Steel’s Edge by Ilona Andrews

August 17th, 2016 kimbacaffeinate Review 41 Comments

17th Aug
Steel’s Edge by Ilona Andrews
Steel's Edge
by Ilona Andrews
Series: The Edge #4
Published by: Recorded Books
Narrator: Renée Raudman
Length: 15 hours and 25 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchase
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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...

Fave Narrator ROMANCE snarky SUSPENSE urban

Annnd it is over.*weeps over coffee cup* Steel’s Edge by Ilona Andrews is the last book in the Edge series. Once again, I listened as Renee Raudman narrated. Fans of the series are rewarded with answers regarding Spider and the Hand in this action-packed edition. Charlotte de Nay is headstrong and her romance with Richard Mar was delightful.

In Steel’s Edge the Andrews gives us an older couple and I loved it. Charlotte may be a healer but she bared her backbone and I knew we were going to have some fun. I cannot believe how badass she was. The clever twist in her ability was wicked and deadly. Trust me when I say you do not want to get on Charlotte’s bad side. We first meet Richard in Bayou Moon and I was delighted to see him as our hero. Because these characters are older, they are comfortable in their own skin and know what they want. Both are unwilling to settle and this made their growing romance delightful to watch. A little snark,  delicious banter and tender moments had me caught up.

Steel’s Edge delivered an intense tale as Richard and Charlotte go after a slave trader with deep connections. I loved the way they battled together. His blade to her gift was the perfect match. He was calm, she seethed and it totally worked. Once again, Jack and George are vital to the mission and gads but I adore these two. Rose, Declan and Kaldar make appearances and Sophie gets a little revenge.

While the Andrews weaved threads of the overall story arc into the tale giving us long-awaited answers and resolutions there was also some developments that leave the door open a crack for further visits to this world. *crosses fingers and toes hoping we do*

As you have probably figured out if you stay caffeinated, I listen to all of Ilona Andrews’ books. Renee Raudman narrates and is a personal favorite. She captures the characters and engages me. Theirs is the perfect partnership and listeners are rewarded.

Fans of well-developed worlds, characters who sink their hooks into you and romances with delicious banter should make devouring The Edge series a priority. While each of the books contains a complete story and romance the overall ARC makes them ones I recommend reading in order.

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Quotes from Steel’s Edge

“In that case, it’s good that you’re a human Cuisinart,” she said.
“I’m sorry?”
“A Cuisinart. It’s an appliance from the Broken. You put vegetables into it, push a button, and it chops them into tiny pieces.”
Richard frowned. “Why would you need an appliance to chop vegetables? Wouldn’t it be easier to chop them with a knife?”
“It’s meant to save time,” she explained.
“Does it?”
“Well, cleaning it usually eats up most of the time you save on chopping.”
“So you’re telling me that I’m useless.”
“It’s a neat gadget!”
“And I’m hard to clean, apparently.”
She checked his face. Tiny sparks danced in his eyes. He was pulling her leg. Well. If that’s how it is… “Considering last night’s argument, I think that you’re remarkably difficult to clean.”
“There probably is a retort to this that’s not off-color,” he said. “But I can’t think of one.”

“I’d appreciate it if in the future when you come up with a plan that makes a hardened criminal pause, you could at least give me the gist of it ahead of time. In broad strokes.”

“Congratulations,” he said, his voice dry. “You finally managed to find a woman as tragically noble as yourself. I didn’t think one existed.”
“I’m not tragic.”

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About Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. author2sm“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. (Gordon is still sore about that.) Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Oregon with their two children, three dogs and a cat. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.

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41 Responses to “Steel’s Edge by Ilona Andrews”

  1. Lexxie

    I totally skimmed your review, Kim, because I own this series on audio, and my plan is to listen to all four books now in August 🙂 I’m glad you loved it, and sad that it’s over… It’s like saying goodbye to good friends when a series comes to an end, right?
    I hope you’re having a good week back at home. *hugs3
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  2. Jenny

    I’m so far behind in this series Kim! I’ve only read the first one (years ago), and really I would need to read that one again because I can’t remember what happened. Ilona Andrews never disappoints though, so I need to get caught up on this one and the series about the inn!
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  3. Katherine

    I like that this is an older couple as so often it seems like books in this genre have much younger main characters. Charlotte definitely sounds like a badass and I love how strong the series finished. I wish my library would get these on audio as they sound amazing but I guess I’ll have to settle for the books!
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  4. Angela

    I also weeped; because this was the last in the series. This one was also the best novel in the series. The characters where well developed and as you said comfortable in their skin especially since they are older. And, Charlotte is bad ass.
    Love this series, love the world, the characters, and everything about it. I wish their was more, but it’s not the last time we see some of these characters that the Andrews team wrote about.
    Thank’s for a great review!
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  5. Sophia Rose

    Always sad to reach the end of the line, but so glad you got a good one for the finale. I love that this pair are a more mature couple and it sounds like once they work it out are pretty compatible with complimentary gifts. One of these days I’ll work my way through the Andrews’ series beyond the Kate Daniels world ones since I’ve really enjoyed your reviews on the
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  6. Samantha

    So now for the Innkeeper series. 🙂 I have reread the Edge series a few times. I adore IA.

  7. Kristin

    I love those authors and their brand of snark!!! I’m sad that series is over in four 🙁 BUT, I wish they would get going on “White Hot”, though 🙂 I like the idea of an older couple in this one – kind of reminds me of the movie “Open Range” (loosely, of course) and Annette Bening in it).

  8. Cyn

    Always sad when a series ends, especially such a good one! Glad to.see the last book was a winner! I definitely need to finish this series ASAP. Great review Kim!