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Silent Blade

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Author: Ilona Andrews

Published: June 2nd 2009 by Samhain Publishing

Format: ebook , 42 pages

Isbn: 9781605045740

Language: English


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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 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.

30 review for Silent Blade

  1. 5 out of 5

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

    💥 September 26, 2018: finally!!!! Both Silent Blade and Silver Shark are available again!!! And with shiny new covers and everything!!! Buy them buy them buy them!!! (I might unleash the crustaceans on you if you don't. But hey, no pressure and stuff.) ● We're the IAA™ and We Need to Buddy Read IA Stuff While We're Waiting to Buddy Read More IA Stuff Buddy Read (WtIAAaWNtBRIASWWWtBRMIASBR™) ● ➽ And the moral of this reread is : some people will have you believe that this little story here is *s 💥 September 26, 2018: finally!!!! Both Silent Blade and Silver Shark are available again!!! And with shiny new covers and everything!!! Buy them buy them buy them!!! (I might unleash the crustaceans on you if you don't. But hey, no pressure and stuff.) ● We're the IAA™ and We Need to Buddy Read IA Stuff While We're Waiting to Buddy Read More IA Stuff Buddy Read (WtIAAaWNtBRIASWWWtBRMIASBR™) ● ➽ And the moral of this reread is : some people will have you believe that this little story here is *shudders preemtively* Bloody Shrimping Romance (BSR™). Worse, some people I shall not name because I'm not like that and stuff *waves very discretely at Maria* will have you think this is a Damn it All to Fish Second Bloody Shrimping Chance Romance (DiAtFSBSCR™). Seriously, my Little Barnacles, do you really think the Most Glorious Authorlords (MGA™) (view spoiler)[ dare ask me who the MGA™ are and I'm unleashing the shrimp on you. Just so you know. (hide spoiler)] would debase their awesome little selves in such a vile way? And if they did—they obviously didn't, but let's pretend that maybe they might have. Perhaps—do you honestly think I'd willingly humiliate my nefarious little self by reading such repulsively romantic stuff? Exactly. By the way, you're slightly hot, Headband Man. I think you almost qualify as Yummilicious Harem Material (YHM™). Almost. So, let's recap here: the Andrews didn't write this story, I didn't lurve read it and I certainly didn't rate it 4 bloody shrimping stars. QED and stuff. [Original review] Buddy read with the eye candy IA addicts starting Feb 7, 2015. It's official. I hereby declare that I have sold my soul to the Andrews. ♥ What I usually love in a book: ☛ Butt-kicking heroine & aggravating alpha male: hell yes. ☛ Badass action and gruesome fights: cut cut cut. Slice slice slice. Me likey. ☛ Bom chicka wah wah times: oh yummy. ☠ What I usually hate in a book: ☛ Romance: excuse me while I throw up in my mouth a little bit. ☛ Cuteness: yuck. ☛ HEA: please kill me somebody. ★ What Silent Blade features: ☛ Butt-kicking heroine & aggravating alpha male: so far so good. Well the hunky ass in residence is a bit on the stalker side but he does DNF books. I'm in love. ☛ Bom chicka wah wah times: oh goody. Keep it up you guys! ☛ Romance: ouch. ☛ Cuteness: man that really hurt. ☛ HEA: you have got to be kidding me. Now let's do the IA counting thing again shall we? See the little stars up there? Now count with me: one, two, three, four. Wait, that can't be right. Let's check again: ★★★★ Yep. That's right. My name is Sarah and I just gave 4 stars to a cute, romantic novella. Before you ask, let me tell you that this is really me writing this review. No, I haven't yet been possessed by a malevolent spirit. Yes, I'm still a cold-hearted cynic. What is it then? Acute case of Andrewsitis. Whatever these two write, I'm doomed. I even like their cute YA short stories. Me + like + cute + YA = {insert face of dismay here}. For all I know, if Ilona & Gordon started writing cereal box blurb I'd rave about it from dusk till dawn. Of course I would have liked more sci-fi and less romance here. More action and less cuteness. More revenge and less HEA. But you know what, this is all besides the point. Because this was fun, entertaining and because I LOVED IT. So there. This day will be forever marked as the moment in history where I enjoyed a cute, romantic story. Now I expect to burn in hell. Or at least to disappear in a blast of spontaneous combustion. Poof! ② Silver Shark ★★★★

