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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 fami 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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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 fami 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.

30 review for Fated Blades

  1. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    It pains me to give a new Ilona Andrews book less than 4 stars. However, it has to be done because I had problems with this book. They are all spoilers, so you've been warned. (view spoiler)[ - The main bad guy of the book is named Varden and he is the leader of a group called Vandals. I can't tell you how much I kept mixing up those two names in my head. And basically making him Varden the Vandal? That's an interesting choice ha - At the end it's suddenly revealed that Varden and Lukas are twins, It pains me to give a new Ilona Andrews book less than 4 stars. However, it has to be done because I had problems with this book. They are all spoilers, so you've been warned. (view spoiler)[ - The main bad guy of the book is named Varden and he is the leader of a group called Vandals. I can't tell you how much I kept mixing up those two names in my head. And basically making him Varden the Vandal? That's an interesting choice ha - At the end it's suddenly revealed that Varden and Lukas are twins, which was a surprise twist. However, it was never explicitly stated that this meant Varden was also a secare? And how/why he would have hidden that? And how he came to be involved with the Vandals. And neither Ramona nor Matias seemed surprised that he was secare? Did I miss something? - It didn't make sense that Cassida would go through all these efforts when she still wouldn't have the power she wanted by being the spouse of a politician. Unless perhaps it was just an act of revenge against Matias and she wanted her own money and to just be free of him? I wanted her to have a stronger motivation or plan. - The romance between Ramona and Matias felt very rushed. Yes, fated mates and all that, but still. (hide spoiler)] Despite the above, I did like this book. I just didn't love it as much as I hoped I would. Oh well. I'm still an Ilona Andrews fangirl.

  2. 4 out of 5

    aarya

    2021 Fall Bingo (#FallInLoveBingo🍂): Reread November 23, 2021: Reread via audio. Not my favorite narrator but still enjoyed the ride! October 4, 2021: i’m losing my goddamn mind, review to come when i’m more coherent. ~the review, seven days later~ Sorry. Not going to be coherent. I love the previous Kinsman novellas so much (to the point where I own a special edition from Subterranean Press with gorgeous illustrations). My brain was a series of exclamation points after learning about the exist 2021 Fall Bingo (#FallInLoveBingo🍂): Reread November 23, 2021: Reread via audio. Not my favorite narrator but still enjoyed the ride! October 4, 2021: i’m losing my goddamn mind, review to come when i’m more coherent. ~the review, seven days later~ Sorry. Not going to be coherent. I love the previous Kinsman novellas so much (to the point where I own a special edition from Subterranean Press with gorgeous illustrations). My brain was a series of exclamation points after learning about the existence of FATED BLADES. A third Kinsman novella, releasing nearly a decade after SILVER SHARK?! The serotonin levels were dangerously high that day. Many thanks to the Montlake publicist for offering me an advanced reading copy and making my entire year. The Kinsmen world, in my opinion, is IA's most underrated series. I will now explain to you why they are my favorite novellas ever. Picture this: deliciously soapy Harlequin Presents-style adventures involving magical space warriors. This is a compliment, because I fucking love Harlequin Presents. The tropes are god-tier when executed well. A woman wants revenge against the man who broke their arranged childhood engagement, BUT WAIT, she's an assassin who seduces him for a hit job? SILENT BLADE is one click away on your preferred e-retailer. An admin assistant pines for her boss in a hopeless case of unrequited love, BUT WAIT, she's hiding her mind-reading abilities because she can kill people with her brain? Let me introduce to the marvel of SILVER SHARK. FATED BLADES follows in the iconic footsteps of its predecessors. In the faraway planet of Rada, Ramona and Matias team up together despite a generation family feud, hunt down their cheating spouses, and reclaim stolen data that will ruin their fortunes if unrecovered. Y'all. The angst in this is sublime. Forbidden love at its finest: "Oh no, we can't be together because our families would love to murder each other if given the chance... We're still married to other people. It would be unethical to hook up, even if our exes are cheating bastards that we're going to divorce ASAP." This is basically the whole book, plus intergalactic political conspiracy and badass action scenes involving magical weapons. The temple scene... angels wept. Last but certainly not least: Ramona and Matias have this unsettling magical fighting connection that makes their terrifying blades work extra well when paired together. The book doesn't call it fated mates, but it's fated mates, LOL. Look at the title! They're soulmates, if being soulmates made you really good at killing terrible people for the sake for a bloody sci-fi narrative (I'm not joking, the body count is rather high). As I said: sublime. Everyone read this book and report back to me!!! I don't make the rules! You are now bound by my covenant for reaching the end of this review. Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Corina

