- File Size: 1661 KB
- Print Length: 401 pages
- Publisher: Ace (November 27, 2012)
- Publication Date: November 27, 2012
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008JHXPVW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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- #634 in Paranormal Ghost Romance
- #103 in Fantasy Anthologies & Short Stories (Kindle Store)
- #604 in Paranormal Angel Romance
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Steel's Edge (A Novel of the Edge Book 4) Kindle Edition
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⭐️ Character development: Charlotte de Ney, was a very interesting character to me. I liked her grace, her courage and her ability to actually surprise me half the time. The rest of the characters were so so, mostly characters that were already introduced in earlier books, and characters that I am hoping will eventually get their own book? Not Jack, but George, I think that would be an interesting book. Richard was a little Blah, but thats okay.
⭐️⭐️ World building: Freebie, I already liked the world from the previous books. Though this one did not introduce anything new, we got to learn a little more about the Weird, which was nice considering many of the characters come from there.
⭐️⭐️⭐️ Ease of read: The previous books did were not as much of a page turner as this one was. Not much more to say on that.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Element of Surprise/ plot twist: I really liked her powers, and there were a few twists and turns in the story that did make me surprised.
Lasting impression: I did not give this book this point. Since I am trying to recall what I was feeling when I read the book, and cannot even remember most of what the book was about. So no point there.
This also tells me that it matters a lot shat else you’re reading or doing or having happen to you while you read. I didn’t have this strong a response the first time I read this book, so life seems to open up new places in us as we live, and sometimes a book just touches off wildfire.
Richard is a magically enhanced swordsman of tremendous skill and power as well as a master of disguises. For years now, he has been engaged in an excruciatingly dangerous mission to avenge the massive harm to a beloved young relative of his at the hands of outlaw slavers by doing everything he can to foil the epidemic of illegal slavery throughout the multiple kingdoms of his world.
Fate brings these two together when the murder of a beloved friend at the hands of vicious slavers sets Charlotte on the same path as Richard. They join forces against the evil slavers, but it is obvious from the start of their teaming up that the odds are not in their favor. Nevertheless, they are both utterly determined to root out the ultimate source of the horrific infestation of slavery, even when they discover its mastermind is an apparently untouchable member of the highest echelons of their society.
I enjoyed this fourth book in The Edge series, though I have to say that Book 1 remains my absolute favorite of the four. Charlotte is a very strong heroine, and Richard is an extremely sympathetic, noble hero. However, I had trouble getting over the cringe factor of the surgical sacrifice that Richard makes in pursuit of taking down the Big Bad. The book is particularly well plotted out in the various ways that Charlotte is allowed to utilize her amazing magical power to defeat the bad guys and ultimately resolve a running thread throughout the series by having her involved in the takedown of some truly grotesque villains.
The Andrews writing team states on their website that they consider this wonderful paranormal romance series finished with this, the fourth book. The beloved characters, brothers George and Jack, are in all four books, starting out in book 1 as, respectively, ages 10 and 8, and in this book ages 16 and 14. George is a necromancer and while still only a teenager in this book, it is clear that he is already well on his way to being the spymaster he eventually becomes (see below). He utilizes birds and mice he has risen from the dead as instruments of his spying--which is both poignant and funny. Jack is just coming into full puberty in this book and is growing in strength as a shapeshifter lynx. I am happy to report that in Sweep in Peace , the second in the Andrews's self-published Innkeeper Chronicles series, George and Jack show up again. They are now age 29 and 27. I dearly hope that the Andrews team will reconsider ending the Edge world and instead write a book each for these wonderful brothers and give them their own love stories.
SPOILER ALERT for this book and for Sweep in Peace: It surprised and disappointed me that a hideously evil villain who was presumably finished off for good (and good riddance) at the end of this book, as it turns out, actually wasn't killed. I know this because we are informed in the prologue of Sweep in Peace, from George's point of view, that this bad guy is finally truly dead, offstage and undescribed, at George's hands. That inconsistency was confusing and anti-climactic in the context of the events of this book.
I experienced this book both in Kindle form and then again as an audiobook narrated by the magnificent Renee Raudman. She narrates all the Andrews's books, and it is always a delight to enjoy one of her performances.
I rate this book as follows:
Heroine: 5 stars
Hero: 5 stars
Subcharacters: 5 stars
Romance Plot: 4 stars
Action-Adventure Plot: 5 stars
Fantasy World-Building: 5 stars
Writing: 5 stars
Audio Narration: 5 stars
Overall: 5 stars
Top international reviews
The book ties up loose ends from the first three books. The writing style of Ilona Andrews is phenomenal and this series is as good as Kate Daniels and also the Innkeeper.
I'd give this 6 stars if I could - I just love everything 'Ilona Andrews' writes and I can't recommend them enough - my all-time favourite books to date. I started reading the 'Kate Daniel' novels and I didn't think the first 'Edge' book was as good as Kate but I soon revised my opinion and I love the 'Edge' characters. 'Steel's Edge' is the last in the current 'Edge' series but I hope it's not the last book set in that World. I want at least 5 books about George and Jack's escapades.
Please keep writing more.