  2. 5 out of 5

    Aj the Ravenous Reader

    3.5 stars Let me help set some realistic expectations here because despite the cover and the title, this is really a cheesy but amazing love story between a kick-ass heroine (who doesn’t really kick ass), with a really super cool ability (but never uses it except to cut inanimate objects in half) and a ruthless, selfish macho hero (who turns into a mush when love-struck). "I never claimed to be kind or virtuous. But for you, I will be." "Wouldn’t a more fitting punishment be sentencing m 3.5 stars Let me help set some realistic expectations here because despite the cover and the title, this is really a cheesy but amazing love story between a kick-ass heroine (who doesn’t really kick ass), with a really super cool ability (but never uses it except to cut inanimate objects in half) and a ruthless, selfish macho hero (who turns into a mush when love-struck). "I never claimed to be kind or virtuous. But for you, I will be." "Wouldn’t a more fitting punishment be sentencing me to a lifetime of making you happy?" (Aw. That romantic, annoying jerk. Punch him or kiss him? Tough call. Lol.) As I was saying, this is a cheesy story in the guise of a sci-fi/ fantasy story set in a world of implants and biochemical modifications on elite families technically called kinsmen. Meli ( Galdes kin) when she was ten was engaged to Celino ( Carvanna kin) when he was 16. Both are against the engagement but Meli being an obedient daughter that she is devoted her years studying everything about Celino to become a good wife in the future. She learned to accept Celino and eventually learned to love him too. But Celino fought hard for his freedom by threatening his kin of excising himself from the family should he be forced to marry Meli. He got his freedom and told Meli he wouldn’t marry her. Devastated and heartbroken, Meli excises herself from her family and becomes a professional assassin. Before she retires, she has one last assignment- to assassinate well, surprise, surprise! You know who already. For Meli, this is going to be the perfect revenge. How she shall execute the revenge is for you to find out. It involves a lot of skin, and seduction and things a young reader shouldn’t be reading yet so kids, stay away, okay? The story ends with cheesy love confessions. But to be honest, P.S. The book is 42 pages short. A huge come on. My first Ilona Andrews read but certainly not my last.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Helen 2.0

    Only Ilona Andrews could make a futuristic story about a Dark Horse assassin and her ruthless businessman target so heartwarming. This short story takes place in a universe where some families have biologically engineered enhancements embedded in their bloodlines, building an futuristic aristocracy ruling the planet. The main character, Meli, was born with an exceedingly rare ability (although it's somewhat unclear what this ability allows her to do, other than slice people's heads off) and uses Only Ilona Andrews could make a futuristic story about a Dark Horse assassin and her ruthless businessman target so heartwarming. This short story takes place in a universe where some families have biologically engineered enhancements embedded in their bloodlines, building an futuristic aristocracy ruling the planet. The main character, Meli, was born with an exceedingly rare ability (although it's somewhat unclear what this ability allows her to do, other than slice people's heads off) and uses it to kill those who stand in her family's way. She is brought out of retirement for one last job - killing the man who tied her down then ruined her life with a botched engagement. Meli decides to take him down revenge-is-best-served-sexy style. This was a lovely break from the string of reverse harem books I've been trudging through lately. I needed some variety without the commitment that a heavy scifi doorstopper often requires. Silent Blade really hit the spot.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    This novelette isn’t one of Ilona Andrews’ best, but I still have found myself rereading it a couple of times when I needed a quick IA pick-me-up, and I like it a little better each time I read it. So. Maybe 3.5 stars? This 42 page fantasy romance by Ilona Andrews is about an elaborate revenge plot: In a world where certain families have been bred with near-magical mental and physical powers, arranged marriages are made to keep the families and their powers strong (a concept that the Andrews dev This novelette isn’t one of Ilona Andrews’ best, but I still have found myself rereading it a couple of times when I needed a quick IA pick-me-up, and I like it a little better each time I read it. So. Maybe 3.5 stars? This 42 page fantasy romance by Ilona Andrews is about an elaborate revenge plot: In a world where certain families have been bred with near-magical mental and physical powers, arranged marriages are made to keep the families and their powers strong (a concept that the Andrews developed more fully later on in their HIDDEN LEGACY series, beginning with Burn for Me, but that series is set on Earth while the KINSMEN stories are on other planets). Eighteen years ago, a marriage was arranged between Celino Carvanna and Meli Galdes, when he was 16 and she was 10 ... the intent being that they would get married when she turned 18. But Celino always resented being forced into marriage, and when Meli was 16 he rudely broke the engagement, unintentionally crushing Meli's general marital prospects in the process. She ended up officially excising herself from her family to avoid the shame, becoming a skilled assassin who helps her family out periodically where she feels like a revenge killing is justified. Now Meli's brother comes to her with one last assassination request: take out Celino Carvanna, who's recently damaged their family's business. The prospect of bringing him down is too much for Meli to resist. As powerful as he is, she has some inside information that will help her get past his guards and protections. But what she doesn't plan on is the strong attraction that develops between them. There are some cool concepts at play in this story and a few great scenes, but it's kind of a superficial romance, probably because of the short length of the story. I never completely engaged with the main characters, and there wasn't enough to really make me buy into their relationship or the motivations for their actions in the end. Because of this, the relationship (not to mention the sexytimes) left me pretty much unmoved. My biggest issue is a detail about the ending: (view spoiler)[Two years of no contact before she goes back to him?? Way too long for my taste. (hide spoiler)] The Andrews team withdrew this story from the market for a few years and said that they were going to rework it, but it's on sale again now and I don't believe they made any changes. (If I'm wrong, I'd love to know that.) Read it if you're an Ilona Andrews completist or really enjoy SF romance; otherwise I'd point you to their novels or even just Silver Shark, a semi-sequel that works fine as a stand-alone read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more

