Wildfire by Ilona Andrews | Hidden Legacy #3
Published on July 25th, 2017
ARC from Edelweiss
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Ugh…this cover is so unfortunate. There, that’s done. Moving on…it’s official. For this reader, Hidden Legacy inches out just ahead of Kate Daniels in terms of my favorite Ilona Andrews series, but to be fair, it really is just by a smidge. Hidden Legacy was so damn good. While Kate Daniels felt more plot driven to me, Hidden Legacy seems to lean more towards character driven, but that doesn’t mean it’s not full of plot. Every installment in this so-far-trilogy has had it’s own arc aside from the one that’s spanned all the books. And they’ve been so well done. But for me, it’s Nevada and the rest of the Baylors that make this series. I love their family dynamic, and the fact that they’re just normal people (aside from the magic, but hey. That’s normal in their world) trying to make a living in this tough world. I love that they’re not afraid to go toe to toe with each other, and that they actually listen to each other and take every person in their family into account when making decisions. This is a family that does what is best for the unit and not just one of them. And then, of course, we have Mad Rogan, who is, at this point in the series, an honorary member of the family. Even with all we know about he, he still maintains that aura of mystery and sexiness that I love in my heroes, and the fact that we get to see (or hear, anyway,) him interact with his mother in this installment is just the icing on the cake.
Basically this book is like crack – impossible to walk away from once you’ve had a taste and leaving you desperate for your next hit. I’m in awe at how perfect the descriptions are. The world is so vivid, but not overwhelming and never at the cost of the overall story. The creatures the authors have created are creepy as hell and so well depicted. I will say that there were a few times when this book dipped its toe into cheese territory with some of the Nevada/Mad scenes, but I didn’t care. I can totally see Nevada and Mad turning into a cheesy couple and being OK with it. They’re smitten at this point.
I have to say that I was a bit disappointed in the ending here. This was originally marketed as a trilogy and as such, I was expecting the series arc to be wrapped up at the end of Wildfire. It wasn’t. And I’m torn on whether or not I want to see this series continue, which sounds like it may be an option. Do I want to meet Mad Rogan’s mom? Yeah, I do. Do I want to see Nevada try to navigate a relationship with Mad and read about Mad nearly killing himself trying to restrain himself from shielding Nevada? Sort of. But I also feel like you’re messing with near perfection here. This series has been so good, and I would have been completely satisfied if the bigger arc had been resolved here. But at the end of the day, will I come back for more if it’s offered? You betcha. And if you read this series, you probably will, too.
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