14 December 2009

Review; Ilona Andrews - Silent Blade

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“Silent Blade” by Ilona Andrews
Genre: Romantic SciFi-Futuristic
ISBN: 978-1-60504-574-0
Length: Short Story
Price: 2.50
Publication Date: June 2, 2009

Main Characters: Celino Carvanna and Meli Galdes
Book origin; won e-copy at The Bookpushers

Cover Summary:
Old hatreds die hard. Old love dies harder.

On Meli Galdes’ home planet, the struggle for power is a bloody, full-contact sport—in business and on the battlefield. For years her lethal skills have been a valuable asset in advancing her family’s interests. She’s more than earned her right to retire, but her kinsmen have one last favor to ask.

Kill the man who ruined her life.

Celino Carvanna’s razor-sharp business acumen—and skills with a blade—won him the freedom to do as he pleases. There’s only one thing he can’t seem to control—his reaction to the mysterious woman who tantalizes his senses. Her eyes alone set his blood simmering, stirring ridiculous adolescent fantasies about breasts and honey. With a few words she dissects his soul. Who is she? And how does she slide so easily under his well-guarded skin?

It’s almost too easy to draw Celino within the kill zone. Meli plans to revel in him. Drink him in. Wring every drop of pleasure out of every moment.

And when she’s sure he belongs to her, she will finally repay a decade’s worth of pain—in a single, brutal dose of reality.

Warning: Contains a heroine who excels in moving targets, a hero who can’t get into her pants fast enough, and implant-enhanced sex (no, not that kind of implant…).

In my love for the fantasy genre as a whole it is hard not to be confronted with the name Ilona Andrews yet sometimes I need a nudge to start to read a new author. That nudge was provided when I transferred SILENT BLADE to my e-reader, I opened the file and I read; Old hatreds die hard. Old love dies harder. Sometimes it only takes one sentence to be instantly compelled to read on and this one did it for me. Love and hate are two very strong emotions and I wanted to find out what was behind that sentence, curious what triggered both.

As I read on I discovered the power in Ilona Andrews writing abilities. Within a few pages I was ensnared by the world she was leading me into and the romance of an arranged marriage that didn’t happen. The love and the hate were born and from there two people, Celino Carvanna and Meli Galdes, went their own way in life. Their character development and conflict was swift but oh so very good. Both of them have a personality that leaps of the pages and grabbed my attention. I could do no more than hungrily click the next button.

Celino Carvanna is this driven, take-charge kind of man who doesn’t want to be bound to the confines of an arranged marriage. He is unapologetic for his behavior but with the right woman his personality thaws and a passionate man is revealed. If I could have a hundred more pages about this man it wouldn’t be enough. I loved Celino’s almighty attitude and how that changed by the effect Meli had on him.

Now Meli isn’t a woman who is a subdued or has a bland personality. She is bold, courageous, with the right dose of femininity and she doesn’t sit and watch life go by. Emotions and backbone make for a great heroine and Meli was such a leading lady. I empathized with her, rooted for her, as her plan was set in motion.

SILENT BLADE contains all the important elements for amazing storytelling only I got it in a smaller dosage. There was sultry sexual tension, enough conflict and both POV’s received enough attention to give a well-rounded story. Due to the length of the story I was baffled by the gratification I received as a reader, while I felt the ending could have been a little more elaborate it was a good place to leave this couple. I can only applaud Ilona Andrews that with a fabulous set up and emotion driven dialogues she has the ability to deliver a short story that has depth.

All I can say is; If this author duo can whisk me away and deliver the good stuff in a short story, I am eager to discover the effect of Ilona Andrews’s imagination in a full length novel. To be continued!

"Let me go."
He growled his frustration. "You're sentencing us both to misery. In the name of what, Meli? Haven't you been miserable enough? Wouldn't a more fitting punishment be sentencing me to a lifetime of making you happy?"
"Let me go, Celino."
"I can't," he whispered and kissed her hair.

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  1. Oh it was a short story, must learn to read more carefully.
    Sounds good

  2. This is a crazy good short story. I had no idea what to expect and it blew me away.

    Now go read On the Edge!!! ;)

  3. @Blodeuedd - I knew getting in it was a short story and I loved the surprise I found while reading it.

    @Mandi - I have only a few more required reads and then I have some quality me and TBR pile time :) On The Edge will be among the first!

    @Silver - Word LOL

  4. Great review Leontine! Reminds me of finally writing mine for this novella. Want to do a mini-review for it but haven't figured out how to give shape to my mini-reviews yet :(

    Back to the topic: I've read this too and liked it very much. Not as blown away as you are but that probably has to to with our tastes regarding fantasy. But despite that I really would love to read more in this world.

  5. This sounds wonderful and one for my wishlist once I go exploring this genre further :) A short story that has the potential to blow you away will be a good one to fall in love with it!

  6. Leontine have you read On The Edge? I was curious to see if Silent Blade was similar... I'm just getting into Illona Andrews so far I'm really enjoying her series.

    Great Review!

  7. @Pearl - I hope you get a light bulb moment for your mini-review structure ;) I'm really looking forward to some of those reviews. I'm glad you enjoyed SB too and yeah I can get lost in the overall fantasy genre :D

    @Janna - I highly recommend you to grab SB. It is a cheap, 72 page long and wonderful way to get acquainted with both the author and genre.

    @Smokinhotbooks - Girl we can shake hands, I'm new at Ilona Andrews too, as soon as I've read OTE I will give you an answer!

  8. Gawd! I really need to get my butt in gear with this author!!!

    Thanks for the great review Leontine. You've proven once again what I've been missing with Ilona Andrews.

    Hugs, VFG

  9. Great review Leontine! And you reminded me about this story. I was going to buy it awhile back but forgot about it for some reason. Now that I've read On the Edge, I'm definitely going to remember this one now. :)

  10. oddly enough, as much as i pimp Ilona Andrews out as the queen of evil authors..... I haven't read this one! I need to, its on my kindle and has been forever!

  11. This looks really good. Me and IA need to schedule a date. :)

  12. Hey girl! Great review I haven't read very many short stories by themselves, I just have read them as parts of anthologies. I'm gonna have to give more of them a shot. Hope you are having a great week my friend!


  13. I so agree this book is just great!
    And imagine was Ilona Andrews can create in a full novel.
    Great review as ever hun!

  14. I love Ilona Andrews writing but I haven't read this yet must change that soon. Wonderful review!

  15. @VampFanGirl - You really need to sample something by this author VFG, I could only hunger for more after my "taste":)

    @Donna - I so want to read OTE and Silent Blade is only 2,50 dollars, a small treat for the book buyer.

    @Kindle Vixen - *gasp* It's still unread?? It a quickie so i hope you get around to reading it soon.

    @Fiction Vixen - And there i thought you and IA already had a date *grin*

    @JennJ - I'm not an ultra big fan of short stories either but this one nailed it for me.

    @Susi Sunshine - I'm real eager to sink my teeth in a full novel by this author ;)

    @Tricia - Like I said, it's a fabulous quickie!

  16. hey honey!

    Just dropping to to see what's up...found lots of interesting things to see (Sweet eye candy, yum) and interesting things to read!

    Thanks for stopping in to see my new look! And I'm pleased you found my article so touching. Sometimes that's all we need when things get bad...a small reminder...and I glad I could offer you a rainbow today.


  17. Didn't realise as well that this was a short one...

    Thanks for the review..


  18. @HAWK - You defintely gave me rainbow *wink*

    @EH - On my e-reader it was about 70 pages long. If you put your mind to it a wonderful 1-1,5 hour of reading time.


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