    Reviewed by: Rabid Reads So after I finished reading BURN FOR ME, the first book in Ilona Andrews’ new and amazing HIDDEN LEGACY series, I got to talking with another Ilona fan who had been told that the world-building in BURN FOR ME was similar to the worlds in the KINSMEN series and the novella, OF SWINE AND ROSES. And I was like, “Huh. I can see that.” But it’d been years since my early OMG-I-LOVE-Ilona binge, so I decided a reread was in order. And here we are. Some time in the indeterminate fut Reviewed by: Rabid Reads So after I finished reading BURN FOR ME, the first book in Ilona Andrews’ new and amazing HIDDEN LEGACY series, I got to talking with another Ilona fan who had been told that the world-building in BURN FOR ME was similar to the worlds in the KINSMEN series and the novella, OF SWINE AND ROSES. And I was like, “Huh. I can see that.” But it’d been years since my early OMG-I-LOVE-Ilona binge, so I decided a reread was in order. And here we are. Some time in the indeterminate future, when space colonization was the new Big Thing, humans began to genetically enhance themselves. They needed to be stronger, faster, heartier, more versatile. Some of these enhancements were tech-based, effecting only the individual, and some were biological, being inherited by offspring. It was quickly realized that the advantage of these biological enhancements lay in their exclusivity. Thus, the biologically enhanced united and shut down all further biological modification. And consolidated their power. They were called the Kinsmen, and to maintain both the potency and exclusivity of their enhanced blood, the families arranged marriages for their children based on bloodlines and business alliances. This is why Meli Galdes was betrothed to Celino Carvanna when she was 10 years old and he was 16. While neither of them was happy with the arrangement, Meli accepted it, but Celino did NOT. He worked the next 6 years to make himself indispensable to his family, and worth more as an individual than the alliance with the Galdes family. And he succeeded. But where did that leave Meli? An excellent question. And one you will only get the answer to by . . . wait for it . . . yes, that’s right—READING the book. *winsome face* Verdict: a quick, fun, and SEXY read. Yes, I know it’s Ilona Andrews, and yes, I know that fabulous as she is, she’s not particularly well known for sexy times, but there’s a first for everything, right? Highly recommended.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jilly

    It was a cute little story about a girl getting revenge on her ex. Yes, there are a bunch of special skills, futuristic toys, and new names for everything, but none of that really mattered to the story. It's a mushy love story, through and through. I still love Ilona Andrews, and always will. I'm even willing to give them my first born child for the next Kate and Nevada books now. Sure, she's fully grown and lives her own life. But, hey, she can make cakes. Ilona Andrews: I can have her on the nex It was a cute little story about a girl getting revenge on her ex. Yes, there are a bunch of special skills, futuristic toys, and new names for everything, but none of that really mattered to the story. It's a mushy love story, through and through. I still love Ilona Andrews, and always will. I'm even willing to give them my first born child for the next Kate and Nevada books now. Sure, she's fully grown and lives her own life. But, hey, she can make cakes. Ilona Andrews: I can have her on the next bus.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jo ★The Book Sloth★

    4 I Wanted More Stars BR with the awesome IAA gang. This book has everything I should hate... 1) A serious case of insta-love. The insta-love in this book was heavy. The couple practically fell in love in two days without knowing much about each other. 2) A very high-handed hero. Celino was full of arrogance and my-way-or-the-highway attitude. He was a jerk with zero nice in him to give him some kind of weird redemption. 3) It was a novella so the story never developed well. This is its most seri 4 I Wanted More Stars BR with the awesome IAA gang. This book has everything I should hate... 1) A serious case of insta-love. The insta-love in this book was heavy. The couple practically fell in love in two days without knowing much about each other. 2) A very high-handed hero. Celino was full of arrogance and my-way-or-the-highway attitude. He was a jerk with zero nice in him to give him some kind of weird redemption. 3) It was a novella so the story never developed well. This is its most serious flaw in my opinion. I hate stories that seemed too rushed and short and this one had it. If the book was at least twice its size it would have been so much better. 4) There was a desappointing lack of action. I have come to expect more action from IA's books and the book promised to deliver that in the beginning but never quite did. I wanted a big show-down at the end but didn't get it. But you know what?? I don't care. I loved it. I don't know if it was because I have a bit of a hero-worhip view of IA and my judgement of their work is prejudiced or if just something clicked about it, but in the end of the day the book just worked for me. I wanted it to be longer though so I could engage in the story more and become invested in the characters.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sh3lly

