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...
©2012 Andrew Gordon and Ilona Gordon (P)2013 Recorded Books
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a really good story. I've read the previous books in the series and love the series. While this isn't my favorite book in the series (Fate's Edge was my fave) it was extremely enjoyable and I'm really glad I read it.
Charlotte is pretty cool. She's a healer that goes to live in the Edge after a problem marriage. She's happy there until an encounter with slavers destroys her life and makes her vow to take the slavers down. During this time she meets Richard. He's on a mission to take down the slavers and she convinces him to let her help him on his mission.
Richard is a pretty good hero. He's been in the previous books but I never thought "Oh wow, Richard's so cool he should have his own book"...regardless of this, now that I've read it, I'm so happy that he did get his own book! For a number of reasons Richard decided to take on the slavers and take them out. When he meets Charlotte he doesn't want to take her with him because of what the fight against the slavers will do to her but she gives him no choice.
Richard is attracted to Charlotte but considers himself a monster for what he has to do to take care of the slavers so he doesn't think there's any way she'd want him in return. The funny thing is that she feels the same. She is very attracted to Richard but feels she's an abomination for how she's using her magic against the slavers and feels unworthy of Richard. Fortunately they eventually realize the mutual attraction and succumb to it. This does make their mission harder though because now they have something to lose and aren't as eager to risk each other. It's good to see their feelings grow for each other. It felt like they both needed to indulge in their feeling for each other to keep themselves from getting buried in the darkness (emotional darkness) that surrounded them. And those feelings ended up being their salvation later in the story.
The story is fast paced and pretty interesting. Charlotte and Richard are constantly on the move trying to accomplish what they need to. I loved seeing most of the characters from previous books in the story as well and some of the old story lines getting completed (so to speak).
Overall this was a really good story. I really enjoyed it and thought it was a great addition to the series. I hope there's more of the series because it's so good I'd hate to have it end. Ilona Andrews is a great writer and I'd recommend this book and the whole series. I'd buy them all again without hesitation. :D
I hate to see the series end. This is the final book and while it does tie up alot of loose ends it also leaves you with unanswered questions. I would love another book when George and Jack are adults. I guess I can dream on. The writing is what we have come to expect from this writing team, very good. The narration is great. If you are not familar with this series, I would recommend starting with On The Edge.
I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audible allows me to keep up with all my favorite authors while on the hiking trail. Thanks, Audible!
This series is a fun diversion. Unfortunately, it isn't as good as the Kate Daniel's series, but it is still entertaining. George and Jack are front and center in this installment which makes the story worth the listen. Renee Raudman is excellent again.
I have a real crazy in love relationship with books!!!
Absolutely! It is amazingly, wildly entertaining and anyone would love it.
The banter between Richard and Calder. I enjoyed that. I also like that the book tied up so many story lines with George and his father, as well as Sofi.
Everything of course! I do not think there is anything or any voice she could not do. It goes without saying...Renee is awesome!
At the edge of magic....
This was a great listen that I thoroughly enjoyed. I would definitely recommend starting with book 1 but if you have read the rest of the series then don't hesitate to buy this one!
This was probably my favorite of the Edge Series books. Apparently, this is the last book of the series. I've enjoyed everything that Ilona Andrews has published, but I'm sad to see this series end. The world Andrews created in the Edge was both magical and realistic.
Renee Raudman does a good job with the narrations. However, I can't seem to disconnect her voice from Kate Daniels in Andrews other series. It's not a criticism of her narration; it's a credit to her performance of the Kate Daniels books.
The story in Steel's Edge is entertaining and the characters, Charlotte and Richard, are both likeable and complex.
If you are considering buying this audiobook, I definitely recommend it!
The series was an addicting read. The only thing I dislike is there will not be more.
The depth of the characters, and the culture of the edge.
She made the characters come to life.
All Ilona Andrews' books have the same formula - strong, intelligent female character with an animal, but no children of her own, so she adopts a troubled kid along the way; a "superman" with excellent physical prowess and intelligence, a killer with moral values, yet a lover as well in search of a woman who can be his equal. Even though they all the same in premise, Ilona Andrews makes them all very entertaining and one isn't bothered by the repetitiveness in the slightest. Yet this book is just plainly boring. Story is extended beyond usual length for the writer and the push to add more content while extending the time in which the main characters fall for each other and open up to one another, makes one loose interest pretty early in the story line.
Renee Raudman is an excellent reader.
It's sad. I normally don't quit books when I'm over half way done. After I read the first one in this series, The Edge, I was thrilled to see that there were more. But I realized after the second one that they were all very similar. The love stories are all the same pretty much and, even though the plots are different, they are very predictable. The narrator is pretty good but some of her voices and accents are weird. I'm glad this series is over.
You know the story is good when you can't believe it is ending. After the long hours posted I thought I was going to have a good long time to get use to the end of the series but DAMN the luck it was just too quick...
I'm only sad that this is the end of the series. If you haven't read the others, you'd do well to start at the beginning. I was glad to see a good ending for Richard and Charlotte. They might be my favorite characters. :)
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