“Silent Blade” by Ilona Andrews
Genre: Romantic SciFi-Futuristic
Length: Short Story
Publication Date: June 2, 2009
Main Characters: Celino Carvanna and Meli Galdes
Book origin; won e-copy at The Bookpushers
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.