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

Iron and Magic (The Iron Covenant, #1)

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 ...

Details Iron and Magic (The Iron Covenant, #1)

TitleIron and Magic (The Iron Covenant, #1)
Release DateJun 26th, 2018
PublisherNancy Yost Literary Agency, Inc
GenreFantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Magic, Vampires, Paranormal Romance

Reviews Iron and Magic (The Iron Covenant, #1)

  • ✘✘ 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 joke ← pointing this out in case you hadn’t noticed. You are quite welcome and st...
  • Sh3llraiser
    RELEASE DAY!! Go forth and read the excellence! (You won't be sorry.)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...
  • Sophia Triad
    Glorious.Epic.Mind blowing.And the best book I have read this year so far.---Spoilers if you haven't read Magic Binds (Kate Daniels #9)---I haven't realised how much I have missed Kate Daniel's word before I started this book.But I have discovered a much more interesting eye-catching world. The world of warlord Hugh d’Ambray.His world initially is dark, full of self-pity and abandonment. His adopted father, his god, the light and warmth of his ...
  • Anne
    Like everyone else (or not, apparently!) who reads KD, I've hated Hugh d’Ambray for all the horrible things he's done to Kate and her friends for YEARS.So, now I find myself asking Andrews:Yeah, Hugh is fucking awesome.
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    On sale now! Full review first posted on Fantasy Literature:Since Magic Bites was first published in 2007, the husband-and-wife writing team known as Ilona Andrews has developed a devoted fan base in the urban fantasy genre with their KATE DANIELS series. But all good things must come to an end, and when Magic Triumphs, the tenth novel in that series, is published in August 2018, the Andrews team has announced that it will be the end of that seri...
  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    4.5 Hugh you are a Bastard StarsAudio Note I love Steve West as a narrator. I know he isn't everyone's cup-a-tea, but he is totally mine. I think he brought something to Hugh that was missing for me before and helped me want some kind of redemption for him. He helped make Hugh human. I totally enjoyed my second read of this book even more with the audio.Beta read for the Andrews and I loved so many things!!!Look I've never been head over heels in...
  • Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
    Iron and Magic somehow managed to become my favorite Ilona Andrews book to date! It joined a very small percentage of books allowed on my all-time favorites list, and no one is more surprised at that than me.It’s a true testament to these writers’ skills that they managed to make me fall in love with a book about a character I don’t even like. And furthermore to get me feeling deep empathy towards him. I can say with confidence coming out o...
  • Manju
    Ever since the departure of Hugh d'Ambry from Kate Daniels, I have missed him. Okay, okay, I know he is one of the bad guys but he has this charisma that is hard to resist and easy to like even after all the facades that the guy keeps and try to show himself as a real baddie. As the blurb suggests Hugh got himself a bride here but don't let yourself fool thinking about all the romantic moments that a newly wed couple has . This is a marriage of c...
  • Jilly
    They did it again!How does Ilona Andrews manage to write magic?Hugh & Elara are both awesome!It starts with an alliance through marriage. They hate each other in the best possible way and show it through snark, sarcasm, name-calling, and threats. It's awesome!It must be love!His people are desperate for money, food, shelter. Her people are desperate for protection. Of course, he's still Hugh, and her people may not exactly fall in love at first s...
  • ☆★Tinja★✮ A Court of Pizza and Laziness
    Okay so Hugh turns me on even more BUT I STILL HATE HIM OKAY!!!!!? Like when I think of Hugh I get to understand the Blackwidow a bit more, you know? Elara on the other hand.. Oh, she's wife material that's what she is💜 I'm so gonna re-read this before the last KD comes out :pppUpdate: Expected publication April 2018NAAAAYYYYYYYYYY IT WAS SUPPOSED TO COME OUT IN DECEMBER WHYYYYYYYYY O WHYYYYY!!?EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEH MACARENAAAAAAAAA!!!!! HOLY...
  • Marta Cox
    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 vi...
  • Corina☞BookTwinsReviews
    4.5 starssecond reading updating it to 5 starsOMG 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 ab...
  • Sarah
    1st Read - May 20182nd Read - June 20183rd Read - June 20184th Read - July 2018I have been excited about the idea of a Hugh book since way back when it was just a silly April Fool's joke on Ilona and Gordon's blog so of course I was over the moon when I found out it was actually going to be written after all. Hugh has always been a brilliant villain in the Kate Daniels series and a character that I desperately wanted to know more about but I have...
  • ♥Rachel♥
    Re-read September 25th 2018 by audio. The audio was fantastic!As the description points out, Hugh was Roland’s warrior, but has been cast out, cut off from Roland’s magic and when we first meet Hugh here, he’s in bad shape. Hurting as he was Hugh didn’t fully grasp his Iron Dogs were loyal to him, not Roland. Now that they’re being hunted down, and murdered Hugh must get himself together, get his Iron Dogs back in fighting shape to meet...
  • katwiththehat
