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Iron and Magic

(The Iron Covenant #1)

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No day is ordinary in a world where Technology and Magic compete for supremacy…But no matter which force is winning, in the apocalypse, a sword will always work.

Hugh d’Ambray, Preceptor of the Iron Dogs, Warlord of the Builder of Towers, served only one man. Now his immortal, nearly omnipotent master has cast him aside. Hugh is a shadow of the warrior he was, but when he lear
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Trade Paperback, 380 pages
Published June 26th 2018 by Nancy Yost Literary Agency, Inc
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Sarah Chipman What do you think? It has tons of "I hate you" that was pretty clearly shown in the teasers on the blog. The blog also pretty clearly stated there…moreWhat do you think? It has tons of "I hate you" that was pretty clearly shown in the teasers on the blog. The blog also pretty clearly stated there will be sex (small spoiler: it's consensual, in case someone was worried). This isn't the end of the story, and just like in other books by these authors, all isn't roses between the leads at the end of the first book. They both have HUGE trust issues. (One difference from KD and Hidden Legacy is that this is written almost equally between Hugh and Elara POV, so it's fun to see inside both their heads.)(less)
Addie McKinley-Minni She is this newest awesome, bad-ass, amazing female character!! if you love Kate, you will no doubt love Elara. i honesty can't wait to learn more…moreShe is this newest awesome, bad-ass, amazing female character!! if you love Kate, you will no doubt love Elara. i honesty can't wait to learn more about her!!! (less)

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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
🐈 The Adventures Of A Brave Little Kitty Buddy Rerererereread (TAOABLKBR™) with the IA Addicts 🐈

Previous rating: 10.256548995 stars. And a half.
New rating: 11.5788698 stars. And a quarter.

And the moral of this rereread is : dear Santa Claus Claws Shrimp, I want a gigantically colossal, three-headed elephant with tusks that shoot lightning for Christmas. Thank thee kindly and stuff.



Errr…That’s not exactly what I had in mind but it’s the thought that counts, right? Right. Santa Shrimp, you’re fired.

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Sh3lly
RELEASE DAY!! Go forth and read the excellence! (You won't be sorry.)

My friends, this was the glorious.



It is everything I could have hoped Hugh's book would be. I have been a HUGE fan of Hugh's since book 3 of the Kate Daniels series. This delivered on every score.

It fit perfectly in the KD world. Elara is a perfect match for Hugh. She is seriously kick-ass!

The plot was solid and the romance played out within the story instead of overpowering it. This i
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Sophia Triad
Glorious.
Epic.
Mind blowing.
And the best book I have read this year so far.


---Spoilers if you haven't read Magic Binds (Kate Daniels #9)---

I haven't realised how much I have missed Kate Daniel's word before I started this book.
But I have discovered a much more interesting eye-catching world. The world of warlord Hugh d’Ambray.

His world initially is dark, full of self-pity and abandonment. His adopted father, his god, the light and warmth of his
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Anne
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Like everyone else (or not, apparently!) who reads KD, I've hated Hugh d’Ambray for all the horrible things he's done to Kate and her friends for YEARS.
So, now I find myself asking Andrews:

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Yeah, Hugh is fucking awesome. <--what?
It's like my mind can't fully wrap itself around that sentence. It just rattles around in my head like some sort of complex math problem!
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Yeah,
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Robin (Bridge Four)
3rd Read held up great - After a few just eh reads its time to pick up a favorite and read something I know I'm going to love.

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4.5 Hugh you are a Bastard Stars

Audio Note I love Steve West as a narrator. I know he isn't everyone's cup-a-tea, but he is totally mine. I think he brought something to Hugh that was missing for me before and helped me want some kind of redemption for himStars
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
On sale now! Full review first posted on Fantasy Literature:

Since Magic Bites was first published in 2007, the husband-and-wife writing team known as Ilona Andrews has developed a devoted fan base in the urban fantasy genre with their KATE DANIELS series. But all good things must come to an end, and when Magic Triumphs, the tenth novel in that series, is published in August 2018, the Andrews team has announced that it will be the end of that series. But they’ve left themselves some welcome loopholes: their new IRON
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Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
Iron and Magic somehow managed to become my favorite Ilona Andrews book to date! It joined a very small percentage of books allowed on my all-time favorites list, and no one is more surprised at that than me.

