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#1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews is back with the newest book in the exciting Hidden Legacy series—the thrilling conclusion to her trilogy featuring fierce and beautiful Prime magic user Catalina Baylor. An escaped spider, the unexpected arrival of an Imperial Russian Prince, the senseless assassination of a powerful figure, a shocking attack on the suppos #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews is back with the newest book in the exciting Hidden Legacy series—the thrilling conclusion to her trilogy featuring fierce and beautiful Prime magic user Catalina Baylor. An escaped spider, the unexpected arrival of an Imperial Russian Prince, the senseless assassination of a powerful figure, a shocking attack on the supposedly invincible Warden of Texas, Catalina’s boss... And it’s only Monday. Within hours, the fate of Houston—not to mention the House of Baylor—now rests on Catalina, who will have to harness her powers as never before. But even with her fellow Prime and fiancé Alessandro Sagredo by her side, she may not be able to expose who’s responsible before all hell really breaks loose.


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#1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews is back with the newest book in the exciting Hidden Legacy series—the thrilling conclusion to her trilogy featuring fierce and beautiful Prime magic user Catalina Baylor. An escaped spider, the unexpected arrival of an Imperial Russian Prince, the senseless assassination of a powerful figure, a shocking attack on the suppos #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews is back with the newest book in the exciting Hidden Legacy series—the thrilling conclusion to her trilogy featuring fierce and beautiful Prime magic user Catalina Baylor. An escaped spider, the unexpected arrival of an Imperial Russian Prince, the senseless assassination of a powerful figure, a shocking attack on the supposedly invincible Warden of Texas, Catalina’s boss... And it’s only Monday. Within hours, the fate of Houston—not to mention the House of Baylor—now rests on Catalina, who will have to harness her powers as never before. But even with her fellow Prime and fiancé Alessandro Sagredo by her side, she may not be able to expose who’s responsible before all hell really breaks loose.

30 review for Ruby Fever

  1. 5 out of 5

    shre ♡

    …. THATS IT?!?! let’s backtrack….this was another amazing IA book for the first 97%…like seriously, they took it to another level with the action sequences and romance and plot building (often times making me question if i really have two degrees)… but that ending? i’m being as fair as possible but that was way too rushed and a little bit anti-climatic…like they were on a deadline and had to submit it as if they were being held at gunpoint… maybe there was so much going on in the book that the end …. THATS IT?!?! let’s backtrack….this was another amazing IA book for the first 97%…like seriously, they took it to another level with the action sequences and romance and plot building (often times making me question if i really have two degrees)… but that ending? i’m being as fair as possible but that was way too rushed and a little bit anti-climatic…like they were on a deadline and had to submit it as if they were being held at gunpoint… maybe there was so much going on in the book that the end needed to be absolutely insane for it to make an impact? either way, i feel like the characters were ripped away from me way too quickly and if i don’t get an arabella series, THERE WILL BE PROBLEMS. and throw one in for leon too, simply cause i deserve it. *** EDIT: EARLY 2022?! .......i have to live another year before reading this book?! they expect too much from me 😔 honestly.....with the way 2020 is going......making it to 2021 doesn't look too promising. so personally.....i think ilona andrews should take one for the team and just drop this book this year. all in agreement say 'aye'.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melindam

    ARC received by the Publisher HarperCollins via EDELWEISS+ in exchange for an honest review. Book 6 in The Hidden Legacy Series and a conclusion to Catalina's story arc and it pulls no punches. While actually all books in the series are wild and exhilarating roller coaster rides, for me Ruby Fever was far the most intense. It was going from peak to peak and the stakes were raised higher and higher. There were many threads to conclude, some still from books 1-3 and concluded they were to satisfacti ARC received by the Publisher HarperCollins via EDELWEISS+ in exchange for an honest review. Book 6 in The Hidden Legacy Series and a conclusion to Catalina's story arc and it pulls no punches. While actually all books in the series are wild and exhilarating roller coaster rides, for me Ruby Fever was far the most intense. It was going from peak to peak and the stakes were raised higher and higher. There were many threads to conclude, some still from books 1-3 and concluded they were to satisfaction, but unfortunately this meant that there was less family time and banter with my favourite Baylors (all of them are favourites, just to be clear about it. :) . I could have done with an extra 50-100 pages or so, just to be able to spend more time with them, but you can't have everything. Anyways, without being spoilerish - Catalina's and Alessandro's relationship are given more depth - Alessandro's backstory and family relations are unraveled - we get some more Tremaine-Baylor family history tidbits - we get some Augustine, though not as much as I would have liked :) - Matilda and Cornelius are also part of the lovely parcel - some new interesting and intriguing characters are introduced who will hopefully turn up again in Arabella's books (there just have to be Arabella books!!!!) As always, even when there is a happy conclusion, Ilona Andrew's books just leave you with wanting MORE. :) So what can I do?! Go and reread the HL books. :) ‐‐---‐-‐------- Just got an ARC via EDELWEISS+!!!! AM SO HAPPY!!!! ‐-‐--------- I knew the title would be something with "rubies" in it. :) And there it goes: Ruby Fever After the AWESOME, STUNNING Emerald Blaze and of course it ended with one of the most vicious cliffhangers imaginable, so obviously I feel like: And I want the next book something like desperate:

