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Steel's Edge [Format Kindle]

Ilona Andrews
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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


Présentation de l'éditeur

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...

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 388 pages
  • Editeur : Ace (27 novembre 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B008JHXPVW
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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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Encore ! 11 février 2013
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Comme d'habitude avec Ilona Andrews on n'est pas déçu. Alternative très sympatique à la série des kate Daniels, dans un univers original avec des héros caractériels et attachants et une intrigue pleine de rebondissements.
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Histoire très sympa, on retrouve plusieurs personnages des romans précédents et c'est très agréable de voir ce quils deviennent.
L'histoire est agréable à lire aussi.

Bref j'ai passé un bon moment et la magie des auteurs dans leur design de mondes imaginaires fonctionne toujours aussi bien.

Je recommande !
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 I will miss this series 27 novembre 2012
Par Jen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I have to say that I am disappointed that there will not be any more Edge books. Ilona Andrews has made me fall so deeply in love with the characters and world-building that it's a shame we have to say goodbye.

The hero of the story is Richard Mar, Kaldar's brother, who we first met in Bayou Moon. He is on a mission to destroy the slave trade thriving in the Weird. The slavers nearly destroyed his niece, Sophie, and now he won't rest until he finds the head of the serpent and cuts it off.

Charlotte is the Healer of her generation. Her gift helped her become magic nobility. But even her skills could not help her conceive a child --or keep a husband who married her for all the wrong reasons. His betrayal of their marriage drove Charlotte to use her gifts to harm... and as a result, she fled to the Edge to start a new life.

The two cross paths when slavers chase Richard into the Edge nearly killing him. Charlotte saves his life, but his attackers follow him to her home and kill a dear friend of hers. That starts Charlotte on her own path of revenge against the slavers, and she is willing to use any means necessary to take them down. She and Richard join forces --and end up falling in love.

First I'll tell you what I liked. The world building in this series is fantastic and unique. I love the idiosyncrasies of the Edge and the Weird. I love the complex social class system and the magic. I love how all the books and characters are connected, and while each book features a different love story, the bigger picture remains. Last but not least, I love the characters. Richard is a solid hero, with just a touch of that "I'm not good enough for her" vibe going on. Charlotte is refined, broken, and powerful all at once. She is almost impossible not to like. And --of course-- there are Jack, George, and Lark (Sophie.) They add so much to the story!

This wasn't my favorite book in the series, however. The love story was too fast and the romance too easy. I think Richard and Charlotte were declaring their love in about two days. The real angst was in the external conflict. --My other issue was that it felt like the book was forced into an end-of-series role. It tacked on the Spider and the Hand elements almost as an afterthought... which is a shame considering they were worth their own big story arc.

Overall I did enjoy it. Definitely worth reading for any Edge fan.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good, but... 2 décembre 2012
Par Robert I. Katz - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche|Achat vérifié
I liked this book. Charlotte and Richard are attractive, sympathetic protagonists. Charlotte is a bit strait-laced but tough and intent on doing good. Richard is also buttoned up. He takes himself quite seriously, about which his brother Kaldar constantly teases him. Nevertheless, they're both heroic in the best sense: willing to do whatever it takes to bring down the slaver network.

That being said, I didn't like this book quite as much as I thought I would. For one thing, there are a few small inconsistencies. They're not serious, but they're annoying. For instance, in previous books, Richard's former wife's name is Myleen. Here, it's Marissa. Formerly, Kaldar had approved of their marriage--and had presumably arranged it himself, since that was family job. Formerly, it was stated that the marriage didn't work because "they were too much alike." Here, Richard and Marissa were not at all alike, and Kaldar had regarded the relationship as a mistake from the beginning.

In this book, there are "healers," Charlotte foremost among them. They can basically heal any disease or injury. But if healers exist, why was Spider crippled and in a wheelchair in the previous book, before his niece brought him some of Kaldar's blood, which has curative powers?

In Bayou Moon, Cerise is the de facto head of the family, not Richard, because Richard isn't quick enough with his sword, but in both the last book and this book, Richard is described as one of the very best.

Cerise, Declan and Rose all flash white, but they can go into the Broken. Richard used to flash blue and can only now flash white because living in the Weird has boosted his magic, but his magic was always supposedly too strong for him to enter the Broken.

In Bayou Moon, Sophie was a very young girl when captured by the slavers. Here, it is stated that she was twelve at the time.