    What a delight!!!!! Fated Blades has everything I love about this author. Witty dialogues, great character building, strong females, charismatic heroes, imaginative world building – I could go on. And it has a favorite trope of mine – enemies to lovers. The couple started out as enemies, actually mortal enemies, but necessity makes for a great bed partner. It was very entertaining to see them realise that there is more to each other than a hated last name. Ramona was my kind of heroine. Strong, acc What a delight!!!!! Fated Blades has everything I love about this author. Witty dialogues, great character building, strong females, charismatic heroes, imaginative world building – I could go on. And it has a favorite trope of mine – enemies to lovers. The couple started out as enemies, actually mortal enemies, but necessity makes for a great bed partner. It was very entertaining to see them realise that there is more to each other than a hated last name. Ramona was my kind of heroine. Strong, accomplished, ruthless, and smart. She had a hard shell, and a careful nature, but her opening up to Matias felt right. Matias was the silent type. A workaholic, always in control, and easily mistaken as cold and emotionless. But in the end he was just waiting for the right partner to bring his passion to the surface. I’m a sucker for a strong couple. When a heroine and hero complement each other – everything makes so much more sense. So, if you love to get swept away in a magical world. If you need a book for an afternoon, a short novel for between bigger books, you need to pick up FATED BLADES. The novella is a great introduction to all things Ilona Andrews. Most of all the length of the novella was incredibly satisfying. It was ,much longer than expected, with 222 pages it’s almost as long as a regular book, or at least 2/3 of a book. The world building and character development was well done for the page length. Of course it is still a novella, so some instances would have been even more detailed in a full length novel, but I’m not going to complain – lol. Also, I wouldn’t say no to more of this world. It’s not as all consuming as Kate Daniels is, but it's exactly what I expect from IA and the authors delivered even in a short format like a novella. I would also recommend reading Silver Shark and Silent Blade first. It's been too long since I read them, and the three novellas make for a great afternoon read. ___________________________________ I received a copy of this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. My opinions have not been influenced by the publisher or the author. You can find me on my blog and on Bookstagram

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    That was great fun, and so hard to put down! I downloaded it at midnight, read half and then finished it up this morning. Romeo and Juliet get a kickass Ilona Andrews upgrade in Fated Blades, a standalone short novel set in the Kinsman universe. Ramona and Matias, the two heads of feuding kinsmen families, both of secare (elite warrior) clans, are forced to cooperate when their two spouses run off together, stealing both families' vital scientific research, with plans to sell it to the Big Bad o That was great fun, and so hard to put down! I downloaded it at midnight, read half and then finished it up this morning. Romeo and Juliet get a kickass Ilona Andrews upgrade in Fated Blades, a standalone short novel set in the Kinsman universe. Ramona and Matias, the two heads of feuding kinsmen families, both of secare (elite warrior) clans, are forced to cooperate when their two spouses run off together, stealing both families' vital scientific research, with plans to sell it to the Big Bad of their galactic sector. They need to track down their spouses, get back the research data, get rid of the bad guys (and maybe their spouses), and keep everything secret to avoid losing face. Sparks fly, on every level. It's a quick, fast read, not as complex and layered as their very best work, but Ilona Andrews fans will have a good time. Content note: R-rated for violence, explicit sex and a few scattered F-bombs.

  5. 4 out of 5

    ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)

    This is Pure Condensed and Unadulterated IA Scrumptiousness (PCaUIAS™), so I quite obviously didn't like it very much. Why thank you, Spockie dear. ➽ Review to come and stuff. · Book 1: Silent Blade ★★★★ · Book 2: Silver Shark ★★★★ · Book 3: A Mere Formality ★★★★★ This is Pure Condensed and Unadulterated IA Scrumptiousness (PCaUIAS™), so I quite obviously didn't like it very much. Why thank you, Spockie dear. ➽ Review to come and stuff. · Book 1: Silent Blade ★★★★ · Book 2: Silver Shark ★★★★ · Book 3: A Mere Formality ★★★★★

  6. 4 out of 5

    TJ ☾

    “You were supposed to die. Why aren’t you dead?” He nodded at the plaza below painted red with blood. “Because I killed everyone.” “You were supposed to die. Why aren’t you dead?” He nodded at the plaza below painted red with blood. “Because I killed everyone.”

