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Iron and Magic (The Iron Covenant #1)

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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
ebook, 322 pages
Expected publication: June 26th 2018
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Kathleen They said it was self-pub in their Pixels Q&A. They were running a little late on the cover, etc. because the Kate book has priority. I would…moreThey said it was self-pub in their Pixels Q&A. They were running a little late on the cover, etc. because the Kate book has priority. I would expect ebook, similar to the Innkeeper books.(less)
Sarah Chipman What do you think? It has tons of "I hate you" that was pretty clearly shown in the teasers on the blog. The blog also pretty clearly stated there…moreWhat do you think? It has tons of "I hate you" that was pretty clearly shown in the teasers on the blog. The blog also pretty clearly stated there will be sex (small spoiler: it's consensual, in case someone was worried). This isn't the end of the story, and just like in other books by these authors, all isn't roses between the leads at the end of the first book. They both have HUGE trust issues. (One difference from KD and Hidden Legacy is that this is written almost equally between Hugh and Elara POV, so it's fun to see inside both their heads.)(less)

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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Actual rating: 8 stars. And that's coming from a non-hysterical Hugh non-fangirl. Which should tell you something and stuff.

To think that this book started as a bloody shrimping April Fools’ joke three years ago. To think that some slightly obsessed maniacs people still insist on calling it The Hugh Book. Well I’ll have you know that:

This book is no longer a jokepointing this out in case you hadn’t noticed. You are quite welcome and stuff.

There is much much much much MUCH more to this book
Sh3lly ⚔ tired of damaged heroines ⚔
My friends, this was the glorious.

It is everything I could have hoped Hugh's book would be. I have been a HUGE fan of Hugh's since book 3 of the Kate Daniels series. This delivered on every score.

It fit perfectly in the KD world. Elara is a perfect match for Hugh. She is seriously kick-ass!

The plot was solid and the romance played out within the story instead of overpowering it. This is a hate-to-love or instafrust story (that is frustration mixed with lust). The romance is very slow burn and d
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more

Series title announced: THE IRON COVENANT.


I read the first four chapters of this beauty yesterday, and lemme tell you . . . I. Am. Excite.


Ye gods, I love Hugh.

And even if you're a big weirdo that doesn't love Hugh, I don't think your going to be able to help feeling sorry for him. We're going to learn a lot about what it means to be blood bonded to Roland, and superficially it sounds somewhat similar to the Aes Sedai/Warder bond in WoT.* As in when that bond is broken (or in Hugh's
Sophia Triad
Jul 28, 2017 marked it as to-read
We have
blurb: “It is better to marry than to burn.”  etc. etc.
series title: The Iron Covenant
publication date: June 26th 2018
main characters: Hugh d’Ambray (Preceptor of the Iron Dogs) and Elara Harper (the White Lady)
amazing book cover: Hugh in black and Elara in white

Am I the only one who think that Hugh and Kate would have made a great couple?
Oh, well. Let's see Elara.
Robin (Bridge Four)
4.5 Hugh you are a Bastard Stars

Beta read for the Andrews and I loved so many things!!!

Look I've never been head over heels in love with Hugh. He is the bad guy and I'm not really into them most of the time. BUT....this has the White Warlock Elara in it and the Departed (I have no idea who they really are but I'm looking forward to finding out). Even if Hugh isn't your favorite Elara is a strong independent woman with some awesome magical stuff happening and a group of people living in a castle.
Aisling Zena
Jul 22, 2017 marked it as to-read

Still on Pending on Netgalley for this.. Just put me out of my misery already and reject me. This state of ambivalence and hope is killing me.



Available now On Request at Netgalley! Fingers crossed but I doubt I'll get it. Good luck all!


So frigging excited!!!


And as promised on the Kate Daniels #10 review, here are all the snippets and news for Hugh's book!!!

So Ilona Andrews have been teasing us with little snippets of Hugh's book on their blog and facebook. I think all their sni
Marta Cox
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-reviews, netgalley
This couple write urban fantasy that is magnificent. Such a well developed world here that cleverly intertwines with the Kate Daniels stories that so many know and love. It’s almost uncanny how this alternate universe feels vivid and alive and now the ultimate bad boy steps up to stake his place and boy is this book an absolute humdinger !
What can I say about Hugh and this book ? Ok fans already know that previously Hugh failed to secure the victory over Rolands daughter Kate that he demanded. N
Kate's Corner
All stars and all the feels. Absolutely effing EPIC. This is one of these times where capitals are a must. Hell, I bow down to the awesomeness of this author and can’t wait for more.

Characters & Chemistry

Ever since I met Hugh d'Ambry in the KD series I was smitten. It felt wrong to have a lady boner for him because he was the enemy. Roland's right-hand man. Preceptor of the Iron Dogs. A butcher. A killer. But I just couldn’t help myself and here it is no different. He is flawed and a torture
Well that was bloody awesome! I can’t wait for the rest of Hugh and Elara’s trilogy & I’m more pumped for Magic Triumphs than ever.

OMG OMG OMG I HAVE IRON AND MAGIC!!! Thank you Netgalley!