  3. 4 out of 5

    Aisling Zena

    30/08/22 4.5 Ruby stars So, right before this lovely gem released I re-read the whole series. Not that I needed the excuse. Though it kept everything fresh in my mind. The problem now, is that it's all one big book in my head which makes it difficult to review. But I shall forge ahead regardless. As always IA delivered! New characters, new and old powers emerging, changing or amplifying. I think it's one of my favourite aspects of this series, the powers that the authors come up with are quite cap 30/08/22 4.5 Ruby stars So, right before this lovely gem released I re-read the whole series. Not that I needed the excuse. Though it kept everything fresh in my mind. The problem now, is that it's all one big book in my head which makes it difficult to review. But I shall forge ahead regardless. As always IA delivered! New characters, new and old powers emerging, changing or amplifying. I think it's one of my favourite aspects of this series, the powers that the authors come up with are quite captivating. Also I kinda love that I called the "twists" back in book 3, feels good to be right. I loved that we got to see a bit of everyone and the progression of all the relationships. That Catalina and Alessandro are together but still dealing with their personal issues and working through them within their relationship. I think if they were cookie cutter perfect from the get go I would have been disappointed. To be honest, I love this world so much that I would read any adventures the authors write for all the side characters. Of course that's impossible and the authors themselves said that they don't want to be writing endless spinoffs. (But some good news for the Arabella fans as they have plans for her as indicated at end of the book. They will most likely self publish for her as it wont fall under the specific contract terms with Avon.) Now, to the half a star deduction.. I think I built up the last inevitable battle in my head way too big because it felt a tad anticlimactic and ended too quick for me.. It possibly comes down to, as the authors say, that this isn't a fantasy series like KD but a romance series. I've been reading Kate and Innkeeper so long that I falsely attributed their tone to the Hidden Legacy series. Rules, and especially since they are under contract with Avon for it, are different for a romance book. Either way, it was a satisfying wrap up of all the issues since the beginning of the series, with several HFN,HEA for our couples and very intriguing hints for the continuation with Arabella at the helm. (Whether the continuation will be 1 book or 3 has not been hinted or clarified, only that they will possibly self publish her adventure) For those interested, please read after you have finished the book, Ruby Fever Spoilerific Q&A: https://www.ilona-andrews.com/2022/ru... If you haven't picked this up yet, what are you doing here?! Go and get the first book you will not regret it!! 15/02/22 Deleted Scene!! https://www.ilona-andrews.com/2022/re... 22/10/21 Snippet! https://www.ilona-andrews.com/2021/fr... 29/9/21 Snippet! https://www.ilona-andrews.com/2021/ti... 10/9/21 New Snippet! https://ilona-andrews.com/2021/snippe... 21/7/21 Snippet! https://www.ilona-andrews.com/2021/th... 3/6/21 First Chapter Snippet!! https://www.ilona-andrews.com/2021/sn... 21/5/21 Snippet!! https://www.ilona-andrews.com/2021/th... 3/2/21 One incredibly cool family portrait with Catalina, Nevada and Arabella! It seriously outshines all the covers for this series. https://ilona-andrews.com/2021/new-ar... https://ilona-andrews.com/wp-content/... 20/1/21 Chapter snippet! https://www.ilona-andrews.com/2021/ru... 25/12/20 Christmas snippet! https://ilona-andrews.com/2020/happy-... 25/6/20 Title release: Ruby Fever https://www.ilona-andrews.com/2020/ti... 29/8/20 After reading Emerald Blaze, I can't wait to see where the authors take Catalina next. Poor thing has been through the wringer. Nevada is still my fave though. Also, I hope we get more books for the rest of the family.

  4. 5 out of 5

    chan ☆

    very torn with my thoughts on this one! on the one hand, i just adore this world. i was raised in houston and stepping back into these books is a delight every single time. but i think this trilogy in comparison to nevada's just doesn't work as well for me. i so appreciated the slow burn and attention to detail when it came to the nevada/mad rogan relationship and that same attention to detail was sorely lacking in these books. it was especially lackluster in this conclusion. there is one mildly r very torn with my thoughts on this one! on the one hand, i just adore this world. i was raised in houston and stepping back into these books is a delight every single time. but i think this trilogy in comparison to nevada's just doesn't work as well for me. i so appreciated the slow burn and attention to detail when it came to the nevada/mad rogan relationship and that same attention to detail was sorely lacking in these books. it was especially lackluster in this conclusion. there is one mildly romantic moment here in the VERY beginning of the book but other than that? eh. throw away lines about how alessandro is the perfect match for catalina. lots of tell not a lot of show. which i think i could have been okay with since i didn't necessarily pick up Ruby Fever with the intent of finding the swooniest romance ever to knock me off my feet. but the final show down was also a let down. so so much lead up and then the last 3% is really where we get the action. like say what??? it felt so out of place. and like a few other reviewers have mentioned i wonder if there was something going on when this book was getting written (it did take forever to get published) because it didn't feel like how this author duo would typically wrap up a book. i'm ultimately disappointed with this book but i certainly didn't hate it. even at their worst (which i don't even know that this book is) Ilona Andrews writing is worlds better than most. i just selfishly had hoped for a little more romance. also selfishly hoping for an age gap love triangle for miss arabella.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Corina

    SO GOOD!!!!! 4.5 stars This was as wonderful as I hoped it would be!!!! I’m addicted to all things Ilona Andrews, that means I usually re-read series whenever new books are being released. Which I did for Ruby Fever too, and for me it’s the best kind of reading experience. I immerses myself into their world, and won’t come out until a week or weeks later and afterwards I have the biggest book hangover ever – lol. Also, I don’t know about you, but fictional families are so much better than real ones SO GOOD!!!!! 4.5 stars This was as wonderful as I hoped it would be!!!! I’m addicted to all things Ilona Andrews, that means I usually re-read series whenever new books are being released. Which I did for Ruby Fever too, and for me it’s the best kind of reading experience. I immerses myself into their world, and won’t come out until a week or weeks later and afterwards I have the biggest book hangover ever – lol. Also, I don’t know about you, but fictional families are so much better than real ones, and the Baylor family is probably my most favorite of all. I could go on about each family member, especially the kids and their cousins. What a fun and supportive group they are. Instant family GOLD!!! FAMILY IS EVERYTHING IN THESE BOOKS. Which is something I appreciate and actually enjoy – team spirit and solidarity makes for a strong family. But besides being a great family, the girls also find the right kind of partners, guys that fit into the family, and add to the overall fun. Catalina and Alessandro were a fantastic couple. All of IA couples are just wonderful. Their personalities match, which makes working together pleasant, although they do have their moments when they occasionally bump heads and it’s always fun to watch. Something else I appreciate is that the drama personal or otherwise is low key, no big misunderstandings, no hurt feelings. But honestly there wouldn’t even be time for drama, because the action around them is sky high. It was like riding a rollercoaster, the couple was catapulted from one action filled scene to the next. I’m surprised they even had time to work on their relationship, but that’s probably why there are three books per couple in this series. And because of this there is actual growth to be seen, personal as well as relationship growth. Ruby Fever was everything I wanted it to be. It was wonderfully entertaining, with many scenes that made me laugh out loud. I loved seeing Catalina and Alessandro as a couple, talking and planning for the future. Their connection was even deeper than before. The book was a fantastic final chapter in their story, and a great addition to the overall series. And the ending was just “chef’s kiss” with a couple great revelations. THIS SERIES IS MUCH MORE ROMANCE THAN URBAN FANTASY. The author once said, that if you would take the romance out of this series, the book could’t stand on its own. So, for everyone who hasn’t picked up any of their books yet, and is mostly a romance reader – you are going to LOVE them – I promise!!!!! ___________________________________ I received a copy of this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. My opinions have not been influenced by the publisher or the author. You can find me on my blog and on Bookstagram

