Genres: Urban Fantasy, YA Urban Fantasy
Published by Avon Impulse
Released on November 6, 2018
After wrapping up Wildfire and getting that sense of utter satisfaction, but thoroughly saddened to say farewell to a well-written series, I was not ready to be done with the Baylor family and Rogan and all the usual suspects. A transition novella and a new season in the series was just the thing to sweep away my book depression.
Diamond Fire, book #3.5, in the Hidden Legacy series wraps up the loose threads and a chance to transition from Nevada to Catalina as the lead figure. This is definitely not a good place to jump in and the series works best taking it in order.
Nevada and Connor’s wedding is at the center of this new Hidden Legacy story. Catalina and Arabella somehow end up the wedding coordinators and it is hectic since this is a wedding for two primes and two magical Houses. While keeping up with her sister’s wedding needs and skirting around Connor’s large dysfunctional family, Catalina is called upon to locate the missing wedding tiara and keep the wedding safe and enjoyable for all involved. The list of suspects is long and Catalina is forced to call upon her cursed magic as she thinks of it, to get the case closed before the wedding.
It was interesting shifting to Catalina’s point of view. She is very different from her sister, Nevada. And, that is a good thing. I love that the author’s gave her individuality. Unlike Nevada, Catalina is well aware of what she is capable of doing. She is relatively untried, but she is terrified of her own magical skill set which is that of Siren who can compel people against their will. She doesn’t like that responsibility and backs away from relationships and other people because she doesn’t want to slip up and not know if they really like her or if they are under the influence of her magic. She gets a front row seat in observing the difference in family dynamics and struggles with seeing how being involved with House power and wealth can warp a family. She likes her family just the way it is and worries now that they are a new House.
Catalina’s investigation kept me fascinated as did some of the situations she had to step up and deal with. I enjoyed her kickbutt heroine moments. The mystery of the tiara was simple enough when the distractions were stripped aside.
So, Diamond Fire did the job of getting me enthused for the next chapter in the story with the focus turning to another Baylor, but still getting all the Baylors along for the ride. Fans of Urban Fantasy can’t go wrong with this series.
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