by Ilona Andrews
Series: The Edge #4
Narrator: Renée Raudman
Length: 15 hours and 25 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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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...
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.
“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.
“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.”
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“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.”