Talking About Books Tuesday, Fate’s Edge, Ilona Andrews

I have to say, I’m enjoying the Edge books more than the Kate Daniels series right now, likely because they contain the entire romance within one book (I’ve blogged about continuation series fatigue before).  Fate’s Edge just reinforced that impression for me.  I LOVED this book.  Loved the unconventional lead characters (both grifters) and the plot, and the inclusion of more steampunkish toys than in the other books.  Honestly, part of the reason I liked this book so much was because Audrey and Kaldor were not your typical characters.  Both were what some would consider to be a villain in another context, and for me, that raised the stakes in how the authors developed the story–they had to make these two likeable *and* make me believe they were meant for each other, even though they were “bad” guys.  I bought it hook, line and sinker–because the story was so fast-paced, the relationship had to develop at that pace as well.  The writing team of Andrews could have glossed over Audrey’s past pain, and Koldar’s past lack of true depth (in relationships) and made this a less memorable story, but they didn’t.  They put the brakes on (where many other authors would have taken the easy road) and made these two characters face their very real, very painful internal dilemmas before allowing them to truly see the other.  The plot (separate from the romance) was well done and clear cut (could have been VERY confusing), and the inclusion of Jack and George rounded it out nicely *and* gave us something to look forward to in other stories.  Well done!

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