Steel’s Edge offered something different to The Edge series. After the last Ilona Andrews book I read, I wasn’t so sure about continuing. But now…we’ll see.
Book Review: Steel’s Edge by Ilona Andrews
Title & Author: Steel’s Edge by Ilona Andrews
Genre: YA – Paranormal, Fantasy
Release Date: November 27, 2012
Series: #4 in The Edge series
How I Got the Book: Bought
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…”
Still Been There, Still Done That
They all follow a very similar pattern: kick-ass lead heroine is in trouble and needs help. She’s strong, though, and it takes a lot for her to get/receive help. She meets a hot man who is capable and strong but not exactly on the up-and-up. They fight their building attraction for awhile – amidst doing battle with whatever forces are against them – and eventually give in and live happily ever after.
This is a formula Ilona Andrews has stuck with in Steel’s Edge as well. I’m not fighting the pattern, which obviously transcends just Andrews’ books. But, it is tough when the whole series is a set of characters who have connections with each other and who each have their own story…but really their stories are so similar.
For me, it makes the books predictable and ho-hum. I did like Steel’s Edge, however, even though I predicted the end with freakish accuracy.
Entertaining & Romantic
Steel’s Edge had the most intrigue and intricate plot of all The Edge books. I enjoyed that part of the book immensely. There are secret meetings and identity switches and all manner of stealth activities.
Even though I just griped about the romances always ending the same way…there is a comfort there. Andrews knows how to write a romance! They are always intense and funny and swoon-worthy.
If you are ok with a series that tends to hit the same note every time, then you are good to go with The Edge series. Although you won’t be dazzled by new storylines, the books offer a great change-up from the typical YA read. Steel’s Edge is a solid paranormal romance and has a lot of elements fans enjoy.