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Title: Fate's Edge
Author: Ilona Andrews
Publisher: Published November 29th 2011 by Penguin
ISBN: 9780441020867
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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 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...

30 review for Fate's Edge

  1. 5 out of 5

    ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)

    💊 Ilona Andrews is the Only Antidepressant We’ll Ever Need Buddy Rererereread (IAitOAWENBR™) with the IA Addicts 💊 ➽ And the moral of this rerereread is: what some puny humans have to say about the wickedest rogue the world has ever known Mr. Kaldar Mar's upcoming nuptials to a certain former breeder of murderous crustaceans who would rather remain anonymous (to protect her privacy and stuff): Goes to show that no matter how puny some puny humans are, they can be NOT completely entirely totally cl 💊 Ilona Andrews is the Only Antidepressant We’ll Ever Need Buddy Rererereread (IAitOAWENBR™) with the IA Addicts 💊 ➽ And the moral of this rerereread is: what some puny humans have to say about the wickedest rogue the world has ever known Mr. Kaldar Mar's upcoming nuptials to a certain former breeder of murderous crustaceans who would rather remain anonymous (to protect her privacy and stuff): Goes to show that no matter how puny some puny humans are, they can be NOT completely entirely totally clueless. Sometimes. P.S.: (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] [October 2015] · Buddy reread with the Awesome IA Army Of Utter Awesomeness (aka the eye candy IA Addicts) · Previous rating: 4 New rating: 10 4 stars?! 4 FREAKING STARS??!! What the bloody fish was I thinking when I first read this book??!! I must have been very high or very drunk at the time. Or both. Damn, I wonder what I was taking back then, it must have been seriously powerful stuff for me to give 4 pathetic little stars to this Awesome Piece of IA Awesomenessss! Conmen and congirls and bloodshed, oh my! Magic and magpies and rogues, oh my! Mayhem and raccoons and lynxes, oh my! Betting and grinning and cutting, oh my! ✉ Personal and very private message to Kaldar Mar: forget about silly Audrey, it's me you want to have babies with. Get it? Good. [Original review: February 2015] Were you expecting an actual review for this book? So sorry about that. Not gonna happen. "Why," you ask? Because BOOM! "What's that sound," you ask? That's the sound of Kaldar Mar hitting me like a brick. ☆☆☆ The Edge Productions proudly present ☆☆☆ A day in the life of Kaldar Mar ►8.00 a.m.: wake up. The Mirror needs your services. No wonder. You're a roguishly irresistible conman and you're as slick as they come. Or so you think. ► 8.30 a.m.: have a lovely chat with your boss, Ruthless Nancy. Try and convince her that your being a scoundrel doesn't mean you ever copulated with animals. She doesn't buy it. ► 9.00 a.m.: get briefed by Inconspicuous Erwin. Reminisce about the good old days: Hand operative, pieuvre class. Six to ten tentacles, amphibious, weighs in close to five hundred pounds. Fun times. ► 9.30 a.m.: you. California. The two wards of the fucking Marshal of the fucking Southern Provinces in a stolen car. Fuck. Fuck, fuck, fuck. Who's the Chief Moron now? ► 10.00 a.m.: meet a little magpie. Bring on the charm: dashing smile✓ Wicked humour ✓ Devil Eyes ✓ Doesn't work. Man she's slick. Consider clapping. ► 10.30 a.m.: Tasered. Tied to a chair. Shot. Cut. Punched. You really like this girl. ► 11.00 a.m.: visit a house in the woods. Meet a temperamental raccoon. Talk dalliances with two teenagers. Drink some sweet iced tea. Get that stupid grin off your ugly, hideous mug. ► 11.30 a.m.: Try to bet. Doesn't work. Enjoy the shapely view. You're busted. Not coming. No. Breathing hard. “Oh, my God!” ► 12.00 a.m.: visit a hoarding Gnome. Wag your eyebrows. Enjoy the shapely view. You're busted. Do I see a pattern there? ► 12.30 a.m.: get all Harry-Pottery with a magic Mirror coin. Get trigger-happy. Spray blood and chunks of bones around. Kill a few freaks. Bet a little. ► 1.00 p.m.: the little magpie isn't feeling so good. Try paramedic kissing to solve the problem. “Arrogant jackass,” the magpie says. ► 1.30 p.m.: visit a Mother Theresa-like cobra in a white skirt. Bring on the charm. It doesn't work. Today's not a good day for sexy rogues. ► 2.00 p.m.: try to get the magpie to say your name and hope for the best. Her lips part. Here it comes. “Dumb-ass.” Ouch. ► 2.30 p.m.: get worldly advice from a half-Thoas, a lynx and a teenage necromancer. What did you ever do to anybody? ► 3.00 p.m.: lovely cleavage. Hard to concentrate. Time to buy a potato sack. ► 3.30 p.m.: play ninja for a bit. Enjoy the shapely view. Crack a safe. Tada! You're $187,000 richer. Where has this girl been all your life? ► 4.00 p.m.: impersonate a slum lord with a brain-dead trophy wife. Talk immunization vs. emancipation. Cup a nice piece of ass. ► 4.30 p.m.: Attend church with a mind-raped congregation. Meet a Blessed Maiden . Wreck havoc during service. Get punched in the jaw. Get bitten by a Raccoon Vigilante. Slice a few people up. Things are looking up. ► 5.00 p.m.: fall in love with a magpie. Wait. What? ► 5.30 p.m.: dance for a bit. Try to refrain from doing the Cajun stomp. Get a taste of wine, apples and spice. Boom. The universe just exploded. ► 6.00 p.m.: rock this party. Night suit ✓ Climbing claws ✓ Spy spider ✓ Dead bird ✓ Always have a plan that ends with great sex ✓ ► 6.30 p.m.: best date ever. Crack a vault. Talk family: poisonous knitters, deadly sword masters, everyone you see can kill you. Lovable bunch. ► 7.00 p.m.: attend an auction. Oh look! The Claws of Bast. Fucking shit. ► 7.30 p.m.: time for a family party. Havoc. Mayhem. Blood. Swords. Necromancy. Crazy lynx. Big cat. Magic lock picking. Insane grinning. Rapiers. Wings. Jump! ► 8.00 p.m.: tied to a chair again. Talk arachnoids, boxes, vile tea and harvesting. Fuck you Helena. ► 8.30 p.m.: lose a little blood. Pass out a little. Hallucinate. Fun times. ► 9.00 p.m.: Oh look! A damsel in distress kick-butt mode. Wanna bet? Because no matter how aggravatingly, irresistibly roguish the hero is, the badass girl in residence always saves the day. And that, ladies and gentlemen is the moral of this story. Want to read an actual review for this book? Try Kristen's (hilarious that one!), Alexa's, Robin's or Cathy's. Off you go! · Book 1: On The Edge ★★★★ · Book 2: Bayou Moon ★★★★ · Book 4: Steel's Edge ★★★★★

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    OMG. Bad boys, right? I loved Kaldar when I met him in Bayou Moon, so I was excited to read his story. And he didn't disappoint! Neither did Audrey, for that matter. I loved the snarky back-and-forth between those two, because arguing is the spice of every good relationship. Ah, ah, ah! You know I'm right, ladies... Now, I don't mean the are you fucking my sister?! arguments. I mean the kind of everyday battles you fight over the small stuff. Remotes, covers, thermostats, driving skills, and who g OMG. Bad boys, right? I loved Kaldar when I met him in Bayou Moon, so I was excited to read his story. And he didn't disappoint! Neither did Audrey, for that matter. I loved the snarky back-and-forth between those two, because arguing is the spice of every good relationship. Ah, ah, ah! You know I'm right, ladies... Now, I don't mean the are you fucking my sister?! arguments. I mean the kind of everyday battles you fight over the small stuff. Remotes, covers, thermostats, driving skills, and who gets the good side of the bed. These are the sorts of squabbles that keep things exciting! If you enjoy reading about couples who can quarrel like pros, then you'll love this installment in the Edge series. I'd give this 5 stars if I was basing it solely on how much chemistry the couple in question had! Audrey was awesome, funny, and spunky, but (more importantly) Kaldar was the type of book boyfriend that melted my panties... So why didn't this one get all 5 stars from me? Two reasons: One, it took me several chapters to get into this one. Not that they were awful or unreadable by any means, but the story simple didn't suck me in at first. And the second reason? The conclusion felt rushed, and the actual ending was unbelievably abrupt. Yes, everything turned out the way I wanted, but... I don't know. All that buildup, and then...? Poof it's over! *farts* Still. I have yet to read anything by these authors that wasn't good. And this was no exception. Definitely recommended for fans of Ilona Andrews! Oh, and did anyone else think Kaldar was The Edge's version of Roman from the Kate Daniels series?

