Steel’s Edge by Ilona Andrews : A Book Review

(#4 of the Edge Series)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Blurb: 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 been filled with nothing but pain. After her marriage crumbles, she flees to the Edge to build a new home for herself. But when Richard mar is brought to her for treatment, Charlotte’s life is turned upside down once again.

Richard is a swordsman without peer, the future head of his large and rambunctious Edger clan – and he’s on a clandestine quest to wipe our 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, he and Charlotte may not survive…

This is the fourth book and also the last book of the Edge series and I’m actually sad that it has ended. Richard is related to Kalder (from Fate’s Edge, #3) and Cerise (Bayou Moon, #2) and I love how all the character’s and books are connected.

Charlotte is a new character, never introduced in the previous books. She is a blueblood, the first blueblood female lead in this series. I really enjoyed this change and thought that the author still managed to give her such a personality, somebody I would want to be friends with.

Richard is trying to bring the slavers down. You find out why he is so against these slavers in the story and it really touches your soul, so much so that you become invested in the story and genuinely want them to succeed. Tragic circumstances leads Charlotte to rescuing Richard from the slavers but to do this she has to use her powers to kill instead of heal. Every time she does this, it brings her closer to the dark side of the magic, the side that she will never be able to come back from.

The story brings Richard and Charlotte together as lovers as they journey on this adventure together. Richard needs Charlotte’s killing powers to succeed but at the same time knows that Charlotte can’t give in to the dark side and wants to protect her making the journey even more difficult for them both.

Jack and George make a long appearance yet again with absolutely cracking character development on both parts. This book is dark and tests the minds of all of the characters throughout the story.

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