Audiobook Review: Steel’s Edge by Ilona Andrews

Posted November 3, 2014 by Carmel in Audiobook Reviews, Carmel, Fantasy, Reviews / 70 Comments

Audiobook Review: Steel’s Edge by Ilona Andrews
Steel's Edge by Ilona Andrews
Narrator: Renée Raudman
Series: The Edge #4
Published by Recorded Books
Published on: May 3, 2013
Genres: Fantasy
Length: 15 hrs & 25 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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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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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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70 responses to “Audiobook Review: Steel’s Edge by Ilona Andrews

  1. Excellent, excellent review, Carmel! I’m so glad this was such a winner for you! I, too, love the Andrews. And Steel’s Edge is still sitting on my shelf in need of reading. I have enjoyed this series quite a bit. But one thing I think I’m going to love about this one is the older H/h. You’ve got me really stoked to read this one soon!!
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    • I actually listened to this one back in August, and my review was typed up shortly after that, but I ended up saving this post for a rainy day. Now I need to decide whether to listen to CLEAN SWEEP or BURN FOR ME next. Tough call!

  2. Berls from Fantasy is More  

    I have the Andrews all over my TBR but haven’t managed to read any of their books yet 😐 I haven’t heard as much about thus series, but I love the sounds of this main character. Someone with that kind if power could be mind-blowingly scary. And I’m kind of loving that its a four book series – something I have a chance at finishing!
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    • Oh my gosh! How have you NOT read anything by Andrews yet?? I’ve noticed that you’ve been on an audio kick lately, and Renée Raudman is a GREAT narrator, no more excuses!

  3. Audiobooks are a great way to make a dent on that pesky TBR, isn’t it? 🙂 I know ever since I’ve discovered the convenience of audiobooks, I’ve been feeling pretty good about cascading pile.

    Anyway, back to the book. I’ve only ever read one Ilona Andrews book but have yet to continue on with Kate Daniels. Maybe someday…
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    • If your reading time is limited, I’d definitely recommend going the KD route over this one, unless you prefer romance over action. I’m just about to dive into drafting my November new release posts, and audiobooks are the perfect companion for mindless blogging.

    • That’s not to say that the others weren’t good, because this is still Ilona Andrews we’re talking about, but this last installment was BETTER! 🙂

    • Everyone is reviewing BURN FOR ME, so you know me, I just have to be different. Hehe! No, but seriously, why are you not up to date on this series?? 😛

  4. I’ve fallen so far behind in this series Carmel! I’m hardcore slacking when it comes to Ilona Andrews and that is just unacceptable! I really like the fact that this couple is a bit older and therefore more sure of what they want in a partner, I haven’t read too many books that feature a lead pair like that:) MUST READ!

    • There are only 4 installments, so you can’t be too far behind, because even if you’re at book 1, that’s not abysmal. LOL Older protagonists are so refreshing! Or, maybe it’s just cuz I’m not in my 20’s anymore… Either way. Get on it!

    • I was surprised that Andrews went that route, however when you think about it it makes complete sense. At least you have read ’em unlike some of the above peeps. Bonus points for you!

    • Another Ilona Andrews newb, and you call yourself Talk Supe—WTH! j/k You’re going to beat me to the punch with BURN FOR ME though, so I look forward to finding out what you think of their writing & characters.

  5. *groans* yet another Ilona Andrews series I haven’t started yet! And so I didn’t exactly read your review, but seeing your five-star-rating for the fourth book in the series is indeed very encouraging. I guess I’ll have to read all their books before RT in May next year, so that I know what I am talking about 😉
    Thanks for keeping my TBR filled up, Carmel!
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  6. OMG! I was sure I have read this one, but I was reading your review and I couldn’t recall reading anything like it. So, I went to Goodreads to check and realized I haven’t read this book! What happened to me? I need to fix that “problem” ASAP… The good news is that I was waiting for the perfect book to listen to the Ilona Andrews and Renée Raudman Team… Now, I have found that book. 😉
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    • Installments fall between the cracks sometimes, it happens. At least you’ll soon be rectifying your oversight, and what a way to go—your first Renée Raudman listen! ENJOY!

  7. Hi Carmel! I’m adding my name to the hat of Ilona Andrews newbies, having a lot of good intentions to read the Kate Daniels series but not quite having gotten around to it yet.

    I hadn’t heard of this particular series from Ilona Andrews but I’m glad to hear that you seemed to enjoy it very much, particularly as they’re audiobook versions which can sometimes be hit or miss but in this case sound like they make for very compelling listening! The story sounds like it has a lot of intriguing elements, and I like that while everyone seems to be blogging about “Burn for Me” you’ve gone with an audiobook one 🙂

    • I’m kind of the black sheep of the blogosphere on this one, what with all of the buzz surrounding BURN FOR ME. Hehe! Listen to a sample, and hear for yourself, this trio can’t be beat in the audiobook world.

    • Raudman does all of their books in audio I think which is awesome because she’s super talented. I’m slowly getting caught-up on all things Ilona Andrews. 😀

  8. AHH! I can’t take it anymore. I have to read an Ilona Andrews book. I am starting on audio today Burn for Me. I am so excited to finally see what the fuss is about and I am glad that the narrator is terrific for all of her books. My goal is to start Kate Daniels on audio next year.
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    • This is a series, but each installment revolves around a different paranormal couple. There is a bit of crossover, however you could probably read Steel’s Edge as a stand-alone if you really wanted to.

  9. Ohhh I recently started the IAndrews Kate Daniels series and love it. Didn’t know about this one, or at least didn’t remember. Will make sure to add these to my TBR as well 🙂

    • I agree! I hate it when the narrator of a series is constantly changing; it’s not as bad when each installment features a different character’s POV, but it sucks when you find one you like, and they go bye-bye.

  10. I’m so ashame to say that I haven’t tried this series. I love Ilona Andrews and I haven’t read the series. It’s not normal, right? eally need to buy book 1 now.

    • Ha! I’m just getting to ’em now myself, so I can understand where you are coming from. As long as they are on your TBR… somewhere… all is forgiven.

    • They are not an easy pair to keep up with, that’s for sure. You’d need to dedicate a couple of months to just their books. LOL I’m not quite their yet either if it’s any consolation.

    • You wouldn’t be the first blogger that I’ve gotten hooked on audiobooks. The most difficult part of deciding to give Ilona Andrews a try, is picking where to start. 😉