Review: Fate’s Edge (The Edge #3) by Ilona Andrews

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Review: Fate’s Edge (The Edge #3) by Ilona Andrews three-half-stars
Fate's Edge by Ilona Andrews
Series: The Edge #3
Published by Ace on November 29, 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 372
Format: Paperback
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Audrey Callahan left behind her life in the Edge, and she's determined to stay on the straight and narrow. But when her brother gets into hot water, the former thief takes on one last heist and finds herself matching wits with a jack of all trades...

Kaldar Mar-a gambler, lawyer, thief, and spy-expects his latest assignment tracking down a stolen item to be a piece of cake, until Audrey shows up. But when the item falls into the hands of a lethal criminal, Kaldar realizes that in order to finish the job, he's going to need Audrey's help...

I really don’t know what to say about Fate’s Edge. I guess I can start by saying that the very dark turn that The Edge series took in Bayou Moon has continued with Fate’s Edge (though I feel that Bayou Moon is the darker of the two books).

Fate’s Edge is the story of Kaldar Mar – part of the Mar family that was introduced in Bayou Moon. It appears that the Andrews made the decision to stick with the Mar family for the rest of the series (which ends with Steel’s Edge).

As with Bayou Moon, Fate’s Edge has very little to no romance. With the exception of On The Edge, I would put the entire Edge series firmly in the Urban Fantasy category and keep it far away from the Romance category. There are some romantic elements – especially once Kaldar decides to chase Audrey – but there’s no real romance.

Fate’s Edge has George and Jack from On the Edge as major secondary characters as well as Gaston from Bayou Moon. Cerise and William from Bayou Moon make very short appearances as well.

I felt like Fate’s Edge was a mash-up of a lot of different things and they all didn’t necessarily work for me. There’s the UF portions of the book, the YA portions that focus more on Jack and George, the romantic elements and several confidence schemes all playing out across the background of a rekindling of the Bayou Moon portions of the Mar family fight with The Hand and a political ticking time-bomb. There is a LOT going on in Fate’s Edge but what really bothered me the most was The Hand. View Spoiler »

I have to admit, I love the Mar family though I feel like they’ve really been put through the ringer. The whole damn family is as homicidally crazy as Kate Daniels. Fun!

The guards fired. A glowing blue wall surrounded Kaldar. The bullets impacted on it with weak ripples and bounced off. The light imploded , sucked back into Kaldar’s blade.

Kaldar struck. Light, graceful like a dancer, he cleaved the first guard’s arm. It fell off. Kaldar kept moving, so sickeningly fast, she had no chance to be shocked. He spun, moving as if his joints were fluid, sliced the second man’s chest, his blade going through the muscle and bone like a hot knife through butter, swept past him, and thrust his blade backward, into the small of the third guard’s back.

The three men dropped.
-pg 264

“Mar!” Karmash roared. “Face me!”

Something smashed into him from behind. Karmash flew forward, rolled and jumped to his feet.

In the doorway, Gaston landed on the carpet. his black hair spilled over his shoulder like a mane. His eyes flared silver, reflecting the flames. Muscles bulged on his exposed shoulders. he looked demonic, like some prehistoric monster.

Karmash hesitated, unsure.

“The Mar family says hello,” Gaston growled.
pg 266-267

“Are you familiar with the Weird at all?” Cerise asked.

“Not enough.”

“That’s all right,” Cerise said. “Just stay close to use. If we get in trouble, we’ll kill everything.”

Somehow, Audrey didn’t find that reassuring.
-pg 307

Fifteen minutes later, Cerise had drained her lemonade. “The boys kicked ass. There will be hell to pay at home, but Declan and Rose will be proud. And honestly, George is what, fourteen? Most of my family had their first taste of blood by that point.”

Violent psychotic swamp people. Yep, that’s where Kaldar came from. It explains volumes.
-page 317-318

All of my irritations with The Hand and my dismay of the darker elements of Fate’s Edge had me set this book down for almost a month. And I really didn’t care for the ending and didn’t find part of it as believable based on past characterizations View Spoiler » 🙁 This is the second Ilona Andrews book that I have reacted to in this way. I honestly feel its related to the very dark tone of the series rather than the writing or the plotting (or even the characters): I’ve read several books written after this series was completed and they don’t affect me in this way.

I plan to embark on a reading of Steel’s Edge shortly – this one will star Richard Mar. I read the first few pages already and it seems to continue the darkness. We’ll see.

All in all, Ilona Andrews’ magical writing is still present in this series but The Edge is much darker than the majority of her work in tone (that I’ve read thus far). I do recommend this book and series – especially if you don’t mind a little darkness in your UF.

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