Monday, May 20, 2013

Review: Steel's Edge by Ilona Andrews

Steel's Edge (The Edge #4) by Ilona Andrews
Synopsis (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...
My Thoughts: I honestly love this series. There's so much depth and so many tangents and so many wonderful characters that haven't yet been explored that I have this sad little ache inside knowing that this is the final book. I even tried to read slowly so I could savor it but, alas, I'm plowed through it like there was a feral Changeling hot on my heels. *sniffle* That's okay, though. I can immerse myself in a reread in the future and experience it all over again.

But let's talk about this book. Charlotte's battle against the darkness inside was... well, not fun, but it was fascinating to read about. I could understand why she was willing to see the quest through to the end once she had used her power because she literally thought she had nothing else to lose. Richard's desire to see things through because he didn't want anyone else in his family consumed by revenge until they lose all sight of the here and now was no less poignant than Charlotte's. He's seen first hand how the desire for vengeance can twist a person up.

We get to spend some quality time with George and Jack (Jack's Changeling nature FASCINATES me), get resolution to several plot threads that have been laid out in previous books, and get to revisit (no matter how briefly) a multitude of characters we've met before. I'm sad to see this series end but I'm pleased with how it all played out. On the other hand, I wouldn't pooh-pooh another dozen books in this series if the planets aligned and the Gods of all Things Bookish decided to give it a second chance.

I'm just sayin'.

Books in this series
1. On the Edge
2. Bayou Moon
3. Fate's Edge
4. Steel's Edge - Paperback | Kindle

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6 comments:

  1. I really wanted George and Jack to get their own stories. REALLY WANTED. *stomps foot*

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    1. *stomps with you*
      I'm so sad to see this entire series go.

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  2. I have On The Edge in my Audible to read. I am determined I tell you---determined!

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    1. I love this series, Felicia. LOVE IT! The world is so rich and layered. I will add tenfold to your determination. *send thoughts in your direction*

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  3. I read the first one in the series last year and LOVED it. I really need to get my hands on the rest of them. I was really sad to hear this would be the last one too. Hopefully they'll pick it up again one day :)

    Thanks for the little push to pick it up again!

    ~Anna
    herding cats & burning soup

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    1. Book 2 was my favorite. There was something about William that just got to me. I always end up loving the feral ones the best.

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