Early Review: Fate’s Edge by Ilona Andrews

November 20, 2011 Review 3

Early Review: Fate’s Edge by Ilona AndrewsFate's Edge by Ilona Andrews
Series: The Edge #3
Published by Ace Books on 2011
Genres: Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 372
Sexual Content: References to rape and molestation. A semi graphic sex scene.
Reviewed by: Abigail
4 Stars

Audrey Callahan left behind her life in the Edge, and she's determined to stay on the straight and narrow. But when her brother gets into hot water, the former thief takes on one last heist and finds herself matching wits with a jack of all trades... Kaldar Mar-a gambler, lawyer, thief, and spy-expects his latest assignment tracking down a stolen item to be a piece of cake, until Audrey shows up. But when the item falls into the hands of a lethal criminal, Kaldar realizes that in order to finish the job, he's going to need Audrey's help...

Unlike Andrews’ Kate Daniel series, which is one of the best urban fantasy series ever written, the Edge series is rightly categorized as paranormal romance, albeit one that embraces a host of other fantasy tropes to produce something that feels fresh and classic at the same time.  The chapters alternate between his and her POV and as with the previous two books, readers can be assured of a happily ever after ending.

The romance is a central feature of FATE’S EDGE and from the moment Audrey and Kaldar met, I was hooked.  There was a playful and sexy quality to their relationship that I fell for long before Audrey and Kaldar wised up, but the teasing will they/won’t they back and forth was so much fun that I was actually the tiniest bit disappointed when they finally got together.  It was a super steamy scene, but it almost felt unnecessary.  I preferred reading about Kaldar’s bold flirting and orchestrated caresses.  And watching Audrey try and fend him off when she really didn’t want to was just as fun.

Having been to the Broken and Weird before, the nonmagical and magical counterparts of our world lost none of their appeal.  Not surprising since Ilona Andrews’ does worldbuilding better than just about anybody.  But it was exciting to read about some new ways that magic and abilities have manifested themselves in FATE’S EDGE.  In addition to changeling shifters and necromancers, we meet giants, dragons, and even a character whose magic works by making wagers.

If you are a fan of any kind of paranormal fiction, this is a series you won’t want to miss.  The dialogue is slick, the hero oh so seductive—and made all the more seductive because he knows it—and perfectly matched in the quick witted heroine, and the action scenes exhilarating.  The next book in the Edge series is scheduled for release on November 29th 2012.  Since the lynx changeling been my favorite character since ON THE EDGE, I’m officially pleading my case to make Jack the hero in that book or one soon after.  Give him ten years and he could end up giving Curran a run for his money.

Series Titles:
  1. On the Edge – 4/5
  2. Bayou Moon –5/5

3 Responses to “Early Review: Fate’s Edge by Ilona Andrews”

  1. L.J. Kentowski

    This sounds great! I know exactly what you mean about the disappointment when the main attractions finally get together. You can't wait for it to happen, but when it does, you know its over. Gotta love the chase. I'll be putting this one in my must reads.

  2. Abigail

    LJ – The chase in this one is delicious 🙂

    Rain – Ilona Andrews is my favorite UF & I love that their PNR series continues to deliver.