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Silent Blade [Format Kindle]

Ilona Andrews
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Old hatreds die hard. Old love dies harder.

On Meli Galdes’ home planet, the struggle for power is a bloody, full-contact sport—in business and on the battlefield. For years her lethal skills have been a valuable asset in advancing her family’s interests. She’s more than earned her right to retire, but her kinsmen have one last favor to ask.

Kill the man who ruined her life.

Celino Carvanna’s razor-sharp business acumen—and skills with a blade—won him the freedom to do as he pleases. There’s only one thing he can’t seem to control—his reaction to the mysterious woman who tantalizes his senses. Her eyes alone set his blood simmering, stirring ridiculous adolescent fantasies about breasts and honey. With a few words she dissects his soul. Who is she? And how does she slide so easily under his well-guarded skin?

It’s almost too easy to draw Celino within the kill zone. Meli plans to revel in him. Drink him in. Wring every drop of pleasure out of every moment.

And when she’s sure he belongs to her, she will finally repay a decade’s worth of pain—in a single, brutal dose of reality.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 214 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 60 pages
  • Editeur : Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (2 juin 2009)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B002BX87E0
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (3 commentaires client)
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Née en Russie, Ilona Andrews a appris l'anglais à l'adolescence grâce à une bourse qui lui a permis d'étudier aux États-Unis. Elle s'est mariée pendant ses études. Ses romans sont écrits en collaboration avec Gordon, son mari.

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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Mais à quoi diable pensaient les auteurs ?!... 4 septembre 2013
Par Guinea Pig VOIX VINE
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J'adore les deux séries du couple de choc qui écrit sous le pseudo Ilona Andrews, celle des Kate Daniels (Magic Bites) et celle du Edge (On the Edge), et je m'attendais ici à quelque chose du même acabit. Et, d'une certaine manière, le livre a répondu à mes attentes, on retrouve clairement la patte des auteurs, mais...
Pourquoi diable a-t-on eu droit au brouillon ?!!!

Il doit être bien délicat d'écrire une novella, une histoire où tout se place très vite, sans frustration et sans raccourci ; selon moi, Ilona Andrews n'a pas su le faire ici.
Le back-ground est dramatiquement esquissé. C'est théoriquement de la SF, mais à part le fait qu'on parle de l'ancienne planète et que les gens se baladent avec des mobiles volants, rien ne dépayse vraiment.
Les capacités augmentées des personnages sont très semblables à celle de la série du Edge : je sais bien que technologie remplace la magie de la fantasy dans la SF, mais là c'est comme même un peu grossier...

Bon, ces deux éléments sont un peu gênants mais sans plus. Le gros point noir à mes yeux est que c'est une romance, et qu'une romance courte ne peut pas être touchante.
Imaginez Pride and Prejudice bouclé en 4 chapitres !!
L'évolution psychologique des personnages me parait le must imparable pour faire rêver, dans le genre en question.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A fantastic world building 7 juillet 2013
Par Amélie
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The new world created by Ilona Andrews is really fantastic and she knows how to let us discover it little by little. The characters were well drawn and I love how their relationship evolves. There were not great epiphany and it take them time to forgive and move on. All in all, it was really moving and credible.

I am just disappointed that there are only two book in the series. It's a shame as it has a lot of potential.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fiction romance 4 juillet 2012
Par sand
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Un monde où les pouvoirs psychiques et les puissances familiales imposent les mariages. Profondément trahie par l'homme qu'elle aimait, l'héroïne voit sa vengeance assouvie quand on lui propose de l'assassiner. Mais pourra t'elle le remplir ou choisira t'elle de le faire souffrir comme il l'a fait dans le passé.
Un auteur que l'on peut acheter les yeux fermés. Le seul reproche, trop court et seulement deux tomes dans la série avec silvershark.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Silent Blade 15 novembre 2009
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Its honestly not an exaggeration when I say that this story made me tear up. Look I have read a lot of romance novels (and I do mean a lot) in my life. Everything from early Harlequin romances to yaoi and I can name on my one hand the amount of books that have made me so happy that HEA's exist in romances. Silent Blade made the list.

Meli and Celino were both defined and restrained by who their families were. What it meant to be kin, the sacrifices you had to make to keep the family strong. I'm also fairly certain that neither of them had families worth sacrificing for, but that's just my opinion.

The world that Andrews creates is brutal and devestating and neither of them are completely innocent. Its dog eat dog, where ruthlessness will win you more brownie points then mercy. This isn't to say they are evil doers killing the innocent and such, but they have a certain pragmatic viewpoint of the world. You hurt mine, I'll hurt you.

Meli's revenge is poetic and says much about who she is. I'm not entirely certain why her family put the hit on Celino--I doubt they waited 12 years to administer payback for what he did to Meli--as that was a gray area unexplored. Meli didn't question it, her father and brother weren't offering the reason and no one seemed overly concerned if Meli turned it into a personal vendetta against Celino.

I'd be lying if I didn't say I wanted to read more about this world of theirs--where its practically Mafialand in the future, but this small taste proved again why Ilona Andrews should be a must buy for anyone and everyone.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Something different from Ilona Andrews, Sci-Fi Romance with nice action 26 décembre 2011
Par BastardBooks - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I'm not a reader of short stories, I don't read romances, and haven't read much sci-fi, so when the opportunity presented itself to read not one, but two short sci-fi romance stories then I jumped at the opportunity to do so, obviously. Ilona Andrews is one of my favorite urban fantasy authors, top 3 easily, and actually my favorite author duo. There's no competition what so ever, bar none, they're at the top. So yeah, I took a chance to read something outside my comfort level since they are worth an hour or so of my time at the very least.

