Monday, June 12, 2017

Ilona Andrews - Hidden Legacy series

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.
Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.
Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.

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 …

Comment: The second book in this Hidden Legacy series by author Ilona Andrews was the choice for one of my book clubs, the one I participate in the most. At that moment, I hadn't yet read the first one but was obviously curious about it. The third book will be released very soon, which makes me very happy and that was why I just grabbed both first books and devoured them in the past three days.

I'll just write a few sentences about the two books but I won't take too long for one simple reason: the books are superb and as a whole, they put in evidence the amazing talent  of the authors and how cleverly they created such an amazing world.

In this new series, the plot revolves around Nevada Baylor, a private investigator who runs her family's company, something started and developed by her late father. Now Nevada provides for her family but all family members contribute for it. 
The story in book #1 begins when her boss, for her company belongs to a bigger one, financially speaking, asks her to do a job and Nevada realizes she is being asked to fail because the task is to convince Adam Pierce, a powerful pyrotechnic, to come with her and get back to his family which apparently he doesn't want to do. In comes Mad Rogan, a very powerful magic user who also has an interest in finding Adam. The two join forces to not only find Adam but to hand him in alive.
In book #2, the case and problems from book #1 were solved but now there is another situation which starts innocently enough but proves to be the starting point of Nevada's need to think about her life and of her family when it comes to their magic. While helping a client finding out who murdered his wife, Nevada once more joins forces with Mad Rogan and this time it seems their connection won't be denied.

Both books were amazing. I especially liked how, in book #1, the authors included a note explaining how this magical world came to be and how there are normal humans and there are magic users, whose magic can come in countless ways. I liked this small explanation because I can be aware of what allows this world to be this way without having to see it simply in conversations characters have. This means when they do talk or address that, we already have an idea.

I need to say again how amazed I get because this team of writers seems to flawlessly create a world where everything is not real but feels like it could be. The world building is simply extraordinary and realistic within its own rules.
Then we have several characters and their lives and hey bring to life this world. I always feel lie I could know these characters, hey can be amazing and special but there is a human side to them which makes them people I'd love to know personally. They matter and they think about what surrounds them and often there are humorous scenes to let us know it's not all about fights and power.

I won't go into specifics because this series (a trilogy to be more precise) is incentive enough to make people want to read it. The talent of the authors is obvious here and each page is a complex mix of addiction which explains why I read the books written by them so quickly. But the plot is interesting, it can appeal to different readers and it truly fascinating. I had a great time reading and can't wait for more. I know I'm being very vague but it's a double recommended book, not only for plot for for romance as well.
Grade: 9/10

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