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Steel's Edge (The Edge, Book 4) Mass Market Paperback – November 27, 2012


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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

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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


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Product Details

  • Series: The Edge (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (November 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937007820
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937007829
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

New York Times Bestselling author 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 Portland with their two children, three dogs and a cat. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.

You can read more about their work on their website: http://www.ilona-andrews.com

Customer Reviews

Great story - action, romance and adventure.
Amazon Customer
Originally posted at BadassBookReviews.com!* Ilona Andrews is my favorite writing duo and I enjoy both of their series, The Edge and Kate Daniels.
Christal
Great world building and absolutely wonderful characters.
Anne Vaughn

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Jen TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 27, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Katz on December 2, 2012
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I liked this book. Charlotte and Richard are attractive, sympathetic protagonists. Charlotte is a bit strait-laced but tough and intent on doing good. Richard is also buttoned up. He takes himself quite seriously, about which his brother Kaldar constantly teases him. Nevertheless, they're both heroic in the best sense: willing to do whatever it takes to bring down the slaver network.

That being said, I didn't like this book quite as much as I thought I would. For one thing, there are a few small inconsistencies. They're not serious, but they're annoying. For instance, in previous books, Richard's former wife's name is Myleen. Here, it's Marissa. Formerly, Kaldar had approved of their marriage--and had presumably arranged it himself, since that was family job. Formerly, it was stated that the marriage didn't work because "they were too much alike." Here, Richard and Marissa were not at all alike, and Kaldar had regarded the relationship as a mistake from the beginning.

In this book, there are "healers," Charlotte foremost among them. They can basically heal any disease or injury. But if healers exist, why was Spider crippled and in a wheelchair in the previous book, before his niece brought him some of Kaldar's blood, which has curative powers?

In Bayou Moon, Cerise is the de facto head of the family, not Richard, because Richard isn't quick enough with his sword, but in both the last book and this book, Richard is described as one of the very best.

Cerise, Declan and Rose all flash white, but they can go into the Broken. Richard used to flash blue and can only now flash white because living in the Weird has boosted his magic, but his magic was always supposedly too strong for him to enter the Broken.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Douglas C. Meeks TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 28, 2012
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On the Edge
Bayou Moon (The Edge)
Fate's Edge
Steel's Edge (The Edge, Book 4)

Steel's Edge Review:

Richard was a man obsessed with the total destruction of slavers; Charlotte was rebuilding her life after a horrible romantic betrayal. Grim reality will throw them both into a life mission that will change them both forever and give us one of what apparently (to my horror) is one of the most exceptional series finales in years.

In spite of my desire to see this series go on forever it seems that is it coming to a close and this final installment does it proud. While this series has always had a bit of a "dark fairy tale" feeling and has never been 100% light reading, this one sees some of the darkest moments and some of the most emotional highs/lows for the reader. The motivations that drive the main characters Richard and Charlotte consume most of the first 25% of the book (mostly Charlotte's motivations) and give the reader the ability to share the drive and emotional desire for justice that will enable you to truly enjoy the story.
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