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Steel's Edge (A Novel of the Edge Book 4) Kindle Edition

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Length: 401 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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This is Andrews’ most recent Edge novel. The Edge is a frontier between the Broken, our mundane world without magic, and the Weird, a world where aristocrats and magic rule. Charlotte de Ney is an aristocrat and healer from the Weird. After her marriage breaks up, she flees to the Edge and makes a new home. Richard is a master swordsman from an Edger clan. He’s on a quest to eradicate slavers, who sell humans in the Weird. After he is brought to her for healing, she decides he needs her help, whether he wants it or not. The characters are well drawn, and the plot, though standard, can keep you turning pages because the characters develop through the story. But in the end, the novel is somewhat of a letdown. Readers who enjoyed the previous Edge novels will probably like this one, but it is not recommended as a place to start. --Frieda Murray


Praise for the novels of the Edge:

"A fascinating world combined with pulse-pounding action and white-hot romance!"--Jeaniene Frost, New York Times bestselling author

"Engaging."--Publishers Weekly

"A thoroughly entertaining blend of humor, action, misdirection, and romance."--Locus

Product Details

  • File Size: 1279 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (November 27, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 27, 2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,175 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Ilona Andrews" is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.

They have co-authored several NYT and USAT bestselling series. They are currently working on urban fantasy of Kate Daniels, the paranormal romance of Hidden Legacy, and thjeir independently published series, Innkeeper Chronicles.

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OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: Gunmetal Magic is an odd book of sorts; its set in the Kate Daniels universe however is not entirely part of the main Kate Daniels books. It is in line with the series continuity but features Andrea Nash as the main narrator. This change in scheduling was mentioned by the authors on their blog, and also the authors announced a novella that was to run concurrently with the events of this book. Thus the book and novella were to come out together with its release so as to give the readers a stronger, action packed story and with Kate as a narrator though in the smaller format.

Let's begin with Gunmetal Magic, it's an Andrea Nash novel and Andrea has been an important character in Kate's journey so far. She began as a minor character whose role was exponentially increased; she was also the first side character to get a short story of her own (Magic Mourns) which coincidentally was also the first short story written by Ilona Andrews for this series. In book 4 (Magic Bleeds) though a crucial event occurred that changed Andrea's dynamics and also lead to a partial absence in book 5 (Magic Slays). These events were very well explained in book 5 (Magic Slays) but in this book we get to see exactly why and what spurred Andrea on to do things the way she did. The book begins with Andrea reliving a particular nightmare and it reveals things about her past that readers have not been privy to so far. Soon however she gets hired to undertake an investigation for a private company that makes it doubly difficult for her as it involves Raphael her ex-boyfriend.
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I have to say that I am disappointed that there will not be any more Edge books. Ilona Andrews has made me fall so deeply in love with the characters and world-building that it's a shame we have to say goodbye.

The hero of the story is Richard Mar, Kaldar's brother, who we first met in Bayou Moon. He is on a mission to destroy the slave trade thriving in the Weird. The slavers nearly destroyed his niece, Sophie, and now he won't rest until he finds the head of the serpent and cuts it off.

Charlotte is the Healer of her generation. Her gift helped her become magic nobility. But even her skills could not help her conceive a child --or keep a husband who married her for all the wrong reasons. His betrayal of their marriage drove Charlotte to use her gifts to harm... and as a result, she fled to the Edge to start a new life.

The two cross paths when slavers chase Richard into the Edge nearly killing him. Charlotte saves his life, but his attackers follow him to her home and kill a dear friend of hers. That starts Charlotte on her own path of revenge against the slavers, and she is willing to use any means necessary to take them down. She and Richard join forces --and end up falling in love.

First I'll tell you what I liked. The world building in this series is fantastic and unique. I love the idiosyncrasies of the Edge and the Weird. I love the complex social class system and the magic. I love how all the books and characters are connected, and while each book features a different love story, the bigger picture remains. Last but not least, I love the characters. Richard is a solid hero, with just a touch of that "I'm not good enough for her" vibe going on. Charlotte is refined, broken, and powerful all at once.
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If you are hedging on buying this book- stop, buy it now, and read it in one sitting. If you are an addicted fan of Ilona Andrews, this is just the wonderful fix you've been looking for. If you have never read Ilona Andrews, this actually isn't a terrible place to start. The book is a solid stand-alone story with a lot of trademark IA fabulousness- action, mythology, monsters, and bad-ass fighting women. You may be happier starting with Kate Daniels' books (it is her world and we all just want to live in it, after all.)

Okay, my opening review paragraph is out of the way, so I'll go a little off-topic. I was TERRIFIED of this book. My must-read authors have been dropping like flies. There is a national epidemic of literary phoning it in (I blame this "publish 4 books a year" nonsense.) Some of my favorite authors have been taking the story that made them great and are spinning it off- concentrating on expanding the story by doing spin-offs with secondary characters within the beloved universe but which are not part of the overall story arc. And most of the time, they totally jump the shark. The series suffers for the decision. I don't have a huge critique as to why I find this to be so, however, I think the lack of the well-considered story arc and the novel, thoughtful building of a world just make these books less than their brothers and sisters. These books are usually stand-alones that are shoved in a dark corner of the overall story-line so they will not impact the original series. Okay, rant ended.

Ilona Andrews, on the other hand, actually made the stand-alone spin-off work. It wasn't perfect- but then my idea of perfect probably involves Kathy Bates hobbling the Andrews writing team and forcing them to finish the series NOW!
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