- Audio CD
- Publisher: Blackstone Pub; Unabridged edition (18 December 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1982625473
- ISBN-13: 978-1982625474
- Boxed-product Weight: 236 g
- Customer Reviews: 20 customer reviews
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Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.) They have co-authored two New York Times and USA Today bestselling series-the urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and the romantic urban fantasy of The Edge-and are working on the next volumes for both. They live in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.
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Thank goodness for the Ramirez Family Tree at the start, it helped me wrap my head around some of the many characters mentioned in this story. Rogan does have a rather large family, with quite a few jealous and spiteful relatives. Catalina is tasked with the job of discovering who in the family is trying to ruin Nevada and Rogan's wedding.
The story in this novella wraps up really well, I do wonder what is going to happen with the Alessandro situation in the next book. Surely we are going to see lots more of him!!
Many thanks to the authors for another fantastic read.
This short was great.
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I have to confess that I was kind of hoping this story would be told entirely from Nevada's point of view, I'm a teeny bit obsessed with Nevada and Rogan so I was hoping for one last story with them entirely front and centre (let's face it, I just wanted more tactile sexy times!) but I know to trust Ilona & Gordon Andrews and they didn't disappoint. I really enjoyed the chance to see Nevada and Rogan take this next big step in their relationship and I'll be happy to see the occasional glimpse of them in the background as the series continues but I absolutely loved getting to know Catalina better.
Catalina is a very different type of heroine to Nevada, she's less confident and more self conscious, especially when it comes to her magic, but she's just as protective of the people she cares about and equally capable of standing up to anyone who threatens her family. I really enjoyed seeing Nevada and the rest of the family through Catalina's eyes and I loved getting to know Rogan's mother a little better as she takes Catalina under her wing. I think what is going to be really nice about Catalina's story is that we're probably going to get to know the younger members of House Baylor a little better, Nevada was quite a bit older than her sisters and cousin Leon so Catalina has a different type of relationship with Arabella which will be fun to explore.
While this story is very much about Catalina and Arabella helping to plan the wedding of the century it is also a mystery with a possible thief amongst Rogan's closest family members and a potential plot that could put the entire wedding party in danger. Catalina doesn't want to worry her sister so she's going to have to do the one thing she really hates doing and start using her magic to help her figure out what is going on. We've already seen a little of Catalina's powers in the past but we find out so much more of what she can do here and I can't wait to see her exploring her ability further as the series continues.
Diamond Fire was a fantastic story that left me with a massive smile on my face about Nevada and Rogan's HEA and also left me ridiculously excited to get my hands on Catalina's spin off series. I've been a huge Ilona Andrews fan for a long time now but their stories honestly just get better and better every time.
Novellas are often a hit or miss because it's pretty darn hard to fit in character building, world-building and an interesting story into 100 or so pages but Ilona Andrews are really kinda good at it and Diamond Fire was no exception!
As per the blurb, the book focuses on Catalina having to use her particular brand of magic - which she has kept locked down and hidden as it's dangerous to her - in order to solve a crime and save Nevada's big day!
The book was funny, fun and fabulous.
Catalina is an interesting young woman with deep-rooted fears and genuine concerns when it comes to her magic but she is also determined, loyal and smart. I loved seeing her push her limits in this one and can't wait to see what she's like a few years down the line!
I love the Hidden Legacy world where magical families essentially rule, fued with each other 'like medieval warlords' and are laws unto themselves.
If you are new to the world then this is a great place to step in and pick it up!
(Although, I'd 100% recommend starting at the beginning because Nevada and Seth Rogan are the shizzle!)
The story covers the preparations for Nevada and Rogan’s wedding. In the run up to the wedding, Catalina and Arabella end up organising the wedding. Both sisters are smart and capable, having worked in the family investigation firm for years to earn their allowance.
In addition to planning the wedding Rogan’s mother asks Catalina to investigate the theft of a family heirloom, stolen from her home, where all her family are staying. Catalina is put into a situation where she is forced to really use her powers properly for the first time.
This books is really interesting because though we know Catalina and about her powers, we don’t know much about her and her history, except in relation to how it affected Nevada. We finally see things from her perspective and it’s really interesting.
Catalina is highly intelligent, but is understandably scared of her powers. She is trying to learn how to use them properly but that means practice, which is hard to do without damaging people.
This book has settled my mind about the change in direction the series is taking as I loved Nevada and didn’t want the focus to change, but reading this book makes me think that reading about this plot-line from Catalina’s perspective might just be a good thing.
This quick read might be more YA than some of the books these authors have written but there's still mystery to wade through and characters to love.
Catalina shone in this story as someone who is more than able to step into her big sisters shoes. Regular readers know that to know her is to 'love' her but for Catalina it's something she sees as a curse. However when called upon to save not just the wedding but lives too this quiet young woman can actually be pretty kick ass and determined. My only reason for not giving this a resounding five is that it was shorter than I wanted and with such a lot of Spanish relatives to wade through I occasionally had to go back and re-read who was related to who. Do not let that put you off though because I found this very entertaining and I'm already desperate for more.
I think you need to have read the first series of books to get the best out of this.
I can't wait to read Catalina's story when it comes out in 2019.
I look forward to the next book.