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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Sheep Review: Fate's Edge by Ilona Andrews

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

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

Let me start by saying if you haven’t read any Ilona Andrews books before, you are missing out on some of the best Urban Fantasy world building out there, period. You definitely could say I am a fan <G>.

This is the third book in the fascinating and unique Edge series. It's more of a cross-genre book with strong PNR, UF and Fantasy elements. The Edge is a place between our world, called the Broken because there is no magic, and the Weird, an elitist world where the strength of your magic determines your status. The Edge serves as a boundary between the Broken and Weird and keeps the two worlds from coming into contact with each other. Not many can cross the border into the Edge and even fewer can cross to the world on the other side. Outcasts from both worlds populate The Edge and it can be a dangerous place to live.

Each book of the series focuses on the romance of one couple, like most PNR, but the characters from each book play important roles in subsequent books and there is an over all story arc that links them together like most Urban Fantasy. BUT, they all can be read as stand-alone books if need be. That is how talented this writing team is.

Fate’s Edge is a fun and action packed adventure. The main couple, Kaldar and Audrey, are clever, good-hearted characters, who also happen to be thieves and they are the best at what they do. I enjoyed watching them try to trust each other (you would be stupid to trust a thief), get the job done and fall in love. I will have to say they are my least favorite couple from the Edge series. My favorite would be Cerise and William from book #2, but Kaldar and Audrey’s story, combined with the plot and the amazing writing talent of the authors made the book a winner.

I just wanted to add something about the fantasy element of this series. There are fabulous magic creatures in this series. Some are cute and cuddly and some are terrifying and twisted, literally and figuratively. My favorite characters are the Changelings, people who can become animals. The two you meet in this series are William, a wolf changeling, and a young boy named Jack who becomes a Lynx. Changelings are feared and often killed on sight. What I love about these characters is how they retain many of their animal instincts and behaviors when in their human form.

This book, and the series as a whole, is worth the read!

4.5 Flashing Sheep
SS (edited by BAK)


  1. Great review. I haven't read Ilona Andrews and because of your comments, I decided to remedy that situation with the first Edge book!

    PS - I find it fascinating that these books are written by a husband-wife team!

  2. OK, I've YET to read anything by this author and I keep hearing such great things about her work! She's on my TBR list but damn it's a long long list. LOVED this review and getting excited to start this series. Thank Sharon for another great share. :)

  3. I so want to read Fate's Edge. I have had my beady little eyes on it for a while now and it is so great to know my radar is working :) Thanks for sharing your wonderful review - not to mentions finding such awesome books for my similar likes that it gives me pause wondering if there is some sheeply psychic link going on here LOL

  4. I think there is a Sheepish link amongst the flock! I promise not to tell everyone's secrets ;)

  5. I love this series. I am hoping to get Fate's Edge for Christmas. I didn't think I would like UF books, but Ilona Andrews has changed my mine. She and her husband are amazing writers.

  6. thanks Joe! please come back to visit us:)