Series: The Iron Covenant #1
Published by Nancy Yost Literary Agency Inc on June 26, 2018
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Personally Purchased
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.
Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews is the first book in The Iron Covenant series. The Iron Covenant series breaks off from the Andrews’ Kate Daniels series. Somehow, I got behind and missed this book. As a stocker of all things Ilona Andrews, I was going to go ahead and skip ahead of the newly released Daniels book, but I received a severe warning that I HAD TO READ THIS from fellow book junky, Tanya (from Rantings of a Reading Addict). I am glad I heeded the warning. Iron and Magic was efficiently consumed, like a damn bag of Doritos.
A brief recap – Hugh d’Ambray led the Iron Dogs, under the full command of Roland (Builder of Towers and all around worst father in all of existence). Taken off the streets as a child, this natural healer was molded into a weapon. He did so many terrible things within this world, I was truly unsure Andrews could create enough of a backstory to justify his behavior. Well, spoiler alert….they did. It wasn’t just the backstory that won me over so much as a beautiful combination of backstory and current actions. Hugh is still a mighty big asshole, but one with heart and guilt. His character resonated with me for one very specific reason – loyalty. Loyalty can be a very dangerous trait when you become loyal to the wrong kind of person. I needed this reminder in my life and It couldn’t have come at a better time.
Roland is after the Iron Dogs and Hugh is pulled out of his self-destruction to rally the troops for survival. Elara is the White Warlock and her town provides something the Iron Dogs desperately need. A relationship of mutual benefit is created and as usual, shit happens and the best laid out plans are thwarted by life. Elara is a shining star with a terrifying secret. Elara is an easy character to connect to and I loved her intuition and the relationships with her people. Hugh and Elara struggled to maintain dominance and control, which led to some entertaining banter and laugh-out-loud moments. Their ability to verbally spar and the depth of their love for their people is a huge part of what this book so addicting.
With so many new characters to enjoy, Iron and Magic is a great breath of fresh air with the bonus of visits from some characters we already know and love..or loathe.
Iron and Magic had a great unexpected pace and I enjoyed the lack of predictability. This series can be read without reading the existing series, but I think it really fills in some of the overall story within Magic Triumphs. I can’t wait to see what else the authors gift to us within this world!
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