It’s a true testament to these writers’ skills that they managed to make me fall in love with a book about a character I don’t even like. And furthermore to get me feeling deep empathy towards him. I can say with confidence coming out of this book that I’m 100% rooting for Hugh (even though he’s st
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Em Lost In Books
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, 2010-19, 4-star
Ever since the departure of Hugh d'Ambry from Kate Daniels, I have missed him. Okay, okay, I know he is one of the bad guys but he has this charisma that is hard to resist and easy to like even after all the facades that the guy keeps and try to show himself as a real baddie.

As the blurb suggests Hugh got himself a bride here but don't let yourself fool thinking about all the romantic moments that a newly wed couple has . This is a marriage of convenience where Hugh & his “dogs” get the she
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Jilly
They did it again!
How does Ilona Andrews manage to write magic?
Hugh & Elara are both awesome!



It starts with an alliance through marriage. They hate each other in the best possible way and show it through snark, sarcasm, name-calling, and threats. It's awesome!


It must be love!

His people are desperate for money, food,
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Aisling Zena
4.5 stars

30/12/18 Review now posted.

It's so easy to sink in an Ilona Andrews book, it's actually ridiculous. I sank so deep in this one, I forgot to highlight anything. I'm not particularly good at highlighting anyway but I became so engrossed in the book, it didn't even cross my mind. So, why not 5 stars if I was so absorbed? Two tiny, little things really. Elara annoyed me at certain points, even though I saw her point, and the ending. I just wanted a tad more from it. Which is greedy of me, as usual. Especially, con
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
4/4/18

Series title announced: THE IRON COVENANT.

7/7/17:

I read the first four chapters of this beauty yesterday, and lemme tell you . . . I. Am. Excite.

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Ye gods, I love Hugh.

And even if you're a big weirdo that doesn't love Hugh, I don't think your going to be able to help feeling sorry for him. We're going to learn a lot about what it means to be blood bonded to Roland, and superficially it sounds somewhat similar toCOVENANT.
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☆★Tinja★✮ A Court of Pizza and Laziness
Okay so Hugh turns me on even more BUT I STILL HATE HIM OKAY!!!!!? Like when I think of Hugh I get to understand the Blackwidow a bit more, you know?

Elara on the other hand.. Oh, she's wife material that's what she is💜

I'm so gonna re-read this before the last KD comes out :ppp







Update: Expected publication April 2018

NAAAAYYYYYYYYYY IT WAS SUPPOSED TO COME OUT IN DECEMBER WHYYYYYYYYY O WHYYYYY!!?


EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEH MACARENAAAAAAAAA!!!!! HOLY SHITTTTT I'M TOO EXCITED!!!



Okay so Hugh turns me on even more BUT I STILL HATE HIM OKAY!!!!!? Like when I think of Hugh I get to understand the Blackwidow a bit more, you know?

Elara on the other hand.. Oh, she's wife material that's what she is💜

I'm so gonna re-read this before the last KD comes out :ppp







Update: Expected publication April 2018

NAAAAYYYYYYYYYY IT WAS SUPPOSED TO COME OUT IN DECEMBER WHYYYYYYYYY O WHYYYYY!!?


EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEH MACARENAAAAAAAAA!!!!! HOLY SHITTTTT I'M TOO EXCITED!!!



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Corina
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
second reading updating it to 5 stars

OMG OMG OMG - I honestly did not think I would like Hugh as much as I did.

Iron and Magic is a spin off series of my beloved Kate Daniels, and it follows bad boy Hugh on his journey, after being banished and cut off by his master and God Roland.

Reading his side was eye-opening. 