    As a short story, this was better than most. The world was established and we even got a romance! It was a lot to pack into about 50-60 pages or so. Because of that, the romance is rushed and a bit tropey. The setting is a futuristic world where families with abilities and genetic upgrades hold all the power (kind of reminded me of Hidden Legacy; I wonder if this book planted a seed for that series at all...) The daughter of one family is an assassin or bounty hunter who works undercover for her As a short story, this was better than most. The world was established and we even got a romance! It was a lot to pack into about 50-60 pages or so. Because of that, the romance is rushed and a bit tropey. The setting is a futuristic world where families with abilities and genetic upgrades hold all the power (kind of reminded me of Hidden Legacy; I wonder if this book planted a seed for that series at all...) The daughter of one family is an assassin or bounty hunter who works undercover for her family, and she is supposed to kill a powerful member of another family. The catch is the two of them were engaged by way of an arranged marriage and things got complicated. So, now, of course they end up with a case of the lurves, and it turns into a kissing book. A quick read. Not the best IA, but not the worst. I know, I know, they don't have a worst. I think it was written in 2009 originally, and you can definitely tell their writing has improved by scores. More like 3.5 stars probably, but hey. Whatevs.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Is there anything by Ilona Andrews I won't read? Lol, JK. That was a trick question because obviously the answer is no. SILENT BLADE has been on my radar for a while now ever since someone on my friends list essentially said that it as Hidden Legacy 1.0 and trust me when I say that I would gladly pay money to revisit one of my favorite book series of all-time, even when written in a slightly inferior format. But until recently, both SILE Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Is there anything by Ilona Andrews I won't read? Lol, JK. That was a trick question because obviously the answer is no. SILENT BLADE has been on my radar for a while now ever since someone on my friends list essentially said that it as Hidden Legacy 1.0 and trust me when I say that I would gladly pay money to revisit one of my favorite book series of all-time, even when written in a slightly inferior format. But until recently, both SILENT BLADE and SILVER SHARK were both out of print, and I could only read the reviews of my friends, who were smart enough to buy the books when they first came out, with envy. Luckily, both short stories are now back in print, and when I saw SILENT BLADE for 99-cents, I bought it immediately. I can definitely see the comparison to Hidden Legacy, although there's elements of The Innkeeper Chronicles as well. SILENT BLADE is set on another planet, post-Earth, where humans have been genetically modified to have special abilities. The heroine of this story, Meli, has a rare gene that allows her to wield what I think is an electromagnetic whip on her wrist that can make heads literally roll, while the hero, Celino, is impossibly fast and deadly with a blade. The two of them had been arranged to be married by their families as children, but Celino broke off the engagement after he had become a one-man economic superpower, breaking Meli's teenage heart, as well. Now impossibly strong and filled with the desire for vengeance, Meli has decided to kill Celino at her family's urging. It's easy to worm her way into his heart - when being prepped for marriage, she learned everything about him, from his favorite recipes, to his thoughts on literature, to what he prefers in a woman. With her abilities, she doesn't need a knife to kill him; and with her unassuming looks, it's all too easy to cause Celino to let down his guard. If you know me, you know I'm a sucker for the enemies-to-lovers trope - especially when the hero and heroine hate each other so much, they actually want each other dead. I know it's messed up, but I think such loathing between H and h makes for some really smoldering UST. I felt like the world-building was very vague, which I guess is understandable in a short story, but the well-developed world of Hidden Legacy made me want more: I wanted to know why humans left Earth, why they decided to flip a giant middle finger to genetics Gattaca-style, and more about how these two things shaped the very obvious hierarchy of genetically superior families on New Earth (or whatever). I did not get that. I'm guessing that maybe that disappointment is what prompted the Andrews to remove SILENT BLADE from publication in the first place, especially if The Hidden Legacy and The Innkeeper series are both branched off from this story, as I suspect. I'm kind of surprised they didn't take the opportunity to flesh these books out into a full-length novel, because I think that this book has the potential to become a new fan favorite given enough love and care. As is, it's a good short story with an okay romance and an okay story, but is about as satisfying as a bite-size candy bar (need more). If you're a fan of Ilona Andrews already, I think this would be a better read because it's fun to try and figure out how it influenced other stories (*cough*). As a standalone, it's only okay, and I probably wouldn't have been very happy with it if I'd paid more than $1. If you're new to Andrews, there are better books to start with, like BURN FOR ME or MAGIC BITES. This one is not recommended for the newbies. 3 stars

