Review: Wildfire by Ilona Andrews

Posted October 27, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 22 Comments

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Review: Wildfire by Ilona Andrews

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Series: Hidden Legacy #3
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Avon
Released on July 25, 2017
Pages: 400
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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The Delight

I took my time getting around to reading the final book in the Hidden Legacy series’ first series arc.  I knew there were more coming, but I also knew the focus would shift to others in the family.  What can I say, I wasn’t ready to see Nevada and Connor shift out of the spotlight.  I finally did step up and Wildfire was as incredible as I knew it would be.


Wildfire is the third book in the Hidden Legacy series and ties closely to the books that came before it so doesn’t make for a good place to jump in.

Nevada Baylor and Connor ‘Mad’ Rogan finally put words to feelings when they thought the end was nigh in the last rushing moments of White Hot, but, as can be the case with this pair, that was the easy part.  Nevada and her family must seek magical House status to thwart her powerful paternal grandmother and head of her own house, but in so doing, she puts them all in the crosshairs of every other power-seeking House that will crush them.  Rogan will and does stand by them, but they must stand on their own to prove they aren’t weak prey.

Meanwhile, Nevada lands a new case involving Rogan’s former fiancee’ involving her missing husband and maybe ties to the greater conspiracy that Nevada and Rogan have been investigating since book one.  There are powerful enemy magic-users range against them and they learn just how vulnerable love can make one when their lover’s life is always on the line.

As, with previous books in this series, this read like it was merely a few pages.  It was all kinds of amazing from characters, their growth, their relationships with each other and family, building trust, sensual juxtaposed against deadly action scenes, and a culmination bringing them to the heart-stopping big money scene at the end.  Oh, that little dangling teaser at the end was just the right note to segway into further tales of the Baylors.

The authors have an absolute gift for both fight scenes and relationships.  The three book arc of Nevada and Connor’s romance with their equally strengthening ability to fight and work as a team was paced out and laid down with precision timing.  I felt everything happened at just the right time.

As usual, Nevada’s quirky, special family was an element that has only strengthened this series.  They have fun, they face overwhelming odds with aplomb, they take each person in their family just as they are, and they always have each other’s backs.  The other side characters like Cornelius and his daughter, tough DA, and odd Bug kept things just as lively.

The distraction of Connor’s ex along with a rival for Nevada’s affections showed them both even more about the person they were in love with.  Yes, there was a bit of jealousy, but also perspective.  Connor’s ex was the ‘need a man to solve my problems’ type and Nevada’s new suitor was ‘need a woman who is gifted, but not more than me’ type.  Neither Nevada nor Connor were each other’s safe choice or looked well on paper, but they got to see how that mattered little.  I think I enjoyed this background plot thread nearly as much as the exciting bits.

Anyway, I came to the end and was left wanting more.  Good thing, the series will march on with Catalina’s story next with a good dose of Nevada and Connor.  Those who enjoy an exciting world, rich plotting, romance and action pairings that leave you breathless should snag up this addicting urban fantasy series.


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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3 years ago

Sounds like you’re really enjoying this series. Hugs…RO

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  ROP

Most definitely, Radiant Ro! Love when each new release is announced. 🙂

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I have so much love for this series. I think that the ex and potential suitor did really strengthen Nevada and Connor’s relationship. I just love those two together and can’t wait to see the other characters get their own stories.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Yes, I loved how their relationship got just as much attention as the action. It will be fun to see her family continue to get their story with the new books.

3 years ago

Nice review. I really like this series. I hope they write more in it. I know the have a novella coming, which I’ve pre-ordered ^_^.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Angela

Oh yes. I’m getting to Diamond Fire next and then they start releasing her sister’s story.

Mary Kirkland
3 years ago

This sounds pretty good. I keep hearing good things about her books.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Oh yeah, well earned, too, Mary. Hope you like them when you get the chance.

3 years ago

Wildfire was one of my favorite books last year and one of my favorite books EVER. I also loved Arabella doing math. lol Anne – Books of My Heart

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Northwoman

There were definitely some fun parts. Her family always makes me smile.

Lover Of Romance
3 years ago

I love the way that this pair of authors really handle the relationships and build it perfectly with the world building.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

You and me both, Renee. They know how to put heart in their UF and Sci-fi action stories. 🙂

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

I love this series and it’s the only one I’ve actual read as opposed to listening.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

I’ve only listened to a few books sprinkled in each series, but yes, print or audio, they are amazing. 🙂

3 years ago

I am so glad you are enjoying the series, It is one of my favourites.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Nadene

I’ve got the novella on pre-order and can’t wait, Nadene. 🙂

Carole Rae
3 years ago

Sounds like I would like!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

You must try it. Don’t blame me if you get addicted. LOL

Mary @StackingMyBookShelves!

Sounds like a great series. I haven’t read anything by Ilona yet but I hear great things about her books. You make me want to start! Great review!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Oh yes, Mary! You definitely want to give their books a go. Pretty much any series that catches your eye since they’re all fabulous.

herding cats
3 years ago

Gah! It really sounds like they’re doing a great job with this series. I have the first couple but still haven’t gotten to them. Not sure why. Maybe wanting to finish the other series first but I’m gonna have to do these after seeing yours and a couple other reviews 🙂

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  herding cats

They really are. Lightning struck with Kate Andrews and Innkeeper Chronicles and these. I know what you mean about finishing other series first. I still have the last two books in their Edge series and the Hugh book in the Kate Daniels. And, let’s not talk about other writers and series I can’t keep up. LOL