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posted by Minta on December 3, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 3, 2012
Ilona Andrews creates wonderful worlds. Steels Edge is the latest book of their series The Edge. Each book is complete on it's own, as is Steels Edge. Richard has been searching out slavers to destroy the network that had hurt his niece Sophie. Charlotte, a rare healer (with a hidden secret), leaves her country to find some peace after her husband ends their marriage. She finds a new life and "family" in the Edge. A series of events brings them together to work to take down the network. This book has bit of fantasy, mystery and romance perfectly balanced. Reading it lived up to my highest expectations. I strongly suggest reading every book in this rich series.
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Posted December 2, 2012
Not as good as book 3, but I still enjoyed it!
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi
Beware of spoilers!
Charlotte was dealt a devastating blow when she discovered that she is infertile and it led to her husband leaving her. She is a healer, but couldn’t heal herself. The dangerous thing about being a healer is the ability to use the darker side of your magic to cause the very illnesses you can treat. Once Charlotte starts feeling the urge to use her dark magic she decides it’s time to leave the Weird and move to the Edge where her magic won’t be so potent.
Charlotte meets, Rose’s grandmother, Éléonore, who takes her under her wing. She sets her up in Rose’s former home and gets the other Edgers to accept her as their healer.
Richard has been trying to get vengeance for the horrors that Sophie has been through at the hands of the slavers and won’t rest until he ends them. But when he gets mortally injured in battle he runs to the boundary and into the Edge to die. But he is discovered and taken to Charlotte. She heals him. But when she goes to get more blood for him, the slavers come looking for Richard and when Éléonore won’t give him up willingly they burn the house down with her inside, and take him.
Now Charlotte decides she must fight back. She goes after the slavers herself and finds Richard caged. She embraces her dark magic to rescue him. They then decide to work together to find a way to end the slavery ring once and for all. But if Charlotte isn’t careful she could lose herself to her magic and could lose all her humanity as well.
I wasn’t sure about this book when I saw that it was about Richard. I always found him to be a pretty dull character, especially after just finishing the book on my favorite Edger, Kaldar. But I quickly was drawn into Charlotte’s story with the end of her marriage which led to the beginning of her new life. I like how Andrew and Ilona were able to connect Charlotte to Éléonore and her family and truly making the books to date come full circle. I did end up liking Richard, but this story truly belonged to Charlotte!
There were a few dull points in the book, fighting the slavers didn’t end up being as exciting as I thought it would be. But once Charlotte and Richard put their plan to expose Brennan in to play the novel became fast-paced and action filled; you won’t want to put the book down from that point on!
I enjoyed the ending more than I thought I would and it shows you just how strong the love between Richard and Charlotte truly is and that they really can overcome all obstacles!
This was another good book in The Edge series (although Fate’s Edge is still my favorite to date) and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us next! I’m anticipating a future book about Jack, George, and Sophie….maybe even a little love triangle? Who knows? I’m not really expecting that to be the next book though as I think the ‘kids’ still have some growing up to do, but I can’t wait to see who the next installment will feature! Erian perhaps? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see!
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Posted December 1, 2012
Best one yet!
I LOVE the edge series. If you haven't read it PLEASE stop depriving yourself and get them all now. Like right this instant now. If not you will deeply regret it. You may not know you are regretting it but subconsciously your soul will die a little inside, and there you will be... stuck with a partially dead soul for not reading these books!
I am really sad to see the series end. I looked forward to these every year. I'm just sitting here silently BEGGING Ilona and Gordon to please write another few books about Sophie, George, and Jack. Please? Pretty please?
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Posted November 28, 2012
Posted November 28, 2012
Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog ¿The
Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
“The Andrews have once again written a winner…full of adventure, humour and romance. I couldn’t put it down” ~Under the Covers
Charlotte de Ney is not just a healer, but is The Healer and although not a blueblood from birth she has grace and poise that many envy. However, there is a dark side to being a healer, they can as easily start a plague as they can heal one, but to do so is to become an abomination. But once Charlotte tastes the darker side of being a healer, she escapes to the Edge to find peace. That is, until Richard Mar stumbles almost dead on to her doorstep with dangerous enemies in pursuit and a cause that Charlotte can’t turn her back on.
