Steel's Edge (Edge Series #4)

Steel's Edge (Edge Series #4)

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by Ilona Andrews
     
 

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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

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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...

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for the novels of the Edge:

"A fascinating world combined with pulse-pounding action and white-hot romance!"—Jeaniene Frost, New York Times bestselling author

"Engaging."—Publishers Weekly

"A thoroughly entertaining blend of humor, action, misdirection, and romance."—Locus

Library Journal
In Andrews's fourth entry (after Fate's Edge) in her urban fantasy series, Charlotte de Ney starts a new life for herself on the Edge, but a swordsman on a mission enlists her aid to destroy a slavers' operation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781937007829
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/27/2012
Series:
Edge Series, #4
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
155,736
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
Praise for the novels of the Edge:

"A fascinating world combined with pulse-pounding action and white-hot romance!"—Jeaniene Frost, New York Times bestselling author

"Engaging."—Publishers Weekly

"A thoroughly entertaining blend of humor, action, misdirection, and romance."—Locus

Meet the Author

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Together, they are the coauthors of the #1 New York Times bestselling Kate Daniels urban-fantasy series, including Magic Rises, Magic Slays, and Magic Bleeds and the romantic urban-fantasy novels of the Edge, including Steel's Edge, Fate's Edge, and Bayou Moon. They currently reside in Texas with their two children and numerous pets.

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Steel's Edge 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 73 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Openbooksociety_dot_com More than 1 year ago
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! This review and more at openbooksociety dot com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another outstanding book from Ilona Andrews. More please!
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
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
PollyBennett More than 1 year ago
Oh what a finish to a wonderful series. I really hated to see this series come to an end. This book was just as good as any and all of the Team Andrews books are. What wonderful story tellers they are. I must say that I savored each word.
tigerlilly_liz More than 1 year ago
~ 5 Steel’s Edge Stars ~  I've been in a book slump lately, but I can always count on the Andrews team to deliver an amazing story that takes me away to another place Steel’s Edge is book four in The Edge series by Ilona Andrews. This is the final book in this series and I am sad to see it end. I have become so immersed in the world and characters that where created for The Edge series. Steel’s Edge is full of adventure, humor, and romance. I could not put it down, I devoured this book from beginning to end. This was by far the best in the series and I’m glad it ended so well. We get a fantastic world of the Edge and the Weird. Charlotte and Richard were great characters. I was not sure how well Charlotte would do as a healer, but the writing team really surprised me with her abilities and the fit against slavery. I loved Richard from his first introduction in Bayou Moon. Their journey together had so many emotional highs and lows, that when these two did come together it was so sweet and passionate. I can’t forget George and Jack; I have loved these two since the moment they came into play in On the Edge and was glad to once again see them play a fairly big part on the pages. This is another winner from the Andrews team. I can always count on them to bring adventure, humor, and fantastically interesting characters and world to life. I do hope they some day come back to this series; maybe give us a book on Sophie, George, and Jack since we have watched them grow from children to teenagers. I highly recommend giving The Edge a try.
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SelenityJade More than 1 year ago
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. 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Again, I really love the way this author writes. the explanations do not go on forever and the action is constant and suspenseful!! Enjoy!!!
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
The Edge is finally on the edge in this conclusion to the series. 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
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Another great read from Ilona Andrews
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Sailon More than 1 year ago
Steel’s Edge is the continuation of The Edge Series. 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...
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kdraper More than 1 year ago
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..
Meloria54 More than 1 year ago
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!