Go away world, I'm not doing ANYTHING until I've finished reading!

☆★Tinja★✮ A Court of Pizza and Laziness
Update: Expected publication April 2018



May 14, 2017 marked it as to-read

EDIT : Omg, I have died and gone to heaven <3 <3 This has all the markings of a f****** awesome story. (as per always with IA, ofc) I love a good homicidal heroine <3

"Elara paced in her room. Traces of her magic slipped out of her, trailing her body. The gentle glow of custom feylantern bathed the room in soothing buttery-yellow glow, but her temper needed a hell of a lot more than some ambient light to soothe itself.

That asshole.

That fucking bastard.


Elara wanted to march back in
Maria Dimitrova
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Actual rating: + description

I knew the book will be awesome, I just never expected it to be so brilliant!

I've been fascinated by Hugh since the first time he walked on page. That doesn't mean I didn't want to kill him time and again and in the most excruciating ways possible. He is such a fucking asshole that he just owns the page when he shows up. He brings out all those primal feelings that I personally can't decide if I want to fuck him or slic
Lakshmi C
Aug 06, 2017 marked it as to-read
How I picture Hugh while reading....

May 11, 2018 marked it as to-read
Wtf is that supposed to be Hugh on the cover?! Ohhhhh I weep...
May 27, 2018 is currently reading it
I received this ARC copy of Iron and Magic from NYLA. This is my honest and voluntary review. Iron and Magic is set for publication June 26, 2018.
Anna Serene
I need this in my life!!!


So the cover is out...

I think if the guy's wig wasn't so horrible it would be fine, but it does not look good. It looks like a wig you could get at a halloween store. And why does Hugh have long hair anyway?? The guy would be totally hot without the wig. Who thought the wig was a good idea??? WHO?!

What the hell happened? I saw the photoshoot video IA put out. He wasn't wearing a wig AND he was wearing a lot less clothes! I want to see those arms!


Finally figured o
Al *the serial series skipper*
May 30, 2018 marked it as arc-to-review

I literally just went on Netgallery and got this,literally. I don't know what kind of good karma is around me but keep it coming!

I checked to see if it was a sample, it wasn't!!!
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aar, arc, pnr
3.5 stars I think.

Review to follow at AAR.
That's not how I imagined Hugh.
Pippa DaCosta
May 10, 2018 marked it as to-read
Hugh's book!

RachelW (BamaGal)
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
4.5 Stars. Ah, but IRON AND MAGIC was so much fun to read. The storyline was great; and the snarking/verbal foreplay between Hugh and Elara was to die for. Elara was a strong heroine; and Hugh is cunning, strong, and alpha. He has been slightly whitewashed here from his previous evil and villainy; but not so much that there isn’t shown real pain all around from his earlier actions.

This is excellent UF taking place in the same world as Kate Daniels, but in a different setting (rural Kentucky); y
Lady Heather

Full review to come.

"I voluntarily read an ARC of this book."
What is my favorite trope? Enemies to lovers romance.

What could make that better? A marriage of convenience between said enemies with a slow burn romance between both characters.

This book has been on my radar for a while now and I was thrilled to get an arc for early review.

Hugh was always an interesting villain. He’s more of the dragon to Roland’s Big Bad villain, or Darth Vader to the Emperor. While Roland is playing the dad card with Kate, Hugh shows how ruthless Roland is simply by follow
Carysa Locke
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book. Let me start by saying, I've been anticipating reading it since the authors put up a fake cover as an April Fool's joke. I'm apparently not the only one, since the overwhelming response from fans convinced them to write it. I am a huge anti-hero and villain fangirl, and Hugh was a pretty amazing villain. Part of my intrigue in this idea of giving him his own story was wondering how they were going to redeem him and bring him from villain to anti-hero. I was sure, if anyone could do it ...more
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 1018, favorites
Review to come!
Jul 28, 2017 marked it as to-read
Huuuuugh! 😍

Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
She spun on her feet and walked out. Behind her Lamar murmured, "One day that woman will drown you in the moat and I won't blame her."

For real, I didn't think I was going to love IRON AND MAGIC as much as the Kate Daniels Series, but I do! I have no words that will do this book justice. It's just Just gimme more already! Now, I have freaking loved Hugh D. Ambray in the Kate Daniels Series since we freaking met him!

I don't know what it is, but hot damn do I love my bad boys. I was e
Jul 02, 2017 marked it as to-read
I can't wait for Hugh's book. It will be epic.
Jun 27, 2017 marked it as to-read
Is it too much to hope there will be Roland in this? Pretty please?
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
This is a must read book. Buy it now. Ilona Andrews bursts into a new series with bloody savagery. Full disclosure, I was ambivalent about reading this book. I was not a fan of Hugh. He is this deadly weapon who just did what he was told. His constant attacks on Kate grew tiresome. To my surprise, Ilona Andrews wrote Hugh as the main character. Not only is he a main character, he finds a woman to possibly love. What is this tomfoolery? The fact that this book came from an April Fool's joke leave ...more
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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 ...more
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