It is no big secret that I am a HUGE fan of Ilona and Gordon Andrews and Steel’s Edge is a great example of why; full of adventure, humour and romance I couldn’t put it down, my eyes became glued to the page, which let me tell you made it extremely awkward to shower, good job I demolished this book in under 24 hours!
For me this was the best in the series and I am glad it is ending on a high note (although, you will see my little rant about this series ending at the end of the review!) The fantastic world of the Edge and the Weird has been built up over the previous three books and has created a perfect setting for Charlotte and Richard to wage their war on slavery as well as develop a romance. Charlotte and Richard were great characters, Charlotte was completely different from the other heroines in this series keeping it fresh and interesting and Richard has intrigued me from when he was first introduced in Bayou Moon.
Charlotte and Richard’s journey together puts them through so many emotional highs and lows making a swashbuckling adventure story into something a little more as they try and right wrongs without losing themselves along the way. The mixture of fast paced action, humour and an intelligent storyline kept me turning the pages with relish.
But I am also an avid romance reader so seeing Richard and Charlotte come together so passionately and sweetly after being through so much was also part of the reason I read so greedily. Then there is George and Jack; from the very beginning of this series I have loved them and I am glad that once again they had a fairly big on page presence.
The Andrews have once again written a winner and I am begging them to PLEASE NOT STOP! Or at least write a book for Sophie, George and Jack, we have watched them grow from children to teenagers and I don’t think I am alone in wanting to know what they do next. Just a suggestion but I reckon George or Jack (I can never decide which one I like most!) marries a girl called Suzanne, think about it, you’ll see it makes sense……
This was a fantastic series, I enjoyed every word and I am sad to see it end so prematurely.
*ARC provided by publisher
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Posted October 4, 2014
I will miss the Edge universe!
I’ll say wow again here. I’m going to start off with the characters first. In the second Edge novel, Richard wasn’t really on my radar as a guy to like or dislike, too controlled, I guess with too little presence. However, he decided to take on the entire slave trade and that made him interesting. Throw in a healer who is fighting her darker side, but who is unmistakably a lady of fine breeding, and they are a good match.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I loved how Ilona Andrews was able to make it so that one could be a healer but they had the ability to cause great, great harm as well. It happens in a lot of novels with healers of course, but not to this extent. It was nicely done and I loved that detail. Charlotte could be a walking catastrophe of epic proportions and Richard wants her in the worst way. It was glorious. The romance was nice.
Again, the world of the slave trade and the machinations of those behind it were well thought out and executed nicely within the plot. I was seriously impressed. For character development, plot, and of course romance, I’m giving this one 4.5 stars as well.
Posted August 8, 2014
Posted March 1, 2014
The Edge is finally on the edge in this conclusion to the series
The Edge is finally on the edge in this conclusion to the series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Andrews has made a ride for me in the between worlds immensely enjoyable. I was able to ride to battle to avenge the murder of those I love. To rescue a Man in minor distress. To take down a slave trade. To make a little girls dream come true. But what will it all hold for me in the end.
Charlotte and her amazing gift(s) allowed me to experience saving a life and taking one (or hundreds). She could save or take a life with just the simplicity of a desire. She mainly chose to save life. Betrayal and hurt can change a person and not for the best in many cases. She was on a mission to right some wrongs when her world began to change.
Richard has set a grand purpose for his life. The make a world a better place for someone he loves a great deal. This purpose may take his life but not in the way or by the people he expect. It all balances on the 'Edge',
Another amazing journey into the Edge
Posted December 18, 2013
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Posted April 18, 2013
Steel¿s Edge is the continuation of The Edge Series. Charlotte
Steel’s Edge is the continuation of The Edge Series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Charlotte de Ney discovers that she is barren. Practically thrown away by her husband because she cannot bear an heir, Charlotte tries to reinvent herself in the Edge. She was unprepared for the people of the Edge and quickly finds herself shot for helping a child, penniless and without her horse. Only by the kindness of Rose, George and Jack’s grandmother was Charlotte able to survive.
Richard Mar is on the run from Slavers. He is the famous slaver Hunter and they have wounded him grievously. Landing on Charlotte’s door step, her healing Richard starts an avalanche of disaster on Charlotte and her friends in the Edge.
