Book Review → Steel’s Edge

steel's edgeTitle: Steel’s Edge
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: The Edge
Publication Date: November 27th, 2012

Synopsis: 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.

Review: When I first saw that the last book in this series was about Richard I went ‘bleh’. I wasn’t fond of him when we saw him in Bayou Moon and we didn’t really see him in Fate’s Edge. I am pleased to say that I really enjoyed this book though. I enjoyed both Richard and Charlotte as characters and overall this was a good book, and a decent end to this series. I was not happy how little attention was given to the Hand story arc, it had been a huge series arc, we spent an entire book on it, it was major in book three, and it got maybe two pages worth of mention in this book. There isn’t even a clear indication that it was resolved, as the reader, and what I know of Charlotte’s abilities I can assume that it was, but no character ever said it was. I was pretty upset with Ilona and George not giving that arc the attention I felt it deserved. At one point in the book it felt like they were setting Sophie/Lark up to take on that arc in another book but they’ve already said they’re not doing anymore, and then the pages started dwindling down … And then we got to that point. -.- Not amused. Moving on though, the rest of the book was good, sadly that point I just want to go on about is knocking it down a star.

Stars: ★★★★
Recommendation: Yes!

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