  10. 4 out of 5

    Robin (Bridge Four)

    I love the chemistry and the story line and the amazing way that IA turns almost anything I read by them into a world and story I never want to leave. I finish their stories and I'm always ready to go back to page 1 and start all over again. Super short but I enjoyed every minute spent reading it with my lovely ladies over at Ilona Andrews Addicts (IAA) you girls just get me. IA IA IA I think I’m in love with all things IA. This is just a novella so there isn’t a ton of time for set up and deli I love the chemistry and the story line and the amazing way that IA turns almost anything I read by them into a world and story I never want to leave. I finish their stories and I'm always ready to go back to page 1 and start all over again. Super short but I enjoyed every minute spent reading it with my lovely ladies over at Ilona Andrews Addicts (IAA) you girls just get me. IA IA IA I think I’m in love with all things IA. This is just a novella so there isn’t a ton of time for set up and delivery but there is something about IA that takes something another writer might have attempted and I would have hated into something that is wonderful. Sure there was insta-love and an alpha male extreme in this but I loved it all. Meli is the type of heroine I always love in and AI story. Strong confident and just a smidgen broken in some way. I loved the backstory to her prior relationship with Celino and how she finally gets her chance for revenge. So any other book where the male lead walks into a woman’s house in a situation like this and I would have been mad at him since you know it is a bit stalkery. “You break into the house of a complete stranger, force yourself into her kitchen, and suggest that she should surrender her breasts to you so you can satisfy your honey dripping fetish. What woman could pass on that invitation? But I’ve seen Meli in action and I know that while Celino fancies himself the predator in this situation he is really the prey. She could kill him at any second and that is why it never bothered me. Celino was a predator and every predator responded to prey who seemed to run. And when she finally let him catch her, their battle would drive him out of his mind. I was conflicted did I want kiss me or kill him kind of ending. But in a short time IA told a very good story and convinced me of the ending they picked.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Reads Ravenously

    2.5-3 stars One word came to my mind frequently while reading this book: underdeveloped I enjoyed the concept and the overall story. I feel it would have been way more effective or enjoyable as a full length novel. The ingredients were all there, the author just didn't make a large enough batch. Follow me on ♥ Facebook ♥ Blog ♥ Instagram ♥ Twitter ♥ 2.5-3 stars One word came to my mind frequently while reading this book: underdeveloped I enjoyed the concept and the overall story. I feel it would have been way more effective or enjoyable as a full length novel. The ingredients were all there, the author just didn't make a large enough batch. Follow me on ♥ Facebook ♥ Blog ♥ Instagram ♥ Twitter ♥

  12. 4 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

    My friend was so right. This story definitely had shades of Harlequin Presents, with a little Romeo and Juliet thrown in--the feuding families, not the starcrossed lovers. Celino is a butthead. A sexy one, but a butthead all the same. He could not be more of an arrogant, Harlequin Presents-type hero. Meli, well she's definitely got more brass than the usual heroine in that line. And she's completely badass. I have to admit, I would have liked it better if she almost tried to kill him before they g My friend was so right. This story definitely had shades of Harlequin Presents, with a little Romeo and Juliet thrown in--the feuding families, not the starcrossed lovers. Celino is a butthead. A sexy one, but a butthead all the same. He could not be more of an arrogant, Harlequin Presents-type hero. Meli, well she's definitely got more brass than the usual heroine in that line. And she's completely badass. I have to admit, I would have liked it better if she almost tried to kill him before they got together. Is that wrong of me? This was short and sweet, and it made me feel things. I felt Meli's rejection and broken heart, her loneliness at being jilted and made unmarriageable as a result. I felt Celino's confusion at finding the perfect woman, and not knowing how to get and keep her. I felt the attraction and steam between this pair. I felt that their bond was stronger than anything that could keep them apart. Ilona Andrews is a very talented writer. Her style is brisk, atmospheric and involving. She has a noir feel to her storytelling that I love. In this story, there is a vivid, naturalistic grace to the scenes and the setting. I could clearly see the bright colors and smell the dahlias that play such a large role, taste the pink wine, sweet coffee, and fruity dessert pastry that Celino would die for. In marked contrast, there are skillfully-executed science fiction elements, painting a vision of the future on another planet where fighting families have formed business empires that bring a new meaning to the word cutthroat, all delivered with a cinematic poise. The sci-fi setting was a deliberate mislead on the part of the author, in my opinion. Actually, this is a story of an arranged-marriage couple turned enemies turned lovers that feels so earthbound and familiar, although done in such a unique way. Silent Blade is short and sweet. It's not action-packed, so don't look for that. Instead, it's a tender surprise of a love story that is delightfully old-fashioned, despite the futuristic setting. This was a real class act.

