Saturday, April 27, 2019

Week 17 Review: Iron and Magic

From Goodreads:
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 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. 

My first review of Iron and Magic
My Review:
Yeah, it was so great reading this book again! Knowing that they're going to be in Magic Triumphs-and how, it twas great to see the beginning of their story! All their bickering and getting one up on the other, all that maneuvering, it was so fantastic to read!

Knowing that they're going to face off against this enemy again, it was interesting to see what they were doing in this book, and makes me wonder what they did between this book and Magic Triumphs. Like, more of the same but in a different area, or what?

We do find out about Hugh's secrets, I think, in this book, with the barrels with the vampire eating microbe thing. But that's mostly because the threats they faced were the dragon guy's forces, and the Golden Legion and Landon, highest necromancer for Roland, not Elara's enemies, so there's that.

My only real question now is-what's going to happen in the next 2 books? Like what the synopsis says of book 2 is that it's Elara's. And true, we definitely have to explore her past, where her powers come from, and all that jazz, but I'm almost wondering if it's actually going to be set before or after the first book...

Also, their relationship has a long way to go from here to where it is in Magic Triumphs. Because while they're together, there's not that element of sweetness, of calmness, that it has. We also have to answer the question why Hugh wanted Elara to eat the whole chicken, as well!

Loved reading this so much, it's just a fantastic book!

Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: The Iron Covenant #1
First Read: June 26th, 2018
Read: April 24th, 2019
Reason Why: Rereading, and it's a 2019 Dystopia Book and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book!
Publisher: NYLA
Published: June 26th 2018
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

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