  7. 5 out of 5

    h o l l i s

    So, listen, this might not measure up to other books by these authors that I've given four stars to but it feels like it's been a hundred years since they published a book (time has no meaning anymore) and I started having a good time almost immediately after starting it, and said good times pretty much didn't stop, so. It gets a four. He felt a sudden urge to do something dramatic and impressive. He needed to get ahold of himself. I probably should've reread the preceding novellas to see if there So, listen, this might not measure up to other books by these authors that I've given four stars to but it feels like it's been a hundred years since they published a book (time has no meaning anymore) and I started having a good time almost immediately after starting it, and said good times pretty much didn't stop, so. It gets a four. He felt a sudden urge to do something dramatic and impressive. He needed to get ahold of himself. I probably should've reread the preceding novellas to see if there was, in fact, any carry-over or easter eggs in this one because as far as I can remember the first two were completely unconnected, beyond being set in the same universe, and this one feels the same. I'll leave it to my blog buddy to confirm this, though, as she's read them more recently than me. All you really need to know is this is Andrews but sci-fi. The world, the hierarchies, it's all pretty much explained in this novella so if you choose to start here, you aren't going in with a loss of context. Everything relevant you need is here. "Am I seeing things? Clearly this is just a weirdly specific bad dream, one where two people who hate each other team up to bust into my office and destroy my prized furniture." Oh, and also? It's an enemies-to-lovers romance but more in the sense that the enmity is inherited, not personal, and they have to come together in an extreme situation when they are both, similarly, betrayed. The journey takes them through a reluctant teaming up, to respect, to.. well, more. Obviously. If you like action scenes, if you like family politics, if you like snark and banter, if you like my-enemy-is-my-enemy-but-I'm-making-them-my-friend dynamics, and also if you can't infer the other trope I won't list by the title..? Well, just give it a think. This is a very biased review because there are so few books by this duo I don't enjoy and I would honestly read their grocery list and probably have a good time. And I make no apologies for it. If you haven't yet joined the Andrews bandwagon, what are you waiting for? --- This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Woman Reading

    4 ☆ Fated Blades is a galactic riff on the Romeo and Juliet theme. In New Delphi on the planet Rada, two warrior clans, known as secare, have been mortal enemies for hundreds of years. Kinsmen excel in the art of individual combat. The secare is a breed apart, however, as their specialty is mass murder. Like kinsmen, secare are humans but with the distinction of being bioengineered so that their arms can instantaneously project force fields either in the forms of shields or bladed weapons. To ave 4 ☆ Fated Blades is a galactic riff on the Romeo and Juliet theme. In New Delphi on the planet Rada, two warrior clans, known as secare, have been mortal enemies for hundreds of years. Kinsmen excel in the art of individual combat. The secare is a breed apart, however, as their specialty is mass murder. Like kinsmen, secare are humans but with the distinction of being bioengineered so that their arms can instantaneously project force fields either in the forms of shields or bladed weapons. To avert a bloody feud, the Baena and Addler secare clans pretend that neither exists. Matias [Baena] fixed [Ramona Addler] with his stare. "To what do I owe the horror?" "I came to ask two questions... Do you know where your wife is?" A wave of ice splashed Matias and evaporated into intense furious heat. His left hand clenched into a fist under the table. Only betrayals that could destroy both families' businesses and futures could forge a temporary alliance. Matias and Ramona are heads of their respective clans and they'll give it their all to safeguard them. [Ramona] had always thought [Matias] was cold, a closed-off distant man, with a stern glower. ... Who knew that there was fire underneath all that volcanic glass? A stray thought flicked through her mind. It must be so nice having someone like him watching your back. Someone competent. Decisive. Someone who has his sh*t together. Too bad he's an enemy. Fated Blades is the third in the Kinsmen series, and this reads fine as a standalone. (The first two are fun short stories as well but there's no overlap with this one.) The first third of Fated Blades has emotional tension but the beginning still feels like a massive world-building info dump. Ramona and Matias are appealing main protagonists. Because of their plight as victims of gross betrayal, they easily elicit empathy. However, they don't seem to have any faults, which make them a tad less than fully realized. Ilona Andrews are among my favorite contemporary authors, so I expect quite a lot. IA can deliver exciting fight scenes. At about the 35 percent mark, Fated Blades becomes an absolute page-turner. This coincides with the first battle scenes and the secare skills are displayed in all their bloody glory. Overall, this is a great fun romantic story, as can be expected from the IA duo. But I am also left a tiny bit unsatisfied by its brevity because all that world-building merits more. With only about 220 pages, this clocks in more as a novella than as a novel. If it weren't for my hopes of sequels in IA's other series, I'd clamor for more in the kinsmen series. But then again, as my favorite writers, I would read whatever their creative mojo provides. Snippets for Fated Blades from IA's website https://ilona-andrews.com/2021/happy-... https://ilona-andrews.com/2021/tiny-s... https://ilona-andrews.com/2021/a-good... https://ilona-andrews.com/2021/fated-... Thank you to the authors, Montlake, and Netgalley for providing me with a digital ARC. My review reflects my candid assessment and feelings. Quotations in this review are from an uncorrected proof (ISBN 9781542037044) and may differ from the final version. Publication date is November 23, 2021. #1 Silent Blade 3 ☆ #2 Silver Shark 3.5 ☆