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gordon

    We really had fun working on this one, Ilona got to put in her Ocean's Eleven and Leverage elements and I got to put in my disdain of Prosperity Preachers, plus there is romance and fighting. Bayou Moon is still my favorite but this is a very close second. Oh, crap, am I damning my own book with faint praise? Probably, they should put that on there as a blurb, "not as good as the last one but not completely terrible either."

  4. 5 out of 5

    Robin (Bridge Four)

    Re-reading with all my fellow addicts at Ilona Andrews Addicts (IAA) again....yes that makes it 3x but I don't care I love this series. +++ After Morning Star and Calamity I need something I know I'm going to love or risk falling into a severe book funk. This was just perfect....Kaldar can pull anyone out a book funk. Plus George and Jack helped a ton. The blond boy called out. “I’m terribly sorry, but is there any way we could grab that cage off the porch? We won’t disturb your dalliance.” Dallia Re-reading with all my fellow addicts at Ilona Andrews Addicts (IAA) again....yes that makes it 3x but I don't care I love this series. +++ After Morning Star and Calamity I need something I know I'm going to love or risk falling into a severe book funk. This was just perfect....Kaldar can pull anyone out a book funk. Plus George and Jack helped a ton. The blond boy called out. “I’m terribly sorry, but is there any way we could grab that cage off the porch? We won’t disturb your dalliance.” Dalliance? Another boy emerged carrying a fuzzy gray creature by the scruff of its neck. “You can keep making out,” he called out. “We just want the cage. This raccoon is really hard to hold, and she doesn’t like me.” The word Dalliance will now forever hold a special place in my heart. 2nd Read: Reasons why I’m so happy I reread this with my ever awesome girls at Ilona Andrews Addicts (IAA): ☑Watching oOSarahOo try to steal Kaldar away from almost everyone else in the IAA group. She gets a little territorial about her book boyfriends, and doesn’t like to share. It got a little intense and I thought someone might get Bitchslapped, good thing we are all friends. ☑Figuring out custody and visitation rights to both Jack and George. I’m pretty sure that the IAA group collectively adopted them. There is a very complicated google spreadsheet on who has them when. ☑ Cutest Animal sidekick Ling the Merciless. Do not expect mercy from Ling the Merciless. ☑The sexy banter between Kaldar and Audrey. What happens when two conmen fall in love? They steal each other’s hearts of course “At the door, Audrey called, "Are you coming?" "No, just breathing hard, love." He glanced at her and was rewarded by an outraged glare, followed by, "Oh, my God!” ☑George’s new very dark sense of humor to match his necromancy. ”Kaldar, if you kill her, please don’t shoot her in the head,” George said, his face cold, as if carved from a glacier. “Raising a body with a shattered brain requires more magic, and I think we can use her corpse to make sure her relatives will get run out of town.” ☑Seeing Lord Leatherpants and the Hobo Queen in action a few years later. “Just stay close to us. If we get in trouble, we'll kill everything.” ☑And finally that moment when everything comes together the story is complete and you realized it was even better the second time though. Original Review April 2014 4.5 Stars This was my favorite of the series so far. I was skeptical that Kalder could carry the romantic interest lead of the book….and boy I was so wrong. Not only did he carry it, he gave it a smoldering look, hit it over the head with a club and carried it off into a cave to have his way with it. He was fun, charming and said some of the wildest things. I loved every moment of it. “Oh, I don't know. I might grow on you." She furrowed her pretty eyebrows. "Like a cancer?" "Like a favorite vice.” Kalder was the fun talkative less than law abiding favorite uncle in Bayou Moon. After the loss of many of his kin he has joined forces with the Mirror against the Hand. He needs to find a woman who stole a artifact valuable to the hand and convince her to help him get it back. With his charming ways he thought it would be easy to con her into helping. But she grew up in a con man family and is a little resistant to his charms. Audrey was hilarious, I loved that she is a redeemed bad girls just trying to play it normal. Kalder has definitely met his match and while they are working together there just isn’t anyway sparks couldn’t fly between them. “He hit her with his best smile. Her eyes widened. She took a deep breath. 'Oh no, not that seductive face. I'm overcome with the need to take off these awful clothes. What is happening? I do not understand. Oooh. Ahhh.' She touched her wrist to her forehead. 'Somebody help me. I'm being drenched with my own fluids.' Evil woman. 'See now, you shouldn't have done that,' Kaldar said. She gave him an innocent look. 'You've made yourself into a challenge. Now I'll have to seduce you out of principle.' 'You can try. Not that you'll get anywhere. If you were in love, that would be one thing, but we both know this is pride talking.' Audrey patted his forearm. 'It's all right. I won't tell anybody about your shameful failure. I'll keep it completely confidential.' She pretended to lock her lips and throw away the key. The story is full of action between funny banter as Kalder and Audrey have to pull off a few jobs along the way to get closer to their target. There are multiple altercations with the Hand and a few other dangerous types along the way. But one of the best parts to the story is that Jack and George have stowed away on this adventure. Each gets to play a part and they have really come into some of their powers. I love the two brothers together as they work their way into all the schemes and plots Kalder is working up. Both are proving to be a very large asset and not the burden Kalder once thought they might present when first discovered stowed away. I really can’t wait to see what those boys think of next. Ilona Andrews does know how to pack in a lot of action, adventure, laughs and some tender moments along the way. Again a great read from the authors and a series that has really picked up steam in this book. The Edge is quickly becoming one of my favorite worlds and it will be very interesting to see how it all plays out in the final book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    This third installment in Ilona Andrews' THE EDGE series may be the best one I've read yet! The Edge is a semi-magical border land that lies between two dimensions: a magical version of our world (the "Weird") and our normal world (what the Weird and Edgers call the "Broken" because their magical powers don't work here). Only a few people can cross over the magical borders in either direction, and Audrey Callahan is one of them. Audrey is one of an Edge family of gifted and dedicated con artists This third installment in Ilona Andrews' THE EDGE series may be the best one I've read yet! The Edge is a semi-magical border land that lies between two dimensions: a magical version of our world (the "Weird") and our normal world (what the Weird and Edgers call the "Broken" because their magical powers don't work here). Only a few people can cross over the magical borders in either direction, and Audrey Callahan is one of them. Audrey is one of an Edge family of gifted and dedicated con artists, but she's trying to leave that life behind her and go straight, living in the Broken and working as a private investigator. Her magical talent: opening any lock, no matter how complex. When her grifter father begs her to do one last job with him and her no-good brother (NGB) so they can, once again, get NGB into rehab, she caves. Too bad the item she helps them steal has a lot of extremely dangerous killers after it ... as well as Kaldar Mar, a gifted con man himself, not to mention a thief and spy. It's great fun to see Audrey and Kaldar clash, and burn for each other at the same time, while they're running elaborate cons in an effort to re-steal the item whose theft got Audrey's family into trouble in the first place. And I was delighted to see the young brothers George and Jack from the first book get some major on-the-page time here. The plot was gripping, and made excellent use of everyone's magical talents.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    I wrote this short review long ago but forgot to post it, so here we are: actual rating 3 stars, 1 star removed for reasons I'll state later. But now that I think of it, this book is closer to 2.5 counting the problem that made me lower my rating. It was so meh. I avoided reading this book for months and now that I finally read it, I’m relieved. One book left before I start the innkeeper chronicles. I enjoyed the first 2 two books quite a lot so you might wonder, why didn’t I want to read this boo I wrote this short review long ago but forgot to post it, so here we are: actual rating 3 stars, 1 star removed for reasons I'll state later. But now that I think of it, this book is closer to 2.5 counting the problem that made me lower my rating. It was so meh. I avoided reading this book for months and now that I finally read it, I’m relieved. One book left before I start the innkeeper chronicles. I enjoyed the first 2 two books quite a lot so you might wonder, why didn’t I want to read this book? Truth is, I don’t like series in which each book tells the story of someone introduced in the former books. I liked William so it wasn’t a challenge to read Bayou Moon. However, I’m not the biggest fan of Kaldar, he just never interested me. Was I disappointed? Not really, I expected the worst. Brief summary: if helping her father in this heist means he’ll stay away from her forever, she’ll happily accept. When Kaldar is assigned to retrieve the stolen item, he’ll cross paths with Audrey eventually. Together, they’ll try to find it after her father sold it to God knows who, knowing that the Hand will do anything to have it. If I wanted to rate this book based on George and Jack alone, I would’ve given it 5 stars. I love those two more than anything in this series. They’re so funny, cute, adorable, lovely, and cute again. I just adore them. However, even though they played an important role in this book, I can’t help but judge it based on Kaldar and Audrey. No, I still don’t like him much. Audrey is cool. I don’t think Ilona can write an annoying heroine and not even a not so badass one even if she can’t fight. It’s one of those cases where the secondary characters though were better than the MCs This book had all your Ilona Andrews usual stuff, cool heroine, humor, badass scenes, fights, not too much romance.... except for a likable hero. If you liked Kaldar in Bayou Moon, you’ll like him here as well. Even if you didn’t, he might grow on you. However, for me, I ended up disliking him more. The romance even though it was a slow burn as it took them the whole book to get together, it still felt rushed. (view spoiler)[She agrees to marry Kaldar after meeting him for 9 days. Kaldar is your big bad boy and he suddenly, in one moment of enlightenment, he realizes that Audrey is the one, after 8 days? HOW!!!!!! Even for a paranormal romance, it’s unacceptable. (hide spoiler)] Anyway, if you’re looking for something light, Ilona Andrews will never disappoint in delivering an entertaining story with likable characters. However, if you want something memorable that will blow your mind, I don’t recommend this book. Another thing that annoyed was that the events sometimes were too explained and other times completely rushed. Inconsistency. (view spoiler)[Especially the last rescue mission. Like what the heck happened? Moreover, Cerise would leave Kaldar?! For real? Oh yeah right. (hide spoiler)] It was still enjoyable enough for 3 stars. Until I came across something shocking. I was surprised. I hope it’s not the same in the physical copy and it’s corrected but to say that the 4 who wrote the first 4 books in the new testament are Matthew, Mark, Luke, and James is simply unacceptable. How did 2 authors, 1 agent, and their editor miss this? How did they even get it wrong? What surprises you more is that IA has always relied on mythology from all over the world only to make such intolerable mistake? That and misinterpreting what Jesus Christ said for the sake of the content? Oh no, sorry. I’m so disappointed. Therefore, I removed 1 star from my rating even though it should’ve been more. But now, after posting this review, I don't think it was worth the 3 stars in the first place that aside. It'll be a while before I read the last book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jo ★The Book Sloth★

