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Review: Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews

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Review: Emerald Blaze by Ilona AndrewsEmerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #5
Published by Avon on 25th August 2020
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 391
Format: eARC
Source: the publisher
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Ilona Andrews, #1 New York Times bestselling author, continues her spellbinding series set in the Hidden Legacy world where magic controls everything…except the hearts of those who wield it.

As Prime magic users, Catalina Baylor and her sisters have extraordinary powers—powers their ruthless grandmother would love to control. Catalina can earn her family some protection working as deputy to the Warden of Texas, overseeing breaches of magic law in the state, but that has risks as well. When House Baylor is under attack and monsters haunt her every step, Catalina is forced to rely on handsome, dangerous Alessandro Sagredo, the Prime who crushed her heart.

The nightmare that Alessandro has fought since childhood has come roaring back to life, but now Catalina is under threat. Not even his lifelong quest for revenge will stop him from keeping her safe, even if every battle could be his last. Because Catalina won't rest until she stops the use of the illicit, power-granting serum that's tearing their world apart.

Emerald Blaze is the second book with Catalina Baylor as lead and the fifth book in the Hidden Legacy series. It picks up six months after the events of Sapphire Flames, Catalina is settling in her role as Head of House Baylor. She’s becoming more assertive, a leader and a fighter. She’s less shy and both her duties as the Deputy Warden and under the guide of her sociopathic grandmother have helped her in this transformation.

The current case given to her by Linus Duncan, brings Prime Alessandro Sagredo back into her life. The Italian count, jack of all trades and wearer of many faces is there on behest of their client. The father of a murdered Prime involved in the reclaiming of the Pit (flooded area, mentioned in previous books). The past six months have also had an effect on him, he’s different.

I loved the case in Emerald Blaze, it was very interesting not to mention we finally get more information about the world of Primes and how the constructs are made. It reminded of robot invasion with minds of their own or humanoid robots. Anyways we see more of Catalina fighting, her growing powers and the development of her relationship with Alessandro. I liked them together!

Secondary plot includes the man Alessandro is after which connects with the case Catalina is working on. We also get to meet different primes, I’mma just say I want more of Stephen Jiang!!!! I also enjoyed knowing more about Alessandro’s past and whole action and battles we get with the primes. We also get cameos of other series favourites and my loves Neveda and Mad Rogan are also here.

This book actually made most of the my issues with the last book work, we finally get answers of why Neveda out of the blue decided to just give up being the Head of House Baylor in Sapphire Flames. It had felt bizarre to me especially because she had spent the last three book doing everything for her family. Alessandro is actually a lot better in this book, more grown up I guess. I liked him in Emerald Blaze. Also there is a lot more openness in him, which helped with developing Catalina and his relationship. Because in the last book, I was very much like why are you in love with him so soon? teen infatuation aside and are willing to give up so much for him. He is definitely all in now!

I still find him randomly interrupting Catalina annoying though whether its during talking or during fighting, let the woman do her thing without butting in. 

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Ahem that whole essay aside, I very much did enjoy this one! Overall, a great addition to the series. It has action, romance, battles, little bit of angst, prime politics/shenanigans and family. Not sure what will happen next, since there are quite a few threats looming. Also wanted Victoria away from the baby! I was like nooo when I read that bit. I’m pretty excited for next one!