  6. 5 out of 5

    Júlia

    I received an ARC for this book from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. This is a spoiler-free review. That being said, this is me right now: I will never, ever be able to put into words how much these characters and this world mean to me. This series has saved my life, multiple times. I am a better person because of them. I am a better person and my life is better because this series exists. If I don't get an Arabella trilogy I WILL RIOT . Throw in some extra Leon short stori I received an ARC for this book from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. This is a spoiler-free review. That being said, this is me right now: I will never, ever be able to put into words how much these characters and this world mean to me. This series has saved my life, multiple times. I am a better person because of them. I am a better person and my life is better because this series exists. If I don't get an Arabella trilogy I WILL RIOT . Throw in some extra Leon short stories in the mix as well, because I am NOT OK with not having any more material from these characters. Arabella DESERVES her own series and I want AND NEED her monster love story. This was, as usual, impeccable. I understand they had to unpack a lot of things from previous books. We get all of our answers here, everything that was left unanswered from Nevada's trilogy as well. So this book was extremely heavy in the world building, family history, gene trees and more. However, we also got some amazing action scenes, as usual, the cutest and funniest dialogues and some adorable Catalina and Alessandro moments. I did wish we had gotten a few more romantic moments. I feel like since they were focusing on so many different storylines, problems and wars, they didn't get a lot of time to focus on each other. That is my minor complaint. My other complaint is that, every single conflict in this book could have been avoided/solved if Connor was around. However, I get why he wasn't. This is Catalina's story, not Nevada's any longer and using Connor as a "solve-everything" guy by either throwing money or his power at stuff isn't really a fair request. I just miss them. I will always miss them. I am over-due my fourth reread of this series and reading this ARC just made me realize that I will never, ever love EVERY SINGLE character in a book the way I love these people. I am the luckiest human being alive, just for being able to touch this advance readers copy THREE WHOLE MONTHS IN ADVANCE FROM RELEASE DATE. I am still in shock. If you should know anything about me as a person, as a book blogger, as a reviewer, is that this series holds my body and soul. This series owns my mind and heart. This series has a shrine in my brain and these characters are the most incredible, organic and well developed characters I have ever read about. You will never, and I repeat: NEVER, read a series with characters who feel as real as this. They exist, I can feel them, hear them, sense them. Their dialogues, their relationships, their dynamic, their family union, the pacing, the writing, the world building... there isn't a single flaw in this series. This is, by far, the best urban fantasy series to date. Thank you for gifting us this world Illona Andrews. Now give me Arabella's trilogy. I am begging you.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    I fucking love this series so much and I don't understand why it hasn't been picked up as a TV series yet I fucking love this series so much and I don't understand why it hasn't been picked up as a TV series yet

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    A well-written conclusion to Catalina & Alessandro's story. I don't know why, but the Hidden Legacy series has never been a favorite with me, but for those of you who are rabid fans of the series, I think you'll absolutely love this one. Would I still read a story about the youngest Baylor sister? Yes. Of course I would. Ilona Andrews are an excellent duo and I'd pretty much read whatever they decide to write. I would much rather see the next installment of Julie's story come out next, but...you A well-written conclusion to Catalina & Alessandro's story. I don't know why, but the Hidden Legacy series has never been a favorite with me, but for those of you who are rabid fans of the series, I think you'll absolutely love this one. Would I still read a story about the youngest Baylor sister? Yes. Of course I would. Ilona Andrews are an excellent duo and I'd pretty much read whatever they decide to write. I would much rather see the next installment of Julie's story come out next, but...you know, whatever makes you happy. Recommended for Hidden Legacy fans!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    *4.5 stars* Ilona Andrews fans, rejoice: Ruby Fever does NOT disappoint. I'll admit I have a huge soft spot for this series. The world building is *chef's kiss*, and Ilona Andrews manages to bring the energy, the excitement, and the romance with each story. It's almost physically impossible for me to dislike a book in the Hidden Legacy series, but even with that caveat and trying to be objective, I still think Ruby Fever is outstanding. You might have noticed that I rounded down to 4-stars. Yes, *4.5 stars* Ilona Andrews fans, rejoice: Ruby Fever does NOT disappoint. I'll admit I have a huge soft spot for this series. The world building is *chef's kiss*, and Ilona Andrews manages to bring the energy, the excitement, and the romance with each story. It's almost physically impossible for me to dislike a book in the Hidden Legacy series, but even with that caveat and trying to be objective, I still think Ruby Fever is outstanding. You might have noticed that I rounded down to 4-stars. Yes, that's true, but it's only because I feel like the book was trying to cram a lot into one story. You know when you get to the end of the series (nooooo), and the author is trying to tie up all of the loose ends? That's a bit how I felt here. I think if another book in the series was planned (PLEASE), there wouldn't be so much Big Content in this story. On the bright side, the story is just an epic adventure with interwoven plotlines and amazing characters. I love each of the side characters in this book and I didn't mind that some of them got a good chunk of page time. Sure, you need to be pretty familiar with this family to be able to follow along, but I think readers of this series won't have any issues. I had to spend a few moments refreshing myself, but I got there. Romance! Adventure! Action! You literally can't go wrong with these books. I'm hoping that Arabella gets her own offshoot series (and soon) so I can get my fix again. Thank you, Ilona Andrews, for a wild ride. *Copy provided in exchange for an honest review* goodreads|instagram|twitter|tiktok

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lacey (laceybooklovers)

    I always feel so bereft as soon as I finish an Ilona Andrews book. Multiply that by 10 for a series finale (that I’m hoping really isn’t a finale). I loved being back in the Hidden Legacy world, with Catalina & Alessandro, with their family and friends – it almost felt like there wasn’t a 2 year gap between books 5 & 6. Almost. But IA made the wait totally worth it and Ruby Fever was everything I wanted it to be! Catalina & Alessandro’s story was epic and I’m so happy with how things ended for t I always feel so bereft as soon as I finish an Ilona Andrews book. Multiply that by 10 for a series finale (that I’m hoping really isn’t a finale). I loved being back in the Hidden Legacy world, with Catalina & Alessandro, with their family and friends – it almost felt like there wasn’t a 2 year gap between books 5 & 6. Almost. But IA made the wait totally worth it and Ruby Fever was everything I wanted it to be! Catalina & Alessandro’s story was epic and I’m so happy with how things ended for them. There was never a dull moment – we got plenty of twists and turns, lots of action, and a rock solid romance that only got stronger by the end. If you’re a fan of the series, you won’t be disappointed. All I can say now is ARABELLA WHEN?????? 😭😭😭😭 (view spoiler)[No joke I would sell my soul for Arabella to get her own trilogy. There’s one tiny baby chapter in her POV at the end of RF and I’m smelling the possibility of a love triangle for her. MICHAEL OR MIHAIL??? It cannot be a coincidence that their names are similar lol. IA please put us out of our misery. (hide spoiler)]

