Monday, March 10, 2014

Audio Review: Steel's Edge by Ilona Andrews

Book: Steel’sEdge (The Edge #4)
By: Ilona Andrews
Published: November 27, 2012
Published by: Ace

Description: 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: We finally get to the book that started it all. The one that caused me to get hung up on this series. As I said in the first one, I accidentally bought this one first, and later, realizing it was the fourth book in the series, I had to stop and start from the beginning. Now, I'm glad I did. It helped me really appreciate this book the way I should.

As is the usual with this series, the carryover character is Richard Mar, one of the family members of Cerise Mar (from book 2) and Kaldar Mar (from book 3). He's been trying to end the operation of some slavers, and gets injured, which is when he  runs into Charlotte de Nay, a healer running from her past.

As you can expect from healers, they not only possess the power to heal, but the power to infect if they let themselves get out of control. Charlotte understands all too well the temptation this offers, and has run away after her marriage crumbled, hoping to hide in the Edge. Unfortunately, Richard brings danger with him when their paths cross, and her world is turned upside down.

With no other choice than to stick with him to seek her revenge on those who hurt her, Charlotte and Richard begin to grow closer together, and he begins to see just how strong her power is, and just how intoxicating it can be, and he is attracted to he because of it. Soon they're on the path to take down an entire operation, and nothing, or no one can stop them, except themselves.

I loved this one almost more than the first one in this series. In terms of ranking, I would put On the Edge first, followed by this one, then Bayou Moon, and finally Fates Edge. That being said, just as the others were rated with 5 stars, this one gets the same.


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