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mindy Lou's Book Review

    Bloody fantastic!! No, I'm not Brittish, but it was bloody and it was fantastic. I think this is my first book by Ilona Andrews and what a way to get introduced to an authors work. I really don't know how she got so much packed into this novella. And if you are wondering if you can read book 3 without reading book 1 & 2? I can easily answer yes to that. The best way I can describe what I loved about this so much was..well, first the heroine. Ramona is a very powerful and deadly heroine. I love w Bloody fantastic!! No, I'm not Brittish, but it was bloody and it was fantastic. I think this is my first book by Ilona Andrews and what a way to get introduced to an authors work. I really don't know how she got so much packed into this novella. And if you are wondering if you can read book 3 without reading book 1 & 2? I can easily answer yes to that. The best way I can describe what I loved about this so much was..well, first the heroine. Ramona is a very powerful and deadly heroine. I love when a woman can be just as deadly if not more than a man. I cheered her on with glee. She also was compassionate. She didn't kill just to kill. She cared about people. She really was the best of both traits. Matias is the second reason this was so good. For a hero, I like them just as powerful and deadly. He really seemed to be a cold, calculated character but he had some fluff deep down. To me, that's everything I like in a hero. Add in loyal and protective and that's it, I'm done. Third reason is the how these two came together and what they did to right some wrongs. Both of them are enemies and to see them band together to eradicate a common evil made for a very exciting storyline. I completely devoured this book and was pleasantly surprised that it didn't end on a cliffhanger. I'm not against series for a couple, but it's also nice to read a book and not have to wait to find out more. I loved it and I will re-read it... probably many times.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    By far my favorite in the Kinsmen series, though my actual rating should be more like 3.75 stars. While it was exciting and hard to put down, I just enjoy the other Ilona Andrews series more. I'm a HUGE long-time Ilona Andrews fan, from way back in The Edge books (please bring more of those back, I'm begging you), so I'll pretty much read anything these authors write. However, I wasn't thrilled with the first book in the Kinsmen series, and while book 2 was better, it just wasn't up to their usu By far my favorite in the Kinsmen series, though my actual rating should be more like 3.75 stars. While it was exciting and hard to put down, I just enjoy the other Ilona Andrews series more. I'm a HUGE long-time Ilona Andrews fan, from way back in The Edge books (please bring more of those back, I'm begging you), so I'll pretty much read anything these authors write. However, I wasn't thrilled with the first book in the Kinsmen series, and while book 2 was better, it just wasn't up to their usual standard. Fated Blades was by far the best, but I think I'm just not as intrigued and connected to this world of Kinsmen. A little insta-lovey by the end, but overall an exciting and satisfying read. Well worth my time. Excited for the next in the series already. goodreads|instagram|twitter|tiktok