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Reads Ravenously

    4 stars After an attack on the Warden of Texas, Catalina Baylor becomes the acting Warden and must work fast to figure out who tried to kill Linus. That on top of a missing magical spider, a Russian prince showing up, and the assassination of a powerful figure, Catalina and her family have a lot to face. But they soon find out something worse is coming and they need to be prepared. It’s funny to me that these books are marketed as romance when to me, they are very much urban fantasy. While I lov 4 stars After an attack on the Warden of Texas, Catalina Baylor becomes the acting Warden and must work fast to figure out who tried to kill Linus. That on top of a missing magical spider, a Russian prince showing up, and the assassination of a powerful figure, Catalina and her family have a lot to face. But they soon find out something worse is coming and they need to be prepared. It’s funny to me that these books are marketed as romance when to me, they are very much urban fantasy. While I love the romance in these books, they feel like 10% of the plot and the other 90% is urban fantasy action sequences. I think the publishers could have passed this off in a broader market with just a cover change but maybe that’s me. I love the writing style of Ilona Andrews, my attention gets grabbed quickly and I get sucked into the story. Even though it’s been a while since I read the last book I was able to get the hang of things again fairly quickly and enjoyed the ride. I’m sad this is Catalina’s last book, but hopefully we will get Arabella books soon? Because she’s an awesome character and deserves center focus if there are to be more. Overall a great urban fantasy series with a sprinkle of a great romance, there’s a reason why I keep coming back to books written by Ilona Andrews. ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley

  12. 4 out of 5

    Robin (Bridge Four)

    Thank you to the Andrews for supplying an early copy to read. You are all in for a treat! Well it is officially out and listening to Ruby Fever was just as much fun, if not more so than reading it. Catalina has really come into her own and when Linus ends up comatose she becomes the acting Warden and has a pretty big mystery to solve along with figuring out how to keep the members of her house alive when the inevitable battle between with Alessandro's nemesis Arkon comes to a head. “You Thank you to the Andrews for supplying an early copy to read. You are all in for a treat! Well it is officially out and listening to Ruby Fever was just as much fun, if not more so than reading it. Catalina has really come into her own and when Linus ends up comatose she becomes the acting Warden and has a pretty big mystery to solve along with figuring out how to keep the members of her house alive when the inevitable battle between with Alessandro's nemesis Arkon comes to a head. “You got a promotion with extra responsibilities but without pay or additional benefits.” Mom smiled. “I’m so proud of you. You’re officially a successful adult.” So there are people out to get house Baylor, a Russian prince mixed up in this mess somehow not to mention an evil Grandmother to keep in check. Ruby Fever was full of all the things I love about books by Ilona Andrews. Great characters! Seriously while I adore all the Baylors the magical moments with Matilda and some of the other smaller part side characters are gems sprinkled throughout the story. But moments with Matilda are totally my favorites. “If you try to separate from her in any way . . .” “She will bark?” Konstantin asked. “Yes. If she barks for longer than one minute, the electronic sensor in her collar will send an alert. Cutting the collar or removing it will also trigger an alert.” Matilda stared at him. “If anything happens to Rooster or her collar, I will know. I will come. I will bring friends. I hope we understand each other.” The stories are always smart and full of action without making them just talking between fight scenes. The dialogue between characters is smart, funny and really reminds me of what a family should be with how all the Baylors are there for each other. Can we just say that when our favorite Evil Grandmother and the secret Grandmother finally get some page time together it was just a fantastic culmination of that arc of the story. Well thought out and executed fantastically. The Andrews did Catalina justice in this final book with her as the main PoV. They have even given us a glimpse into what a book with Arabella as the lead might look like and who her love interest might be. Color me so interested. I can see so many possibilities for her book(s). The only sad point of this is that now I will have to wait until the next Andrews book comes out. I can't wait.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    I highly enjoyed this book! The end in particular. IA didn’t disappoint! Sure it’s not perfcet but now I’m looking forward to Arabella’s story -albeit I wasn’t a fan of it first. Review to come!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Woman Reading

    4 ☆ "I asked for backup," [Catalina] said. "And?" "It's not coming." "Did you expect it would?" "Yes, I kind of did. I asked them for advice, and they made me --- and wished me Godspeed." "You got a promotion with extra responsibilities but without pay or additional benefits." Mom smiled. "I'm so proud of you. You're officially a successful adult." Ruby Fever by Ilona Andrews concludes Catalina Baylor's trilogy. When she was first introduced in the Hidden Legacy series, she was just 17 and known as t 4 ☆ "I asked for backup," [Catalina] said. "And?" "It's not coming." "Did you expect it would?" "Yes, I kind of did. I asked them for advice, and they made me --- and wished me Godspeed." "You got a promotion with extra responsibilities but without pay or additional benefits." Mom smiled. "I'm so proud of you. You're officially a successful adult." Ruby Fever by Ilona Andrews concludes Catalina Baylor's trilogy. When she was first introduced in the Hidden Legacy series, she was just 17 and known as the quiet middle sister. Now 22, Catalina has been propelled along the fast track of adulting after becoming the head of House Baylor in their cut-throat magic-based society. It was difficult enough to step into elder sister Nevada's shoes as the Head, but Catalina had to do so at the end of the three-year safe period for nascent Houses. One of those threats came from her own paternal grandmother, truth-seeker Victoria Tremaine, who wanted to secure the continuation of House Tremaine at the expense of House Baylor. Linus Duncan had served as one of two witnesses to the formation of House Baylor. Not all were pleased when Duncan, who is the secret Warden of Texas, deputized Catalina, especially as the position carries a low survival rate. But fortuitously, Alessandro Sagredo, a very powerful anti-stasi mage, had also been roped in by Duncan to serve as the Warden's equivalent of a bailiff and as Catalina's bodyguard. In Emerald Blaze, it was revealed that the Osiris Serum, which activated latent magical abilities, had been stolen by Arkan, an assassin trained by the Russian Imperium. The theft has been hushed up but it's imperative that the Office of the Warden retrieve the serum and punish the perpetrator. Because it's beginning to appear that Arkan has solved Osiris' lethal side effect issue and is amassing his own magically-mighty forces. The Keeper held it up to the light and the die sparkled. A ruby? "The fate of the mage." The Keeper showed me one side with the Greek letter Z. "Zeta. Sacrifice." He turned the die to display a different side. "Beta. Demon." Another turn. "Lambda. Growth. The three fates awaiting those who risk the [Osiris] serum. Death, distortion, or power." Ruby Fever is the thrilling culmination and resolution of all of the external threats. Alessandro has his own grudge against Arkan, for he had murdered Alessandro's father. Catalina fears losing Alessandro as he seeks to avenge his father's killing. But a final confrontation is inevitable. The question is whether Catalina and the Office of the Warden can even the odds and prevail. And the face-off is imminent because a shockingly public murder bears the hallmarks of Arkan's team. This e-ARC of Ruby Fever doesn't answer all the questions I have, and I wanted more from the ending. But after a start that's heavy on exposition, the authors turn up the Texan heat and deliver adrenaline-filled skirmishes, a specialty of House Andrews, that culminate in the final one-to-one showdown. Many characters pass through this installment so the key family members who provide comedic dialogue have shortened stage times. Readers unfamiliar with the Hidden Legacy series might be hard-pressed to appreciate fully all of the crucial characters' motivations. Overall, Ruby Fever is very satisfying but as usual the devoted fans of IA, aka the "Book Devouring Horde," will clamor for more. IA bonus short story "The Cool Aunt" to be read after Emerald Blaze and snippets of Ruby Fever: https://ilona-andrews.com/the-cool-aunt/ https://ilona-andrews.com/2021/the-ba... https://www.ilona-andrews.com/2021/ru... https://www.ilona-andrews.com/2021/sn... https://www.ilona-andrews.com/2021/fr... https://ilona-andrews.com/2021/the-te... https://ilona-andrews.com/2021/the-pl... https://ilona-andrews.com/2021/snippe... https://www.ilona-andrews.com/2022/re... Baylor family tree https://www.ilona-andrews.com/2021/ba... Thank you to the authors, Avon (an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers), and Netgalley for providing me with a digital ARC. My review reflects my candid assessment and feelings. Quotations in this review are from an uncorrected proof (ISBN 978-0-06-287840-3) and may differ from the final version. Publication date is August 23, 2022.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Phuong ✯

