Thursday, May 21, 2020

Audiobook: Wildfire by Ilona Andrews

Author: Ilona Andrews
Narrator: Renee Raudman
Publication: HarperAudio (July 25, 2017)
Length: 12 hours and 44 minutes

Description: From Ilona Andrews, New York Times best-selling author, the thrilling conclusion to her Hidden Legacy series, as Nevada and Rogan grapple with a power beyond even their imagination.

Nevada Baylor can't decide which is more frustrating - harnessing her truthseeker abilities or dealing with Connor "Mad" Rogan and their evolving relationship. Yes, the billionaire Prime is helping her navigate the complex magical world in which she's become a crucial player - and sometimes a pawn - but she also has to deal with his ex-fiancée, whose husband has disappeared and whose damsel-in-distress act is wearing very, very thin.

Rogan faces his own challenges, too, as Nevada's magical rank has made her a desirable match for other Primes. Controlling his immense powers is child's play next to controlling his conflicting emotions. And now he and Nevada are confronted by a new threat within her own family. Can they face this together? Or is their world about to go up in smoke?

My Thoughts: In this third Hidden Legacy novel, the case Nevada is working on comes really close to home. Rynda Sherwood was once thought to be "Mad" Rogan's future wife but he joined the military instead and didn't want to marry her. Rynda married another man, the head of his House and a botanical mage whose specialty was mushrooms. She had two children with him and looked to be having a satisfying life until he was kidnapped. Rynda comes to Nevada for help in finding her husband.

Nevada wants to help her but many in her family feel that having Rynda so close to Rogan will reignite the relationship between them. Nevada feels that, if it does, it means that her relationship with Rogan wasn't strong enough to last. She also isn't willing to give up the man she has claimed no matter what any other woman thinks.

It soon becomes apparent that the kidnapping was related to the whole conspiracy that has been a central plot point through the first two books. Some mysterious and unknown agent has been trying to destabilize the magical community in Houston and recruiting dissatisfied and dangerous mages to work for the cause. This one has a mage who can call creatures from some other world and another mage who can control the weather and bring down devastating storms.

Meanwhile, Nevada has registered for testing of her ability as a Prime and petitioned to form a House. Her grandmother Tremayne isn't going to go away quietly and has made a couple of unsuccessful attempts to have her kidnapped. Her registration has also opened her up to offers of marriage from a number of Houses who want her talents for themselves. Suitors are guaranteed to infuriate Rogan who is torn between wanting Nevada for his own and wanting her to be able to form a strong House.

This was another great entry in a strong urban fantasy series. I liked the narration because of the number of distinct voices for the characters and the emotion portrayed.

I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

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