Review: Silent Blade (Kinsmen #1) by Ilona Andrews

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Review: Silent Blade (Kinsmen #1) by Ilona Andrews four-stars
Silent Blade by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kinsmen #1
Published by Samhain Publishing on June 2, 2009
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction
Pages: 50
Format: eBook
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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.

Another good one from the Andrews! I’m such a fan.

I’ve heard of Silent Blade (and the Kinsmen series) before but I often get caught up in the more recent work released by Ilona Andrews. I ended up finally getting to Kinsmen deep in an Ilona Andrews glomming: I’d read Burn for Me, the available parts of Sweep in Peace and I was waiting to start a Kate Daniels series buddy re-read. Desperate, I remembered there were a couple of IA (Ilona Andrews) works I hadn’t read before.

So I got right on that!

I enjoyed Silent Blade but not as much as I’ve enjoyed other IA works. The characters are all well-rounded and the plot was great – but it’s a deception-based plotline (never my favorite) and it is rather short. Short stories often leave me wanting so I don’t read a lot of short stories. Silent Blade is also the first Science Fiction story I’ve read by IA – I read more Fantasy than Sci-Fi – but it was surprisingly easy to get into.

Meli Galdes, a family assassin, is retired. Although she is separated publicly (and permanently) from her family – she is not out of contact. Meli’s family has used her to punish their enemies for years. Finally retired, her family asks her to make one more kill: Celino Carvanna – the man who caused her separation from her family and changed the entire course of her life. Meli agrees to the job because she has revenge on her mind…and sex. Meli has carried a flame for Celino for over a decade and the thought of finally getting her hands on (his body) is a temptation she can’t resist.

Silent Blade has two things that bother me: the threat of death to the hero (Celino) and the deception. Celino has no clue who Meli is throughout the majority of the story. And I really, really dislike deception based plotlines. But Ilona Andrews is a gifted writer who knows how to push my buttons: I enjoyed this much, much more than I expected. 😀

I can clearly see the influence that “Of Swine and Roses” and the Kinsmen series had on the Hidden Legacy series (Burn for Me): the family ties/dedication and the biological experimentation are all there. Of course, they are all very different, as well.

As an Ilona Andrews fan, this really is a Must Read – especially if you’re moving on to the Hidden Legacy series. If you aren’t already an IA fan…I’m sorry for you. LOL! Joke. But seriously, if you are looking for a place to start…I wouldn’t really say that this is the place. Silent Blade is well written and quick but it’s too short to give you the depth of emotion and the witty banter that polish longer IA works.

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