    – 3.5-3.75 stars this is more of a overall review for Catalina’s trilogy than for Ruby Fever itself: → honestly i started to read Catalina’s (h) story more to collect Rogan & Nevada breadcrumbs, but i realized very soon that there are zero crumbs to collect since Rogan & Nevada are barely in the book. but on the way i really fell in love with Catalina’s character so much and now she’s one of my favorite heroines! i never thought that anyone in this series could top Nevada for me, but Catalina is – 3.5-3.75 stars this is more of a overall review for Catalina’s trilogy than for Ruby Fever itself: → honestly i started to read Catalina’s (h) story more to collect Rogan & Nevada breadcrumbs, but i realized very soon that there are zero crumbs to collect since Rogan & Nevada are barely in the book. but on the way i really fell in love with Catalina’s character so much and now she’s one of my favorite heroines! i never thought that anyone in this series could top Nevada for me, but Catalina is just that girl who is a badass, but her love for her family is beautiful and makes her vulnerable that she dethroned Nevada. sorry Nevada you’re still a boss bitch, but Catalina is just 🥰😩🥵 this girl carried this series on her back. if it wasn’t for Catalina i would given her books more like 3 stars, but i love Catalina too much to do that. → on the other hand i can’t say the same about Alessandro (H) who can’t hold a candle to Rogan. i don’t dislike him, but never warmed up to him either and wouldn't have teared up too badly if something actually happened to him at the end. he felt like such a secondary character even tho it was about Catalina and him for three whole books, but i don’t think i know him at all. he has some cool powers, but overall he was so pale compared to the rest of the characters and took a back seat. → this series is one of the few series where i don’t even mind when the romance is not the main plot, because so much is happening, but most of all i adore the Baylor family to pieces. i could read about Catalina’s interaction with Arabella, Grandma Frieda, Bern, Leon and Mommy Penelope forever. these family bonds are better than the romance anyway. it helps that the magic system and magical powers are so interesting that i’m invested in the action plot. → the joke is on me that i said i was invested in the plot, but didn’t understand half of what was actually happening, cause some things were all connected to events that happened in the previous books and i barely remember anything, so when characters like Adam Pierce showed up he seemed familiar, but i was like WHO? or when things started to unravel with Linus and some conspiracy plot i don’t remember shit lmao. kudos to Ilona Andrews for holding my interest, despite being in a constant state of confusion. → the worst crime Ilona Andrews did to me is making me hate Victoria Tremaine in Nevada's books to lowkey liking that ice cold bitch in Catalina's book. the audacity, the nerve, the gall. i was not ready to let of my hatred yet. but only respect for Grandma Tremaine, cause that woman is a strategy mastermind and i just know that no one can beat her in chess. her mind is insane. → Arabella and Mihail?? is their story next?? ┍━━━━━━━━»•» «•«━┑ HIDDEN LEGAY SERIES // CATALINA BAYLOR'S TRILOGY #0.5 Diamond Fire – 3 stars #1 Sapphire Flames – 3 stars #2 Emerald Blaze – 3.5 stars #3 Ruby Fever – 3.5-3.75 stars ┕━»•» «•«━━━━━━━━┙

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁

    An epic conclusion to an epic series. Full RTC closer to release date.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    YES!! I got approved for the ARC on NetGalley! Really looking forward to this read! Something about the title "Ruby Fever" - and that cover image - has made me start singing the old disco song "Boogie Fever" ... YES!! I got approved for the ARC on NetGalley! Really looking forward to this read! Something about the title "Ruby Fever" - and that cover image - has made me start singing the old disco song "Boogie Fever" ...

  18. 4 out of 5

    nick (the infinite limits of love)

    3.5/5 I have MANY thoughts about this one. This might be an unpopular opinion but I was never entirely swept away by the Alessandro & Catalina pairing. I had some hope after the 2nd book, but here we reverted back to me feeling like Alessandro was an afterthought. With the OG Nevada & Connor trilogy, I thought the two were on equal footing, but not here. In this installment, it got to the point where I sometimes forgot Alessandro was even around. This brings me to my main disappointment: the roma 3.5/5 I have MANY thoughts about this one. This might be an unpopular opinion but I was never entirely swept away by the Alessandro & Catalina pairing. I had some hope after the 2nd book, but here we reverted back to me feeling like Alessandro was an afterthought. With the OG Nevada & Connor trilogy, I thought the two were on equal footing, but not here. In this installment, it got to the point where I sometimes forgot Alessandro was even around. This brings me to my main disappointment: the romance is lackluster for me. Ruby Fever is also sooo much plot and action (I would argue that there were too many threads), and I understand why because the authors are trying to tie the loose ends, but I found myself completely zoning out at times. I think this is where better balance between the romance and the plot would have helped. What I did love was the secondary cast. Victoria, Linus, Arabella (MY QUEEN, MY BABY), Cornelius, and Matilda were scene-stealers. I love the dynamic between all these characters and when they are together, there's no way not to crack up. Anyways, that being said, I desperately hope we see an Arabella-centered series. My girl deserves it!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Antonella

    new release date: early 2022 actually... it is actually August 2022 sooooo how sad and hateful person you have to be to rate a book a one-star and the book is not EVEN WRITTEN yet?! new release date: early 2022 actually... it is actually August 2022 sooooo how sad and hateful person you have to be to rate a book a one-star and the book is not EVEN WRITTEN yet?!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mara