    3,5 Stars BR with the awesome IAA gang. Hook is my Kaldar. It fits perfectly! I wanted to love this book. I did want to, badly. It didn't work that way though. Although IA's usual charm is still there, in the badass characters, in the great dialogs, in the bickering couple, in the freaking awesome side characters, this book was just a tiny bit too slow for me to love. Kaldar and Audrey were great. I loved how Kaldar could charm the pants off a nun and how Audrey could con her way into anything. Stil 3,5 Stars BR with the awesome IAA gang. Hook is my Kaldar. It fits perfectly! I wanted to love this book. I did want to, badly. It didn't work that way though. Although IA's usual charm is still there, in the badass characters, in the great dialogs, in the bickering couple, in the freaking awesome side characters, this book was just a tiny bit too slow for me to love. Kaldar and Audrey were great. I loved how Kaldar could charm the pants off a nun and how Audrey could con her way into anything. Still, Kaldar proved a bit more mushy than I believed. He fell for the heroine and started spewing "sunshine" comparisons ten minutes after he met her. Not exactly ideal for me.I would have prefered a bit more resistance on his part. I did like Audrey's stance though. At least she didn't see him and fell face first. But for me the show was stolen by Jack and George. I love these kids. I abso-frekin'-lutely love them. You can just see what a heartbreaker George will be in a few years. I loved how he could play anyone, how he protected Jack and how mature he was at times. Jack was a bit of a whiner but he is young. He'll grow out of it, and he is too cute to hold it against him.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melindam

    I would write a review, but it would be - 33,33333 % gushing - 33,33333% swooning - 33,33333 swearing fealty and undying love to Ilona & Gordon, so I will spare you. I will only use some keywords like awesome, fun, conmen/women, spies, politics, crazy family, adorable racoons & cool wyverns. It offers thrill, chase, excitement, laughter, heartache & happiness in abundance. Go and find out the rest for yourselves, if you haven't read this book/series. It's sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo w I would write a review, but it would be - 33,33333 % gushing - 33,33333% swooning - 33,33333 swearing fealty and undying love to Ilona & Gordon, so I will spare you. I will only use some keywords like awesome, fun, conmen/women, spies, politics, crazy family, adorable racoons & cool wyverns. It offers thrill, chase, excitement, laughter, heartache & happiness in abundance. Go and find out the rest for yourselves, if you haven't read this book/series. It's sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo worth it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Felicia

    Why did this sit on my Kindle for so long unread? Because I'm a dumbass. This book was SOOO fun. I've said it before about this series, and I'll say it again. This author knows how to write kids in urban fantasy that I don't want to get shipped off to military school and never see again. I LOVE these kids' characters. And honestly, i think I wasn't crazy about the love interest from the last installment and that's why I was slow to read this, but the book really matched the leads up well. Top UF Why did this sit on my Kindle for so long unread? Because I'm a dumbass. This book was SOOO fun. I've said it before about this series, and I'll say it again. This author knows how to write kids in urban fantasy that I don't want to get shipped off to military school and never see again. I LOVE these kids' characters. And honestly, i think I wasn't crazy about the love interest from the last installment and that's why I was slow to read this, but the book really matched the leads up well. Top UF author for surezies!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alp

    2.5 stars Meh. I didn't like Kaldar. I didn't enjoy Audrey's character. The suspense: OK, but it could have been better. The romance: Nope. I mean, seriously? No chemistry between the couple at all. Overall: Not as good as I expected.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jen Davis

    The Edge series has turned a corner for me with this book. Don't get me wrong - I enjoyed the first two. But in each installment, I felt like I had to work for it. Now, for the first time with this series, I was able to jump into the story with both feet from the beginning. Maybe it's because I am already familiar with the world building and many of the characters, but I don't think so. I think it's more of a change in focus. This book felt much more honed in on our main couple and their adventu The Edge series has turned a corner for me with this book. Don't get me wrong - I enjoyed the first two. But in each installment, I felt like I had to work for it. Now, for the first time with this series, I was able to jump into the story with both feet from the beginning. Maybe it's because I am already familiar with the world building and many of the characters, but I don't think so. I think it's more of a change in focus. This book felt much more honed in on our main couple and their adventure, while the introduction of new characters and POVs were more of a gradual trickle than an overpowering flood. This is Kaldar's book. He was introduced in Bayou Moon as Ceri's rouge, conman cousin. He is gorgeous; he is glib; he's charming; and he is nursing a serious desire for revenge against the Hand. It's been two years since the Spider and his agents killed off half the Mar family, but Kaldar can't let go of what happened. He is working for the Mirror now and as the story begins, he is granted a mission with the potential to give him the vengeance he covets. Audrey grew up in a family of grifters. She possesses magical lockpicking skills but she wants to lead a legitimate life now. Her dad pulls her in for one last heist, but this is no small-time job. Unbeknownst to her, they are stealing a magical device that both the Hand and the Mirror would kill for. Retrieving the item, is Kaldar's mission. But by the time he tracks the theft to Audrey, she no longer has it. The two of them have to work together to find the device before it falls into the wrong hands. Audrey is perfect for Kaldar. In many ways, she is a female version of him: smart, slick, and changeable. She calls him on all of his b.s. They were an easy couple to root for. But it took for-ever for them to get together. I understood the internal conflict and the reticence, but I would have liked even just a few more crumbs along the way... maybe a little bit more fooling around would have helped me soldier on until they accepted their feelings. But while the relationship was a slow burn, the action was anything-but. The story really moved from the beginning here and it had a lot of heart (in no small part, thanks to the large roles Jack and George played.) The kids were a big, big win for me. Even though he is only 14, I can easily see George carrying off the lead in his own book someday. Jack too. And Lark's going to figure in somehow. It will be epic. But I digress... We've got a great new villain, with ties to the Spider. And while our big bad from the last book is down, he's not out yet. And though Kaldar isn't my favorite hero (that would be William) and Audrey isn't my favorite heroine (that would be Rose)... I still think this may be the best book in the series yet. It's a great blend of the new and the familiar. It's got heart. It's got action. And it's got a raccoon called Ling the Merciless. How could it not be a winner? 4 1/2 stars. *ARC Provided by Ace

