A Hidden Legacy Novel #2
by Ilona Andrews
On Sale: 05/30/2017
E-Book/Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
Also available in audio and hard cover (352 pages)
I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
The Hidden Legacy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews continues as Nevada and Rogan navigate a world where magic is the norm…and their relationship burns hot
Nevada Baylor has a unique and secret skill—she knows when people are lying—and she’s used that magic (along with plain, hard work) to keep her colorful and close-knit family’s detective agency afloat. But her new case pits her against the shadowy forces that almost destroyed the city of Houston once before, bringing Nevada back into contact with Connor “Mad” Rogan.
Rogan is a billionaire Prime—the highest rank of magic user—and as unreadable as ever, despite Nevada’s “talent.” But there’s no hiding the sparks between them. Now that the stakes are even higher, both professionally and personally, and their foes are unimaginably powerful, Rogan and Nevada will find that nothing burns like ice …
This story continues on from BURN FOR ME, the first book in this series, with Nevada Baylor and her family investigative agency, the semi-respectful man who bought their corporate mortgage, and the hot, but a “little intense,” telekinetic billionaire who is hot for her. They are pitted against a magical cabal they are just coming to realize exists.
The plot is very intricate as is the world building; it is as complete a world as the Kate Daniels novels by the same writing team (Ilona Andrews is a husband/wife couple). It is political, magical, and has a vast taxonomy. For this book the backstory is absolutely necessary to make any sense of the world.
The base story for this novel is a husband and daughter for whom the wife/mom has been murdered. Human authorities are unwilling to do anything about it because it involves the political structure of the magical families. This family aspect is one that offers revenge and it’s affecting to think of the man and his child going on without the beloved woman. It also ties into the family loyalty of Nevada’s own closelly knit little group.
Nevada is strongly “encouraged” by the man who owns their family’s business mortgage to take the very dangerous case. Connor, the aforementioned billionaire who has the hots for Nevada, also gets involved.
I found the base plot interesting, but I thought the rest of the novel strangely disjointed: was the politics were confusing, the magical types of beings and the house/family structure lost me. The magical sexual abilities of telekinetics were really enviable though.
Much like the fire element the series started off with, it burns hot, furious and somewhat out of control. Andrews needs a little control over the way the story sizzles across the pages.