Bound together by the slaver’s destruction, Charlotte and Richard must take on a nearly impossible task… bring an end to the slavers lawlessness and heartache.
Steel’s Edge was a fabulous adventure. It will be sad if this is the last book in this series, because it truly is a wonderfully magical world. I loved that many of our favorite characters have returned to make appearances in this story. I especially appreciated the role of George and Jack. I find that the story was completely riveting and the romance was just a bonus to this already very entertaining read. Hoping there is more to come...
Posted March 23, 2013
I was so sad to realize this was the last in the series. I have
I was so sad to realize this was the last in the series. I have enjoyed all of them. This is just one of those types of series that you can never get tired of. Way to many charactors left that you want to know what happens to them..Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 21, 2013
I loved this book and the whole series. The only negative is tha
I loved this book and the whole series. The only negative is that this is the last book of this series. I'd love to see how George and Jack and Cerise's sister end up. Just as good or better than the Kate Daniels series. Maybe a close tie!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 9, 2013
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Posted January 29, 2013
This is the 4th book in a series of ¿rustic fantasy¿ books. Many
This is the 4th book in a series of “rustic fantasy” books. Many people are familiar with urban fantasy where vampires and werewolves stalk city streets, but most are not familiar with redneck fantasy books where hillbillies armed with guns AND magic wreak havoc on unsuspecting visitors. It's a great concept and the execution is wonderful as well. Picture the Beverly Hillbillies if Grandma could curse like a gypsy, Jethro turned into an animal, and the neighbors were titled royalty.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I've been a fan of this series since it began and Steel's Edge continues to deliver the goodies. Charlotte is a strong, well educated woman who has come to a crossroads in her life. She works through her inner turmoil without whining about it, and with monumental grace and dignity. The love interest, Richard, is a dashing swordsman who is manly without being stereotypically domineering. The characters are smartly written and there is a good romance without it overwhelming the adventure. Just when you think you've reached the highlight of the book, you realize you're only halfway through and there is more fun to come. The ending resolves threads left dangling from other books, but stands fairly well on its own as well.
Sadly this is the last book currently planned in the series so if you really like it there aren't future adventures to add to your wish list. However, if you like the writing, Ilona Andrews does have other series which you can enjoy. I've never met an Ilona Andrews book I didn't like, and think it will be the same for you.
Posted January 16, 2013
Andrews does it again in this exciting finale to her beloved Edg
Andrews does it again in this exciting finale to her beloved Edge series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
When I heard that Steel’s Edge was going to be the last Edge series book for the foreseeable future I couldn’t help but morn the ending of a series I have thoroughly enjoyed since its conception as “the unclassifiable ON THE EDGE. It’s like Twinkies. Everybody likes it, nobody is 100% sure what it is.” That said I am never disappointed by an Ilona Andrews book and this volume met and exceeded my already high expectations as a round off to this unpredictable and all-embracing series.
This time around we delve back into the Mar Family with Richard Mar, Hunter of Slavers and Charlotte de Ney a healer from the Weird who found an escape in the Edge. This book was filled with action and a deep characterization along with sparkling world-building and the verve that Andrews is so well loved for. We were introduced to new characters and reunited with old friends—the highlight of which was the kids, George, Jack and Sparrow/Sophie.
I loved the growth in all the recurring characters in this book and while seeing them evolve made it even more bittersweet that their series was ending, being allowed to witness it was a joy. I also relished the expanded entrance into Weird society that seeing through Charlotte’s eyes afforded us; I have always loved the world that was built along the Edge and this added dimension was a new window into a view I am chronically impressed with. The plot in this book was well woven and different in its treatment of both healers and what it meant to be damaged. In many ways I feel that this book was the deepest yet penned by Andrews, and I enjoyed both its depth and breadth in handling a touchy subject matter and tying up a series with enough finality to satisfy the fans and yet leaving enough loose ends that if they ever did want to re-visit I am confident in the fact that there are still plenty of stories to be found lurking in the Edge.
I give Steel’s Edge a Happy five Stars.
Posted January 13, 2013
Best of the edge series by far!
This book is so good I loved every minute of it. The characters are real and act just like you would in a situation. I loved the romance as well as the urban feel of this book. I am so sad the series is over, but I will read this book again and again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.