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    This review is dedicated to all my IA loves :* The tangent: I have been reading The Edge series with a bunch of wonderful IA lovers. I did not review the first two books because real life was smacking me in the face. I decided to review the 3rd book for three main reasons: A) It has been my favorite of the series. B) oOSarahOo is being her normal annoying self (AKA amazing) C) Life stopped bitch slapping me in the face. (Thanks life!) By Sarah being her normal annoying self, I mean that she won’t get This review is dedicated to all my IA loves :* The tangent: I have been reading The Edge series with a bunch of wonderful IA lovers. I did not review the first two books because real life was smacking me in the face. I decided to review the 3rd book for three main reasons: A) It has been my favorite of the series. B) oOSarahOo is being her normal annoying self (AKA amazing) C) Life stopped bitch slapping me in the face. (Thanks life!) By Sarah being her normal annoying self, I mean that she won’t get off my back about reviewing this. For the purpose of the following picture I am playing myself, and Sarah is playing the role of the frog. Oh, and Sarah… JK. You can have him. But, don’t touch William. The crappy review: There are several reasons why this book has been my favorite. 1) I feel more comfortable with the world of The Edge, The Weird, and The Broken. The first book took some adjusting time, and by the second book I was getting the hang of it. Now I feel like I’m a goddamn weird/broken/edge expert (that doesn’t sound good does it? I SWEAR I’m mentally stable). 2) I felt like this story had a more developed feel to it. It really seemed as if IA were in the zone with this one. I felt that the story line was complete, and that the tie-in of past characters was virtually seamless. Which, btw I really appreciate; I love revisiting the old characters, especially George and Jack. 3) The funny moments in the book were seriously funny!!! “How’s it hanging?” Jack asked. “How am I supposed to answer that?” George looked at him. “ I don’t think Kaldar said anything about that. I guess ‘good’? I don’t get it. What’s hanging anyway?” George shook his head. “Your stuff, you nimwit.” His stuff…Oh. Ha! “In that case, it’s hanging long!” 4) And the romance was both sweet and HOT. “I stole it because I am obsessed with you.” Emotion vibrated in his voice. “I wanted something of yours because that is all I could get.” When two people marry, they surrender a small part of themselves.” 5) I’m sure there is some reason I liked this book that I’m forgetting, so that should go in this spot. She flicked her fingers, hitting him lightly on the nose. “You’re so easy.” “No, just smitten.”

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alexa

    My favorite of the series so far :D Our new leading lady, Audrey, is just as awesome as any other IA female character. But I liked her better because she was different! Most IA females are snarky and wouldn't worry about kicking some behind if needed. Audrey is smart, great at what she does... but she's not snarky. Sarcastic yes, funny too! But she was a bit.. softer? I liked the change. Kaldar was also amazing. He was funny and direct, so refreshing! I loved the interactions between then and I w My favorite of the series so far :D Our new leading lady, Audrey, is just as awesome as any other IA female character. But I liked her better because she was different! Most IA females are snarky and wouldn't worry about kicking some behind if needed. Audrey is smart, great at what she does... but she's not snarky. Sarcastic yes, funny too! But she was a bit.. softer? I liked the change. Kaldar was also amazing. He was funny and direct, so refreshing! I loved the interactions between then and I was 100% sold on the romance. This is a couple I could see together 50 years down the road bickering while they rock their chairs in the porch. This is a SLOW romance by the way, and there's little of it (lots of flirting, little romance) until the last 25% of the book. But the best part is without a doubt the kids. We get Jack and George back for this one and they made me laugh through the entire book. “How’s it hanging?” Jack asked. “How am I supposed to answer that?” George looked at him. “I don’t think Kaldar said anything about that. I guess ‘good’? I don’t get it. What’s hanging anyway?” George shook his head. “Your stuff, you nimwit.” His stuff . . . Oh. Ha! “In that case, it’s hanging long!” Jack dissolved into giggles. “Long, get it?” "Jack didn't fully get Jesus. Audrey tried to explain it ... The Best he could gather was that Jesus lived long ago, told people to be nice, and they killed him for it. At the end, he asked who was Jesus' necromancer and if he was in the Bible, then Kaldar couldn't stop laughing" The kids are the best and it's awesome to see them grow. It makes me wish I could have seen all the other characters during their teenage years too. Awesome read! Fully recommended :D

  14. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    1.) On the Edge ★★★★ 2.) Bayou Moon ★★★★ Buddy Read with Ilona Andrews Addicts (IAA)! So, Kaldar's book was everything amazing that I expected it to be, and then so much more! I still think I like On the Edge a little more, but it definitely surpassed Bayou Moon. I mean, this whole series is great, but if I'm ranking them, this comes in at a close second. I also loved all the different POVs. In Bayou Moon it seemed to only be about Cerise and William, and we didn't get to see Declan or Rose until 1.) On the Edge ★★★★ 2.) Bayou Moon ★★★★ Buddy Read with Ilona Andrews Addicts (IAA)! So, Kaldar's book was everything amazing that I expected it to be, and then so much more! I still think I like On the Edge a little more, but it definitely surpassed Bayou Moon. I mean, this whole series is great, but if I'm ranking them, this comes in at a close second. I also loved all the different POVs. In Bayou Moon it seemed to only be about Cerise and William, and we didn't get to see Declan or Rose until the epilogue. In Fate's Edge we see all the characters quite a bit, and Jack, George, and Gaston are actual main characters along for the adventure. I absolutely loved their involvement in this book. This series is about the Edge, which is where the Weird and the Broken touch. The Weird has magic, and the Broken does not. They are mirrors, or parallel universes, to each other. So essentially, the people that live in the Edge are between worlds. We meet our main protagonist, Kaldar, in Bayou Moon. He is Cerise's cousin from the Mire, in the Edge. The Mire is pretty much where all the criminals from the Weird go that are looking to not ever get caught. Kaldar doesn't have riches or a noble blood title, but he has more jokes and wit than anyone else in this series combined. After the events in Bayou Moon, Kaldar is looking for revenge while working with the Mirror. “At the door, Audrey called, "Are you coming?" "No, just breathing hard, love." He glanced at her and was rewarded by an outraged glare, followed by, "Oh, my God!” Then we have Audrey, who thinks she is finally free from her abusive family and happy to be making her own life for herself in the Edge. That is, until her father finds her and begs her to do one more job with him. Audrey is a very skilled lock pick, who feels confident enough to steal anything. Her father promises her that if they break into this pyramid, and steal a special item, that he will completely disappear from her life. He is very desperate for her help, because with the money he can check Audrey's drug-addicted brother into rehab, even though everyone knows that it won't help him, because he doesn't want to be helped. Audrey also had a pet raccoon, Ling the Merciless, who pretty much stole my heart and every scene that she was in. There are three military factions looking to get back this special device that Audrey stole for her father: The Mirror, who William and Cerise are repaying a ten year debt to. The Hand, who are the bad guys who will get anything, or information, they want with any means necessary. And then we have the Claw, who are the Egyptians looking to reclaim their stolen treasure. Since Kaldar is working with the Mirror, he is assigned to the case to find the missing device and retrieve it before the Hand gets to it. Kaldar feels like he might need a little help on this mission, mostly to drive a wyvern, so he goes into the Weird to ask William if he would lend Gaston to him. William agrees and Gaston is more than willing to help, but what they don't expect is Jack and George to be stowaways on this mission. Jack is scared that he has been out of line, trying to deal with his Lynx, and that Declan is going to send him away to a place that is horrible to changeling children (which Declan would never do). He is trying to get William to plead his case, but William and Cerise have to leave in a hurry to another secret mission (that I'm sure will play a bigger part in Steel's Edge), so he feels like his only option is to hide and run away with Kaldar, to buy him some time before William gets back. George isn't going to let his brother run away alone, so he thinks being a stowaway with him is the only option. Once Kaldar notices his new partners on board, he realizes he has to work with him while keeping them as safe as he possible can (so William doesn't kill him). They soon find the right lead that leads them right to Audrey, and then an amazing adventure unfolds. Jack and George really stole this book for me. I love them both and they are such a joy to read about. I love seeing them grow up, because I've already got to see them grown in Sweep in Peace. That is actually the reason I wanted to read this series in the first place. I loved Sweep in Peace so much, and then all my friends kept telling me about the crossover. I couldn't resist and I'm so happy that I didn't. And I just have to say that the banter between Audrey and Kaldar is simply amazing. There really isn't a dull moment between the two. Kaldar is so funny and sarcastic, and Audrey doesn't miss a beat to say something witty back. Their dialogue was perfect and I loved reading about this duo. Speaking of duos, Ilona and Gordon are a tier above the rest. There is something so magical about this writing duo, and I will read anything and everything they create. Blog | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Youtube | Twitch