  13. 5 out of 5

    KatieV

    Very enjoyable short read. As others have stated it is like a sci-fi Harlequin Presents. Ruthless tycoon hero who caused the heroine to be cut off from her life and family. Of course, this being a Ilona Andrews' heroine, we get a sexy assassin in a sci-fi setting rather than a virtuously poor beauty scrubbing floors and living in a dingy bedsit. Fun any way you slice it. :)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)

    I was shocked to see this available through my library for check out. This was a nice short story that I was able to read while getting ready for work. It seems Ilona Andrews can do no wrong.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alexa

    Buddy read with the awesome girls at Ilona Andrews Addicts! ☑Insta-love. ☑Super rich uber smart perfect douche guy. ☑Coincidences. I can keep going, but even with the tropes it kind of works. Or I'm too much of a fangirl to hate something Ilona wrote. Also, it's a really short read; perfect to read before sleeping and still get SOME sleep. (Don't tell me you don't read "just one more chapter" and suddenly it's 6AM and there are birds chirping outside!) Buddy read with the awesome girls at Ilona Andrews Addicts! ☑Insta-love. ☑Super rich uber smart perfect douche guy. ☑Coincidences. I can keep going, but even with the tropes it kind of works. Or I'm too much of a fangirl to hate something Ilona wrote. Also, it's a really short read; perfect to read before sleeping and still get SOME sleep. (Don't tell me you don't read "just one more chapter" and suddenly it's 6AM and there are birds chirping outside!)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Renégade ♥

    4 to 4 1/2 stars "You're not a woman yet, Meli. But one day you will be. You won't be beautiful, but you will be attractive and men will flock to you. Me, your Aunt Nez, your grandmother, we all have that something that makes men turn their heads and do silly things to entice us into their beds. Don't worry darling. He will notice you one day. You will hit him like a brick." And does she ever. So, let's see, where to begin... Now they wanted her to assassinate the man who had doomed her. A man she k 4 to 4 1/2 stars "You're not a woman yet, Meli. But one day you will be. You won't be beautiful, but you will be attractive and men will flock to you. Me, your Aunt Nez, your grandmother, we all have that something that makes men turn their heads and do silly things to entice us into their beds. Don't worry darling. He will notice you one day. You will hit him like a brick." And does she ever. So, let's see, where to begin... Now they wanted her to assassinate the man who had doomed her. A man she knew intimately well. A man whose eyes made her heart skip a beat, despite his unintended cruelty, despite the years, despite the gulf between them and her deep, logical desire to feel nothing for him. I found this an interesting romantic novella for a number of reasons. First, the heroine, Meli, had good reasons for wanting vengeance against the hero, Celino, and she doesn't cave and immediately forgive just because (view spoiler)[she has feelings for him or gets a long overdue apology. Words are not enough to instantly fix what's been damaged. (hide spoiler)] A small part of her had hoped Celino would recognize her. But he didn't. That was how little her existence meant. She was nothing but a forgotten speck in his past life. That's something that often drives me a bit wild in these stories where the heroine has suffered for years because of the hero's actions and then with one quick explanation and next to no 'grovel', all that pain and sorrow is immediately forgotten with some lame excuses, an often pathetic apology, a few mind melting kisses and a fabulous roll in the hay that obliterates brain cells. Not so here. Second, the hero is fully aware that he's not a good person but willing to be so for her and we get glimpses of light within his darkness closer to the end of the tale. In other words, there has actually been some growth and self reflection on the part of the hero as a result of (view spoiler)[his interactions with, feelings for, and loss of the heroine. (hide spoiler)] "Why are you here?" she asked. "You have my heart. Where would I go without it?" "Home, Celino." "Not without what is mine." She paused and looked at him with her velvet eyes. "I was never yours." Third, the hero is powerful and very much accustomed to getting his way and achieving his goals. He can be ruthless, selfish, cruel and dangerous. But he acknowledges that the heroine, a uniquely skilled assassin, is (view spoiler)[even more powerful and could easily defeat and kill him - which is not an easy thing for anyone else to do. He'd be more likely to take them down and not think much about it. He is not emasculated or threatened on an ego level by this. He believes that her power and grace are beautiful. He watched her slice the lethal machine in half. Precise. Elegant. Economical in her movements. She was beautiful. And yet she didn't kill him. For days he had been at her mercy, but never once did she attempt to attack him. [...] he was certain he wouldn't have survived. (hide spoiler)] I enjoyed the fact that though Meli fell in love with Celino, it wasn't enough for her to just suddenly fling herself into his arms and forget all that came before. Nope. Not happening. "Thank you for my freedom. I will strive to never think of you again. Farewell." (view spoiler)[She needed time and distance and to go through her own process of growth, forgiveness and acceptance. The choice needed to be hers, not his. Her return was not guaranteed or a foregone conclusion in his mind. She walked away without looking back. He waited, he hoped, he grew, he suffered, he changed but nothing was promised. Good. I'm tired of hearing about heroines who apologize when the hero's treated them like crap and/or who fall apart with a loving declaration, a hot tumble and that oh so orgasmic and magic touch. I love it when the hero steps up and accepts that he effed up, when he reaps the consequences and behaves like an adult about it. I also love when the heroine actually knows her own mind and has some self respect no matter how much she loves him. I take it to mean that she acknowledges her own worth and that she gets the meaning behind the phrase, "You teach people how to treat you." (hide spoiler)] That was believable to me and made this quick tale a rather tasty and satisfying bite of goodness. The kind of goodness I look forward to from these authors.

