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Book Review: A Hidden Legacy Series by Ilona Andrews

  I have read the Kate Daniels series by this couple author and they are very good at building their world, their writing is very good and the action scenes are always really well done. I was in the mood a bit for something in the paranormal world but nothing too crazy and this series was on another blog as a great recommendation so I picked it up. I’m glad I did, the world building alone was very interesting and really well done. I do have a few issues with the heroine though, if it was just for her I probably wouldn’t have continued or ended up looking forward to the third book. She really got on my nerves, maybe not so much in Burn For Me but definitely in White Hot. I’ll get into that in a minute. The other issue I had which I never complain about is the details. By this I mean detailing houses, rooms she is in, clothes people are wearing and over describing what people look like (once is enough not every time they enter the room). Lots of authors do this and do it well and it never bothers me but this story had so much detail between different magic, different magic “houses”, Primes and everything else they built into their world that I felt there was just too much extra detail about regular things that they already described at least once, it became too much to just focus on the story. I found myself skimming over some of it but at the same time hoping I didn’t need to know what that room looked like for some action that may take place shortly. It just ended up being a little bit much if not a little repetitive.

Ok into the story…… I don’t want to give too much away because it really is super interesting and way better explained than I ever could explain it. So if you think you may be interested just click on the link up there and get your copy and get into the world of magic. Most everyone has some form of magic and there are many different kinds, some are very rare and both our Hero and heroine have rare kinds of magic. Some people have more magic than others and the ones that have the most are described as Primes and likely the head of their ‘house’ (this is what they describe as families that are very strong magic carriers). Primes can control their magic very well and are very strong. Rogan or Mad Rogan is a Prime that is the head of his ‘House’ and he has a very rare strong type of magic. People who are close to Rogan describe him as ruthless and very unemotional, he may not even feel emotion at all. But that is not the case he almost feels emotion too much. He cares deeply for the people around him and does everything he can to take care of them and keep them safe. This is one of the issues I had with the heroine, Nevada is her name, she spent a lot of time with Rogan through the course of both books and she still didn’t see him for what he really is she only saw the ‘Mad Rogan’ she wanted to see.

I couldn’t trust Mad Rogan. Not just because he was likely a sociopath but also because he was a Prime and head of an old House. To him I was a peon. If he needed a bullet shield in a fight, he’d use me without any hesitation. I was the hired help, the means to an end, and I had to draw some strict lines in the dirt for him and for myself, or I would come out of this crushed or not at all. And if I gave him any hint of being vulnerable, whether it was my love for my family, my pride, or my irrational craving to find out what his hands on my skin would feel like, he would use it against me.

Nevada was constantly thinking these kind of thoughts about Rogan, she even used things against him that saved her life multiple times. She kinda acted like a brat and didn’t want to even give him a chance. The first book wasn’t nearly as bad as the second it all seemed somewhat reasonable, in the second book she kinda acted holier then thou when really he was helping her and caring for her, she was just too afraid to jump in with him. She never tried to even get to know him but by about the last third she seemed to work that out and they got together. As for her actually character, she is bad ass! She is strong and her magic is very strong she just doesn’t know it yet. She had good ethics and morals and stuck to them. She is also very smart (maybe not so much with relationships but she’ll get there I figure). For the actually story line I really enjoyed her it was just the romantic part of the story from her point of view that threw me off.  I really enjoyed that they team up to private investigate and fight the bad guys together. It brought the story the extra edge it needed and it made me really enjoy these books.

I really enjoyed these two characters together. I had my few issues but it didn’t change how I enjoyed the books. I didn’t hate the Heroine just had a few bothersome moments. All in all I would recommend this series. I can’t wait for the third book to come out and it’s up for pre-order already coming July so not a long wait at all. The world building is fantastic I kinda wish I had some magic after reading these haha. If you’re looking for something with a good does of magic and good writing pick these books up! I’ll leave the pre-order link at the bottom for anyone interested. I’m also going to leave you with the little build up the author put at the beginning to start their magic world up. Happy Reading!

I n 1863, in a world much like our own, European scientists discovered the Osiris serum, a concoction which brought out one’s magic talents. These talents were many and varied. Some people gained ability to command animals, some learned to sense water from miles away, and others suddenly realized they could kill their enemies by generating a burst of lightning between their hands. The serum spread through the world. It was given to soldiers in hopes of making the military forces more deadly. It was obtained by members of fading aristocracy, desperate to hold on to power. It was bought by the rich, who desired to get richer. Eventually the world realized the consequences of awakening godlike powers in ordinary people. The serum was locked away, but it was too late. The magic talents passed on from parents to their children and changed the course of human history forever. The future of entire nations shifted in the span of a few short decades. Those who previously married for status, money, and power now married for magic, because strong magic would give them everything. Now, a century and a half later, families with strong hereditary magic have evolved into dynasties. These families— Houses, as they call themselves—own corporations, have their own territories within the cities, and influence politics. They employ private armies, they feud with each other, and their disputes are deadly. It is a world where the more magic you have, the more powerful, the wealthier, and the more prominent you are. Some magic talents are destructive. Some are subtle. But no magic user should be taken lightly.

 

 

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