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Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews
Series: Iron Covenant #1
Published by NYLA on June 26, 2018
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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 learns that the Iron Dogs, soldiers who would follow him anywhere, are being hunted down and murdered, he must make a choice: to fade away or to be the leader he was born to be. Hugh knows he must carve a new place for himself and his people, but they have no money, no shelter, and no food, and the necromancers are coming. Fast.
Elara Harper is a creature who should not exist. Her enemies call her Abomination; her people call her White Lady. Tasked with their protection, she's trapped between the magical heavyweights about to collide and plunge the state of Kentucky into a war that humans have no power to stop. Desperate to shield her people and their simple way of life, she would accept help from the devil himself—and Hugh d’Ambray might qualify.
Hugh needs a base, Elara needs soldiers. Both are infamous for betraying their allies, so how can they create a believable alliance to meet the challenge of their enemies?
As the prophet says: “It is better to marry than to burn.”
Hugh and Elara may do both.
In my review of Magic Breaks, a key point was I HATE Hugh. I burned with anger. I didn’t just want him to die; I wanted him to suffer. It isn’t just what he did to Kate, but also Christopher, and so many others.
Now, well, I understand him better. I still think he went from nothing to everything and the power of it corrupted him. He didn’t think about the consequences to anything he did; I find it hard to believe he didn’t know. He didn’t seem to think much at all. He’s an action guy. His knee-jerk reaction is to think about himself. Still in Iron and Magic, I did want him to succeed pretty quickly. He actually starting thinking about others!
I devoured this book, starting just a short time after it hit my Kindle. I pre-ordered the moment I knew I could. Ilona Andrews is a well-deserved auto-buy author. It’s the combination of character development and growth, action, mystery and plot which works every time. And they could even make me root for Hugh – WTF!
Elara is fascinating. I am glad this is the Iron Covenant series, because there is much to learn about her. She is an interesting balance to Hugh because she thinks and cares so much. Her rules and attitudes helped him to see another perspective. I believe we will see them both in Magic Triumphs, but how soon can I pre-order the next book?
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