  17. 4 out of 5

    JAIME

    This was my second read of this book - this time with the lovely IAA girls. Silent Blade is the first (short) book in the Kinsmen series set in the far future where humans have colonised distant planets and created genetically enhanced human beings. Its an extremely cutthroat civilisation, where a family's strength is everything. Meli has cut herself off from her family to save them further embarrassment after she was rejected by the jerk, Celino, she had been betrothed to since she was 10. Inst This was my second read of this book - this time with the lovely IAA girls. Silent Blade is the first (short) book in the Kinsmen series set in the far future where humans have colonised distant planets and created genetically enhanced human beings. Its an extremely cutthroat civilisation, where a family's strength is everything. Meli has cut herself off from her family to save them further embarrassment after she was rejected by the jerk, Celino, she had been betrothed to since she was 10. Instead, she has chosen to further her family's interests as their assassin. She is just about to retire when her brother calls and asks her to make one more kill - and it is the man who had rejected her. I only took a star off this one because I had trouble with Celino. He really deserved for Meli to kill him, such an ass. He was 1000 times better by the end, but I found it hard to forgive his beginning. Meli, on the other hand was a snarky badass. IA shorts are quite remarkable. They have enough going on to give the impression of full length novels, though I always want more. But, that can be said for any of the wonderful IA books I've read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jaela

    I don't have many words for this. Short, cute, heart-warming :) I don't have many words for this. Short, cute, heart-warming :)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Irene Sim

    Brilliant! Mesmerizing! Adorable! I've said many times in my reviews that as much as I admire authors for the great, full length novels they write, I feel utter respect when they write great short stories. I admire Leigh Bardugo for that and now, Ilona Andrews as well. This short story, set in the kinsmen world, features an accomplished assassin, Meli and her heartbroken tale. How she seeks revenge from the man who refused her many years ago, and the clever way she managed to bring him to his kne Brilliant! Mesmerizing! Adorable! I've said many times in my reviews that as much as I admire authors for the great, full length novels they write, I feel utter respect when they write great short stories. I admire Leigh Bardugo for that and now, Ilona Andrews as well. This short story, set in the kinsmen world, features an accomplished assassin, Meli and her heartbroken tale. How she seeks revenge from the man who refused her many years ago, and the clever way she managed to bring him to his knees. I enjoyed it immensely and recommend it to everyone who likes a good revenge tale...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Maniacup

    This book was reccommended to me by my ever awesome sister Aj,the ravenous reader,and this really is a cheesy love story and I loved it! Hey sis,can I just copy your review and post it here so I won't be repeating the things you've written there,as I agree to everything you've said? Can I,can I?hehe.. Well, all I can say is..This is a must read beautifully written short novel! Highly reccommended to those who need a light,enjoyable read.^^

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘

    This could have been good, it really could. But right now, specially in the damn reading slump I'm in, Silent Blade just didn't work out for me, at all :( Rate: 1.5/2 stars.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marla Mei

