Published by HarperCollins on November 6, 2018
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Paranormal, General, Fantasy
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.
I don’t think it’s a secret that I love all things Ilona Andrews so Hidden Legacy is no exception. Not only do I enjoy the hell out of the characters the authors have created, but I also enjoy the concept of the magic world they have created. Each book exposes us to a new set of powers, many I would have never come up with.
Diamond Fire is the latest installment in the Hidden Legacy world. It’s an entertaining novella with a whodunit mixed in with what ends up feeling like the dysfunctional family olympics. When it becomes clear members of Mad Rogan’s family are out to sabotage the wedding between Mad and Nevada, Catalina makes it her mission to make sure that the wedding goes off without a hitch. As if that wasn’t challenging enough, she has to pull all of that off while making sure her sister has no idea that any of this treachery is taking place.
It was fun to see Catalina in more of a young adult role. While we still get glimpses of the same vulnerability that stem both from her age and her powers, we also get to see her accept her powers and take the first step into the no doubt powerful woman she will become. I don’t know about you, but I had never considered how her powers would have affected her childhood. It gave me an entire new perspective on who Catalina is and why she is scared of using her powers. It felt as though this novella was positioning Catalina to have her own future stories and I hope that is the case. The glimpses we got into what her power can do when she exercises made it clear she will be a powerhouse in her own right. As scared as people are of Nevada’s powers, I can only imagine what their reaction will be to Catalina’s.
The family dysfunction olympics in this book was really something to behold. It’s a wonder that Mad and his mother are remotely well-adjusted when the rest of those people were such a piece of work. I guess the good news is, Nevada and her family don’t have to worry that their drama is too much for the Rogan’s.
If you could live in the Hidden Legacy universe, what magic power would you have?