  15. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

    I would be such an easy mark for Kaldar Mar, he would just smile his seductive smile and I would hand him over all my worldly goods. Granted, he may be disappointed as he will mostly come away with more books then he can carry and Xavier the Xbox but it is all there ripe for plucking. Luckily Audrey Callahan isn't as gullible as I am, so she would probably manage to keep her Xbox (if she had one) and most her books (I reckon Kaldar would take a few, just because he can) but, will she keep her he I would be such an easy mark for Kaldar Mar, he would just smile his seductive smile and I would hand him over all my worldly goods. Granted, he may be disappointed as he will mostly come away with more books then he can carry and Xavier the Xbox but it is all there ripe for plucking. Luckily Audrey Callahan isn't as gullible as I am, so she would probably manage to keep her Xbox (if she had one) and most her books (I reckon Kaldar would take a few, just because he can) but, will she keep her heart? I mean this both literally and figuaratvely; literally as the Hand are after her and Kaldar and will use any means to get them as they both pursue the same goal, and figuratively because, well... did I mention the seductive smile? This was by favourite book in the series so far, I have liked the previous two for different reasons, the first one On the Edge for a great introduction in to a brand new world as well as a cute romance, Bayou Moon because of William and an action packed story. But this one seemed to have the balance perfectly, it had exciting action and adventure that kept the pacing of the book fairly fast; I found myself half way through before I knew it! It had humour and built on relationships that have grown since the first book; I really loved seeing George and Jack especially as some of it was told from there POV. And then of course there is that romance; Kaldar and Audrey complimented eachother perfectly and the banter between them was fantastic. I don't really have anything bad to say about this book, I felt it ended a little abruptly, nothing was left unresolved, I just felt like it was a hard bumpy landing, rather then a slow smooth glide to the end, but it didn't stop me enjoying the book, and left me hoping for more. This book also didn't really give a clue to who will be next in the Edge series. I was thinking Richard Mar, Kaldar's older brother but I am not sure, and I will be waiting impatiently to find out!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠

    Listen, I see the appeal of Kaldar, I really do, but this book initially took forever to get into. I found the pace at the beginning to be slow and I became so irritated at the plot device of including Jack & George, that I stopped reading. I probably wouldn't have read this due to the aforementioned abhorrent plot device, but I did it for the IA BR. What's right in this book: - Kaldar. He's a sly & charismatic fox. I imagine him kind of Zorro - piratey. He's a crazy Mar and can kill with Listen, I see the appeal of Kaldar, I really do, but this book initially took forever to get into. I found the pace at the beginning to be slow and I became so irritated at the plot device of including Jack & George, that I stopped reading. I probably wouldn't have read this due to the aforementioned abhorrent plot device, but I did it for the IA BR. What's right in this book: - Kaldar. He's a sly & charismatic fox. I imagine him kind of Zorro - piratey. He's a crazy Mar and can kill with his awesome sword flash. - Audrey. Despite her lack of a killing nature, she didn't annoy me. I like how resourceful and clever she was. - Lots of bloody violence - Cons/schemes - The setting. IA excels at creating worlds. - Interest objects from the Weird - Good plot What's wrong in this book: - Jack & George. You know what you did wrong to incur my ire. (view spoiler)[I hate the plot of having them on the mission. It's annoying that they join, endanger their lives, their families', they endanger the Mirror's mission. (hide spoiler)] - Jack. I'm really tired of his whiny spoiled brat act of no one loves me because I'm different. Blah, blah, blah. - Audrey isn't a fighter. As in, she doesn't have any training like the previous heroines in this series. I really missed the female lead being a cold blooded killer. Maybe the next book. - The arching plot with the Hand. I am still mad at the Mar family for their lack of foresight, from book 2. (view spoiler)[Why did no one make sure Spider was dead? Really now, if you've finally slain your greatest enemy, you just leave the body? Completely incorrect etiquette. You cut up the body, burn the heart & head, scatter the leftovers to the four corners. And throw some acid on it for good measure. Did they do any of this? Nope. Now I've gotta continue to hear about Spider. I am not happy. (hide spoiler)] Once I had read about 80 pages, the book began to pick up speed and was no longer a tedious read. I would've rated this book less, if not for Kaldar & Audrey. They upped the rating. February 2016 BR with the IA Addicts

  17. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    4.5 Stars This book started a bit slow for me. There was quite a bit in the beginning in Jack and George's POV, which was interesting, but I was really looking forward to getting to the story. Once Kaldar - what a great character, full of life, charm, and loyalty - and Audrey met the story really picked up and I couldn't stop turning pages, staying up far into the night to continue reading. If you've read Bayou Moon you know Kaldar of the Mar family. He's taken a job with the Mirror in order to gai 4.5 Stars This book started a bit slow for me. There was quite a bit in the beginning in Jack and George's POV, which was interesting, but I was really looking forward to getting to the story. Once Kaldar - what a great character, full of life, charm, and loyalty - and Audrey met the story really picked up and I couldn't stop turning pages, staying up far into the night to continue reading. If you've read Bayou Moon you know Kaldar of the Mar family. He's taken a job with the Mirror in order to gain his vengeance on the Hand. The Hand had dwindled the numbers of his family, killing a favored aunt, in their last meeting. Kaldar is determined to make every last one of them pay. He's the same charming, smooth-talking grifter that he always was, and watching him work his own particular brand of magic was a pure delight. While Kaldar treasures family and would do anything for them, Audrey comes from the opposite side of that coin. She only wants to be left alone by her family. She'll do anything to get them to forget she exists, including one last job, where her picklock experience is needed. When the job is over and she goes home she has no idea that her life as she knew it is all but over. Regret, duty, and just a little bit of thrill compel her back into the field to right the wrongs she unknowingly spurred. Seeing the ultimate conman meet his match in another of his kind was brilliant. They knew each other so well because they were so like one another. They fit together perfectly. With hills and valleys to fill the other. Watching them go from mild flirting, to desperate wanting, to true desire and finally love was like a pot of water slowly brought to boil. The heat built and my anticipation with it. The world continues to be first rate, switching between the Broken, the Edge, and the Weird smoothly. New characters pop up to make things interesting, and known characters continue to make themselves a part of the story. Fate's Edge was a thrilling roller-coaster ride of intrigue, locks, spells, battles and love to the end. I can't wait to see what Ilona Andrews has in store for us next in The Edge.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Orient

    Fate's Edge has action (though, I think this book was a little bit slower than the other books. ), romance, magic, love and danger, just a great mix ;))). I know I will repeat it, but it needs to be said once more - Andrews team has a wonderful skill to write! I liked Kaldar in the second book so I was excited to find out more about him in this, third, book. He's such an enjoyable guy to make a great read and I was so eager to know more about his adventure. I like his humour, audacity, rebellion Fate's Edge has action (though, I think this book was a little bit slower than the other books. ), romance, magic, love and danger, just a great mix ;))). I know I will repeat it, but it needs to be said once more - Andrews team has a wonderful skill to write! I liked Kaldar in the second book so I was excited to find out more about him in this, third, book. He's such an enjoyable guy to make a great read and I was so eager to know more about his adventure. I like his humour, audacity, rebellion against rules and loyalty to his family. Kaldar is a thief, cheater and a great swordsman but if you earn his friendship he will be a true friend. A fellow like Kaldar needs a special woman and he gets his tough princess. Audrey is a thief too, she has a sharp tongue and of course she is beautiful and clever. They make a perfect match. But to me, they weren't the most interesting characters. I just loved the boys and a really awesome Ling, The Merciless. I was so happy that Andrews gave boys the major roles in this book along with Kaldar's cousin Gaston. Jack is so cute, dangerous and he changed a lot. I just love him. George was just a weak and shy kid when I first read about him. But now despite he is young, he is a very powerful Necromancer and the youngest espionage agent. I was laughing from their jokes, I was sad when they had problems and they just touched my heart. So I just hope that I'll have a chance to read about them in further books (Please, Mr. and Mrs. Andrews !) Romance, humour and drama make just an awesome blend. The women in the story are tough and know how to kick some badasses. I'm eager to dive into the world of Steel's Edge though It's a little bit sad at the same time, 'cause it's the last book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Erica Ravenclaw

