Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Steel’s Edge by Ilona Andrews


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Audiobook review: Steel’s Edge

Steel's EdgeAuthor: Ilona Andrews
Narrator: Renée Raudman
Audio Speed: 1.25x
Series: The Edge #4
Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance
Source: Purchased

Steel’s Edge centers around Richard Mar (introduced in book two), brother of Kaldar. Richard has been around the block, and his life hasn’t been very easy. He doesn’t necessary fit in with his family, so he’s found meaning in tracking down and destroying the illegal slave industry, which was responsible for the torture of his younger cousin Sophie. Stumbling into the Edge after being fatally wounded, he’s fortunate that Charlotte de Ney, a powerful healer, finds and saves him.

Charlotte is a noble blue blood from Adrianglia who moved to the Edge after a devastating betrayal left her worried about the dark magic within her. Luckily, Charlotte was taken in by Eleonore Drayton: Rose, George, and Jack’s grandmother. After three years, Charlotte has been accepted by the Edgers and lives a quiet life. But when Richard Mar crashes into her life, everything changes. Now Charlotte is compelled to join Richard on his dangerous quest.

As the final book in Ilona Andrew’s wonderful Edge series, Steel’s Edge takes readers on an exciting journey and gives closure to some long running storylines without losing site of the book’s central storyline. Richard and Charlotte’s crusade against the slavers is action-packed, edgy, and thrilling. The execution of the ultimate plan kept me glued to the proverbial pages of the book. The entire plot was well-thought out and masterfully executed. My heart was racing at times.

But wait… there’s more! I adored Charlotte and Richard’s romance. They are two damaged individuals that don’t have to hide their true natures from one another. Their attraction is strong, but their love for and acceptance of the other is what makes their romance so engaging. I loved where their story ended; it was fitting for their journey.

Steel’s Edge also tackles a couple storylines that have run throughout the series. The first is that of John Drayton, father of Rose, George, and Jack. He abandoned his children to find fortune and treasure after their mother died. The second is that of Spider and The Hand, the longtime nemesis of the Mar family. While neither storyline takes up much page space, the authors do great justice to both.

Once again Renee Raudman works her magic with the story, bringing to life these characters. She adds just the right inflection and emotion into each character’s persona, creating three-dimensional reading experience. Her narration adds emotional impact and value to an already amazing storyline.

Richard and Charlotte’s tale is one of my favorites. Steel’s Edge was packed with powerful emotions and thrilling adventure. While I would have loved more stories from The Edge, the authors did a great job wrapping up the series while sharing one more exciting story. (Footnote: some of the characters live on in Ilona Andrews’ Innkeeper Chronicles.)

My Rating: A
Narration: A


  • I really love this series too. I miss it so much. I loved the world they built here. I am glad that we got to see more of Jack and George in The Innkeepers Chronicles. I hope they continue to make appearances, even if they weren’t quite the same after they had grown up. 🙂

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • They are definitely different people now that they are older, but I think it fits who they were in the Edge books. I’d love a story about Jack, George, and the gang that spans the time between this book and when they were recruited to the Arbitrator’s office.

      • That would be awesome! We need to hit up Ilona Andrews!! LOL

  • Leona Woolfolk

    I can’t wait to jump into this series after I finish the Inn Keepers and Kate Daniels.

    • Haha! You’re going “backwards,” just like I did. You’ll see what I mean once you start this series.

      • Leona Woolfolk

        Lol! That seems to be a trend with me haha

  • Fabulous review. I loved re-visiting this finale installment through it. This was an amazing book and very well done. This series is great and I miss it, but boy did they do a fin job with it and closed some storylines that need a closer.
    Angela @ Angel’s Guilty Pleasures

    • Thanks! I really liked this series. It’s so different and entertaining. The final book was really well done.

      • Ya it was. I would love more, but I know they don’t have plans to do more in this series. Though we do see some of these characters pop up in the Innkeeper Chronicles series (which I didn’t realize tell I read a review non-spoiler pointing things out). It was nice to see where they end up.

  • They live on? I had forgotten that…or did I even know

    • George and Jack? Yes… they are a rather big part of Sweep in Peace. George is the Arbitrator.

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