I personally loved how the authors explained his side of the story. His feelings, and lack of feelings because of Roland's absence made complete sense. And it wasn't surprising that I liked him from the very first page. Hugh's need
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Marta Cox
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-reviews, netgalley
This couple write urban fantasy that is magnificent. Such a well developed world here that cleverly intertwines with the Kate Daniels stories that so many know and love. It’s almost uncanny how this alternate universe feels vivid and alive and now the ultimate bad boy steps up to stake his place and boy is this book an absolute humdinger !
What can I say about Hugh and this book ? Ok fans already know that previously Hugh failed to secure the victory over Rolands daughter Kate that he deman
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♥Rachel♥
Re-read September 25th 2018 by audio. The audio was fantastic!

As the description points out, Hugh was Roland’s warrior, but has been cast out, cut off from Roland’s magic and when we first meet Hugh here, he’s in bad shape. Hurting as he was Hugh didn’t fully grasp his Iron Dogs were loyal to him, not Roland. Now that they’re being hunted down, and murdered Hugh must get himself together, get his Iron Dogs back in fighting shape to meet the threat.

Elara and Hugh have things each other need to su
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Gavin
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
I was a little wary of this one in the early stages but I did manage to warm to both the story and the characters as the book progressed and ended up being quite happy with it! The story was a mix of action, humor, and weird magical creatures and magic. So it was much like the regular Kate Daniels books but with a tighter cast.

This was the opening book in a Kate Daniels spin-off trilogy featuring Hugh d’Ambray. I was a little worried going into this one as while I'd initially been quite intrigu
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Sarah
1st read - May 2018
2nd read - June 2018
3rd read - June 2018
4th read - July 2018
5th read - October 2019

I have been excited about the idea of a Hugh book since way back when it was just a silly April Fool's joke on Ilona and Gordon's blog so of course I was over the moon when I found out it was actually going to be written after all. Hugh has always been a brilliant villain in the Kate Daniels series and a character that I desperately wanted to know more about but I have to admit I wasn't quite sure how he could be redeemed into a charac2018
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Beth
Hugh d’Ambray, once Roland’s gold pupil, has be cut off since his actions toward Kate Daniels. His elite fighting group, the Iron Dogs, are being hunted and destroyed. There only hope is to find a fortress to call their own and they need Hugh to get off his drinking binge and form them into the team/family they’ve always been.

Search for a refuge, Hugh’s men find Elara’s castle in Kentucky. The provision for their truces is a marriage between Hugh and Elara. In turn, Elara will provide refuge, food and pay
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Kat
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, library-1
When I saw this was coming out, at first I was conflicted because, ugh, Hugh D’Ombray! I totally hate Hugh, don't I? But I should have known Ilona Andrews could get me to fall for any character with enough time, and sure enough, they managed to turn me into a Hugh fan by the end of it, eager for the next two installments in the series. Our favorite villain was made completely sympathetic with good backstory and present day action that meshed his history plausibly with a redemption arc.

I loved E
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Adina
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think I am in love. Joking...maybe

First of all, do not be fooled by the 1 at the end of The Iron Covenant. The book takes place in Kate Daniels world and it is situated between book 9 and book 10, which is the end of the series. There is no way anyone should start with this novel or read it before KD 9. However, it is compulsory lecture before reading the Grand Finale. I read it already and I can confirm this one should be done first. There is no problem with that because it was gr
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Geri Reads
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: all-my-loves
4.5 stars!

Ilona Andrews are one of those authors that can't seem to do no wrong, and they proved that once again with Iron and Magic.

Filled with interesting characters, pulse pounding action, and vivid world-building, Iron and Magic will leave you breathless with excitement. Fast-paced and well plotted with some of the best battle sequences I've read in my whole life, Iron and Magic exceeded all my expectations, and then some!
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Maria Dimitrova
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Yep, 7 (or maybe it was 8th? I'm not really sure anymore) re-read and I still adore this book. It's my go to read for when I'm feeling under the weather.


Official buddy read with IAA following the release.