    ☆☆☆☆ No spoilers and colorful language abound! On the Edge (Book 1) Bayou Moon (Book 2) Ah! This, again, took me awhile to sink into. I'm not sure why I find the beginning of all of these books so tedious, but somehow I plow through, because I know how worth it, it is to finish. They are so good. I think I had forgotten how negatively I felt throughout most of the entire first book, yet I gave it a descent rating, they won me over with that ending. That seems to be the theme of me and these ☆☆☆☆ No spoilers and colorful language abound! On the Edge (Book 1) Bayou Moon (Book 2) Ah! This, again, took me awhile to sink into. I'm not sure why I find the beginning of all of these books so tedious, but somehow I plow through, because I know how worth it, it is to finish. They are so good. I think I had forgotten how negatively I felt throughout most of the entire first book, yet I gave it a descent rating, they won me over with that ending. That seems to be the theme of me and these books. Can I just say how happy I am about this world? Also, how equally sad I am that it's ending? I feel really comfortable now with the rules and landscapes of The Weird and The Broken and The Edge. I am deeply invested in the political environment between the various territories. With the switch in MCs each book, we are given a deeper attachment to these fascinating dual realities, I am excited yet sad to be starting the last book. Fate's Edge I think was my favorite. Kaldar was everything I expected and then some. Sigh. His humor had me cackling in the dark, in the wee hours of the morning. Overall the humor in this book was on point. Jack and George are a wealth of endearing charm, I am so pleased we've gotten bits of their story since the beginning and we seem to be following it through. I wonder if they would ever pick up the story again when the boys are grown up! YEAH. That should happen. Anyway, time to read on.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    I'm really behind on writing reviews lately. I want to get this one out there since I've already finished the last book of the series, so I'm going for the random bullet point method. Things I liked: - The humor and fun of having a conman and conwoman as protagonists. - I really enjoyed the heists. - Kaldar is such a loveable rogue. There's plenty of witty dialog in the middle of serious jobs. - Jack and George have large roles to play. I like how this series has romance, but also has side characters I'm really behind on writing reviews lately. I want to get this one out there since I've already finished the last book of the series, so I'm going for the random bullet point method. Things I liked: - The humor and fun of having a conman and conwoman as protagonists. - I really enjoyed the heists. - Kaldar is such a loveable rogue. There's plenty of witty dialog in the middle of serious jobs. - Jack and George have large roles to play. I like how this series has romance, but also has side characters to help balance things out. Reasons why Bayou Moon is still my favorite: - I missed the Edge. This one takes place more in the Broken with just pockets of the Edge. I found the setting was much less rich as a result. I never thought I'd miss a swamp, but I did! - I also missed the larger clans, the wider world of characters. - Religious fanatics are not my favorite topic in the world. - I still prefer William, the brooding changeling, to Kaldar the rogue. - Cerise is way more dangerous with a sword than Audrey. Audrey is a talented thief, but she doesn't kick butt quite as well. I've really enjoyed this series! It's such an interesting world. I'm sad that there are only four books. Maybe one day they'll change their minds and come back to it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    Audio May 2016 Audrey and Kaldar When I pick up an Ilona Andrews book I start it knowing that I need to pay attention. Fate’s Edge, the third book in their Edge series, was no different. They immediately throw a lot of terms at you. You are introduced to the Edge, the Broken, the Weird, the Hand, the Mirror and so on. The first 100 pages of the book must be read slowly so you don’t miss any of the terms or what the Andrews are trying to show you to. Once you get past the initial info dump, as alwa Audio May 2016 Audrey and Kaldar When I pick up an Ilona Andrews book I start it knowing that I need to pay attention. Fate’s Edge, the third book in their Edge series, was no different. They immediately throw a lot of terms at you. You are introduced to the Edge, the Broken, the Weird, the Hand, the Mirror and so on. The first 100 pages of the book must be read slowly so you don’t miss any of the terms or what the Andrews are trying to show you to. Once you get past the initial info dump, as always, this team can write one heck of a story. Audrey Callahan has finally moved her life to the straight and narrow. She left her thieving family far behind and has been offered a real, paying job in the Broken. Right after she decides to take the job her father shows back up in her life and asks her to complete one more job with him. Audrey agrees on the condition that once she completes the job her family will forget she ever existed. She does not want contact with them ever again. Because the job involves B&E and Audrey’s magical power is locks, her father agrees to her conditions. They do the job and life moves on for Audrey. Or so she thinks. Kaldar Mar is a jack of all trades willing to do anything to avenge the death of his family. Family is very important where he comes from. He takes a job with the Mirror in order to strike back at the Hand, the group that killed part of his family. The job just so happens to be finding the artifact Audrey stole. That synopsis, for the most part, takes you past the first 100 pages or so. From there we finally have the first meet and greet with Audrey and Kaldar. Once the two meet, I think I laughed just about every page. There are instant sparks between the two. Kaldar is so fun and easy-going and Audrey is pretty much the opposite. She takes life a little too seriously. Kaldar is perfect for her. Together they are hysterical. The way she sat now, leaning forward frowning, biting her pink bottom lip, her shirt dipping to reveal a hint of her cleavage…..He wondered idly if he could get her to bend over a little farther…. “Just what are you staring at, exactly?” Kaldar snapped back to reality. “You. You’ve been thinking hard for the last five minutes. It’s not good for you to strain your pretty little head like that. I’m waiting for the steam to shoot out of your ears to relieve the pressure on your brain.” “Aha.” Audrey glanced at Jack and George. “What you have here is a man who was caught staring at my breasts, and now he is trying to cover it up with rudeness.” Kaldar lost it and laughed. OR Kaldar winked at her. “You enjoyed it. It made you feel alive. You were looking kind of green.” You bastard. “Oh, so it was a lifesaving kiss.” “Well, if you want to put it that way…..” Arrogant jackass. “Do me a favor: next time you think my life needs saving, just let me die. I’d really prefer it.” He laughed. She shook her head. “I’m going to the front with the boys. Don’t follow me. You and your paramedic kisses need time to cool off. Jack and George are two stowaways to the adventure. They are Rose’s brothers, Rose being the heroine in the first Edge book. Jack and George have run away from home because of some misinformation. They end of being very useful in the adventure. Each of them has a special talent that comes in handy on the case. They will obviously have their own stories in the future. I have given you a lot of info on the players in the book and not much on the plot. The storyline is a typical Andrews plot. You are never quite sure how it will be pulled off but you are 100% sucked in the whole way. In the end, everything works out like it is supposed to and it works out in pretty funny ways. Not only is there the overall plot of trying to recover the item but the group has to perform several tasks along the way. Each task gets them a step closer to the item. And each task has with it its own sense of danger and intrigue. The tasks are loosely based upon the strengths and weaknesses of each character. I am not sure why I have not picked up The Edge series by The Andrews. I adore the Kate Daniels books and now that I have found this series it will probably be the same. The Andrews can write a story that sucks you right in. Once I picked this book up, I didn’t even want to put it down to eat Thanksgiving dinner. 100% recommend this to all Ilona Andrews fans. Also this book read more as PNR than UF like Kate Daniels does. That might draw more of the romance lover in too. Either way, an excellent book. Final grade – A. Favorite quote – where do I start?? “Audrey, I really need your help.” Kaldar smiled at her. Now there was a work of art. If she were just a girl and he were just a man, and they met at a party, that smile would’ve guaranteed him a date. The man was hot. There was no doubt. But right now, all it would get him was a solid punch in those even teeth. Audrey laughed. “Aren’t you sweet? Tell me, do girls usually throw their panties at you when you do that?” He grinned wider, and she glimpsed the funny evil spark in his eyes. “Do men throw money when you do your little Southern belle?” Pot calling the kettle black. “Men enjoy my “sweet tea” Southern. Nobody here is enjoying that stupid grin on your ugly mug.” “Ugly.” “Hideous.” The kids snickered. See full review at Fiction Vixen Book Reviews

  22. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    There's loads to love in this third instalment of the Edge series. I thought Kalder and Audrey were a great match- loved Jack, George and Gaston's involvement too. The action was pretty much non stop and I really enjoyed the heist vibe. I thought the ending was hurried and a bit twee, compared to the others though, so I had to knock a star off. Still recommended!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jilly

    This has got to be one of my favorite Edge books. I loved William the Wolf's wolfy brain in the last book, but I also fell for Kaldar Mars. He is one of those charming characters of questionable, but funny, morals. A pickpocket, conman, and manipulator who is now working for the Mirror, Kaldar is sent on a mission to retrieve a potentially dangerous weapon that other thieves took and placed in the hands of the bad guys. It takes a thief to catch a thief. smart doggy... But, he meets his match in This has got to be one of my favorite Edge books. I loved William the Wolf's wolfy brain in the last book, but I also fell for Kaldar Mars. He is one of those charming characters of questionable, but funny, morals. A pickpocket, conman, and manipulator who is now working for the Mirror, Kaldar is sent on a mission to retrieve a potentially dangerous weapon that other thieves took and placed in the hands of the bad guys. It takes a thief to catch a thief. smart doggy... But, he meets his match in Audrey, the woman who he "catches." She's been a grifter all of her life and has him tased and tied to a chair within minutes of meeting him. She can also see right through his manipulations and fake charm. He was probably conning his mother out of her milk the moment he could grin. He'd charm the clothes off a virgin in twenty minutes. And if the poor fool took him home, he'd drink her dad under the table and beguile her mother...In the morning her dad would be sick with alcohol poisoning, the good silver would be missing together with the family car, and in a month, both the former virgin and her mother would be expecting... Audrey is not buying what Kaldar is selling. At all. How could he not fall in love with her? no, she stole your heart, not your carp... But, at the same time, Audrey is responsible for a national threat now, so she has to help Kaldar and work with him to secure the stolen item. They make a great team. don't worry, Pretty Boy, she's got ya covered... We also get to see the characters from the past books, in all their hilarious glory. "That's all right," Cerise said. "Just stay close to us. If we get in trouble, we'll kill everything." Audrey closed her eyes. "You are all insane." "They are," Gaston said. "I'm good." "You are holding a decapitated head in your lap!" The Mar family: everyone you see can kill you. This book is so much fun. There is a lot of action, humor, and fun cons being run. I really like the world of the Edge!

