Steel’s Edge by Ilona Andrews
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
I have often said that the husband and wife team of Ilona Andrews simply can’t write a bad book–just varying degrees of good ones. There was nothing in Steel’s Edge to change my mind about this. The only thing about it I didn’t enjoy was finding out it was going to be the last in the From The Edge series, which makes me very sad. I wanted more! Much more!
Some of you might already be familiar with this team’s very popular Kate Daniels urban fantasy series. If you are a fan of that one, and haven’t yet checked out the four From The Edge books, do yourself a favor and get started on them today. The Edge is a place like no other, poised between two worlds, known as The Weird and The Broken. In the Weird, magic holds sway. In the Broken, life is pretty much like that which you and I live. But The Edge manages to be neither fish nor fowl, with neither the full strength magic of the Weird, nor the total lack of magic of The Broken.
All four books are interconnected, even though they feature different love stories at the heart of them, and they overlap in interesting ways. Lots of political intrigue, sword play, magic wielding, and emotional entanglements keep the books moving along briskly. I always appreciate engaging characters, and every book in the series had plenty of them. My personal favorite of the four books is Bayou Moon, but Steel’s Edge is a very close second.
Steel’s Edge seemed to be a bit more action oriented than the other three, but perhaps that’s because it’s been awhile since I read the earlier books. I really liked the main character, Richard Mar, and his love interest, Charlotte de Ney, who is a powerful Healer. They come from different worlds and different social strata, but find a common goal that eventually leads to complete devotion between them, not to mention a very hot love scene. Very. Hot. My memory isn’t what it used to be, but I’m pretty sure I would have remembered if the changeling William Wolf from Bayou Moon (my favorite male character of the whole series) had been involved in anything as explicit. I’m not usually a fan of detailed love-making. It’s not that I’m shocked or offended, but for me, it usually isn’t as interesting as the overall sense of romance and emotional connection can be. Also, it often seems cheap if not handled really well; however, sometimes I’m willing to make an exception. This was definitely one of those times! Eeep!
All in all, if you like urban fantasy with some pretty decent love stories included, and some excellent world-building, political intrigue, and unusual magical effects, give the From The Edge books a try. They are listed below, in order, and should be read that way. And if you become a fan after checking them out, maybe we can band together and beg Ilona Andrews not to abandon the series. It’s worth a try!
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