So this is my second read in about two weeks time. Yes, it's that good. But more importantly this time I read the official book not the ARC and I have to tell you people always, always get the real book. It not only does it help the writers but you sometimes get unexpected surprises like additional scene
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Kate's Corner
All stars and all the feels. Absolutely effing EPIC. This is one of these times where capitals are a must. Hell, I bow down to the awesomeness of this author and can’t wait for more.


Characters & Chemistry

Ever since I met Hugh d'Ambry in the KD series I was smitten. It felt wrong to have a lady boner for him because he was the enemy. Roland's right-hand man. Preceptor of the Iron Dogs. A butcher. A killer. But I just couldn’t help myself and here it is no different. He is flawed and a tortured soul. My smittenness turnemore.
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Mei
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
( (Elara) “You want me to marry Conan the Barbarian?” A drop of acid slid into her tone.
“An attractive barbarian,” Dugas pointed out.



(Elara) “He’s a monster. Like me.”



Ahhh... I've missed this world!
And I'm so happy to read about Hugh! He was the uber-villaain in the Kate Daniels series! He's the man who killed some of my favorit Kate's friends!
So I was curious to find out how IL would make him a hero! What a job!

And they did it! They ABSOLUTELY did it!

Don't think that Hugh has become a nice, loving man! No, no, no! He's still
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Bradley
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-shelf, fantasy
It seems like I'll be reading everything the team of Ilona Andrews writes, EVEN IF the first glance doesn't really strike me as something I'd love.

Like... Wut? Another paranormal romance? Look at that cover. *chokes on a laugh*

No! Please! No more!

And yet, this old big bad of Kate Daniels and his new bride still struck a nerve. Hugh grew up with the same crappy "father" as Kate, with all the blood magic and crappy parenting and world-crushing (literal) ethos that comes wi
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Maria V. Snyder
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I listened to this book. I love listening to Ilona Andrews books because of Renee Raudman does a fantastic job and the books are well written. This book is narrated by Steve West and I did have some trouble adjusting to his voice, but once I was pulled into the story - he did a wonderful job!

I was reluctant to even read this book because it's about Hugh d'Ambray who I HATED in the Kate Daniels series. Who I wanted to die! My friend Michelle who I trust 100 percent for book recommendations said
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Pippa DaCosta
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you're a Kate Daniels fan this is a MUST, don't skip it. If you're not a KD fan, I imagine you can still read this BUT you're going to miss all the little nuances that make this such a fun read. Without that KD background, some of the random characters appearing might leave you scratching your head.

I actually preferred this to many of the KD books. Full of action, snark, and character development, it's exactly what you'd expect from the Ilona Andrews team. The lead female was a little bit fl
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Emma
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first in a new trilogy, set after Magic Binds, book 9 in the Kate Daniels series, Iron and Magic is wonderfully, brilliantly, finally…. all about Hugh. Hugh d’Ambray, Roland’s former Warlord and all round murder boy. First introduced during Magic Strikes and responsible for all kinds of bad things in the Kate Daniels series, he was sidelined (by spoilery events I won’t recount here) until Ilona Andrews jokingly put out the idea of his story on her blog and everyone lost their damn minds. Until recently, ...more
Deborah Obida
Book 5 on my 2019 read-a-thon.
Finish a series


I found out about this series last year when I was looking for IA series to read and I told myself the KD series is way too long, ten books is a lot. I opened it to begin and realized that I had to read KD series first, I was pissed.

With no other option I jumped into the KD series. Here I am 10 months later, having read the first 9 books of KD, I've made my way to this. After reading this I have to admit it was worth the wait.
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Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

Of course I love this book! How could I not? I have been really eager to get my hands on this book and love the fact that the whole concept started out as an April Fool's joke. Being the awesome people that the writing team of Ilona Andrews are, they decided to make this book happen when their fans showed a desire to read it. I did wonder how I would feel reading an entire book about Hugh. Hugh is one of the bad guys! I can tell y
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“The last time we met, he tortured me,” Ascanio said. He what? Could this get any worse? “You’re still alive,” Hugh said. “Clearly my heart wasn’t in it.” 28 likes
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