Review: Fate’s Edge by Ilona Andrews (The Edge #3)
November 29 2011
Mass Market Paperback
Received from publisher
Yummy Man – Kaldar Mar
Kick Ass Chick – Audrey Callahan
From Goodreads –
Audrey Callahan left behind her life in the Edge, and she’s determined to stay on the straight and narrow. But when her brother gets into hot water, the former thief takes on one last heist and finds herself matching wits with a jack of all trades…
Kaldar Mar-a gambler, lawyer, thief, and spy-expects his latest assignment tracking down a stolen item to be a piece of cake, until Audrey shows up. But when the item falls into the hands of a lethal criminal, Kaldar realizes that in order to finish the job, he’s going to need Audrey’s help…
Ilona Andrews writes great characters. That is a fact. So I knew when I started reading Fate’s Edge that I would at least enjoy that aspect of the book. What I didn’t know was how much I was going to love it. There is something really special about the couple in this book. Kaldar and Audrey really are an ideal pair. Their intelligence and their snark are perfectly matched and their dialogue is fantastic. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me start by telling you what I thought of the story in Fate’s Edge.
The book takes place in a place called the Edge. Well, that’s not exactly true. The story actually takes place in all of the three ‘realms’ that you find in this series: the Broken, the Edge and the Weird. The Broken is where we are – where there is no magic. The Weird is a magical place and the Edge is a little from column A and a little from column B. It is not as sophisticated or magical as the Weird but it’s very different from the Broken. Let’s just say that Edgers are interesting folk. These books are centered on Edgers and in each installment you meet a different breed of Edger. Edgers are outcasts in the other two realms so they tend to doubt everything that is an outsider and they tend shoot first and ask questions later. Overall, I love Edgers. They are really fun to read as they are a really odd and eclectic bunch.
Even though books one and two both took place in the Edge, they happened in slightly different part of it so there was quite a bit or world building at the beginning of each book. After reading those books, we are pretty familiar with the world that Ilona has created and I found that the story in Fate’s Edge was able to just start bang from the beginning. There were no slow-ish parts in the opening chapters. I was really happy to see that.
Most Edgers have magic. Audrey’s magic involves locks. Basically, she can unlock anything. Her family is a merry group of con artists and thieves. She is tired of being associated with them and escapes. Her father finds her and asks her to help him with “just one more job”. Because she has daddy issues (as she puts it) she accepts. But this job isn’t one she should have taken because what they stole is something the über bad guys want. Her father is an idiot and sells the item to someone other than the guys who hired him and all goes to hell. Enter Kaldar.
Kaldar works for the other guys. The “not bad but not really the best” guys. He is commissioned to find the item and bring it to his employers. He follows clues and he is lead to Audrey. Long story short, they team up to find the item because she feels responsible for being a part of why it’s free. From their first meeting, you can tell that these two will be magic on the on the page together.
I giggled so much in this book. Yes, the story is dire and the situations are awful and the villains are vile and guts and gore are nasty spread throughout, but with Audrey and Kaldar together it’s hard to keep a straight face. And even though Kaldar is in the second book and I found he was a strong character and had great presence on the page, he is so much more in this book that I imagined he would be. He is all fun and silly on the surface but family and loyalty are very important to him. And his draw to Audrey is ridiculous in a very good way!
Audrey is a strong character even though she has moments of weakness when it comes to her family. I want to hurt her family because they are all idiots, but (as she explains) she could have had worst. She knows what kind of guy Kaldar is and initially, she plays him. It’s fun to see her stump him. Again, so much fun to read!
We got to see Declan and Rose as well as Cerise and Will, the mains from the first two installments. I loved how Ilona showed Cerise and Will in Fate’s Edge. It reminded me how well matched they were too. And Jack and George play a huge role in this book! I loved how Ilona wrote them. Mature yet still children, facing their fate the way their characters truly would. Their involvement in Fate’s Edge was great and it was a nice surprise. I wasn’t expecting them to be in so much of the book.
Overall, I loved this trip to the Edge. Fate’s Edge was my favorite installment to date. Thanks partly to the world being well developed by now and to the intricacy of the story. But mostly it’s thanks to Kaldar and Audrey and how they played together. They were brilliant.
Giggle worthy quotes – and boy are there many!
“’Just what are you staring at, exactly?’
Kaldar snapped back to reality. ‘You. You’ve been thinking hard for the last five minutes. It’s not good for you to strain your pretty little head like that. I’m waiting for the steam to shoot out of your ears to relieve the pressure on your brain.’
‘Aha.’ Audrey glanced at Jack and George. ‘What you have here is a man who was caught gaping at my breasts, and now he’s trying to cover it up with rudeness.’”
“Kaldar lay on a low ridge, wearing one of the Mirror’s night suits. The fabric, painted with swirls in a dozen shades of gray, hugged his body, formfitting but too elastic to hinder his movements. With the hoot hiding his hair and his face painted gray and black, he supposed he resembled a ninja.
It was good that nobody could see him because he looked completely ridiculous.”
“The woman nodded with a patient smile. ‘Kaldar’s like my brother. I’ve known him all my life. I’m twenty-eight, and I’ve never heard him say that he would marry a woman. He views marriage the same way religious men view sacrilege.’
‘I’m not marrying him.’ Maybe if she grabbed the dark-haired woman and shook her, she’d get her point across. ‘He’s insane.’
‘Wait until Memaw hears of this. She will have an aneurysm from the shock.’
‘I’m not marrying Kaldar!’
‘Shhh! This dampener only works on quiet voices. How long have you known him?’
‘Have you slept with him?’
‘No!’ What kind of a question was that?
The woman slapped her hand to her face. ‘Oh Gods. He is going to marry you.’
‘Are all of your family insane?’ Audrey told her. ‘Or just the two of you?’”
“’No, I don’t care. I’ll kill him, and we can write his excuse on his tombstone.’
‘You can’t,’ Cerise said. ‘He’s getting married.’
The man turned to Audrey. ‘To you? You don’t look stupid…’”
Books in The Edge series –
On the Edge