January 8, 2022

Fated Blades (Kinsmen #3) by Ilona Andrews

Fated Blades (Kinsmen #3) by Ilona Andrews
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Release Date: November 23, 2021
Format: eBook + Audiobook (Kindle Unlimited)
Publisher: Montlake (eBook) + Brilliance Audio (Audiobook)

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Fated Blades by Ilona Andrews is an entertaining and quick read. Somewhere between a long novella and a short book, you don’t need to read the other books in the series to be able to enjoy this one. Readers can expect fast-paced action, the amazing fight scenes that the authors are known for, and some delicious tension between the main characters.  

This story reminded me a lot of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, but it was a lot let depressing (no angsty heartbroken teenagers committing suicide at the end of the story) and had a lot more action (the fights scenes were awesome - I was quite happy to see Ramon demonstrate how much of a badass she is). All in all, less star crossed lovers more enemies to lovers of forbidden lovers. 

The narrator, Aaron Shedlock, did a great job with this performance. I can normally listen to an audiobook at 1.20x, but I found it best to have the speed set at 1.05x for this book (This is not a dig against the narrator or factored in my rating, more of a comment meant to reflect his speaking cadence during the narration). I would recommend this book to adult sci-fi and romance readers because of the violence level, the explicit sex scenes, and the amount of swearing. Fans of Ilona Andrews’ other books should enjoy Fated Blades - it’s not quite as intricate or detailed as some of their other books, but I think that is owed more to the length rather than a decline in writing quality.

About the Book
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.

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