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.

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