  24. 5 out of 5

    ☕ Kimberly

    Fate’s Edge takes us back into the Weird and shares Audrey and Kaldar’s slow burning romance. Of course, the Andrews writing team weaves an intense fast paced story around their relationship. Sadly, while I liked this couple, and the story was intense, they were not my favorite of the Edge series. Audrey Callahan is a thief who has a seriously crappy family. She is cunning and quick with a lock pick, but please do not give her a sword. When she steals something for her father and learns it will fa Fate’s Edge takes us back into the Weird and shares Audrey and Kaldar’s slow burning romance. Of course, the Andrews writing team weaves an intense fast paced story around their relationship. Sadly, while I liked this couple, and the story was intense, they were not my favorite of the Edge series. Audrey Callahan is a thief who has a seriously crappy family. She is cunning and quick with a lock pick, but please do not give her a sword. When she steals something for her father and learns it will fall into the wrong hands, she agrees to help Kaldar and the Mirror retrieve it. Kaldar is a trained spy, lawyer, thief, and gambler. skilled in battle and in the bedroom he was charming. I laughed at all of his attempts to flirt with Audrey and oh lord the one-liners. *shakes head* Audrey is not fooled and knows he is after a roll in the hay. The banter between them was delicious, but I never quite felt that their feelings were authentic. I cared about them and rooted for them but Fate's Edge failed to make me swoon for them. Once again, the world building was stellar and listening only enhanced my experience. Ilona Andrews had me holding my breath during some intense scenes. George and Jack were part of the story and they stole the show. I first learned about George and Jack when I read Clean Sweep and had no idea they were originally from the Edge series. They are the reason I went back and began the Edge series. Now, I totally understand the emotions fans felt as they read book two of the Innkeeper Chronicles. While each of the books in the Edge series can be read as a standalone since they feature one couple and a quest I recommend reading them in order. Ilona Andrews does weave in previous characters and continues to flesh out the world in each installment. Fate’s Edge was dark, intense, and addictive. I am a snob when it comes to this author, and prefer to listen on audio. Renee’ Raudman enhances my enjoyment, and Andrews’ novels spring to life during the narration. This review was originally posted on Caffeinated Book Reviewer

  25. 5 out of 5

    -y.a

    4.5-stars This was my favorite of The Edge series by far!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Vicky (the Blowtorch-Wielding OotCDCB™)

    Time to worship at the IA altar! <-- I'm inaugurating a new shelf just for this. How do Ilona and Gordon do it? How do they manage to write awesome worlds with cool magic + kickass heroines + fan-myself heroes + quirky banter+ gory goodness + LOL scenes + cute kids + cool pets, and then shake it all into a cocktail of pure awesomeness? Who knows? I suspect they made a deal with the devil. But whatever it was, it worked! Random awesome quotes (I absolutely cannot pick “the best ones” when really Time to worship at the IA altar! <-- I'm inaugurating a new shelf just for this. How do Ilona and Gordon do it? How do they manage to write awesome worlds with cool magic + kickass heroines + fan-myself heroes + quirky banter+ gory goodness + LOL scenes + cute kids + cool pets, and then shake it all into a cocktail of pure awesomeness? Who knows? I suspect they made a deal with the devil. But whatever it was, it worked! Random awesome quotes (I absolutely cannot pick “the best ones” when really, the best one is the whole damn book) which I just re-read to start Monday with a smile: Kaldar: I love you, you rake! “This man was a rogue, not because circumstances forced him to be a criminal but because he was born that way. He was probably conning his mother out of her milk the moment he could grin. He'd charm the clothes off a virgin in twenty minutes. And if the poor fool took him home, he'd drink her dad under the table, beguile her mother, charm her grandparents, and treat the girl to a night she'd never forget. In the morning, her dad would be sick with alcohol poisoning, the good silver would be missing together with the family car, and in a month, both the former virgin and her mother would be expecting.” Audrey: let's do lunch sometime ;) Kaldar stood up, his hands held out. "Well, I'm here anyway. Why don't you just be a big girl and deal with me. What are you afraid of - " She punched him. She did it right, turning with the punch, hitting him in the precise corner of his jaw. Kaldar's eyes rolled back in his head, and he went down like a log. ^^And just like that BOOM! Jack, I ADORE you. “Jack didn’t fully get Jesus. Audrey tried to explain it, and he could repeat it back to her, word for word, but he still didn’t comprehend most of it. The best he could gather was that Jesus lived long ago, told people to be nice, and they killed him for it. At the end, he asked who was Jesus’ necromancer and if he was in the Bible, then Kaldar couldn’t stop laughing and had to sit down.” George: you're going to turn into one scary bastard, but I've got your back buddy. “Kaldar, if you kill her, please don’t shoot her in the head,” George said, his face cold, as if carved from a glacier. “Raising a body with a shattered brain requires more magic, and I think we can use her corpse to make sure her relatives will get run out of town.” Cerise: badass Hobo Queen, you inspire me. “If we get in trouble, we’ll kill everything.” Gory goodness, oh my: Kaldar sliced the orange woman in half. The top of her slid one way and the bottom the other, but Audrey no longer had any emotion left to spare. Kaldar walked over to them and sat next to her. His arms closed around her. He held her, and together they watched Jack stab the lifeless stump of the beast man's body. He carved it again and again, hurling the bloody chunks of muscle like it was play sand. The feeling slowly returned to her legs. Kaldar said something about a temporary paralytic agent, but she couldn't concentrate enough to pay attention. At some point, Gaston joined them. He was bloody and bruised, and his arm stuck out at an odd angle, but the fingers of his left hand had a death grip on the pale hair of Karmash's head. He sat next to them, cradling it like a watermelon. They watched Jack together. The fire had died down to nothing. The coals turned cold. Ed Yonker had long since gone. Jack swayed and sat down, his gore-covered arms limp. George stood up, walked over to him on shaking legs, and hugged him. Jack looked at his brother's face, looked back at the ruin of the corpse in front of him, and began to cry. ^^My little bloodthirsty heart just shed a tear from the stunning beauty of this scene. And before anyone suggests I get the professional help I so obviously need: Ling, The Merciless (aka the pet racoon) <-- 'nuff said. No quotes required. And a little funny to finish up: "How long have you known him?" "Nine days." "Have you slept with him?" "No!" What kind of a question was that? The woman slapped her hand to her face. "Oh Gods. He is going to marry you."

  27. 5 out of 5

    Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    4.5 STARS! Posted on Under the Covers While FATE’S EDGE is really the third book in The Edge series, it was my first delve into this alternate world of The Weird, the Broken and The Edge. Though I worried that I would be lost entering in the middle of a series, I soon found out that I had no reason to be. The writing team of Ilona Andrews may create a vastly unique and complex world, but they are considerate enough to add in a few details here and there for new readers who would like to try this 4.5 STARS! Posted on Under the Covers While FATE’S EDGE is really the third book in The Edge series, it was my first delve into this alternate world of The Weird, the Broken and The Edge. Though I worried that I would be lost entering in the middle of a series, I soon found out that I had no reason to be. The writing team of Ilona Andrews may create a vastly unique and complex world, but they are considerate enough to add in a few details here and there for new readers who would like to try this series out. In the end, I got hooked and found myself reading this book nonstop until I flipped that last page. FATE’S EDGE is Kaldar Mar’s book. He’s what I would call a smooth criminal. Not above using his charisma and good looks to his advantage, Kaldar can charm anyone into doing what he wants. “This man was a rogue, not because circumstances forced him to be a criminal but because he was born that way. He was probably conning his mother out of her milk the moment he could grin. He'd charm the clothes off a virgin in twenty minutes. And if the poor took him home, he'd drink her dad under the table, beguile her mother, charm her grandparents, and treat the girl to a night she'd never forget.” Now a member of the Mirror, Kaldar has the means to exact the revenge he seeks. However, his lines become tangled in Audrey Callahan’s life... Audrey came from a family of grifters and is very much aware of the consequences of that. When her drug-addicted brother gets into trouble again, her father comes to her seeking assistance on one last heist. Audrey refuses outright, but persistence can be a damned thing and when she and her father agree on one condition, she accepts. If she does this one last job, she will have no ties to her family any more. She has no father, no mother and definitely no brother. With Audrey’s magical skill in lock picking, the heist goes on smoothly. Except now, Audrey learns that the diffuser bracelets she stole are being sought out by both the Mirror and the Hand. And now, Kaldar needs her help to retrieve them. First off, I loved the con storyline! It was smart, interesting and created the perfect pathway for the hero and heroine to fall in love. Actually, I found that Kaldar and Audrey were very much the same. They were so in tune with one another that working as a team was a dream. I don’t think Kaldar expected things to run so smoothly because the former rogue really falls hard in this one and it was very enjoyable to read. The kids, Jack the changeling and George the necromancer, were also great additions to this book. I’m sensing that a book will be in store for them, maybe? The presence of these kids really changed the book. They added humor and heart and they made what was once a bunch of misfits, a team in the end. So if you’re a fan of urban fantasy romance, then be sure to check out The Edge series. Not only is there a happy ending, but there’s a slick hero –made all the more sexy because he knows it – and an equally quick-witted heroine who keeps him on his toes. As Audrey and Kaldar seek to retrieve the stolen item, they find love in each other in the process as well. *ARC provided by publisher

