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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 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. 

    ©2018 Ilona Andrews, Inc. (P)2018 Ilona Andrews, Inc.

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    • IreneMBBT
    • 27/07/2018

    Hugh recreating his life

    While theoretically a stand alone, this book is best enjoyed if you’ve read the Kate Daniels series. There’s just too many references.
    Andrews does a great job of balancing the evil and good in d’Ambray; both the Iron Dog and the son looking for approval. Elara didn’t come across as evil or bad as I expected. I didn’t think I’d want to read a book about the very bad d’Ambray, but Andrews made this story work.
    I enjoyed the love-hate relationship between Hugh and Elara and how they balance it and each other. I’m definitely interested in what the next book will bring. Andrews’ books never disappoint.
    West has a great voice for Hugh and this story arc. Just wish he hadn’t given Andrea the foreign accent.
    Recommend!

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    • J. N. Abbott
    • 09/04/2019

    Steve West, my voice boyfriend

    I adore Steve West. He is a spectacular narrator. I have often searched audiobooks just for him because I miss listening to him. Couldn't have been a better pick for Iron and Magic! A fun book too, of course. Ilona Andrews never disappoints!

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    • Cathline
    • 25/07/2018

    Is it just me or did he just give Andrea an accent?

    There’s a lot of issues with the voice actor with me. One of the main issues was that he says Hughs last name many different ways, and never correctly. The main characters own last name..... Secondly, he mispronounced a lot of other names throughout. Another issue, early in the book there was little difference between the two POV and was hard to follow. It wasn’t till pretty far into the book he figured out just how he wanted to voice Elara. I had to keep going back a few times to catch the switch.

    The story is absolutely brilliant and I can’t wait for the next in this series, as well as the next Kate Daniels. I just wish they’re was some consistency with pronunciations through the two series audiobooks.

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    • AMP5
    • 22/07/2018

    Despite my expectations: I LOVED it!

    Of all the characters from the world of Kate and Curran (Kate Daniels series), I did not expect a new storyline offshoot featuring Hugh D’Ambray.
    But I loved it. Nice smooth, rollout of new characters and interesting relationships. To get over my Kate Daniels’ inspired distaste for Hugh, it didn’t hurt to have interesting Iron Dog team and such an attractive, strong masculine voice, courtesy of the narrator. But the best was the unfolding relationship with Elara.
    It might be a prerequisite to know the Kate Daniels story first. However, what we saw and hated of Hugh there comes with him to be examined and understood in this story. There is a is depth to his struggles and growth now.
    I am excited for more of the Hugh/Elara relationship game. It has been and could be so delicious. Also, love the new cast of support characters that Ilona Andrews always does such a fine job of giving their readers. Nice to add some new elements beyond shapeshifters and undead.

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    • Nellskid
    • 30/11/2018

    Superb Narration by Steve West

    I was uneasy about buying this book due to the uncomplimentary reviews of the narration. However, I like Ilona Andrews as an author and took the plunge. I found Mr. West's narration exemplary. I felt the discrepancies from Ms. Raudman;s pronunciation barely noticeable as they were inundated by Mr. West's superb narrative style. Please do not sacrifice a great listening experience by not buying this book.

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    • ERICK
    • 24/12/2018

    Slow burn of a book that is worth it in the payoff

    They really took their time developing the relationship of Hugh and Elara, but understandably so. Sure, you may get a little, 'oh come on! Get together already.' But when you respect the amount of character growth Hugh needs to get there, it makes total sense that it takes a long long time. Overall, I really liked the story and the development of Hugh from professional killer to what he becomes. And by the end you really appreciate and enjoy the results.

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    • virginia d
    • 22/07/2018

    Looking forward to the next installment

    I really enjoyed this book. I trusted that the Ilona Andrews team would somehow redeem Hugh and they did. The genius is that they left the core Hugh intact. He's still a badass but has regained qualities that Roland suppressed ( to make Hugh a more useful tool to him ) such as honor and a conscious. And Elara is a perfect match for him. Lots of likeable new characters and a few make an appearance from the Kate Daniels series.
    The narrater, Steve West, was very good overall with only one minor flaw. After all the years reading and listening to the Kate Daniels books narrated very well by Renee Raudman, my brain had trouble processing the different accents and speech patterns of the characters from that series, Andrea and Ascanio being the most jarring. And the pronunciation of Hugh last name was so different but again overall the narration was very good and I will continue to both read and listen to this series. Really looking forward to the next installment.

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    • carvanz
    • 09/09/2019

    Amazing ending! Wonderful narration!

    Audiobook: Narrator - Steve West

    I really enjoyed this narrators performance of these characters and the diversity he delivered within the story. For such a lengthy audio, my ear never got tired of listening and each character was individualized and distinctive. Would gladly listen to him again.

    Oh my gosh! I always knew this writing duo were amazing, so to actually make me fall in love with Hugh d’Ambray shouldn’t come as a surprise. I expected they could do it, and they did!

    I think I loved this book more than any of the others. The fact that we have both Hugh and Elara’s points of view went a long way. I crave a story where I can get both, and this fed my greedy heart.