In this book, (spoiler alert!) Richard and Charlotte discover that the slaver network is headed by a cousin of the king of Adrianglia. Declan declares that they cannot move against him directly, because he is too powerful and they would all be discredited. They hatch a plot to expose him. They rope in Jack and George, who somehow seem to have a holiday from their jobs as agents for the Mirror but Nancy Virai, the head of the Mirror, has always been described as relentless and incorruptible. Why are they not involved? Then, as the plot culminates, it turns out that the Mirror was heading their own project to bring down the bad guy, which had almost reached fruition, and so all of our heroes' effort was basically unnecessary. It makes them seem just a touch ridiculous.

Ilona Andrews is one of my favorite authors, but now that this series is supposedly ended, it becomes clear that only Bayou Moon, among the four books in the Edge series, really holds up against the Kate Daniels series. I liked this series, but the numerous plot inconsistencies made it just a bit less than perfect. I also wonder whether or not deadlines are beginning to weigh on the authors' minds. I get a sense that this book was rushed. Maybe Ilona Andrews should slow down, take a deep breath and polish a little more before delivering a final product to their editors.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Amazing End to an Exceptional Series 28 novembre 2012
Par Douglas C. Meeks - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche|Achat vérifié
On the Edge
Bayou Moon (The Edge)
Fate's Edge
Steel's Edge (The Edge, Book 4)

Steel's Edge Review:

Richard was a man obsessed with the total destruction of slavers; Charlotte was rebuilding her life after a horrible romantic betrayal. Grim reality will throw them both into a life mission that will change them both forever and give us one of what apparently (to my horror) is one of the most exceptional series finales in years.

In spite of my desire to see this series go on forever it seems that is it coming to a close and this final installment does it proud. While this series has always had a bit of a "dark fairy tale" feeling and has never been 100% light reading, this one sees some of the darkest moments and some of the most emotional highs/lows for the reader. The motivations that drive the main characters Richard and Charlotte consume most of the first 25% of the book (mostly Charlotte's motivations) and give the reader the ability to share the drive and emotional desire for justice that will enable you to truly enjoy the story.

The action moves on with some revealing and shocking revelations until you almost think the action has accomplished it goals and then (if you are on a ereader) look down and realize you are only a bit over 50%, it starts to move away from the swashbuckling action novel and into more of a romance combined with a con game intermingled with palace intrigue. I try to never write spoilers and this review will be no exception but you have everything an epic novel needs to be exceptional in this final installment, tragedy, sacrifice, romance, high moral lofty goals and then combine these things with Richard and Charlotte, two complex, endearing and confused noble hearted zealots who are supported by a secondary cast of characters that would make J.R.R. Tolkien envious and you have Steel's Edge (without the chapter long, mind numbing, descriptions of rocks and grass).

My rating: 5 of 5 stars:

Steel's Edge could be considered the literary equivalent of throwing "everything plus the kitchen sink" into a novel. The emotional grief, memorable characters, moral high ground, clearly defined evil villains, noble heroes and heroines, morally compromised but endearing scoundrels, horrible revelations, a few monsters and the list goes on. I did not see any angels so they must have eliminated that one just to be different (since they are turning up in every PNR/UF book I read these days).

You are going to cheer on the heroes, hate the villains and hope for the romance to overcome the impossible odds. All joking aside, I am going to keep hoping that the authors may feel an overwhelming need to revisit this world in the future, I hate to see it end and to say this was a 5 Star effort does little to share the epic nature of this final book in the series.

My favorite line of the book was this (to Richard from his brother)
"Congratulations, you finally managed to find a woman as tragically noble as yourself, I did not think one existed"

I suggest you buy all the Edge books if you have not read them since this is a series of interlinking stories that build into this novel as its culminating effort. There are still more stories to be told and I hope they see the light of day in the future.

5 Stars, highly recommended and feeling a severe lack of the ability describe the extraordinary nature of this novel.

NOTE: This novel can possibly be enjoyed as a standalone but I would not recommend that since part of the enjoyment is seeing the conclusion of threads that have been left hanging from other books in the series.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Everything I've been needing from Richard... 2 décembre 2012
Par Tiffany A. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Although I have made numerous attempts to become a beta reader for these two I keep getting thwarted at every turn so while I wish I could start out this review by saying, "I was provided with an ARC copy for an honest review," alas I can't say that. But I can say that I bought this book the day it came out and I have been waiting anxiously (note I did not say patiently) for eons and eons (does 364 days count as "eons and eons"?)

This is the last book in this series although I strongly advise against this. I need to know Sophie and George's story. I need to know that Jack finds himself his own little love bunny. Someone else said that they felt like the part with Spider was rushed, I have to disagree. I thought that was a perfect culmination for Charlotte. The slavers wouldn't have presented a worthy adversary for her skills that would require her to initiate a feedback loop, but The Hand? Yes, The Hand is a perfect opponent. What I found to be too fast of a wrap up was everything else! Which goes back to me wanting to know about Sophie and George and Jack. I want to see them get a HEA. Maybe a short story or novella? Huh? Huh?