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more

    What is it that we love so much about con artists? Whether it's Neal Caffrey on White Collar, the entire crew from Leverage, or something like Kristen Ashley's Play it Safe, it doesn't matter. I love them all. I love pirates too. And scoundrels and rogues. And KALDAR.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    (Lots of bloody murder, swearing, profanity, one or two sex scenes) 2.5 stars. Maybe I'm a grouch, but I can't quite find three stars in this book. I liked Book 1 -- On the Edge -- much better, and Book 2 -- Bayou Moon, is my favorite so far, cuz I adored William the wolf, and Cerise was one impressive warrior. (Book 4 update: Steel's Edge is great, too.) Characters: Kaldar, the secret agent who works for the Mirror, and Audrey, a lock-picker par excellence who is forced to help Keldar. The boys J (Lots of bloody murder, swearing, profanity, one or two sex scenes) 2.5 stars. Maybe I'm a grouch, but I can't quite find three stars in this book. I liked Book 1 -- On the Edge -- much better, and Book 2 -- Bayou Moon, is my favorite so far, cuz I adored William the wolf, and Cerise was one impressive warrior. (Book 4 update: Steel's Edge is great, too.) Characters: Kaldar, the secret agent who works for the Mirror, and Audrey, a lock-picker par excellence who is forced to help Keldar. The boys Jack and George, and Gaston, who is William's ward from Bayou Moon, now 19 years old. William and Cerise, from Bayou Moon played a sizable role in this book. Rose and Declan from On the Edge appeared, too, but their roles were small. The villains were monstrous creatures made of black magic from Gaul, called the Hounds. Spider (from book 2) was not in this book, but his niece was the leader of the Hounds, out to avenge Uncle Spider, and to find a restorative cure for him. Relationship Development: The relationship building between Kaldar and Audrey was not bad, once Audrey stopped snapping his head off and he stopped with the "irresistible me" routine. I grew to sympathize with them, and wanted them to find a happy future. The one time they made love occurred towards the end, after they grew to trust each other. (Throughout the book, I didn't care for Kaldar's ceaseless thoughts about her tits and ass.) Secondary Relationships: I also enjoyed seeing how protective George and Jack were of each other, and how protective Gaston was of Kaldar. The scene when Jack underwent his first wild rending was...interesting. Why only 2 stars? The POV hopped in and out of George, Jack, Keldar, and Audrey. Also, the villain's POV was provided. Many times I couldn't tell whose thoughts I was reading, especially if a male pronoun was used. I literally had to look back to see whether the POV changed. Repeatedly. Also, the story was full of inconsistencies. Plot and character inconsistencies. I am thinking especially about the part where William and Cerise (view spoiler)[ left Kaldar in Helena's captivity, just because the Mirror said to withdraw (hide spoiler)] . NO WAY would they have acted in such a manner, without even trying to find a way around the obstacle. If nothing else, they would have stayed long enough to ensure Audrey had a rescue plan and equipment. Everything we've learned about William and Cerise, in this book and in the prior book, made their actions scream PLOT DEVICE. The story rambled. I felt like the author team popped a few beers on the porch one starry night and spake the story into a recorder - hence the bungled POV transitions. The characters conversed several times about religion. I can imagine the Gordons waxing philosophical for hours over a few beers. "What is religion? Jesus was a nice guy who got killed. Does a necromancer work for god?" Also,"What happens when we die?" Blah blah blah. The authors just got carried away. Blame it on the beer. ツ More inconsistencies and/or plot contrivances: There were lots of things that bugged me: (view spoiler)[ The way the horrible Hounds handled Gnome was not consistent with their shrewd and calculated MO. They were hunting down Audrey and Kaldar and they knew Gnome had been harboring them, so they would have tortured him for info on their whereabouts. Did they? Nope, they instantly beheaded him!! Instantly! Like, how you gonna get info now? Also, later in the book, WHY would they let Audrey go? Because of a promise to do so? No. They BREAK promises all the time. They're baaaad. But it served the plot to release Audrey, even though Helena the horrible hated her. (hide spoiler)] One last comment: The final rescue scene was almost laughable. The fight was over in a FLASH, with few details. "I came, I saw, I conquered" does not make for descriptive, absorbing UF. It fell flat, in a minor chord. In sum, a disappointing read. I cannot recommend it, but will await the next book. (Update: Steel's Edge totally rocked!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mrs. Badass

    How on earth to start this review... I could start by saying that I think Ilona Andrews writes SUPERB Worlds and Characters. I could say that Ilona Andrews has the most Fantastic imagination when it comes to monsters and villains. I could say that Ilona Andrews writes witty and funny dialogue, which doesn't feel forced or cheesy. (Unless they want it to, of course) But if I said all those things, what would I tell you about Fate's Edge? That would be the end of this review, and I then would tell How on earth to start this review... I could start by saying that I think Ilona Andrews writes SUPERB Worlds and Characters. I could say that Ilona Andrews has the most Fantastic imagination when it comes to monsters and villains. I could say that Ilona Andrews writes witty and funny dialogue, which doesn't feel forced or cheesy. (Unless they want it to, of course) But if I said all those things, what would I tell you about Fate's Edge? That would be the end of this review, and I then would tell you to rush out and buy the series, because it is captivating, unique, and cool. Fate's Edge features Kalder Mar, whom we meet in Bayou Moon--he is part of Cerise's family. Kalder was just so adorably egotistical that I loved him. What I loved most about him was he had so many layers. You could almost call him an onion. As an agent for the Mirror, he has been trained to blend in, and adapt to almost any setting. For most of his life, he was a thief, a cheat, and a liar. But, he has a set of standards--which included no raping, no murder of children, and no stealing from honest, innocent people. He was a modern day Robin Hood if you will, stealing from the bad, in order to feed and provide for his family in the mire. (view spoiler)[ But that was before Spider and the Hand wiped out most of his family in Bayou Moon. (hide spoiler)] Audrey Callahan was a great heroine, and nice break from the mold of woman usually found in Ilona Andrews books. That is not a knock on the writing duo, but I found her refreshing. I'm glad she wasn't a sword wielding, flashy, killer. I enjoyed Audrey's lock picking skills, and her con-woman lifestyle. I thought her and Kalder were a perfect match. Her back-story would have demolished most people, but she rose above it, and didn't let it break her. I admired her strength of character. You can't talk about Fate's Edge without talking about the world-building. It's a complicated and complex world that you have to read slowly, so you don't get confused. The three main places are the Weird, the Broken and the Edge. To put it simply, the Weird is magical (Think Fantasy realm), the broken has technology but no magic (Think Walmart!) and the edge is in between, where there is some magic, but not a lot. (You have to cross a magical barrier to get into the edge, it's like an inner dimensional pocket that causes pain when you cross into it. (I'm not sure I did an adequate job of describing the layers of the world, but it's a start!) If I were going to nitpick (And it's a SMALL nitpick), because let's be frank here, no book is PERFECT, (even though most of the Ilona Andrews books come close in my most humble opinion) I would say that the second sequence (Heist) in Fate's Edge takes took longer than I thought it would and I would have preferred more time spent on the final climax and ending. (But I am a tough reader, and I will probably be in the minority on this one) However, it was still fascinating and had me staying up really late to finish the book. Even though I swore to myself I was going to pace, and savor it. Once I hit about 45% on my kindle, I flew through the rest, unable to put it down. I loved seeing Cerise and William, and the brief glimpse of Rose and Declan. I have to spend a minute here to tell you that I love Jack and George, and I cannot wait, seriously. Cannot. Wait! For them to have their own books. So please ACE, let them write about Jack and George!!! I spent the first 25% in love with a twelve year old lynx. This is a must read series, for any fantasy and paranormal romance fans. I would recommend reading them in order, though I think you could read them as stand alone novels if you had too. Grade: A, 5 stars.

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