Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews
Also by this author: Burn for Me, White Hot
Series: Hidden Legacy #3.5
Also in this series: Burn for Me, White Hot
Published by Avon
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Nevada Frida Baylor and Connor Ander Rogan cordially invite you to join their wedding celebration. Summoning, weather manipulation, and other magical activities strictly forbidden.
Catalina Baylor is looking forward to wearing her maid of honor dress and watching her older sister walk down the aisle. Then the wedding planner gets escorted off the premises, the bride’s priceless tiara disappears, and Rogan's extensive family overruns his mother’s home. Someone is cheating, someone is lying, and someone is plotting murder.
To make this wedding happen, Catalina will have to do the thing she fears most: use her magic. But she’s a Baylor and there’s nothing she wouldn't do for her sister's happiness. Nevada will have her fairy tale wedding, even if Catalina has to tear the mansion apart brick by brick to get it done.
While the first trilogy left us with some questions and some unsolved pieces of the larger puzzle I’m happy to see the transition that this novella makes to a new main character.
I really loved reading about all of the side characters in the original series so I’m excited to see where Catalina’s story takes us. I feel that she was the most quite in the books so far which leads to a lot of curiosity about her character and powers.
This novella does a great job transitioning the story from Nevada’s POV to Catalina’s POV. I immediately liked this new perspective because it feels a little younger but not less jaded by the world. Catalina was really rather impressive in this story because she was trying to make sure her older sister didn’t have to worry about anything on her wedding day. I enjoyed seeing her step up and into this role with more responsibility.
The thing that I liked best in this shorter story was seeing how Catalina feels about her powers and getting a taste for how they work. I guess I never though about how awful it would be if every person she meets falls a little in lust or love with her. She has to alienate herself from everyone who is not a family member and this has shaped how she acts towards new people, especially a love interest. I think that her love interest in the main series of books will have a hard time winning her over but I can’t wait to see him try.
Overall, I think this works best as a sample of what is to come. Getting the beginnings of Catalina’s character just makes you want more and I’m really excited for all of the amazing things she will probably do in her own full length books. I didn’t love the mystery that needed to be solved in this book but Catalina certainly does shine!