Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Review: Fate's Edge

Fate's Edge (Edge - Book 3) by Ilona Andrews

Publication Date: November 2011
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Horror
Pages: Paperback, 372pp
ISBN-13: 9780441020867
ISBN: 0441020860

(Received for an honest review from Ace Books)

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Excerpt from Fate's Edge


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...

Born into a family of con men, Audrey Callahan left behind her life in the Edge for an unmagical existence in the Broken. Audrey is determined to stay on the straight and narrow, but when her brother gets into hot water, she takes on one last heist and finds herself matching wits with a jack-of-all-trades.

Kaldar Mar is a gambler, a lawyer, a thief, and a spy with some unusual talents that guarantee him lucrative work. His latest assignment has him tracking down a stolen item, and Kaldar doesn't expect much of a challenge - until Audrey turns up to give him a run for his money.

But when the missing object falls into the hands of a lethal criminal, Kaldar realizes that in order to finish the job and survive, he's going to need Audreys help...


Fate's Edge is the third book in the Edge urban fantasy series, written by husband and wife writing team Ilona Andrews. This book combines the dark elements of Urban Fantasy and the more passionate aspects of Paranormal Romance and the combination is explosive! With spine tingling action and impressive world building skills Ilona Andrews has created a series that will appeal to readers on many different levels and from many reading background. There's something for just about everyone in this book!

Though this the third book in the series, Andrews gives just enough background and back story for Fate's Edge to stand on it's own. It may sound a little confusing, but it's anything but. Andrews descriptions of all three planes of existence are so thorough and believable that readers will feel they are right there with the characters as they face insurmountable odds. Readers won't be able to resist the temptation of going back and picking up the first two books in the series, when the find out how good this one is.

The Edge is a plane of existence that exists between, The Broken, which is the world as we know it and The Weird, an alternative reality full of war and magic. Andrews is able to make these worlds come alive with descriptive prowess and a smooth style. Andrews has crafted a world that seems very elemental. That it could not exist without out world, nor ours without it. I thought the authors did a remarkable job of using secondary characters to provide humor and move the plot along with the main couple, Audrey and Kaldar provided the conflict and adventure, and just enough romance.

Audrey is a character that readers will fall in love with. She comes from a family that is less than stellar. A family of grifters, thieves and in the case of her wayward brother, junkies. Audrey has decided she wants more out of life and opts for a life in the Broken where she isn't branded a criminal. Unfortunately, her brother Alex gets himself into quite the mess feeding his addictions and Audrey is compelled by her father to do one more heist in the hopes that this will be the last. Andrews portrays Audrey as slick and smooth, able to get into just about anywhere and take anything that's loose. But that's not who she wants to be. This will be her last job, if she makes it in and out of the Weird strong hold alive.

Kaldar is the perfect hero. Smooth, handsome, charming and sexy. But he has one thing on his mind, revenge. Warring factions within the Weird vie for dominance and one faction, the Hand nearly destroyed Kaldar's family. Now working for the opposing faction, the Mirror, Kaldar has the ability to bring about the chaos the Hand so justly deserves. He's hot on the trail of the relic that Audrey and Alex have stolen, unbeknownst to them that just about everyone wants what they have. Andrews really ramps up the heat between Kaldar and Audrey and that makes the adventure of the heist and it's aftermath all the more intense. These two characters are perfect for each other, two sides to the same coin so to speak. Resourceful, determined and driven. What a combination!

I recommend this one to a wide range of readers. Urban Fantasy fans will love it and Paranormal Romance fans will fall in love with the lead couple. Mainstream romance fans may even find enough passion to sate them as well. I loved the overall theme of the caper and what happens after. Secondary characters provide a lot of humor and show where the series could go from here. This is my first Ilona Andrews novel, but it certainly won't be my last.

Fate's Edge is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.

I'm giving this one 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag!

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. “Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Oregon with their two children, three dogs and a cat. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.