Dec 6, 2012

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Review: Steel’s Edge by Ilona Andrews (The Edge #4)

Paranormal Romance
November 27 2012
Mass Market Paperback
400 pages
Ace


Yummy Man – Richard Mar
Kick Ass Chick – Charlotte de Ney



From Goodreads -
The Edge lies between worlds, on the border between the Broken, where people shop at Wal-Mart and magic is a fairy tale—and the Weird, where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny…

Charlotte de Ney is as noble as they come, a blueblood straight out of the Weird. But even though she possesses rare magical healing abilities, her life has brought her nothing but pain. After her marriage crumbles, she flees to the Edge to build a new home for herself. Until Richard Mar is brought to her for treatment, and Charlotte’s life is turned upside down once again.

Richard is a swordsman without peer, future head of his large and rambunctious Edger clan—and he’s on a clandestine quest to wipe out slavers trafficking humans in the Weird. So when his presence leads his very dangerous enemies to Charlotte, she vows to help Richard destroy them. The slavers’ operation, however, goes deeper than Richard knows, and even working together, Charlotte and Richard may not survive…

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Steel’s Edge is the fourth and final book in Ilona Andrews’ The Edge series. This series is not like anything you have read before.  You could have been reading romance / fantasy books since you were twelve years old and I guarantee that still with that, you have never read anything like this series.  It is so unique and rich and entertaining.  It’s a romance series but not in your usual way.  There is never any long drawn out ‘do I love him or don’t I love him’.  The story is the center of the book and the romance happens naturally alongside it.  And let me tell you about the story!  Action and intrigue blended with great characters.  There is always something that needs fixing or solving and the ride to the book’s end is so much fun.  These books are not fluffy reads.  The villains are gruesome and vile and evil in the worst sense.  The heroes are complex and smart.  The heroines are capable and bright.  Because each book contains a romance and a new couple, these books are technically paranormal romance reads but I find they read more like urban fantasy books.  Therefore, if you are a fan of UF you should give these a try if you like something different.

Yeah, I sort of like this series.

Steel’s Edge is about Richard Mar and how he is trying to destroy a slave ring that has been going on in The Weird for years.  Slavers go the The Edge and The Broken and The Weird and kidnap young folks and sell them in the Weird.  The Broken is where we live – where there is no magic.  The Weird is full of magic and The Edge is the place in between where mild magic lives but the people are odd.  Strong independent folk who don’t trust anyone but themselves live in The Edge.  That is where Richard is from.  Richard is ruthless and cunning and will stop at nothing to stop slavery.  He has a personal stake in it too and we meet her in the second book.  I enjoyed reading Richard a lot.  As Charlotte says, his smiles don’t come easily so when he smiles or laughs, it’s a treasure.

Charlotte is a Healer – someone who can use magic to heal.  Healers must fight a personal battle every day because for all the good they do, they can do evil too and that want/need lives inside them.  They can spread disease instead of just curing it.  Charlotte, a noble woman who lives in The Weird, has a scare and decides to go away from where magic is strongest and escaped to The Edge.  She builds a life there and is happy…until Richard arrives and Slavers too.  She then follows Richard on his quest because she too now has a personal stake in taking down the Slavers.  Charlotte is great.  She isn’t all muscle-strong.  She knows her limits and what she can do.  She is good at not letting her fear show and fits into most situations.  She is so smart and sweet but courageous too.  She knows that following Richard will come at a great cost to herself but knows it’s the right thing to do so she goes with him.

Richard and Charlotte are amazing together.  They really do complement each other perfectly.  We also see Rose and Declan and Kaldar in this book – all characters from past installments.  And of course we see George and Jack.

Ilona and Andrew write teenagers very well.  They are never whiny or in the way.  They are strong and smart yet still vulnerable as children are.  I have truly enjoyed reading George and Jack since the first book and was happy to see they were in this book too.

Another teenager that made an appearance in Steel’s Edge was Sophie.  Those who read the second book will remember her as Lark.  What a sad story this child has but she has not let it beat her.  In fact, it has made her stronger and given her a sense of purpose.  Not the best sense of purpose for a child but a sense of purpose just the same.  You can see the ‘damage’ poking out here and there and instead of making me feel sorry for her, it made me appreciate how far she has come.  I was so happy for her when she got what she wanted and when we see where she ended up in the epilogue.  It’s really is the perfect ending for her character.

The epilogue was just right.  A quick catch up on everyone and promising news all around.  Not a fluffy perfect ending but just right that we know everything is as it should be and everything will end up great.

In the first part of the book, Richard is trying to uncover who is responsible for the Slavers and the slave ring.  After we find out, a very intricate plan in put into place to take them down.  Those scenes were spectacular.  I was totally sucked in and couldn’t wait to see how it all went down.  So much fun to read.

Overall, Steel’s Edge was great.  Great characters, great story, great villains, great pace, great great great.  As I mentioned earlier, I strongly recommend this series to those of you who like urban fantasy but who would also like to see the guy get the girl by the end of the book.  Really, you have never read anything like these books.

5 stars

Giggle worthy quote

“’Magic hands,’ he said.  ‘That’s a very valuable talent.  Almost makes a man regret that he doesn’t own it.’

‘Touch her and lose your fingers,’ Richard said, his voice casual.

Jason looked at her.  ‘Come work for me.  I’ll take better care of you.’

‘No.’

‘See, the problem with Richard is, he doesn’t know how to treat a woman.  You have to take care of women properly.  A woman is like a horse.’

Dawn Mother, not one of those.”

Books in the Edge series –
On the Edge
Bayou Moon
Fate’s Edge
Steel’s Edge

  1. Ilona Andrews is truly one of my all-time favorites…love every thing written by them…except for this one. It wasn’t bad and I did enjoy it, but it just didn’t have the same umph that the other books in this series had and I didn’t love it nearly as much as the prior books.

  2. Anci Sköld says:

    Great review, Julie!

    As soon as I´m finished with the book I´m reading right now I´ll dive in to Steels Edge.

    I didn´t know this would be the final one in The Edge series, though…
    :(

  3. I’ve had book one in my tbr pile for awhile now. I’m going to have to move it up!

  4. I’m so ashamed… I know I need to try this series mainly when you know I love the Kate Daniels one. I’ll have to buy the first one now!!!

  5. I’d forgotten about this book! Now I need to go read it. Great review.

  6. Michele – This one was very good for me but I would have to say that the last book was my fave of the series. :)

    Anci – It’s a little sad that it’s the last one but it’s been such a strong series!

    Colette – Yes you are! ;)

    melliane – You’ll get around to it, I know you will. :)

    Bookaholic Cat – :)

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