  11. 5 out of 5

    Renegade ♥

    4 1/2 to 5 stars I'm putting this here because it was the inspiration for 'the dance'... 'Tis fierce and beautiful. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8W4t... Those of you who have read this will completely understand. Enjoy. 4 1/2 to 5 stars I'm putting this here because it was the inspiration for 'the dance'... 'Tis fierce and beautiful. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8W4t... Those of you who have read this will completely understand. Enjoy.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Geri Reads

    This whole series is like category romance but set in space. There’s also lots of banter and blood <— an Ilona Andrews staple. The previous two stories in the series had arranged marriage and boss-secretary tropes. Fated Blades has the soulmates trope. I hope they’ll continue writing the series with other tropes like best friends to lovers, one-night stand unexpected pregnancy, etc. That would be fun. And we have a blurb and a preorder link!! —-> https://amzn.to/2VKME1t We're getting a new kinsme This whole series is like category romance but set in space. There’s also lots of banter and blood <— an Ilona Andrews staple. The previous two stories in the series had arranged marriage and boss-secretary tropes. Fated Blades has the soulmates trope. I hope they’ll continue writing the series with other tropes like best friends to lovers, one-night stand unexpected pregnancy, etc. That would be fun. And we have a blurb and a preorder link!! —-> https://amzn.to/2VKME1t We're getting a new kinsmen novella!! And if you wanna see the cover, go to see it here --> https://www.ilona-andrews.com/2021/co...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Aisling Zena

    27/10/21 It was available on NetGalley.. For like 0.5 seconds. I hate people. 17/9/21 Now available for preorder! And a snippet for you too : https://www.ilona-andrews.com/2021/fa... Cover reveal! And it is gorgeous! Please click on link to see it in all its gorgeousness! https://ilona-andrews.com/2021/cover-... Snippets! https://ilona-andrews.com/2021/tiny-s... https://ilona-andrews.com/2021/a-good... https://ilona-andrews.com/2021/happy-... https://ilona-andrews.com/2021/fated-... 27/10/21 It was available on NetGalley.. For like 0.5 seconds. I hate people. 17/9/21 Now available for preorder! And a snippet for you too : https://www.ilona-andrews.com/2021/fa... Cover reveal! And it is gorgeous! Please click on link to see it in all its gorgeousness! https://ilona-andrews.com/2021/cover-... Snippets! https://ilona-andrews.com/2021/tiny-s... https://ilona-andrews.com/2021/a-good... https://ilona-andrews.com/2021/happy-... https://ilona-andrews.com/2021/fated-...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    3.5 stars

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mei

    Oh, how I missed IA writing and stories!!! They're so very good with their writing style! I loved both Ramona and Matias! I loved the politics and I loved the action! I loved every single page of this book! And I'm sorry it was not longer. And I hope IA will write more books in this Kinsman universe! I know that I will read them all! Oh, how I missed IA writing and stories!!! They're so very good with their writing style! I loved both Ramona and Matias! I loved the politics and I loved the action! I loved every single page of this book! And I'm sorry it was not longer. And I hope IA will write more books in this Kinsman universe! I know that I will read them all!

  16. 5 out of 5

    ♥Rachel♥

    The Adlers and Baenas are supernaturally powerful families on the planet Rada. Their families have been rivals for years, but Ramona Adler and Matias Baena must work together after their unfaithful spouses steal groundbreaking technology to sell to a deadly enemy. At first, they don’t trust each other, but since they must work together, they put aside they old family differences. Mutual admiration, respect along with an irresistible attraction starts to form and they find that they work perfectl The Adlers and Baenas are supernaturally powerful families on the planet Rada. Their families have been rivals for years, but Ramona Adler and Matias Baena must work together after their unfaithful spouses steal groundbreaking technology to sell to a deadly enemy. At first, they don’t trust each other, but since they must work together, they put aside they old family differences. Mutual admiration, respect along with an irresistible attraction starts to form and they find that they work perfectly together. Perfectly deadly to any that get in their way! I recently read the prior two novellas in the Kinsman series and loved them! Passionate and hot, set in a vivid and unique world! The previous stories are super short, both less than 100 pages, but Fated Blades is longer at 222 pages, but still a quick read. Each features a different couple, standalone story/romance. Fated Blades would technically be considered an enemy-to-lovers romance, but they were never at each other’s throats. I enjoyed the fun, sensual push and pull between them, but more than that I loved seeing these two open-up, get close and form an intense bond. Ilona Andrews is one of my all-time favorite authors and I’m continually amazed by their ability to suck me into a story whether it be a 50-page novella or a full-length story! A copy was kindly provided by Montlake via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ira

