Family Values VS Family’s Value: DIAMOND FIRE




A Hidden Legacy Novella
By Ilona Andrews
On Sale: 11/06/2018
Harper Collins | Imprint: Avon Impulse
ISBN: 9780062878410
ISBN 10: 0062878417
160 Pages

Nevada Frida Baylor and Connor Ander Rogan cordially invite you to join their wedding celebration. Summoning, weather manipulation, and other magical activities strictly forbidden.

Catalina Baylor is looking forward to wearing her maid of honor dress and watching her older sister walk down the aisle.  Then the wedding planner gets escorted off the premises, the bride’s priceless tiara disappears, and Rogan’s extensive family overruns his mother’s home.  Someone is cheating, someone is lying, and someone is plotting murder.

To make this wedding happen, Catalina will have to do the thing she fears most: use her magic.  But she’s a Baylor and there’s nothing she wouldn’t do for her sister’s happiness.  Nevada will have her fairy tale wedding, even if Catalina has to tear the mansion apart brick by brick to get it done.


My Take Oblong Shaped

Only a little less savvy than her big sister, Nevada, but with a bit less experience in facing people down, Catalina is a fresh voice in this spin off from the series. She’s younger and less haunted by grief and the responsibility of digging her family out of debt, or of simply being destroyed by other families in this intricately wrought, dangerous, magical alt-world. Catalina has the ability to enthrall anyone and thus get them to do her bidding.  The other young members of the family, sister Arabella and cousins Leon and Bernard have scary powers too: weapons, tech, and being able to change into a giant monster. Rogan’s people also involved too.

This  is significant because it is the first story in which Nevada and Rogan are not front and center. It’s that way because they are getting married and for some reason keep firing the the wedding planner and for some reason are not really involved themselves.  This device allows us a peek into the other characters we haven’t had before.  Because Catalina’s voice is lighter and she is not as tortured by, well, torture, as the previous narrator, big sister Nevada, whose wedding to super-rich Rogan, Catalina and Arabella are organizing. While the Baylor family, now House Baylor is poor they are tight and work well together. House Rogan is well-off and large, with everyone but Rogan and his mom seem to be thinly spread financially, fractious. They put the “diss” in dysfunctional.

The number of characters and plot made the story a little crowded but the bad seeds are limited to just a few of the people hanging out at the house for the wedding. This is also a little less violent than the first three books in the series.

I would be sad to see this series end.  I’m not certain they plan to continue it but I like its complexity and that there is a sexy nature as well as family, work, and just real life.

This is NOT a standalone, nor is it the place to start. But the story is fun and I enjoy and recommend the entire series.

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