade (Innkeeper Chronicles, #3.5)Sweep of the Blade by Ilona Andrews
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“I do not comprehend this species.  How have they ever managed to achieve interstellar civilization without self-destructing?”

Read in October, ★★★☆☆:
Chapter 15 Part 4
Chapter 16 Part 1 & 2
http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/20…

I am a little underwhelmed. There is a little too much discussion about who does what to whom and why for my taste. And too many too detailed descriptions of endless, different settings.

And Maud always being the clever one and explaining to the others how it all works is starting to get a little old as well.

However, as soon as there are action sequences, the story picks up right away.

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Main chapter page:
http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/ca…

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