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Fated Blades Kindle Edition
A USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller.
An uneasy alliance between warring families gets heated in this otherworldly novella from bestselling author Ilona Andrews.
At first glance, the planet Rada seems like a lush paradise. But the ruling families, all boasting genetically enhanced abilities, are in constant competition for power—and none more so than the Adlers and the Baenas. For generations, the powerful families have pushed and pulled each other in a dance for dominance.
Until a catastrophic betrayal from within changes everything.
Now, deadly, disciplined, and solitary leaders Ramona Adler and Matias Baena must put aside their enmity and work together in secret to prevent sinister forces from exploiting universe-altering technology. Expecting to suffer through their uneasy alliance, Ramona and Matias instead discover that they understand each other as no one in their families can—and that their combined skills may eclipse the risks of their forbidden alliance.
As the two warriors risk their lives to save their families, they must decide whether to resist or embrace the passion simmering between them. For now, the dance between their families continues—but just one misstep could spell the end of them both.
“Fans of the Kinsmen series (Silent Blade; Silver Shark) will enjoy this third adventure.” —Library Journal
About the Author
“Ilona Andrews” is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian, and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the US Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)
Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.
They have coauthored four New York Times and USA Today bestselling series: the Kate Daniels urban fantasy series, the Edge rustic fantasy books, the Hidden Legacy paranormal romance novels, and the Innkeeper Chronicles, which they post as a free weekly serial. For a complete list of their books, fun extras, and Innkeeper installments, please visit their website at www.ilona-andrews.com.
- ASIN : B09G9VJTKT
- Publisher : Montlake (November 23, 2021)
- Publication date : November 23, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 2855 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 222 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,541 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The premise of the Kinsmen series is simple. Borrowing loosely from the intro to one of the earlier books: humans needed to be “enhanced” to facilitate spreading across the galaxy - able to survive harsh conditions, or be fierce hunters or warriors, or make brilliant scientific advances. And some of these enhancements were biological, and could be passed down through the generations. Since, however, humans were still basically human, the folks who had these genetic advantages soon wanted to keep them to themselves, and thus the Kinsmen families were born.
Fated Blades features two such families, both with the ability to generate deadly swords or impenetrable shields from their bodies on a moment’s notice. The “secare” originally were soldiers created to fight in a vicious war, but have dispersed in the decades since. The Baenas and the Addlers settled on the same planet though, and in true Montague-Capulet fashion, they are sworn enemies. So when the wife of the head of one family and the husband of the other not only have an affair, but more importantly, steal precious business secrets, heads are going to roll. Quite literally.
As the leaders of their respective clans, Ramona Addler and Matias Baena have to clean up the mess, quickly and quietly, or their families will be destroyed. So they uneasily agree to pursue the culprits together. What follows is a classic space opera (even if not actually set in space), as they race across Rada and back, fighting battles, sharing a few moments of downtime, and learning more about each other as they go. And of course, as with all epic adventures, there’s a show-stopper of an ending – or actually two show-stoppers if you count the epilogue….
Some of Ilona Andrews’ longer books deal with serious themes from time to time, even if these are sort of hidden amongst the action. But their novellas mostly seem to be written for fun, and Fated Blades is one of the best. Long-time fans will treasure the occasional sneaky references to earlier Kinsmen stories: silver shark serpents, the Escana family, passion cones. But none of these are central to the story, and everyone will enjoy the wicked action, the slowly developing relationship between Mathias and Ramona, and finding out how things turn out in the end! (Finally, on a personal level, I also particularly enjoyed one of the minor characters, Haider Davenport, and hope someday maybe he and his husband get their own story, even if it’s just a short prequel or web-snippet.)
Also please note that I received an advance review copy from the authors, via their publishers, Montlake Romance, and from NetGalley, and my thanks go to all.
I really liked it: it’s a quick, fast-paced and compelling read with lots of their trademark well-choreographed fight scenes that play like a movie in your mind (or at least in my mind). The story is difficult to summarize without giving away too much of the plot. It is set on the same world - Planet Rada - as the previous Kinsmen stories and even in the same province, Dahlia, as Silent Blade, but apart from that, there are no connections between the characters, except that they also belong to the class of humans that were at some point technologically enhanced with fighting capabilities, traits that were then subsequently inherited. Those that have those traits are called secare. Both of our protagonists were born with those traits and have honed their abilities since an early age. They belong to two families that have been locked in a kind of cold war because of an enmity, the origins of which have been all but lost in the past. So the members of the two families have avoided open conflict by steering clear of each other, though they share some business interests and naturally they also monitor each other. So when Ramona, the head of the Addler family walks into Matias Baena’s corporate offices unannounced, disrupting his minutely structured day, he is a touch taken aback, to say they least. But a theft affecting both their businesses forces them to work together. This in medias res beginning really set the tone for the rest of the book, which is very action-driven. I also like the rather unconventional fact that both main protagonists are married at the beginning of the book, but not to each other. Together with the resolution of the corporate theft and the recovery of the stolen data, the disentanglement of their personal lives is one of the main drivers of the story, as well as one of the main obstacles before they can be together. Because of course they fall in love, mostly by being impressed by each others fighting prowess and how well they “dance” together.
I love everything Ilona Andrews have ever written, some books more than others, and I understand that not every book can be even “better” than the previous one. But because of the consistently impressive quality of their stories, they have set a rather high bar for themselves and this story does not quite manage to deliver on all accounts. For one that might be due to the fact that this is a standalone novel, and a comparatively short one at that; so the story lacks some of the intricacies and depth that characterize their multi-part series and also secondary characters (with maybe one exception) seem less fleshed out and colorful than readers have become accustomed to.
Additionally, I got a bit riled up about the understanding of politics that seemed to underpin the story: not actively pursuing a career in politics does NOT mean you are not political: if you are the head of a large enterprise you can’t help put being political because you have a stake in things like trade agreements, labor policy, government contracts, etc., that all affect your business. And lobbying your government for or against a law that impacts what kind of research and development you can do, is highly political, in fact, it’s the essence of politics (as you might have guessed, I subscribe to Hanisch’s view (the personal is political) which postulates that our personal experiences are the result of/constrained by societal structures and the context we live in and not the limited view that sees politics as something that is divorced from ordinary people’s lives).
But still, a gripping, imaginative story with an original starting point and solid world building, so 4 1/2 stars.
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Had to force myself to carry on reading. The world building didn't weave a intricate web that absorbed me.
The main characters didn't ensnare by attention nor did I feel chemistry between them sizzle off the page.
The writing felt a bit stiff.
Not going I my re-read pile. A small amount of skim reading took place.
Correction: The authors have said that the trope is fated soulmates.
I just loved the flow of the vibrant writing in this book, it held my attention with a singular focus and the descriptions of the surrounding world vividly painted the landscape, without ever drawing focus away from the actions and character interactions