    I have to admit, my heart hurt for Hugh as he’s being tormented by a void left from Roland’s purge. As the story progresses, we realize so many of Hugh’s actions were brought about by his relationship with Roland and his desperate need for acceptance. I think it’s safe to say there was a lot of brain-washing that went into that relationship. But I truly fell in love with him when he began to take a stand for what the man within him wanted, not the boy that had been raised by Roland’s hand.

    ”This new life, it was just his. Hugh didn’t owe it to anyone. He was building it himself, brick by brick, one shovel of cement at a time, the same way he had built that [dang] moat.”

    Elara is quite a mystery. She’s so different from Kate, which I appreciated because we already have Kate, we don’t need another. And yet, she has a fear of something that resides within her and she battles against it. There are definitely secrets being withheld and when they finally are revealed I was absolutely glued to my Kindle.

    This couple begin in a hate/hate relationship, but one that each of them needs. Hugh makes a real jerk hole decision that had me seething and lost him points in my estimation. I prefer my heroes, even anti-heroes, to uphold a certain criteria and he failed when he made that one decision. Elara seemed to overlook it and good for her but I was still a bit put out about it.

    However, the issue is quickly dealt with and the story moves forward and soon all the hate turns into a banter of wits against each other. It felt very realistic, avoiding over the top reactions with no insta-anything to interfere. And soon the title of Harpy is almost an endearment.

    The action within this story is just as intense as previous books, but it is so nicely leveled with the struggle of two groups of people coming together, learning how to co-exist. I enjoyed the build up to the conflicts and the resulting responses each character had within them.

    Definitely a winning read in my opinion and I’m all team d’Ambray at this point. I haven’t read Magic Triumphs yet, but I kinda hope Hugh gets an invite to the final showdown.

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    • Denise
    • 17/08/2018

    Needs Continuity Expert

    Was really looking forward to this, but...a bit frustrating to finish. If I hadn't read/listened to all of the other books in the Kate Daniels series I would not continue.

    Producer, Editor and Narrator should really try to collaborate with how the originating series pronounces names and places. it would also be nice to have more distinct voices for female and male characters. Elara sounded like Hugh, Karen sounded like Felix, Bale didn't have much consistency as a berserker until the end. Also, the audio version really rushed scenes between narrative by Hugh overlapping with narrative by Elara and it was difficult to follow too many times.

    Listened through the whole book twice to make sure I wasn't just tired and distracted causing me to lose track, but it was just as rough the second time. I will have to get the physical book and use my own voices I suppose.

    and one final thought, i realize that the Andrews are a writing team now and they expressed a desire to provide steamier novels but it really doesn't add anything to the story. the smut is distracting and may just drive me/some away from the storyline completely. Young (and older mature) adults deserve a respite from the flood of smut in our culture sometimes.

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    • Still Blooming
    • 29/08/2018

    The story we know from another POV

    I think this first book is a start to the redemption of Hugh. The time sense seems rushed or maybe the time Hugh was down was a lot longer then it seemed in the book. I have nothing against a redeemed bad guy but I can see why folks wanted Hugh to suffer more, much more than came across in this novel. However, I know if I stick with the author I will get a satisfactory pay off.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 10/01/2021

    Surprising

    Most people that read or heard other books of Ilona Andrews such as the main story to this one were disappointed with this side story.
    I for found it rather impressive though since it sheds a new light on the main characters and their background. The leading character of this story is new and different. Her cause, goals and person seem to be unimportant for the main story at first but she will be yet another factor that will decide over the outcome of the original characters' fate.
    Hugh, a character that is meant to be despised but which I already liked in his appearance in the main story proves to have many hidden skills and traits worth discovering.
    As a pair these both are complicated but thrilling and as expected a masterpiece.
    Ilona Andrews is one of the only fantasy authors that don't only reuse old ideas and ideals.
    Their characters are real with much development and their knowledge (of everything from weaponry, over herbs, to history), outstanding research and story complexity thrill me yet again.

    I was really growing sick of always only reading about selfless heroines that look gorgeous but have no brain and flat, predictable storylines so I'm glad I found another good author beside my few favourites that can still surprise me with every chapter.

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    • E. Tränkle
    • 04/08/2022

    Exeptionally enjoyable

    After reading book 1 - 9 of the Kate Daniel series I followed the rec to read this one before book 10. And I loved it very much!

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    • LiisaStyle
    • 14/10/2020

    super

    Ich hätte nicht gedacht, dass diese Sto3y so genial werden würde. wie sollte man Hugh mögen können nach dem man alle anderen bisherigen Kate Daniles Bücher gelesen hat? Vertrauen und Ilona Andrews!
    wieder eine Geschichte mir genialen Schreibstil und super Charakteren! bin gespannt wie sich diese Geschichte weiter entwickelt.
    Der Sprecher hat mir sehr gut gefallen und passte perfekt zum Buch

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    • Sweeman
    • 16/08/2019

    Decent Fantasy

    The book is decent fantasy with all the stuff that comes with it. Wizards, necromancers, Druids, gods, other worlds, anything you could think of. But since this is all old news for the characters it doesn't feel like the book makes an effort to get you to understand that world or to get you interested in it's secrets. Instead too much weird sex dreams/scenes/references and too much of that "we hate each other, but we can't go without each other" instead of that more story and maybe a little twist in it would have been nice. It's pretty linear. Also there was more room for witty use of tech- and magic-time, since this should be in this world in the future I guess?