Richard was perfect for Charlotte. I have loved every book in this series as I have loved every book Ilona Andrews has put out. I even love the free story they are posting on their website. If you haven't read it, you should. Google "Ilona Andrews" and look for a tab that says "free fiction" and "Clean Sweep" is the title of this new story. They have 7 chapters written so far.

Back to Richard and Charlotte. Richard could pass for a perfectly behaved blueblood. Charlotte has been raised and adopted by one of the First Ten (like the name implies they are the first ten families of bluebloods). They are perfect for each other and I love the witty bantering that goes back and forth.

***Spoiler-ish***
I loved George's speech to his father. He said it all perfectly. Usually in those situations I think to myself, "oh he should have said _______". That did not happen with this speech. It was strong and appropriately condescending and arrogant. PERFECT

I also loved when Richard snuck into Charlotte's room at the ball. She thought he was gone, but he overheard her talking and their entire interaction made me utterly happy.

Oh, I also loved the scene with Charlotte and Jason where she gave him what for! She said everything perfectly as well!

This is the most catawampus review ever, but I can't help it, I JUST LOVE IT!

Favorite Quote (it was soooo hard to pick, I highlighted so many parts including George's speech and Richard sneaking into Charlotte's room). Any Princess Bride reference is awesome by me. This is Richard to Jason:

"The Five Gangs are frothing at the mouth trying to put you on the bottom of the ocean, Rook has placed a bounty on your head, and now the Mirror's agents are watching your house. Your definition of `well' is troubling at best."

He suddenly smiled and affected a slight accent. "`I do not think that word means what you think it means.'"
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This author duo doesn’t do half-assed. Period. 26 août 2014
Par RabidReads - Publié sur Amazon.com
It should come as no surprise that I’ve been enjoying this series a lot, but I haven’t LOVED any of the installments yet, until now. When I first discovered that this final book featured a healer as the main heroine, I had some qualms as to whether Charlotte would be able to achieve the level of badass-ery that I’ve come to expect from Ilona Andrews. Case in point, FATE’S EDGE’s Audrey Callahan wasn’t a fighter either, and ended up being my least favourite THE EDGE female protagonist. All of my doubts quickly flew the coop though when I learned that de Ney’s abilities could also be used to harm, and I’m not talking little ouchies here, but mass murdering plagues. Never have I been so happy to eat my words! The world-building, narration, secondary characters, and storytelling absolutely rocked too. This was the series finale after all, and this author duo doesn’t do half-assed. Period.

I liked that the protagonists were older; they’ve both been married once already, are individuals first, and a couple second. Charlotte and Richard have been around the block a couple of times, and as a result, were unwilling to settle for anything less than true love. It made them both more accepting of their respective faults; the flash fire romance was believable on account of them knowing exactly what they wanted in a partner, and not being afraid to go after it. I loved de Ney’s flawless poise vs. Mar’s backwoods mannerisms, and her raw power to his skill with a blade. She fears transforming into a bringer of plagues, while as he’s worried that he’s not Blue Blood enough for her. When they finally opened up their hearts to a relationship, it was like two puzzle pieces sliding home.

The Andrews’ skillfully wrapped-up this series’ story arc while still weaving a captivating story about slavers, political intrigue, and also tying up several loose ends secondary character wise. Jack and George play a vital role in this installment, and I loved how they were able to get some closure with regards to their father’s abandonment. Sophie gets a piece of Spider for fusing her mother, and even Rose, Declan & Kaldar had brief cameos. As much as I enjoyed the action, I actually liked Charlotte’s poised manipulations and tutelage of Lark more. It takes finesse to defeat a foe with a sword, but even more so with words, and clever artifice. However, not everyone got their HEA unfortunately, poor sweet Éléonore… And, was it just me, or were there sparks between George and Sophie? Potential spin-off?

I’ve now had the pleasure of listening to eleven audiobooks from Ilona Andrews and Renée Raudman, and let me tell you, the experience is in no danger of getting old. There are many reasons why this trio makes up the bulk of my Audible library including spellbinding performances, flawless pacing, and masterful tone. Raudman is the voice behind the Andrews’ written word, breathes life into all of their memorable characters, and makes listeners feel like they inhabit this author duo’s fictional worlds. If you’re still on the fence about audiobooks, I highly recommend that you give these a try, you won’t regret it! In fact, your house may end up cleaner than it has even been because you’ll find yourself actively seeking out excuses to read hands-fee.

STEEL’S EDGE was the ultimate epitome of go big or go home! My god, am I ever going to miss these characters!
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