Reviews by Poo Penny: Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews

Poo Penny has had a busy summer! She and her hubby welcomed a little bundle of joy into their lives just after moving to their new home in Texas. She hasn’t had a lot of time to read, but she did dive into Iron and Magic, by one of her favorite authors, Ilona Andrews.. Check out her review below!

Review by Poo Penny

May Contain Spoilers

You will want to read this book before Kate 10. I read that somewhere.

Hey! Its been a while, between being a human cafeteria for a newborn, and all the dirty diapers, its really hard to make time to read, let alone write a review. The little guy doesn’t like to sleep for more than 30 minutes during the day.

HUGH! I have been waiting with bated breath since Ilona Andrews announced they were writing a Hugh book. And I was not disappointed. There is action, Hugh is super sexy, there is drama. What more can you ask for? Hugh’s Iron Dogs come get him and stop him from drinking himself into an early grave. See, Roland took away his love and magic, so poor Hugh is having a hard time coping. That’s all right, because it made a good read. So Hugh has about 300 soldiers to keep safe, and keep fed, clothed, and sheltered. Did I not mention that he’s broke? Well, he’s broke. His Centurions found a way to keep the Iron Dogs sheathed in luxury. OK, not really, it was just a deal to keep them fed, clothed, and sheltered. It does however, comes at the cost of marriage. To Hugh! Lucky lucky girl.

So, Hugh marries Elara, the leader of the settlement that has agreed to take in the Iron Dogs for protection. The outside world is supposed to think it’s a real marriage, so when they have guests they put on a front. Which I loved. Their back and forth snipping really reminded me of the back and forth teasing my husband and I have. (I promise its a loving back and forth)

Through unknown enemies, and known enemies, Elara and Hugh need to show each other that they can be trusted not to back out of their deal. Can they do it?

You’ll have to read the book to find out! Hint: Its a pretty good book, and it was only book 1. 🙂

Grade: 4.5 stars

Review copy purchased from Amazon

About the book

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.