by Ilona Andrews
Series: The Edge #3
Published by: Tantor
Narrator: Renée Raudman
Length: 14 hours and 18 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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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...
So I needed an Ilona Andrews fix and decided to begin Fate’s Edge, the third Edge book narrated by Renee Raudman while I was traveling and attended BEA. It was the perfect listen. I would plug my earphones in each night and lose myself for thirty minutes. Andrews pulls me into this crazy world and creates characters that become real.
Fate’s Edge takes us back into the Weird and shares Audrey and Kaldar’s slow burning romance. Of course, the Andrews writing team weaves an intense fast paced story around their relationship.
Sadly, while I liked this couple, and the story was intense, they were not my favorite of the Edge series.
Audrey Callahan is a thief who has a seriously crappy family. She is cunning and quick with a lock pick, but please do not give her a sword. When she steals something for her father and learns it will fall into the wrong hands, she agrees to help Kaldar and the Mirror retrieve it. Kaldar is a trained spy, lawyer, thief, and gambler. skilled in battle and in the bedroom he was charming. I laughed at all of his attempts to flirt with Audrey and oh lord the one-liners. *shakes head* Audrey is not fooled and knows he is after a roll in the hay. The banter between them was delicious, but I never quite felt that their feelings were authentic. I cared about them and rooted for them but Fate’s Edge failed to make me swoon for them.
Once again, the world building was stellar and listening only enhanced my experience. Ilona Andrews had me holding my breath during some intense scenes. George and Jack were part of the story and they stole the show. I first learned about George and Jack when I read Clean Sweep and had no idea they were originally from the Edge series. They are the reason I went back and began the Edge series. Now, I totally understand the emotions fans felt as they read book two of the Innkeeper Chronicles.
While each of the books in the Edge series can be read as a standalone since they feature one couple and a quest I recommend reading them in order. Ilona Andrews does weave in previous characters and continues to flesh out the world in each installment.
Fate’s Edge was dark, intense, and addictive. I am a snob when it comes to this author, and prefer to listen on audio. Renee’ Raudman enhances my enjoyment, and Andrews’ novels spring to life during the narration.
Listen to a sample: Fate’s Edge
Quotes from Fate’s Edge
“At the door, Audrey called, “Are you coming?”
“No, just breathing hard, love.” He glanced at her and was rewarded by an outraged glare, followed by, “Oh, my God!”
“Oh, I don’t know. I might grow on you.”
She furrowed her pretty eyebrows. “Like a cancer?”
“Like a favorite vice.”
“That’s all right,” she told him. “I can manage. I can sleep outside just fine.”
Four pairs of eyes looked at her with a distinctly male skepticism.”
“Doode,” George said.
He’d practiced all morning but still didn’t get it quite right. “Nope, more u, less oo. Duuude.”
“Okay, dude.” George nodded.
“How’s it hanging?” Jack asked.
“How am I supposed to answer that?” George looked at him.
“I don’t think Kaldar said anything about that. I guess ‘good’? I don’t get it. What’s hanging anyway?”
George shook his head. “Your stuff, you nimwit.”
His stuff…Oh. Ha! “In that case, it’s hanging long!” Jack dissolved in giggles. “Long, get it?”
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