Friday, February 15, 2013

Review: Steel's Edge by Ilona Andrews

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...

While I haven't loved every single moment of this series and all the characters it introduced, I am so sad that we won't have another full-length Edge book.  So although this is the end of the series, I still feel it went out a great note.  

Charlotte is an unbelievable character.  She's fully developed on the page, and I found myself rooting for her from the outset.  I wasn't as sold on Richard.  He's been mentioned throughout the series, starting with Bayou Moon, but he's not like the rest of his family.  Where Charlotte and Richard become equals is by their devotion, specifically to family.  Combined, they are a force to be reckoned with (or certainly Charlotte is).  

The one thing I didn't like is that the world isn't "ended" or made to be neat and tidy.  There's still badness within the Edge and abroad; there's still danger Rose, Jack, George, Sophie/Lark, Richard, and Charlotte must face -- but we aren't guaranteed a bird's eye view.   Still, a great urban fantasy series.     

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