    4.75 stars. Bloody delicious! That’s including that cover too! 😍😍 I wish the story longer than this, but still a satisfactory reading! 😍 I can’t wait to see what’s next in this universe ☺️😘. ❤️❤️❤️

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sometime

    I really like the Kinsmen series and this was another great story. Being a novella, there were moments when it felt like there was too much story trying to be crammed into too short of a book. Then there were moments where it seemed like major elements were skimmed over to rush things along. These are typical complaints in a novella and didn't hamper my enjoyment of the book. Great fantasy storytelling and great romance. Safety(view spoiler)[ Both H/h are married at the start of the book. They dis I really like the Kinsmen series and this was another great story. Being a novella, there were moments when it felt like there was too much story trying to be crammed into too short of a book. Then there were moments where it seemed like major elements were skimmed over to rush things along. These are typical complaints in a novella and didn't hamper my enjoyment of the book. Great fantasy storytelling and great romance. Safety(view spoiler)[ Both H/h are married at the start of the book. They discover their spouses are cheating on them with each other. No OM/OW drama--their marriages have been bad for a while so this action is just the nail in the coffin. The H/h share one kiss but stop because they are both still married. As soon as the divorce is final, they give in to their attraction. As far as violence goes, this one seemed higher on the violence scale to me. There were a lot of killings with swords, slicing, blood. (hide spoiler)]

  19. 4 out of 5

    Carole (Carole's Random Life)

    This review can also be found at https://carolesrandomlife.com/ This was great! When I saw that the writing pair of Ilona Andrews had a novella coming out, I knew that I was going to have to read it. I went into the story with incredibly high expectations because I have come to expect great things from this writing pair. I am happy to report that those expectations were met. This book was everything that I had hoped that it would be and I was entertained from the first page until the very end. Ram This review can also be found at https://carolesrandomlife.com/ This was great! When I saw that the writing pair of Ilona Andrews had a novella coming out, I knew that I was going to have to read it. I went into the story with incredibly high expectations because I have come to expect great things from this writing pair. I am happy to report that those expectations were met. This book was everything that I had hoped that it would be and I was entertained from the first page until the very end. Ramona and Matias were fantastic characters and I loved the fact that they were able to work together despite the fact that their families have been enemies for generations. Ramona and Matias are both secare which gives them the ability to use blades and shields from their arms with just a thought. The fighting scenes were rather intense and very exciting in this story. The pair has a lot of chemistry but they don’t act on it since they are both married, at least until they can find their cheating spouses. This story had it all: great characters, action and excitement, and wonderful sci-fi elements. I would highly recommend this novella to others. It is a longer novella at just over 200 pages but it was still a very fast read. It is the newest installment in the Kinsmen series but would work perfectly fine as a stand-alone story. I cannot wait to read more from this wonderful writing pair! I received a digital review copy of this book from Montlake via NetGalley.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Somia

    Wish I Hadn't Purchased. I was really looking forward to this, the blurb made it sounds ace so I pre-ordered, but have found myself more than a little disappointed. 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. Wish I Hadn't Purchased. I was really looking forward to this, the blurb made it sounds ace so I pre-ordered, but have found myself more than a little disappointed. 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.

