Published by Samhain Publishing Silent Blade (Kinsmen, #1) on June 2nd 2009
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Sci-Fi Romance, Urban Fantasy
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.
It’s no secret that we are huge fans of Ilona Andrews–the husband and wife writing team behind Kate Daniels, and the upcoming On The Edge series.
We will be looking at Ilona Andrews first foray to romance from Samhain Publishing. Silent Blade is a short story that is set sometime in the future, where Mafia styled families, known as the Kinsmen, feud with each other to control and expand their territories. These kinsmen have enhanced implants: physically and biologically, which gifts individuals with special abilities to help aid their agendas and ambitions.
The opening scene of the story starts off with a great introduction from the heroine, Mele Galdes, who is the black sheep of her family as well as their assassin due to her special enhanced gift. She is a melder, who can pretty much slice people in half!
She is asked to assassinate a leading member of a rival Kinsmen family, Celino Carvanna, who turns out to be her ex betrothed. Mele agrees, even though he was the man she fell in love with and in the process shattered her heart. Mele sees this as a way to avenge herself and her family due to the broken betrothal, in which her family was weakened financially and politically.
I loved this story and although it was short, there was a lot of detail which had gone into the world building. It felt fully fleshed out with the characterisations and setting. I especially loved Celino and Mele’s interactions as they both started to learn about each other’s true selves, and both realising the restrictions that their families and their society has placed upon them.
Silent Blade has Ilona Andrew’s trademark of a fast pace story with witty dialogue and well drawn out characters. I hope they will write and visit this world again. And if you have never read a book of theirs – I definitely recommend this story as an introduction. It will show why we are such fan girls.
I give Silent Blade, 4.5 out of 5.
Some goody time! We will be giving away five copies of this short story which you can only get in ebook format. We will be giving away 4 copies here on the blog and to enter just comment in this entry.
The deadline will be this Friday the 17th of July, Midnight GMT time.
The 5th copy will be given away on twitter sometime tonight. For details just follow my Twitter account (Has_Bookpushers) or Lou’s (Lou_Bookpushers) for details to enter!
P.S Please note multiple entries will excluded.
Edit: Just like to mention again that the copies we are giving away are in E-book format as the story is only available in digital from Samhain Publishing.
Giveaway is over! Thank you to everyone who participated. And congrats to the winners!!!!