Sapphire Flames Audiobook by Ilona Andrews (REVIEW)

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Review of: Sapphire Flames Audiobook
Ilona Andrews

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On October 25, 2019
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Sapphire Flames Audiobook

By: Ilona Andrews

Narrated by: Emily Rankin

Published by: HarperAudio 08/27/2019

Sapphire Flames Audiobook by Ilona Andrews performed by Emily Rankin

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Hidden Legacy #4

12 hrs and 32 mins

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Sapphire Flames Audiobook Sample

Sapphire Flames Audiobook

4 Hearts

I’ve been a huge fan of the Ilona Andrews writing team ever since I read Magic Bites back in 2010. Their writing style full of action and snark has been right up my alley and is a great go-to for when I need something to lift my spirits. I’ve had fun with every series that I’ve read from them including Kate Daniels (and spinoffs of Kate stories), The Edge, The Innkeeper’s Chornicles, The Kinsmen and of course, Hidden Legacy. They always write characters that I would love to sit down and have a drink with (but would never want to trade places with them).

With Sapphire Flames, the Hidden Legacy series changes course (which shouldn’t surprise anyone who read the novella, Diamond Fire). Instead of time with Nevada and Mad Rogan, we are now following Nevada’s little sister Catalina who has taken over the family business. This story takes place quite a bit after that novella. Nevada has decided to join House Rogan, which means that she must let her family make it on their own as a House. Catalina is now head of House Baylor and it is something that she takes very seriously.

They are struggling for money and take a case that they probably shouldn’t take. But I think there is also some emotion in this gester too, as a friends’ mother and sister are killed and her brother is ready to kill himself rather than deal with things. Things get much worse as the people who killed the mother, want to see the entire line gone.

There are some things that I noticed when I was listening to this story. I’m not sure if it was because I was in a bit of a bad mood when I was listening, so I picked this story apart more than I normally would, but there are an awful lot of similarities between Nevada and Catalina. Both have extremely strong powers that they are trying to hide from the rest of the world. They both have crazy stalker guys following them. And they are both struggling to run the family business. This felt a little bit like a rehash of the same story, but yet different. All that being said, I still had a great time with this story and I’m still very excited for the next part of Catalina’s story.

Sapphire Flames Audiobook Narration

4.5 Hearts

I got my first listen to Emily Rankin when she narrated most of Diamond Fire novella. I like Rankin, but not as much as I like Renee Raudman. I guess I’m just still a little upset at the change of narrator. I thought that Andrews/Raudman team was just great and I’m sad that it appears that it might be over. Did I mention that I’ve been in a bit of bitchy mood? That is probably where some of that is coming from. Again, that being said. Rankin does a great job. I really enjoyed her narration of this story. I’m sure I will continue to enjoy her narration. Her voices are perfect for the personalities in this story. I would listen to her read other stories in the future.

Ilona Andrews

Authors – Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Texas with their two children, and many dogs and cats. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.

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Narrator: Emily Rankin

Emily Rankin (previously credited as Emily Janice Card) has narrated numerous audiobooks, coauthors the manga series Laddertop, and created the popular web short Jane Austen’s Fight Club.

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I like to thank HarperAudio for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.


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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. I’ve only read one book in this series so far but I think I should read more. Great review.

    • I completely agree that you should read more. I really love this series.

  2. I haven’t made my way to this series yet, but I plan on it. Good to know it’s continuing to be a great read!

    • You really should. But you know me, I always prefer the audio. 🙂

  3. This is the book that I’m on with this series. Need to pick it up and keep up.
    Raudman isn’t doing these? I liked her voice for their books, too. I like Emily Rankin’s work, but I can see how its more a matter of expectation.

    • Yes, the authors decided that they needed different narrators when there was a different main character. I guess they were getting complaints that all the characters sounded the same with the same narrator for every main character. I completely disagree, but the authors can do what they want. Yes, Emily Rankin does a great job. I just miss Renee Raudman.

  4. I still haven’t listened to this one yet (I did read it), so I’m wondering how much I’ll miss RR’s narration.

    I also felt that there were a lot of similarities between Nevada and Catalina at first – I made the same notes you mentioned. However, I felt the authors did a good job of separating Catalina out and giving her her own voice as the story progressed. She isn’t Nevada, and I think that will really come to light as the stories progress.

    Great review!

    • Part of my issues could’ve been my reading funk too. So the things that disappointed me stood out more than they really should’ve. But I did enjoy the story. I think I just hoped for a bit more.

  5. I love this series. I am collecting it on audio but I read it first, then I do a re-read closer to release on audio. I get what you are saying but the same tropes happen all the time in contemporary romance also, yet some authors manage to develop the character and world so much it is still very exciting to read.

    • This series is very exciting to read. I hope you enjoy it on audio, too. I do expect that Catalina will separate herself more and more from Nevada as the series gets deeper into her part of the story.

  6. Yeah, I agree with you. I wasn’t as totally enamored with this book as many of their other ones. I had quite a few issues too. I am not sure why they changed course and went with Catalina. I do like Catalina, but it feels odd that they are using the same character traits.

    • I think I’ve put Ilona Andrews on such a high pedestal, that if a story isn’t five stars to me, I’m disappointed. I did still enjoy my time with Catalina. I hope I come to like her even more as the series continues. I’m not sure exactly why they decided that Nevada’s story was done. But I guess it is their story and they can go in whatever direction they wish.

  7. Great review. I listened to this one too. I love reading, but something about the Andrews team and their audios just bring things out more. I noticed a few similarities too. I hope things work out for Catalina. She has a crazy weird power that I hope we get to see more of.

    • I think we will see a lot of her powers as the series progresses. I can’t tell you the last time I read an Ilona Andrews book. I love Renee Raudman so much, that I just went straight to audio for everything for a long time now. Since they are using so many narrators, I’m not sure if that will change or not.

  8. I like that we are getting books on the sister now. Agreed on the similarities, but I wasn’t as surprised by it.

    • I’m sure that Catalina will become more her own person as the series progresses. I’ve also been in a bit of a reading funk, which probably made any disappointments stand out more than they really should’ve.

  9. I loved this book and have bought the audio but am a bit worried that I won’t like the new narrator. (I actually didn’t like RR at first but now I think she is perfect for the series).

    • The new narrator is really great. I think she does a great job. I just miss Raudman. I’ve loved her from the beginning. I hope you enjoy Emily Rankin too.

  10. I really need to get caught up on this series. I love these two authors so much and everything they write really is a lot of fun. So glad you liked this so much!

  11. When I was listening I didn’t notice the similarities between Nevada and Catalina. I think that was because of the change of the change in narrator. The male lead has many different traits than Rogan so I’m hoping that as their story progresses we’ll see more differences in Catalina. I really enjoyed this story, but I love this writing duo no matter what they write. Do miss Raudman though, I loved her voice.

    • I’m sure we will see more differences as the story continues. I miss Renee Raudman too. She is one of my favorite narrators.

  12. Oh I had a really good ime with this one!

    • I do have a good time with pretty much any thing these two write. They are so much fun.

  13. I was surprised to hear this wasn’t Nevada’s and Rogan’s story but Nevada has some pretty interesting siblings, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the authors decide to keep going with their own stories.

    • Yeah, they did a novella that kinda handed the rains from Nevada to Catalina. I wouldn’t be surprised to see other siblings (or even the cousin) at some point in the future.

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