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Steel's Edge par [Andrews, Ilona]
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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

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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...

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 401 pages
  • Editeur : Ace (27 novembre 2012)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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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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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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4.0 étoiles sur 5 I will miss this series 27 novembre 2012
Par Jen (Red Hot Books) - Publié sur
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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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Amazing End to an Exceptional Series 28 novembre 2012
Par Douglas C. Meeks - Publié sur
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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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good, but... 2 décembre 2012
Par Robert I. Katz - Publié sur
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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 Farwell to a Favorite 15 janvier 2013
Par FWM - Publié sur
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Of all the authors I've read in the past and currently follow, none surpass the sheer brilliance that is Ilona Andrews. The work put out by this literary duo is pure gold -- it's almost like they have novel-writing superpowers or something.

Without exaggeration, this series is awesome. For one thing, there's my girly side thrilled by a successful blending of fantasy and romance -- something I've often searched for and rarely found. Then there's the flashes of humor that always came flying in from nowhere but left me in cry-giggles (as in, don't read in public because you're getting funny looks). I still crack up whenever I think of William and his fish head-on-a-stick.

But most of all, I've fallen in deep infatuation with the characters of this series. Even more so than the Kate Daniels crew, these characters stand out as testaments to exemplary writing. The dignified absurdity of the Edgers... the palpable determination of Rose and Cerise... and the wonderful George and Jack... just wow.

And what a perfect segue into talking about Steel's Edge. What first hooked me: Charlotte. Poised and powerful, she's the kind of woman I want to be when I grow. Of course, I'm a bit behind schedule if that's my goal. But you know what I mean. She's admirable, which sadly isn't always a given with protagonists. With an abundance of whiny heroines and poorly executed antiheroes underfoot, it's refreshing to actually root for the good guy. And Richard certainly holds up his end. I had found him to be an intriguing character in Bayou Moon, but he exceeded my expectations as a lead. Most of his impressiveness comes through other characters' admiration of him -- the way he seems to be everyone's hero and role model in matters big and small. From his own perspective, he's wonderfully humble and straightforward. He's a lovely contrast of gentleman and hoodlum, and I love a good contrast.

So, yes, the characters are excellent, but there's so much about this book I enjoyed. The story seemed to go on and on in the best way possible. It's a standard length novel, clocking in at 388 pages, but there's a hefty amount of action and interaction going on. A charming romance takes place by way of manhunts, pirate adventures, teenage hijinks, royal balls, and medical marvels. There's magic, swords, monsters, and tea-sipping. It's quite a party, and yet all of this threads together into a complete, cohesive story.

Steel's Edge is a strong finale to the previous three books. It brings in many favorites from before -- particularly my personal favs: George and Jack with little teases of Kaldar. Not so much William, more's the pity, but he and the others get plenty of mention, so you still feel like they're a part of things. Families reunite, story tendrils that have been weaving about come together, and a satisfying sense of conclusion lays this little world to rest.

It's sad to see a series of this caliber end, but it's been a lovely ride.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Series is too good to end. 10 janvier 2013
Par Happy Amazon customer - Publié sur
Format: Poche Achat vérifié
I was so surprised reading that this book was the final in the edge series. I love the edge as much as The Kate Daniels stories. Like others mentioned, I can not believe that George, Jack and Sophie won't have their own stories. They were the most interesting part of the edge. Fans views should be considered in these decisions. Since George and Jack work for the mirror, hopefully they can overlap into the Kate Daniels series.
I enjoyed this book even though Richard was not as flamboyant as Kaldar. He and Charlotte were a good match and true to his character, Richard falls head over heels when he loves someone. He could be easily hurt and it was good to know Charlotte would do anything for him. She would give up her blueblood status for an Edger. I was befuddled about his changing his face. Somehow that bothered me that it was not undone. I thought that Spiders fate was left up in the air and was hopeful that George and Jack could go after him. Please let these characters overlap into Kate Daniels series, if this is truly the end of the stories. The edge will surely be missed.
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