    OMG thank you so much Aj the Ravenous Reader for recommending this to me. YOU ARE THE BEST. Now go check out her amazing review on this one here. I'm too lazy to write my own and besides, her review says it all already. The only thing I could add is that I wish this was longer!!!! OMG thank you so much Aj the Ravenous Reader for recommending this to me. YOU ARE THE BEST. Now go check out her amazing review on this one here. I'm too lazy to write my own and besides, her review says it all already. The only thing I could add is that I wish this was longer!!!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Liz* Fashionably Late

    “I hope that you truly love me. I hope it hurts.” Let me see: ✕ Cheesy as fuck ✕ Insta-love ✕ A jerk for a hero ✕ A puking rainbows ending And I LOVED it. L-O-V-E-D it. Maybe IA can't do wrong, maybe IA is Satan and I can't give them less than 4 stars. “I hope that you truly love me. I hope it hurts.” Let me see: ✕ Cheesy as fuck ✕ Insta-love ✕ A jerk for a hero ✕ A puking rainbows ending And I LOVED it. L-O-V-E-D it. Maybe IA can't do wrong, maybe IA is Satan and I can't give them less than 4 stars.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tandie

    I have a soft spot for discriminating assassins. It seems almost a noble profession if they only kill people who've done dastardly deeds, you know? Meli is both a deadly killer and the sweet girl from back home. She cooks and bakes tantalizing dishes that evoke happy childhood memories. She cuts bodies in half with a mere flick of her wrist. How can you not love a woman like that?

  25. 4 out of 5

    Maria Dimitrova

    Buddy read with the IAA. Usually I dislike second chance romances and in its essence this book is precisely that. It just proves that nothing is set in stone if IA is the author. This is what happens usually when I get brainwashed into reading a similar story - I want the male lead to end up gelded. Or at least very very miserable and alone! Somehow IA made me want an a-hole like Celino Carvanna to get his HEA. I can't recognise myself! Add to it the fact that it's a freaking short story (less th Buddy read with the IAA. Usually I dislike second chance romances and in its essence this book is precisely that. It just proves that nothing is set in stone if IA is the author. This is what happens usually when I get brainwashed into reading a similar story - I want the male lead to end up gelded. Or at least very very miserable and alone! Somehow IA made me want an a-hole like Celino Carvanna to get his HEA. I can't recognise myself! Add to it the fact that it's a freaking short story (less than 50 pages long) and I should be whining about wasted potential, too little character development, lackluster worldbuilding and so on. Sure it was way too short but nothing felt rushed. Yes, they could have expanded on the worldbuilding (mostly because the world sounds amazing and I'm dying of curiosity) but IA have given us enough to make it feel real without unnecessary info-dumps that tend to numb the brain *looks at most high fantasy books hoping authors will one day learn*. And to cap it off I [email protected] loved Meli! I wanna be like her one day! I could do without a jerk like Celino but hey even that played a role in her becoming a badass :) Since I've read the Hidden Legacy books before I read this I couldn't help but notice the similarities. So while I expect I'll end up whining about the lack of any new books in this series I can console myself with the fact that the IA gods got to play with this world in a slightly different setting.

  26. 5 out of 5

    -ya

    Silent Blade, a sci-fi fantasy, is a short novella with only 50 kindle pages. The novella is certainly not perfect, but it is the optimization of great elements in Ilona Andrew’s books I appreciate. #too short # 4 IA fans

  27. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    I liked it a lot even if I thought (view spoiler)[Celino was a bit Christian Grey. I didn't care for the stalking, the breaking in to her house, they BUYING of her house, the cameras in her garden and his general dickishness, but somehow IA made me love it anyway! It was funny and silly and a little squee-inducing! (hide spoiler)] I liked it a lot even if I thought (view spoiler)[Celino was a bit Christian Grey. I didn't care for the stalking, the breaking in to her house, they BUYING of her house, the cameras in her garden and his general dickishness, but somehow IA made me love it anyway! It was funny and silly and a little squee-inducing! (hide spoiler)]

  28. 4 out of 5

    Hollis

    A quick and dirty sci-fi romance about getting revenge on your ex. Not entirely sure what book two will be about considering that ending but I'll read on.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Milda Page Runner

    3.5* Fast and enjoyable read. I.Andrews can pull of even predictable romance. As always – an interesting world and effortless wordbuilding, fast moving plot, mature characters that are not dumbed down, no silly mistakes or fake drama. It’s sexy, but getting someone in bed is not the goal of the story.

  30. 4 out of 5

    AvidReader

    4.5 stars ⭐️. I felt so much for the heroine!. Especially the rejection she faced from hero and the aftermath. But I ‘loved’ how she still came out as victor. I also found her revenge apt. He deserved it. This novella also made me tear up which isn’t a small feat. So that’s a plus too. Both of them weren’t celibate during separation and predictably hero’s past set my teeth on edge. Recommended.

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