Iron and Magic (The Iron Covenant #1) by Ilona Andrews

OMG – this book was FANTASTIC – I can’t believe how much I loved bad boy Hugh!!!

Iron and Magic – Ilona Andrews


Iron and Magic – Ilona Andrews


Iron and Magic

by Ilona Andrews

(The Iron Covenant Series)

Paperback, 322 pages
Published June 26th 2018

Iron and Magic – Ilona Andrews




OMG OMG OMG – I honestly did not think I would like Hugh as much as I did.

Iron and Magic is a spin off series of my beloved Kate Daniels, and it follows bad boy Hugh on his journey, after being banished and cut off by his master and God Roland.

Reading his side was eye-opening.

I personally loved how the authors explained his side of the story. His feelings, and lack of feelings because of Roland’s absence made complete sense. And it wasn’t surprising that I liked him from the very first page. Hugh’s need of being needed was raw and all consuming. After being cut off, he required a base for his soldiers, and they expected him to give them purpose and place to call home.

When Roland found out about Elara, things suddenly settled into place. She needed someone to keep her people safe, and he would get a castle for his soldiers to call home.

Perfect, right??

LOL – not so much.

Hugh and Elara had a hard time not killing each other. Their back and forth was hilarious, and sparks flew almost non-stop. I must say, Elara couldn’t have been any better for Hugh. She was feisty, powerful, an expert in her field, loyal, dedicated and devoted to her people. She stood up to the Warlord, didn’t cower or back down, and when it came down to it she stood her ground and challenged him when needed.

I loved their dynamic. I found myself smiling, and I’m really looking forward to reading the rest of their stories. There is so many much more that needs to be addressed.

I was tickled that some of my old cast favorites had cameos that promised of epic things to come.

So again, BRAVO for writing an amazing and utterly satisfying novel. I can’t wait to read Magic Triumphs, it sounds like it will have some answers already.

Oh, and one word UNICORN!!!!!! I almost peed my pants laughing my ass off.



Iron and Magic – Ilona Andrews

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 – Ilona Andrews

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“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 several NYT and USAT bestselling series. They are currently working on urban fantasy of Kate Daniels, the paranormal romance of Hidden Legacy, and thjeir independently published series, Innkeeper Chronicles.

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19 thoughts on “Iron and Magic (The Iron Covenant #1) by Ilona Andrews

  1. I can’t wait for this book!! At first, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read it. Some spin-offs can be
    disappointing. I am glad to hear otherwise 🙂 I’m really excited for my copy to show up!!

    1. I felt the same 😳 when I found out it was about Hugh, I said WHAT???????? Why???? But do not doubt them;-) it was a fantastic first book in his story. I can’t wait to read the next one.

        1. I would have loved a Derek and Julie book. And honestly I have no idea why they wrote Hugh’s 😂🤷🏻‍♀️ but I take what I get. I think all of us are in the same boat. He was the least favorite character of all. But it worked.😁 and at the end you know deep inside that he deserves a HEA.

  2. I need to get this one in paperback because while I love LOVE the Kate Daniels series and also their PNR books, this one didn’t really grab me, and I think it might be because I got it on audiobook and the performance just wasn’t what I would’ve liked (and it can make all the difference), because I’m reading your review and nodding along all ‘yeah, that was good!’, you know?
    So yeah, gotta give it another chance.

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