    4.5 stars - Are we surprised that Ilona Andrews stuck the landing on this trilogy? No, no we are not. It was so satisfying to see most of my theories come true and see this chapter of the story wrap up! We got so much page time with Alessandro & Catalina together, and still had plenty of time with our favs, as well as some INTRIGUING new characters! My standout side character was Matilda, can't wait for her to grow up, and it looks like we're getting set up for the third trilogy starring Arabell 4.5 stars - Are we surprised that Ilona Andrews stuck the landing on this trilogy? No, no we are not. It was so satisfying to see most of my theories come true and see this chapter of the story wrap up! We got so much page time with Alessandro & Catalina together, and still had plenty of time with our favs, as well as some INTRIGUING new characters! My standout side character was Matilda, can't wait for her to grow up, and it looks like we're getting set up for the third trilogy starring Arabella which YESSSSSSSSSSS, I cannot wait! All in all, a worthy finale & cannot wait for more in this world! I think quality wise Hidden Legacy is the best series they have written

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mallory

    Somehow I had blocked out how long it has been since the last book. I think it is because this is a series I have read many times and will likely read many more times. A comfort series of books to be brought out whenever there is the need. I have to admit I liked the first three books with Nevada better than the next three with Catalina. Please don’t misunderstand, I loved all of them, but I liked Nevada as a heroine better. That being said I am super excited for the tease to the possible series Somehow I had blocked out how long it has been since the last book. I think it is because this is a series I have read many times and will likely read many more times. A comfort series of books to be brought out whenever there is the need. I have to admit I liked the first three books with Nevada better than the next three with Catalina. Please don’t misunderstand, I loved all of them, but I liked Nevada as a heroine better. That being said I am super excited for the tease to the possible series for Arabella to get. I need those books to be written. I did like that a lot of plot lines, some stemming from the first book in this series, were wrapped up nicely in this one. I found the explanations of what I knew had to be but couldn’t believe to be excellent and make more sense than I had imaged. I love the writing style, the complexity, the vivid world and characters. And mixed through all of the adventure and magical combat and evil plotting there is always an excellent romance line woven into these books and this one did not disappoint.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mindy Lou's Book Review

    Loved, loved loved! Everything came together nicely. I felt like nothing was left undone and I just fell in love with all these characters over, and over. The ending was incredible. The author could easily leave this series here. However, I hope she picks it back up and gives us a few more books because the possibilities are endless. Plus, who doesn't want more in the world you absolutely love? I highly recommend reading this series in order due to the massive amount of information you learn abo Loved, loved loved! Everything came together nicely. I felt like nothing was left undone and I just fell in love with all these characters over, and over. The ending was incredible. The author could easily leave this series here. However, I hope she picks it back up and gives us a few more books because the possibilities are endless. Plus, who doesn't want more in the world you absolutely love? I highly recommend reading this series in order due to the massive amount of information you learn about all the characters as each book builds the series. There are so many characters to fall in love with, and to fall in hate with. There are spoilers if you read this out of order. Trust me, you want to learn everything in its order. I speak in more detail of my love of these characters in my book one review if you need more incentive. This is one of the best series I've read!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    I always look forward to a new book from this pair of authors and so far they have never let me down. Ruby Fever features Catalina, Prime of House Baylor and her partner Alessandro, and the book is absolutely action packed. Catalina's personal magic has been developing over the last few books and in this one she gets mad enough to call on everything she has. And it is pretty scary! I enjoyed the way many of our favourite characters returned to this story as the family pulled together to fight bac I always look forward to a new book from this pair of authors and so far they have never let me down. Ruby Fever features Catalina, Prime of House Baylor and her partner Alessandro, and the book is absolutely action packed. Catalina's personal magic has been developing over the last few books and in this one she gets mad enough to call on everything she has. And it is pretty scary! I enjoyed the way many of our favourite characters returned to this story as the family pulled together to fight back against the bad guys. The battles are awesome and the magic demonstrates the authors' tremendous creativity and imagination. I cannot wait to see what comes next.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bec McMaster

    I was on a writing deadline when Bookbub reminded me that Ilona Andrews's Ruby Fever had just released. The dilemma? Write my words for the day and savour Ruby Fever for post-deadline? Or smash through Ruby Fever and not sleep for three days in order to catch up...? It wasn't even a choice. The Ilona Andrews writing team are my absolute favourite writers, and this series is my particular jam. Who needs sleep anyway? And. It. Was. Epic. In short: Catalina Baylor faces her biggest threat yet—the fina I was on a writing deadline when Bookbub reminded me that Ilona Andrews's Ruby Fever had just released. The dilemma? Write my words for the day and savour Ruby Fever for post-deadline? Or smash through Ruby Fever and not sleep for three days in order to catch up...? It wasn't even a choice. The Ilona Andrews writing team are my absolute favourite writers, and this series is my particular jam. Who needs sleep anyway? And. It. Was. Epic. In short: Catalina Baylor faces her biggest threat yet—the final showdown with Arkan, the assassin determined to kill her fiance, Alessandro Sagredo. This one is a real page turner and doesn't let up until the end, but somehow, IA packs it full of wonderful character moments, sweet romantic scenes between the H/h, and the ability to join the extended Baylor family, if only for a day. Seeing Catalina step into her power was one of the highlights of my read, and the mythology behind sirens is fascinating. IA kick ass when it comes to worldbuilding. There was so much going on, that I am throughly in awe of all the threads IA were juggling. Note to those new to their work: Don't even attempt to start here. Go back to the beginning and kick it all off with Burn For Me. I loved the addition of new characters. A couple of plot points didn't surprise me, but I was very surprised by the redemption of a certain evil grandmother. I'm desperate for Arabella to get her own trilogy—hello, Bear of Kamchatka. I want to know MORE about Augustine Montgomery. And sweet Leon deserves his own heroine. Overall, this is just an epic, action-packed, hilarious series with characters you adore. More, please.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    THE END 😭😭😭 KILL ME NOW IT WAS SO GOOD!!! The number one reason I’ve been putting off writing this review is that Covid has finally reached poor little me after 3 years of breezing through the pandemic without a positive test, and, boy, did it take me right out. The second reason I’ve been putting off writing this review is because it makes me intensely depressed that I finished this series. Honestly, the only thing keeping me going right now is that I’ll get the chance to reread it over and over THE END 😭😭😭 KILL ME NOW IT WAS SO GOOD!!! The number one reason I’ve been putting off writing this review is that Covid has finally reached poor little me after 3 years of breezing through the pandemic without a positive test, and, boy, did it take me right out. The second reason I’ve been putting off writing this review is because it makes me intensely depressed that I finished this series. Honestly, the only thing keeping me going right now is that I’ll get the chance to reread it over and over and over again. It’s that good!!! Ruby Fever marks the ending of Catalina and Alessandro’s trilogy. I don’t know that I loved it more that Nevada and Connor’s story, but I don’t need to! They’re completely different things and they stand on their own. Just like in the first trilogy, Catalina and Alessandro are rock solid in this third installment, and we get to enjoy their hard earned relationship and all the romance goodness while also getting to see them blow shit up, which, yes, please. The Baylor family – plus Alessandro – have moved into an awesome compound with a number of different houses where each one of them can live with a little more privacy, but still be close by in case of one of their frequent enemy attacks or delicious dinner spreads. Arkan, the infamous killer who murdered Alessandro’s father, is living rent-free in Catalina’s head. Her biggest worry is that Alessandro’s desire to kill him will result in self-destruction, leaving her to go on without him. The main plot starts out with the assassination of the Speaker of the Texas Assembly and a mysterious attack on Warden Linus Duncan’s compound, which has left him incapacitated and possibly unable to be brought back to consciousness. This means, of course, that Catalina is now the Acting Warden and must shoulder everything that comes with it. I won’t spoil anything here, but let’s just say that the investigation into what happened leads the Baylors to make some pretty shocking discoveries about Linus and about other characters who have passed through the previous books. We also learn a little bit about Nevada and Connor’s baby, Arthur, and his awesome (but terrifying?) powers, and what it will take for the both of them to acquire the knowledge they need in order to guide their son. There were so many plot twists and revelations in this thing; by far, my favorite one was Catalina’s exploration of the other side of her Siren self, which is pretty damn dark and possessive and powerful and also very sexy if you’re Alessandro, lol. Finally, we do get a glimpse of what might be in store for Arabella’s trilogy, and to say I’m excited about it is a gross understatement. I absolutely love her and will ship the hell of out her and Michael (right?! It will be Michael, right?!). I loved every single second of reading this trilogy and can’t wait to go back to the beginning and reread everything so that I can understand all the little plot points I definitely missed along the way. ❤

