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Sapphire Flames

(Hidden Legacy #4)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  22,124 ratings  ·  2,282 reviews
In a world where magic is the key to power and wealth, Catalina Baylor is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, and the Head of her House. Catalina has always been afraid to use her unique powers, but when her friend’s mother and sister are murdered, Catalina risks her reputation and safety to unravel the mystery.

But behind the scenes powerful forces are at work, and on
Mass Market Paperback, 393 pages
Published August 27th 2019 by Avon
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
And the moral of this reread is : sorry not sorry but I still think this reads like Rogan & Nevada, The Angtsy YA Edition.

And the other moralssss of this reread are : Alessandro is a giant ass clown of the first order and needs to be taken down approximately 150,000 notches, I want to be Grandma Frida when I grow old up, Bug and Bern need to hook up post haste, if Catalina says "I can't even" one more time I'm unleashing the murderous crustaceans on the whole planet, the Cuddly Beast
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
2020 quick reread before diving into Emerald Blaze! Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:

Sapphire Flames is the fourth novel in Ilona Andrews‘ HIDDEN LEGACY urban fantasy/romance series, in which powerful magical families control most of society. (Note: You really do have to start at the beginning of this series, with Burn for Me; each book builds on what came before.) Having wrapped up the romance of Nevada Baylor and Connor Rogan in the first three books in this series, Sapphire Flames a
Robin (Bridge Four)
Sale Alert: Kindle limited time deal 14Oct20 $3.99

Re-read Time Before Emerald Blaze Comes Out. didn't last long enough. I just breezed through this so quickly again. Loved it!!!

❤ ❤ ❤ I LOVED THIS!!! ❤ ❤ ❤


Nevada and Rogan have their new beginning and this book is all Catalina.

I think you need to know that going in. Sure, you get cameo situations from the Dragon and his new wife but they are so far removed from the main focus of this book you shouldn’t read it for that or you will be disap
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Absolutely, positively, you will not be able to put this one down.

Clear your calendars for release day, folks, because Ilona Andrews nails another book in the Hidden Legacy series, and it is just as addictive as the rest!

I'm a superfan of Ilona Andrews, and I've loved each and every book in this series. I was beside myself when I found out that I got an ARC of Sapphire Flames, especially since I was in love with Diamond Fire. Just totally gagged. I tried to wait until closer to release day to
Em Lost In Books
I didn't know how badly I was missing this world until I read this book. This was a very entertaining book but sadly I kept thinking about Nevada and Rogan. :| Cat was a shadow of Nevada and let's not compare Rogan and Alessandro. Ilona Andrews set very high bar with first trilogy and I think Cat and Alessandro has to work very hard to reach that level. ...more
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, strong-woman
The wait is OVER - it's LIVE

4.5 stars

As expected, the author wrote one fantastic first book about Catalina and Alessandro.

The feelings, the action, the humor - Sapphire Flames had it all.

And although Catalina's magic is more defense than offense, the action wasn't missing in the slightest. Catalina grew so much over the last three years, that's how much time went by since Nevada's wedding, and wow there were some pretty interesting changes happening during those years. Catalina really impressed
Sapphire Flames was the ULTIMATE READING EXPERIENCE for a book-lover like me.

I wanted to read it in one go, but kept on putting it aside, because I dreaded the moment it would all end.

Well, eventually it ended, but with WHAT A BANG! A MILLION EXPLODING PERFECT STARS!

I loved it from the first page to the last.

In my review of Book 3, Wildfire, I adopted the Baylors as my literary family and I also mentioned how much further potential there is in the Hidden Legacy Universe.

Ilona and Gordon kept ex
Aisling Zena
4.5 stars

Re-read 17/8/21, 7/9/19

This was a delightful addition to the Baylor universe but it wasn't as perfect for me as the first three instalments.

I think the problem here is the transitioning from Nevada to Catalina. Nevada was badass and exceptionally strong in the first three books whereas Catalina avoided all confrontations because of her power. She is a definite badass in the making though. I just felt she was way too caught up on how Alessandro looked at certain points. Too many mentions
Aug 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy, 2020
3.5 stars

You know when you feel like you want to read something but have no energy to try out something “new”? In that sense, I have my comfort series –the Dresden Files- and comfort author. Ilona Andrews. I wasn’t very much okay with the whole spin-offs thing but reading her books is usually a guaranteed enjoyment. And this one was.