Both Silent Blade and Silver Shark are set in the same world, in a series that's called World of Kinsmen. Far in the future humanity has colonized planets, and through technological advances they have enhanced their genetic make-up to gain "superpowers". These people are called kinsmen. Seeing value in exclusivity, they started controlling their numbers and sabotaged research into the technology so that their descendants and themselves would be the only ones to benefit from these technologies. So now we live in a world which kinsmen control, and they behave as the mafia would including family loyalty as the most important of laws, which if broken penalty is often death.

Much like the era of kings and queens, families use prearranged marriages as tools of creating alliances and consolidate power. Such is the case in Silent Blade by which our main character, Meli, has had her life ruined because of one of these arrangements ended in catastrophe for her family and herself. Years later she excised herself from the family to live in the shadows and became their assassin as to create deniability of involvement of her actions. Using her unique and rare talent as a kinsmen, she has just performed her final act as an assassin when a request is made by her family to kill the very person who ruined her life. What ensues is a romantic plot, mixed trickery, spy games, and hidden identities. The book opens up with a very cool action sequence, but after that it's pretty much dominated by the romance aspects which I have little to comment on. While sci-fi, the science focus is minimal, it's more character driven which is the way I like it. One thing that shows though is Ilona Andrews' talent to create likable sympathetic characters which has been true in everything I've read from them so far. In all, an enjoyable read, but certainly not my type of reading material. Had it not been a romance, this would surely be a story I would have liked very much. That said, the romance here was to my liking, as much as I'm capable of enjoying it. Story is written in 3rd person from two points of view, published in 2009.

Very much worth checking for all Ilona Andrews fans, particularly those that have enjoyed their The Edge series. Much like their other books, this story focuses on powerful female and male protagonists, which is something I like very much, and as mentioned before, likable characters. And they're fun. I'm not much of a sci-fi reader, but I think if you're a person that likes a lot of science in your fiction, then this will probably not work out for you, but for those that like character driven stories with a science-fiction setting as a backdrop, then this should be to your liking. Even so, I would welcome more stories set in this universe, romance and all, and I'll surely read them as soon as they come out.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 More like 4 1/2 stars... 31 juillet 2009
Par Deborah Wiley - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Meli Galdes is ready to retire. She's dedicated her life to her family as an assassin and kinsmen, using her genetically enhanced skills as a melder. Her world is a tough one, where greed and power go hand in hand with the abilities of the kinsmen. Her family has one last request of Meli, however, one that will send her back into her past memories. Can Meli kill Celino Carvanna, the man who broke her heart and set her on her current course?

Ilona Andrews crafts a darkly alluring world in which death and assassination are merely par for the course in the business world. I wasn't sure how I'd like such a bleak and harsh world, but Ilona Andrews does a marvelous job at pitting the characters against their world. Meli and Celino have fought their own inner demons and sought to find their own ways in a world where the family decides everything. It's hard not to admire those traits in them, even as their mindset about killing is so foreign to me.

SILENT BLADE is an unusual story. Ilona Andrews takes a seemingly unlikable world and concept and makes it both sensuous and likable. I can only hope that this is the start of a series as I want to see more of the world of the kinsmen! Highly recommended!

COURTESY OF CK2S KWIPS AND KRITIQUES
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Silent Blade 22 janvier 2010
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
On a planet and in a time where business is cutthroat and the power of elite families is everything, Meli Galdes has advanced her family's interests by honing and using her skills as an assassin. Now she's more than ready to retire, but before she does so, her kinsmen have asked her to fulfill one last assignment: kill Celino Carvanna. It's a task that should please her - Celino all but ruined her life more than a decade before. But even as she lays a sensual trap to break Celino, Meli can't ignore the hold he still has on her emotions. When the opportunity for revenge arises, will Meli be able to bring herself to take it?

Intrigue, danger, and romance mix together in this seductive game of cat and mouse. Silent Blade is both exciting and fascinating, with two protagonists that would be the perfect match for one another, were it not for old wounds and new obstacles barring their path to happiness.

Meli is a wonderful heroine. She's brilliant and deadly, but her strength is balanced evenly with her femininity. I admired her for this and truly felt for her when I read about how Celino's actions devastated her in the past. As for her target, Celino is deadly both in business and with a blade. His razor-sharp mind makes him a fitting opponent for Meli, but his ruthlessness is belied by his desire for her. I was enthralled by their play and captivated by the world the authors created, unable move, never mind stop reading until I had finished Silent Blade. This was the first story I have read by the husband and wife writing team that is Ilona Andrews and it absolutely won't be the last. Fantastic!

Shayna
Reviewed for Joyfully Reviewed
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Romance books should have a disclaimer... 21 avril 2013
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
The plot of this book sounded so incredibly interesting, but when I started reading this book...where did the plot go? It seems this is yet another book where the 'plot', such as it is, is merely an excuse for a romance book. I'm not a fan of romance books so normally I avoid them. However, when a book is promoted as scifi with a great story I feel it's misleading to the reader. I know I was very disappointed and will not be picking up anymore books by this author.
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