  21. 5 out of 5

    AvidReader

    I never thought Ilona Andrews will write another book in kinsmen series so imagine my surprise when I saw about this book. This was what I was expecting (eagerly) and more. A strong alpha pair, powerful feuding families, unparalleled action sequences, hilarious but scary relatives and a mesmerising otherworld. The protagonists had strong chemistry and their final showdown was worth a second reading which I did. As was the epilogue, maahn that was hilarious! Safe and recommended.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Al *the semi serial series skipper*

    2.5 stars. It's IA so I thought this was a no-brainer but I didn't much care for this one. I thought the plot was great but I hated how it ended. I hate insta love in all shapes and forms and this was one of the forms. 2.5 stars. It's IA so I thought this was a no-brainer but I didn't much care for this one. I thought the plot was great but I hated how it ended. I hate insta love in all shapes and forms and this was one of the forms.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    Star crossed lovers and innovative tech bladed weapons. Sign me the hell up. Historic enemies, Ramona and Matias, must work together to save their families in this bloody tale. It's a quick read, with an easy plot made more compelling by the complex, lived-in world. I just wish we could have had more. ARC via Netgalley Star crossed lovers and innovative tech bladed weapons. Sign me the hell up. Historic enemies, Ramona and Matias, must work together to save their families in this bloody tale. It's a quick read, with an easy plot made more compelling by the complex, lived-in world. I just wish we could have had more. ARC via Netgalley

  24. 5 out of 5

    Marta Cox

    I am jumping for joy because I managed to snag a copy of this on Netgalley. Obviously I am not giving spoilers but will say I loved it enough to give it a five even though its a shorter read from this amazing couple. This pair of authors have managed to develop a sci fi series completely unlike any other that I've read with abilities and situations unlike no other. I've read really short stories set in this world that were definitely quirky and humorous but this story simply upped the ante. The I am jumping for joy because I managed to snag a copy of this on Netgalley. Obviously I am not giving spoilers but will say I loved it enough to give it a five even though its a shorter read from this amazing couple. This pair of authors have managed to develop a sci fi series completely unlike any other that I've read with abilities and situations unlike no other. I've read really short stories set in this world that were definitely quirky and humorous but this story simply upped the ante. The couple in this story are dynamic, loyal to a fault and definitely deserve to come out on top ! The action when it happens is fast, furious and yes bloodthirsty . Yet for this reader it was the mutual respect and trust gained between them that really had me eagerly turning the pages. If you are not a sci fi reader normally fear not because what you get here is quite simply a darn good story. Impossible to put down and who needs sleep ? Not this reader obviously and I would actually give more than five stars if I could because this was truly a page turner ! This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mallory

    I was so excited when Ilona Andrews posted there were a limited read now copies of this book available and I was far from disappointed that I received one after I’d finished! I love this series because it has the perfect mix of gore and romance. Two sworn enemies whose families have been feuding for generations find out their spouses have ran off with each other after robbing them blind. They agree to team up as their goals are the same and of course they’re adorable together (as adorable as one I was so excited when Ilona Andrews posted there were a limited read now copies of this book available and I was far from disappointed that I received one after I’d finished! I love this series because it has the perfect mix of gore and romance. Two sworn enemies whose families have been feuding for generations find out their spouses have ran off with each other after robbing them blind. They agree to team up as their goals are the same and of course they’re adorable together (as adorable as one can be as they cut their enemies in half). The writing was great which is no surprise, this husband and wife duo writes some of my favorite books.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    It's so good to read something new from these authors. This was fast paced and fun. “The problem with spearheading a family business is that most of the corporate officers are also your relatives, who view you as the ultimate arbiter of their disputes.” “Yes. And in my case, they make no distinction between an argument over the precise calibration of the Kelly-particle agitator or the choice of a faucet for a new heated bubble tub.” “Same.” They shared a look. They were still enemies, but even enemi It's so good to read something new from these authors. This was fast paced and fun. “The problem with spearheading a family business is that most of the corporate officers are also your relatives, who view you as the ultimate arbiter of their disputes.” “Yes. And in my case, they make no distinction between an argument over the precise calibration of the Kelly-particle agitator or the choice of a faucet for a new heated bubble tub.” “Same.” They shared a look. They were still enemies, but even enemies were allowed latitude when it came to complaining about family.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Chrissy

