Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews
Iron Covenant #1
Nancy Yost Lit Agency | June 26, 2018
I want to say I was unsure about reading a story about Hugh. That is not the truth! I was super eager for it! I feel like these authors teased this story for so long, allowing us to think it wasn’t actually happening. Even then, I wanted it. And while I wasn’t sure how this writing team would pull off redeeming Hugh, I also fully expected to be won over. I was too, Iron and Magic was really damn good. It enhanced the story perfectly.
There’s a bit of enlightenment to be found in Hugh’s perspective of this world Ilona Andrews built. His experiences are very different from Kate’s. For instance, I know I didn’t realize how deep the connection between Roland and his blooded Warlord was until I read Iron and Magic. It was pretty ingenious actually, both because it made us understand Hugh and Voron, but also because it shed more of a light on Kate’s family and their power. That connection also led to an epic moment between Hugh and Raphael, which was a long time coming and pretty much broke my heart. Because somehow Hugh won my heart, even though his character didn’t change much, just enough for forgiveness.
While I do think Hugh sought and fought for his new future, a huge part of what did it for me in this story was watching Hugh and Elara take each other on verbally. Elara wasn’t afraid of him and gave his sarcastic bite right back. What started as a wary alliance became respect, and I can easily see it becoming something more over the next two Iron Covenant books. Elara is powerful, but her power comes from somewhere very different from Hugh. She’s a contender, an equal, and I loved her and their tenuous bond. Even though Ilona Andrews wrote Hugh as feeling lust for Kate, I always struggled with it because I never felt it myself. I feel the chemistry between Hugh and Elara. I love how she will never abandon him.
Now I really can’t wait to see what happens in Magic Triumphs. I feel like there’s no way Hugh and Elara aren’t in it, and I get the feeling that Elara is going to be the answer to everything, and if I’m right I absolutely adore it! I can’t wait for MORE!