Early Review: Steel’s Edge (The Edge #4) by Ilona Andrews

November 26, 2012 Review 5

Art by Victoria Verbell

Steel’s Edge

(The Edge, #4)
by Ilona Andrews

Genre: Paranormal Romance|
Excerpt: YesBook Trailer: No
Reviewed by: Abigail | Source: Author

  • Reading level: Ages 18 and up
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (November 27, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1937007820
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937007829

Rating

Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.

Sexual Content

A couple moderately graphic sex scenes, vague references to sexual slavery and molestation.

Description

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

Ilona Andrews is one of the most consistently satisfying paranormal authors writing today.  Whether it’s the grittier Kate Daniels urban fantasy series or the more rural The Edge paranormal romances.  Picking up an Ilona Andrews book is always a good idea, but it’s especially true when a series ends as strongly as this one does in STEEL’S EDGE.

From the debut, The Edge series has been a wonderful blend of genres: part paranormal romance, part fantasy, part mystery, part action adventure, part regency.  In STEEL’S EDGE, all of those parts are accounted for, but the regency feel is much more prominent since this book takes place mostly in The Weird, a first for the series.  In way, STEEL’S EDGE feels like two separate but complementary books or parts.  The first half is set mostly in The Edge (the sliver of land caught between the magical ‘Weird’ and the mundane ‘Broken’).  We learn crucial backstories about both Charlotte and Richard.  I so appreciate the equal focus given to both the heroines and heroes in this series.  By the time they get together, I’m always so invested in the characters separately that the union feels so much richer.

The second part takes on a new setting and a much different tone in terms of storytelling.  The book shifts away from the swashbuckling adventure that the series is know for and moved into a regency espionage with undercover spying, elaborate cons and artifice.  It did feel very different for the series, but not in a bad way–though I imagine some readers may not agree.  The romance remains a dominate theme throughout both parts of the book, and longtime fans of the series will be thrilled at the expanded role both George and Jack have in this second part as well.

Very said to hear from the authors that they have no plans to write a fifth book in The Edge series.  From the beginning of the series the characters of George and Jack (now teenagers) stole my heart and I was hoping to eventually get a book or two entirely about them.  And with the expanded storyline involving Sophie in STEEL’S EDGE, I can so totally see where one of the boy’s romantic future might lie.   Hopefully the sales for this book will be significant enough to warrant more books.

Titles in Series

  1. On the Edge – 4/5
  2. Bayou Moon – 5/5
  3. Fate’s Edge – 4/5
  4. Steel’s Edge – 4/5

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5 Responses to “Early Review: Steel’s Edge (The Edge #4) by Ilona Andrews”

  1. Kt.

    Ilona has said on twitter that there is a possibility to return to the characters in the series, but it would be in a different format. (The changing main character focus each book was too difficult.) I’m crossing my fingers for a new series featuring the boys!

  2. Zeenat

    I really enjoyed Steel’s Edge more than I thought I would. I was a bit disappointed with Fate’s Edge, yet I believe this book was the best in the series.

    I too wish we had another book with the kids in it.

  3. herding cats & burning soup

    Oh good to hear the series ends strong! I read the first book a little while back but just haven’t gotten a chance to pick up book 2. I love the setting and world they created though and really am looking forward to it. Love those kids too. They’re a great addition to the series :)

    Very nice review Abigail!

    ~Anna