  26. 5 out of 5

    Geri Reads

    Yes, I read it as soon as I got my hands on the ARC even though I promised some people to hold off and wait for them. I'm a terrible friend, but nonetheless, a very happy, satisfied reader. Heh. I won't go into details because it's not even August yet but yes, this book is everything I've ever hoped for. I legit cheered and clapped my hands like an idiot in certain parts of the book. There were moments where I felt stunned by what I just read. I loved it but I still want more. The only criticism Yes, I read it as soon as I got my hands on the ARC even though I promised some people to hold off and wait for them. I'm a terrible friend, but nonetheless, a very happy, satisfied reader. Heh. I won't go into details because it's not even August yet but yes, this book is everything I've ever hoped for. I legit cheered and clapped my hands like an idiot in certain parts of the book. There were moments where I felt stunned by what I just read. I loved it but I still want more. The only criticism I have for this book is it's somehow too short. But then IA's books always felt like that even though the book length was perfectly fine. In other words, this was the best ending for Catalina and Alessandro and the one I wanted! IA have always managed to give their series a satisfying conclusion and this one is no exception. And if you're familiar with their MO, they do it in such a way that leaves some threads open for a possibility for more but Catalina and Alessandro's arc is finished. ARC provided by Harper Collins via Edelweiss Is it August yet? 'Cause I have no patience when it comes to anything Ilona Andrews writes. via GIPHY

  27. 4 out of 5

    aarya

    I have zero objectivity regarding this author/series and won’t pretend otherwise. I’m emotional — so many mysteries from the first five books (Conspiracies! Grandparents! Siren secrets!) got wrapped up, but there are still lingering questions. 😭 I know IA doesn’t have plans to write more, but they set up Arabella and her potential love interests (yes, plural) SO WELL. My neighbors could hear my shrieking after the epilogue. I’m sailing on the (view spoiler)[Michael from the Office of Records (hi I have zero objectivity regarding this author/series and won’t pretend otherwise. I’m emotional — so many mysteries from the first five books (Conspiracies! Grandparents! Siren secrets!) got wrapped up, but there are still lingering questions. 😭 I know IA doesn’t have plans to write more, but they set up Arabella and her potential love interests (yes, plural) SO WELL. My neighbors could hear my shrieking after the epilogue. I’m sailing on the (view spoiler)[Michael from the Office of Records (hide spoiler)] ship and no one can stop me. FYI: Catalina’s third book does have less romance than, say, WILDFIRE (Nevada’s third book), so set your expectations accordingly. I still enjoyed the hell out of the ride, but this definitely reads more like a romantic urban fantasy with an established/secure relationship and no major romantic conflict. Understandable because they’ve been together for thirteen months at this point (in contrast to Nevada, who has no time jump between WHITE HOT and WILDFIRE). Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Wanda Pedersen

    This morning found me driving to my local bookstore to snag a copy of Ruby Fever. I checked their website yesterday and sure enough, they had done a soft release and there were two copies available. I checked again early this morning and the inventory was reduced to one. Which is why I drove several kilometres and lurked outside the store until the door was unlocked. I'm ever so glad I went to the effort. After doing my appointed tasks for the day, I settled in to read the conclusion of Catalina' This morning found me driving to my local bookstore to snag a copy of Ruby Fever. I checked their website yesterday and sure enough, they had done a soft release and there were two copies available. I checked again early this morning and the inventory was reduced to one. Which is why I drove several kilometres and lurked outside the store until the door was unlocked. I'm ever so glad I went to the effort. After doing my appointed tasks for the day, I settled in to read the conclusion of Catalina's story. So well plotted! The action was nonstop and the loose story threads were neatly woven into the ending. Arkan's forces keep on coming, Catalina must stretch herself yet again, and all the generations, in-laws, and out-laws must cooperate to survive. Many of the relationships get sorted out too. Bern and Runa are headed for marriage, things seem to be going well for Penelope, and we just need to sort the two youngest Baylors. Arabella certainly has some options, which I hope the Andrews will write eventually. Leon needs to meet his match too. Surely the authors have something in mind—Leon needs balance. Happy sigh! I have no doubt that I will read it again soon.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    In case you missed it there is all kinds of extra info about the new Hidden Legacy series in this Entertainment Weekly interview with Ilona and Gordon. I am so bloody excited about this spin off! In case you missed it there is all kinds of extra info about the new Hidden Legacy series in this Entertainment Weekly interview with Ilona and Gordon. I am so bloody excited about this spin off!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Francesca ❆

