Review of Sapphire Flames

Sapphire Flames

A Hidden Legacy Novel

Ilona Andrews

August 27, 2019



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.

I love the Hidden Legacy series. Ilona Andrews’ writing is excellent with its ability to draw you into the story and never, ever let you go. The only reason I put aside Sapphire Flames was to eat and then sleep.

While I loved Nevada and Rogan who appeared in the first three Hidden Legacy novels, I think I may even like Catalina and Alessandro more. Catalina is quieter and more thoughtful. She struggles with her decisions, considering everyone who will be impacted while also considering the possible outcomes.

Alessandro is sex on a stick, suave but has hidden talents and motives that even at the close of this novel we never learn. He and Catalina are quietly combustible.

While Catalina and Alessandro burn, the story is action-packed. Catalina and her family take on the case of Runa whose mother and sister died in a fire. Runa believes that they were murdered.

But opening this investigation is like opening Pandora’s box. Catalina is forced to make life changing decisions.

After a while, you feel like when you write: this one was a page-turner that it just reeks of cliche. But what else can you call a novel that grips you and which you really, really don’t want to put down? Suffice to say, I don’t want this series to end. I love it! I love the Baylor family with the 70-year old grandmother who builds combat-worthy vehicles, the sharpshooting mother, and the cousins and sisters. I love the world-building. So, so good!

If you haven’t read Ilona Andrews but love paranormal books, you must read this series.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

You can check out my reviews of the previous novels/novellas in this series below:

Burn for Me

White Hot


Diamond Fire



5 out of 5 butterflies

3 thoughts on “Review of Sapphire Flames

    1. I haven’t finished the Kate Daniels series mainly because I’ve been doing them via audiobook (because I have far too many electronic and hard copy books to get through) and my time for audiobooks is limited. I do recommend this series as well as the Innkeeper Chronicles in case you missed that one. It was different but I liked it. (I love their writing!)

      1. I’ve been dragging my feet on reading the last one or two from the Kate Daniels series. I can’t quite put my finger on why though, because I do like the books. This is probably why I’ve been so hesitant to pick up any from another series. I have read one or two other books by them, but it has been so long, I’m not sure which without digging.

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