After reading the novella –which proved Catalina not to be this annoying-I-can’t-stand type of character- I was looking forward to reading Sapphire Flames. I was war
3.5 stars

These guys don't write bad stuff. So. It's a good book.
I honestly don't know why I can't rave about this series like everyone else, but it is a really solid romantic urban fantasy.
AND I actually like Catalina more than her sister, Nevada. Which, might be weird because a few of my friends were saying she's not as badass as Nevada, but I didn't get that vibe at all. She's got a pretty cool power what with the making everyone love her (to death), and I like that she has to be careful of t
☆★Tinja★✮ A Court of Pizza and Laziness
What the HELL!!!!?!!!!!!

WHAT THE HELLLLLLLL!!!!!?????@$%&*€£
*flips the fuck out*


1st & 2nd read - April 2019
3rd read - August 2019
4th read - May 2020
5th read - August 2020
6th read - April 2021
7th read - July 2021

If you go into this book looking for more Nevada and Rogan you're going to be disappointed because this is very much the start of Catalina's trilogy and the focus is on her and the rest of the Baylor family. And that's not me trying to be negative or put anyone off reading because I absolutely loved Sapphire Flames and think fans will too, I really love how much Cat
3.5 stars

It's almost heresy for me to rate an Ilona Andrews book less than 4 stars, but, well, I liked this but didn't love it. But I DID like it! With strong heroines like Nevada and Kate, Catalina is a tad forgettable. True story: I finished reading this two days ago and had to look up her name just now, so there you go. Anyways, I don't mind 'weaker' heroines but usually they are accompanied by stronger emotional backstories, which Catalina really doesn't have. Throw in some weirdness with ho
Geri Reads
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

YES, yes, it's everything I expected from the Andrews! Fast-paced, anxiety inducing action, fantastic dialogue, searing chemistry between the two leads, humor, and so much more!

Full review to come closer to the release date!

ARC provided by Avon books via Edelweiss
Phuong ✯ [semi-hiatus]
re-read Nov 2021

I still feel exactly the same now as I have when I read Sapphire Flames 2 years ago. Nothing changed, not my feelings, not my ratings, not my thoughts about these characters. 💫


#4 Sapphire Flames – 3.5 stars
#5 Emerald Blaze – currently reading
#6 Ruby Fever – tbr


original review

3.5 Stars
"Follow me," Linus ordered. "And cheer up. We're about to embark on a killing spree accompanied by massive property damage. Try to have f
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Random thoughts:

1. Catalina is Nevada 2.0

2. In the three years since becoming House Baylor, they've remained stagnant. No alliances, no client growth, no financial growth. Just stagnant. Why?

3. The plot is pretty similar to Nevada's except instead of Mad Rogan we get an Italian Count

4. What would happen to the heroines if they didn't have the heroes to save them? I mean Nevada would have died 6 times had Rogan not been there to blast cars away or something. Same with Allessandro and Catalina

5. I
Erin O'Roark
I have so many mixed feelings right now. I am so excited this series is continuing because I love these characters and the world is far too brilliant to end in a trilogy. But I honestly have no desire to read about Catalina. I want more Nevada and Rogan as they are the main reasons I loved this series. I just don't think I care about three books on Catalina.

Edit after read:

Alright, I won't say I was completely disappointed. Considering I love everything Ilona, I inevitably enjoyed it.

However, I
I've had this book forever, but forced myself to wait until the next one came out because I heard it ended in that way that makes you insanely craving the next book for a year. I'm tired of pining after next-books! If I love a book, you must give me 30 books to read immediately!!

And, there was no way I wasn't going to love this. It's Ilona Andrews!

This book is about Catalina, a siren, who has a family of mostly magic-users that does investigative work for their profession. She takes a case to f
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I'm clearly in a small minority of fans that didn't love Sapphire Flames. It's almost painful to give such a low rating to IA, but on the other hand I really, seriously disliked Catalina and Alessandro. Honestly I couldn't stomach her. And I thought he was totally stupid and irritating. And this goes back to my dislike of NA which unfortunately is all that this book is, including all that emphasis on an idiotic baseless teenage crush that is declared love for no reason at all.

And this brings me
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars...