    Many many thanks to Ilona Andrews and Mod R for giving me an ARC. OVERALL Absolutely magnificent. Go buy this book because it's the finest conclusion of this trilogy, because it made me smile, cry, rage, shiver in awe, and gasp in shock. This was everything I was hoping for and more! CHARACTERS: Catalina. This woman…this woman has had one of the best character development I've ever seen. We met her as an insecure, shy teenager who almost comes across as callous because of her penchant to sticki Many many thanks to Ilona Andrews and Mod R for giving me an ARC. OVERALL Absolutely magnificent. Go buy this book because it's the finest conclusion of this trilogy, because it made me smile, cry, rage, shiver in awe, and gasp in shock. This was everything I was hoping for and more! CHARACTERS: Catalina. This woman…this woman has had one of the best character development I've ever seen. We met her as an insecure, shy teenager who almost comes across as callous because of her penchant to sticking to the rules. Then at the beginning of her series we understand why she acts that way, why her brand of magic rules her life and makes her need that kind of structure and as the series unfolds, we see her bloom and gain more and more control over her life. Her tutelage under some of the most powerful Mages in Houston give her all the tools she needs to swim in the sharks infested waters that is the Prime society of Houston. The Catalina we see in Ruby Fever has fully stepped into the role of Head of House: she relies more on her family's skills and has a more open relationship with them when it comes to her responsibilities as deputy Warden. She proves again and again how skilled she is as Head of House with her cunningness and her intelligence and her penchant for making contingency plans for contingency plans. She's become a power to be reckoned with and I'm still in awe of the absolute banger that IA pulled about her magic: if in EB we had seen a glimpse of what was to come, in this book we understand what her magic really is about….and it's epic. It was an absolute delight to see how well Alessandro has settled into House Baylor: getting away from under his grandfather's clutches has done wonders to him. We see how much he cares about Catalina and how much it weighs on him the fact he entered her House in, let's say, not very favorable circumstances and how hard he's working on remedy to that. He remains the confident, focused, politics attuned person we remember, one that will do anything in his power to protect the person he loves the most and help her, as consort of the Head of House Baylor, to make their House strong and keep their family secure on all possible levels. I really enjoyed a particular moment he had with one side character in particular: it was such an emotional moment that completely changed how I saw his family. The romance between Alessandro and Catalina is so damn good: its journey is as potent and we'll developed as the character growth each main protagonist goes through and I absolutely loved the fact that it was given so much room for development. The way it started as this unbalanced, very naive thing on Catalina's part in Sapphire Flames, how it changed into a more serious toned and balanced relationship in Emerald Blaze, and now in Ruby Fever we see how strong of a unit these two are together, how well they understand each other's needs and what the other is thinking. There are a couple of scenes that gave me shivers when picturing them in my mind, because of how well they show that complicity an understanding wether it's a more emotional moment or an action focused one. We see proof of how solid their relationship has become in this book many times: despite external forces doing their best to tear them apart, they remain as solid as ever! These two are everything to me. It was unfortunate that the side plot involving Regina had to be cut from the book, but IA is very kind and posted it as deleted scene on their blog here and it's absolutely amazing and heartbreaking and delightful. The smattering of secondary characters added a lot of interesting color to the plot: some of them were quite enjoyable while others were so easy to hate for what they tried to pull off and or how they behaved. Honorable mention goes to the foreign delegation we had to deal with: they were a royally pain in the ass from beginning to end. The Baylor clan remain a delight to deal with: from Grandma Frida and her witty humor, to Penelope's quiet sternness, from Bern's dry sass to Leon's laid-back personality. Both Nevada and Rogan have a few cameos, it was so nice to see them living their HEA and their family life. Their kid is absolutely precious and shows the kind of power he's going to be. It's so delightful to see how they have embraced and welcomed into their family people like the Ettersons and Harrisons and their interactions always leave me with a smile. Victoria Tremaine is the absolute queen of the "characters you hate to love": her cunning and truly tragic backstory make her such a compelling and layered villain…you can so easily understand why she became who she is and even if you hate her despicable behavior, deep down you still admire her a little bit for what she would do in name of family. Linus Duncan also had his own spotlight moment…I'm not gonna go into it too much because there are major spoilers in those bits, so all I'll say is that those bits of dialogue left me reeling in shock for a good while and all I can do is slow clap at IA for pulling such a devious plot scheme. I absolutely loved how IA is already placing the building blocks for Arabella's story, we've seen how far she has come since the beginning of the series and thanks to a few teasing snippets we had a taste of what her inner voice is like. In this book we see her as a very confident young woman who has no qualms about dealing with the elite of Houston, who isn't forced to hide what her magic is and has total control over it. I so enjoyed meeting two of her future love interests and let me tell you, they both pack a helluva punch both character and magic wise! I'm so intrigued by some of the remarks we got about one of them in particular…it got my Spidey sense all tingly and my inner detective all revved up! WORLD-BUILDING AND PLOT: The world building keeps getting expanded on with more magic designations, insights on what the socio-political scene looks like and some very juicy tidbits about the history and how the Osiris serum affected it. The plot is full of action and had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. It addresses questions we've been carrying since the very first book of this series and closes a lot of open side plots. Our heroes have to deal with a quite intricate mystery and as always when it comes to the world of Mages, politics and greed are the main flavors of the day. Special mention goes to the final epilogue: it absolutely got me all weepy and sentimental and not gonna lie, if IA ever writes a similar bonus scene with Alessandro and Catalina, I already have the perfect soundtrack with this song and choreography planned, just sayin'. 😉 WRITING: The writing is as delightful and enjoyable as always. IA keep demonstrating how skilled they are at conveying all the emotional turmoils their characters are going through, just as their dialogues, inner monologues, locations descriptions are well crafted as always. FINAL NOTE This fantastic book marks the end of Catalina and Alessandro's journey. This while trilogy has been a journey full of surprises and feelings; thanks to it I met one of my bestest online friends (love you, S.! August 7th 2019, that was when it all began 😉), chatted with so many lovely people about it and had the time of my life with each book. This is a trilogy that will always have a special place in my heart: it gave me one of my all time favorite heroine, hero and romance, a plot that had me holding my breath more times than I can recollect and character developments that made me weep for its beauty. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, IA, for giving us this amazing trilogy and doing such an amazing job with Catalina and Alessandro's characters. I'm super excited to see what IA will do with Arabella, the little tidbits of hints we got so far are very delicious and the perfect prelude for the awesomeness that will be her trilogy! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I had the luck and honor to beta read this and while I won't say anything because it's not the final version of the book yet, I'll just say that it was everything I was hoping for and more. Absolutely loved it and an amazing conclusion to Catalina and Alessandro's story arc.

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