    When I saw this was coming out, at first I was conflicted because, ugh, Hugh D’Ombray! I totally hate Hugh, don't I? But I should have known Ilona Andrews could get me to fall for any character with enough time, and sure enough, they managed to turn me into a Hugh fan by the end of it, eager for the next two installments in the series. Our favorite villain was made completely sympathetic with good backstory and present day action that meshed hi...
  • Geri Reads
    4.5 stars!Ilona Andrews are one of those authors that can't seem to do no wrong, and they proved that once again with Iron and Magic.Filled with interesting characters, pulse pounding action, and vivid world-building, Iron and Magic will leave you breathless with excitement. Fast-paced and well plotted with some of the best battle sequences I've read in my whole life, Iron and Magic exceeded all my expectations, and then some! “There is a trie...
  • 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 & ChemistryEver 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 h...
  • Mei
    ( (Elara) “You want me to marry Conan the Barbarian?” A drop of acid slid into her tone.“An attractive barbarian,” Dugas pointed out. (Elara) “He’s a monster. Like me.” Ahhh... I've missed this world!And I'm so happy to read about Hugh! He was the uber-villaain in the Kate Daniels series! He's the man who killed some of my favorit Kate's friends!So I was curious to find out how IL would make him a hero! What a job!And they did...
  • Bradley
    It seems like I'll be reading everything the team of Ilona Andrews writes, EVEN IF the first glance doesn't really strike me as something I'd love. Like... Wut? Another paranormal romance? Look at that cover. *chokes on a laugh*No! Please! No more!And yet, this old big bad of Kate Daniels and his new bride still struck a nerve. Hugh grew up with the same crappy "father" as Kate, with all the blood magic and crappy parenting and world-crushing (li...
  • Emma
    The first in a new trilogy, set after Magic Binds, book 9 in the Kate Daniels series, Iron and Magic is wonderfully, brilliantly, finally…. all about Hugh. Hugh d’Ambray, Roland’s former Warlord and all round murder boy. First introduced during Magic Strikes and responsible for all kinds of bad things in the Kate Daniels series, he was sidelined (by spoilery events I won’t recount here) until Ilona Andrews jokingly put out the idea of his...
  • Beth
    Hugh d’Ambray, once Roland’s gold pupil, has be cut off since his actions toward Kate Daniels. His elite fighting group, the Iron Dogs, are being hunted and destroyed. There only hope is to find a fortress to call their own and they need Hugh to get off his drinking binge and form them into the team/family they’ve always been.Search for a refuge, Hugh’s men find Elara’s castle in Kentucky. The provision for their truces is a marriage be...
  • Pippa DaCosta
    If you're a Kate Daniels fan this is a MUST, don't skip it. If you're not a KD fan, I imagine you can still read this BUT you're going to miss all the little nuances that make this such a fun read. Without that KD background, some of the random characters appearing might leave you scratching your head. I actually preferred this to many of the KD books. Full of action, snark, and character development, it's exactly what you'd expect from the Ilona...
  • Maria Dimitrova
    Official buddy read with IAA following the release.So this is my second read in about two weeks time. Yes, it's that good. But more importantly this time I read the official book not the ARC and I have to tell you people always, always get the real book. It not only does it help the writers but you sometimes get unexpected surprises like additional scenes. But even if there weren't any extra scenes (okay it's only one scene but it was brilliant) ...
  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.Of course I love this book! How could I not? I have been really eager to get my hands on this book and love the fact that the whole concept started out as an April Fool's joke. Being the awesome people that the writing team of Ilona Andrews are, they decided to make this book happen when their fans showed a desire to read it. I did wonder how I would feel reading an entire book about ...
  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh not my jam.I enjoyed it for the most part but I didn't care too much for the characters or for the story. I only read it because you're supposed to read it before the last Kate Daniels novel. In my opinion, you can skip it.Follow me on ♥ Facebook ♥ Blog ♥ Instagram ♥ Twitter ♥
  • Douglas Meeks
    I remember watching Wayne’s World the movie many years ago and watching Wayne and Garth bow down and yell “I’m not worthy”, kinda the way I feel after finishing “Iron and Magic”. You know Hugh as the horrible right hand of Roland and could never be redeemed right? If they did it would be some cheesy epiphany where he realized what a horrible person he was and decided to do better ……. Nope, this is Hugh and he becomes the ultimate ...
  • Ira
    4.5 stars!I loves it! Hallelujah!! Hugh still the bastard asshole 😂😂😂 “HE IS MINE, WIZARD.”And Elara? Well well well, who will thought we’re going to get a heroine like this?I’m sorry Kate, for now Elara is my goddess, at least until your latest story published! 😘😂I know, it’s not a proper review 😬.But you can read tons of them available out there.I still sleepy after stay awake into an early hours last night or should...
  • Yodamom
    Iron and Magic, filled with some of my favorite things. Snark, sparks, witty comebacks, testy relationships, challenging characters, magic, fantastic beasties and romance.  Finally Hugh got his own book. Yes the dude who was treated so badly by his father figure and his semi sibling while being one super nasty dark dastardly villain. You know in the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews ? Yes that Hugh. Hugh is so cold he's hot. Yup ladies he's ...