    Entertaining enough, but you know how sometimes I'll read a book and it feels like there's just enough plot to excuse going from one unnecessarily long and detailed sex scene to the next, tempting me to start skimming? Thankfully, that isn't an issue here! But instead it kinda felt like just enough plot to go from one unnecessarily long and detailed fight/battle scene to the next... which I found almost as tempting to start skimming, to be honest. *shrugs* Maybe if it had been a bit longer instea Entertaining enough, but you know how sometimes I'll read a book and it feels like there's just enough plot to excuse going from one unnecessarily long and detailed sex scene to the next, tempting me to start skimming? Thankfully, that isn't an issue here! But instead it kinda felt like just enough plot to go from one unnecessarily long and detailed fight/battle scene to the next... which I found almost as tempting to start skimming, to be honest. *shrugs* Maybe if it had been a bit longer instead of just novella length, there would've been room to flesh out the bits in between a little more. I did like the two main characters, even if I think their relationship could've been more interesting if there had been a bit more conflict or tension between the two... other than tension of the sexual variety, that is. I like enemies-to-lovers better if I first get to experience the enemies part, too... rather than just being told about it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Isabel

    * Romeo and Juliet, but make them mass murders. "He dismissed his seco and held his hand out. “The blood is slippery.” She glanced at the walls and the floor he’d painted red, put her hand in his, and let him lead her through the bloodstains." __ "To both her and Matias, killing was like breathing, simple and natural. Uncomplicated. Slicing through human beings was after all the reason for the secare’s existence." __ For the first time Ilona Andrews give us a "soulmates / destined to be together" sto * Romeo and Juliet, but make them mass murders. "He dismissed his seco and held his hand out. “The blood is slippery.” She glanced at the walls and the floor he’d painted red, put her hand in his, and let him lead her through the bloodstains." __ "To both her and Matias, killing was like breathing, simple and natural. Uncomplicated. Slicing through human beings was after all the reason for the secare’s existence." __ For the first time Ilona Andrews give us a "soulmates / destined to be together" story, and it's everything I wanted. Of course it is full of action scenes, humor and blood. Fated Blades has put itself as my second favorite Kinsmen story (furry matrix still owns my heart).

  29. 4 out of 5

    Robin (Bridge Four)

    3.5 Stars I liked this book and it was a decent story. I just didn't get as into it as I seem to get into the other Ilona Andrews books. I'm just going to say that I totally must have read it wrong or was distracted by all the holiday shenanigans to really focus on it. Ramona and Matias have just found out their respective spouses have run off together with some pretty top secret tech and a bunch of money. They need to team up and find them before word gets out and destroys their houses. I always 3.5 Stars I liked this book and it was a decent story. I just didn't get as into it as I seem to get into the other Ilona Andrews books. I'm just going to say that I totally must have read it wrong or was distracted by all the holiday shenanigans to really focus on it. Ramona and Matias have just found out their respective spouses have run off together with some pretty top secret tech and a bunch of money. They need to team up and find them before word gets out and destroys their houses. I always like the worlds so much in Ilona Andrews books. They do great at building up a real magical society and I liked the way that Ramona and Matias's magics and fighting styles blended together. Family is always such a big part of Ilona Andrews books and that is no different in Fated Blades. Both Matias and Ramona have some pretty extreme obligations as the head of their houses and in charge of making sure they stay on top. That is exactly how each ended up in a marriage that was more for show than for love. The kinsmen series are just short stories and so there isn't a lot of time to really love the characters. Still a solid read just not one of my all time favorites.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I've liked the Kinsman stories. They've all been interesting and I found myself really liking at least one of the characters, if not both. The second one is still my favourite, where the hero (view spoiler)[falls in love with his secretary (hide spoiler)] . I did like both the hero and the heroine in this story. They were both hardworking, honourable, and admirable, and probably a whole lot of other "-ables" throw in there. Capable...can't think of any more while my brain is still in its post-Tha I've liked the Kinsman stories. They've all been interesting and I found myself really liking at least one of the characters, if not both. The second one is still my favourite, where the hero (view spoiler)[falls in love with his secretary (hide spoiler)] . I did like both the hero and the heroine in this story. They were both hardworking, honourable, and admirable, and probably a whole lot of other "-ables" throw in there. Capable...can't think of any more while my brain is still in its post-Thanksgiving fog. Anyway, the premise was interesting, the action was gory but not to OTT, and the slow-ish burn romance was a nice touch. Thank you, IA, for publishing this year. Your work is always one of the highlights in my reading life. :)

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