Like many others, the thought of switching perspectives from Nevada to Catalina held little appeal. It's never easy giving up characters you've been through hard times with, but they're off living the high life somewhere, being all lovely dovey, and we need more drama, battles, and sexual tension. So, enter Catalina Baylor. It's three years later and she's learned some stuff. This is not the girl we've seen before, not even the one in the novella. Here is someone fighting to protect
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I know the next one isn't out until next year, but I just couldn't help myself! 😂

Full of action, battles, magic, secrets, murder, family, teenaged crushes and friendship!

I really enjoyed Catalina's first book in the trilogy, and she sure had big boots to fill after her sister Nevada's trilogy! It was thrilling and I read it very quickly!

The only thing that bothered me was the way the author's dealt with the hand over from Nevada to Catalina. It felt a bit like a character assassination, and it d
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4 stars!

There’s something so comforting about opening up a new Ilona Andrews novel. It’s like seeing an old friend and falling back into things as if no time has passed by. I will fully admit I was skeptical about Catalina’s book, especially when I didn’t love the prequel novella with her in it. But the Andrews’s duo totally pulled it off and now I am DYING for the next book. This book is everything we loved about all the previous books in the series. Fans will not be disappointed.
If you haven
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

There is something special about a new Ilona Andrews book. When I get one in my hands, I feel like a kid a Christmas. That kid has no idea what is under the tree but they know that it is going to be good. And it was good. So very good. This series is one that I treasure so my expectations were really high when I sat down to read this newest installment and every single one of those expectations were met. This story is a gift and I am
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
I love diving into an Andrews novel. I can always expect to feel a verity of emotions. To be sucked into the story and swept away.

When we start, Sapphire Flames, 3 years have passed since the Baylor family came out as a house. Their safety buffer is coming to an end.

We meet up with Runa who we’ve seen briefly in a another novel. Her mother and sister are found dead and Runa has deiced to hire the Baylor family to find the killer. This case becomes much more complex then expected and Catalina h
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
[4.5/5 stars] I’ll take a hundred more Hidden Legacy books, thank you very much. Sapphire Flames was a ton of fun and easily one of my favorite reads of the year.

My favorite thing about it was the main character, Catalina. I really like her. Unlike most of Andrews’ leading ladies, Catalina isn’t inherently a kickass face-everything-head-on type of person. Stepping up to things takes a lot of courage, and watching her face down those fears and be a total badass anyway was inspiring. Not to mentio
May 23, 2020:

I live-tweeted a thread here:

May 18, 2019:

I hate myself for reading this so fast. The wait for the next book will be just as bad as post-Burn for Me. If you love HL, you’re going to love this. Review to come closer to release date.

I've discussed/written about Hidden Legacy twice:

1) I made a Buzzfeed quiz, "What Magic User Are You From Ilona Andrews’s Hidden Legacy Series?":

2) I wrote about Rogan and
Mayim de Vries
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The thing is: I have a sister.

I love her so much that if she and Mr de Vries were in two different burning buildings, I would most probably set myself on fire just to avoid the dilemma who to save. She is my best friend. We formed a proper sisterhood and we are ever victorious against the world.

Having said this, we are also staggeringly different. Essentially, it is possible that we were born in two different universes.

You want a proof? We spent our last student summer travelling to Cyprus (m
h o l l i s
Was this everything I wanted it to be? Can I get a hell yeah? Did I love this Catalina-centric installment more than the Nevada-centric ones? Really.. long.. pause.


It's been a while but I do have great memories of the trilogy that kicked this series off. And yet for some reason this one just shines a little more brightly. And not only because it’s obviously fresh in my mind.

Other kids were encouraged to be cute, to perform for adults. If I smiled, the adults became mesmerized, and if I wan
I'm probably gonna piss off a few folks out there when I say I like this new storyline with new characters BETTER than the previous books in the series.

*gasp* *shock* *smoldering hate* :)

But it's true! Maybe I like (ahem) playboy (ahem) Alessandro better than Rogan and I enjoy the basic concept of Catalina, not to mention her self-discovery and growth as a character, MORE than Nevada. I just like having a theoretically more powerful Catalina offsetting the relationship. She's pretty bright. Care
You know who I'm more excited about than Nevada's shy, little sis? A certain Italian gentleman we met at the trials. Alessandro Sagredo caught my eye right away. I mean, who doesn't love a hot, cocky and incredibly wealthy foreign guy born to resist magic... but who just can't forget a certain siren? 😘

If his good looks isn't enough, how about his humble, Venetian Ca' Sagredo abode?

I know some readers thought Alessandro was too much of a Rogan 2.0.
I'm not going to deny that there were similari
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