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Silent Blade (Kinsmen #1)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  5,146 ratings  ·  378 reviews
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
ebook, 42 pages
Published June 2nd 2009 by Samhain Publishing
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Aj the Ravenous Reader

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 lifet
Jessica ❁ Elsecaller ❁ at Rabid Reads
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
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 seriou
Buddy read with the wonderful ladies over at Ilona Andrews Addicts (IAA)

There was definitely a case of insta-love and being a little cliche, but Silent Blade was so FUN. I smiled through the entire novella. Seriously, my jaw hurts after smiling for over an hour straight. It was just that cute and entertaining, though.

My only complaint is that I wish it were a lot longer. You can never have enough Ilona Andrews!
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 delive
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
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 fe
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
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
Buddy read with the awesome girls at Ilona Andrews Addicts!

Super rich uber smart perfect douche guy.

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!)
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.^^
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
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!!!!
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
It started so promising, so very promising, tickling my appetite for graceful, ruthless assassins, outer space, old dynasties, artificially enhanced bodies and a bit of dangeous romance on the side.

But soon, so very soon, the excellent premise got thoroughly drenched in stickily sweet romance of the manly-he-expertly-claims-what-is-his kind as he invested some expendable money and did circus tricks with his muscular tongue and other body extensions, whereas the new-planet-scenery simply served a
I liked it a lot even if I thought (view spoiler)
Cool characters, tone, world. I don't know why they don't write in this world. I would take this futuristic mafia/assassin/old flame/revenge story to magical "detectives" any day. The ene-ribbon fighting was very cool and unique. Couldn't help remembering some anime I've seen. :D
I paraphrase the whole thing so don't read it if you don't want to be a little spoiled. I can't even wrap my mind around the glowing reviews this got. The magic I expect from them is not present at all. This was just horrible.

What a let down! I expect a whole lot better from these two, and this book was not only a let down from a known-to-be-good "author", but it was a let down in the world of books as well. If that made any sense.

This is a very short read, and I think I had it finished in abo
Creative concept but it just felt like it was missing something

I love a good revenge story, but this one was disappointing. I wanted to read about a tough heroine assassin with some fantasy thrown in. That didn’t happen. She was a badass very early on, and in the next minute she's turned into Martha fucking Stewart. She's baking, admiring her flowers. NOT KILLING PEOPLE and getting revenge. This book never felt like a fantasy genre book to me, if anything it was a predictable romance type story.
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
My first thought upon finishing was "Wow, that was damn good!".

Silent Blade may fall into the romance category but it is far from soppy. It's futuristic revenge against a man who devastated a young girl and her family in the name of his "freedom".

For a short story the characters were remarkably complex and well fleshed out. The power plays and the tippings of the balance of power between Celino and Meli were brilliantly done. In a futuristic world of mafia-style families and assassinations galo
Mimi Smith
4 stars

A very, very, very short book(a short story really), but a good one nonetheless.

This is the first book set in a world where microchips give people special powers....

The World

"In the course of space colonization, there arose a need for humans with enhanced abilities. Men and women who could survive harsh conditions, who were superb warriors, gifted hunters, and brilliant scientists.

Some enhancements were technological in nature: an array of implants with various functions. Their effect
Its honestly not an exaggeration when I say that this story made me tear up. Look I have read a lot of romance novels (and I do mean a lot) in my life. Everything from early Harlequin romances to yaoi and I can name on my one hand the amount of books that have made me so happy that HEA's exist in romances. Silent Blade made the list.

Meli and Celino were both defined and restrained by who their families were. What it meant to be kin, the sacrifices you had to make to keep the family strong. I'm a
I have been going through another bout of Kate & Curran withdrawals lately. Really, they're simply Ilona Andrews withdrawals because I just am ten different ways in love with the way they write a world. I know going in to expect to be amazed, delighted, and--above all and thank the high heavens--entertained. Whether its shapeshifters and magic waves, overlapping dimensions and backwoods feuds, or futuristic assassins and genetically enhanced mafiosi--it is guaranteed to get my bibliophilic h ...more
Why is it we sometimes forgive out favorite authors for things we would never tolerate from any others? I’m not sure, but Ilona Andrews can do no wrong. It’s as simple as that.

Celino, the male lead of this story, was an arrogant STALKING (view spoiler) asshole. Now, this is the type of behavior that usually puts me off books for good… except, it would seem, when IA is writing it. I

Another good one from the Andrews! I'm such a fan.

I've heard of Silent Blade (and the Kinsmen series) before but I often get caught up in the more recent work released by Ilona Andrews. I ended up finally getting to Kinsmen deep in an Ilona Andrews glomming: I'd read Burn for Me , the available parts of Sweep in Peace and I was waiting to start a Kate Daniels series buddy re-read. Desperate, I remembered there were a couple of IA (Ilona Andrews) works I h
In the midst of the technologically and biologically advanced kinsmen of her home planet, Meli Galdes is a melder. Melders are the rare result of a mutation that in Meli’s case permits her to operate an energy ribbon through a bracelet on her wrist, severing anything in its path. For years, Meli’s covertly filled the role of family assassin, killing whoever threatens the Galdes’ survival. But Meli’s tired of killing, and following her latest target, Meli’s promised retirement will begin. That is ...more
Ivie ...:::The Prime Suspect:::...
I have absolutely no idea how i've managed to miss this book untill now knowing full well that i am a fan of Ilona and Gordon Andrews. And like all of their work this was fabulous.

I love the earthy, strong female characters they produce and the incredible ingenuity of their world building. This was a shorter story but amazing from start to finish.

In a futuristic off planet world a young woman sets off to avenge her once broken heart by taking a contract to kill her ex flame.

Genius, very well wr
DarkHeart "Vehngeance"
A short, sweet and satisfying story. A departure from their usual tales both in setting (sci-fi) and the smexiness level (it took four Kate books to accomplish the action these two got down to in about 20 pages!). Likable characters and an entertaining, fast-paced story - a good read!
Assassin Meli, is given the chance to even the score when the man who caused her to be ostracized from Kinsmen society is presented to her as her final target before she retires.

I very rarely reread, since there's always something new and shiny calling my name, but after reading - the new and shiny - Silver Shark which has a brief cameo with the leads here, I was inspired to do a reread. (Even though it meant repurchasing the story, since my old version is DRM'd to a computer I no longer own). S
Kathryn Barnes
Meli is an assassin for her family but she now longs for retirement. Her family arranges for one last mission to kill the man who rejected her 18 years before. Celino decided not to go through the arranged marriage to Meli and would rather become a business tycoon and gain his freedom.

Meli believes this last job is perfect revenge, she would use him and make him love her before destroying him. The last hing she expected was for her heart to fall inlove yet again to this man and for him to repon
The Flooze
I enjoyed the world: the idea of implants to enhance and improve stamina, fighting ability, etc; the old Italian/mafioso feel of the society; the overall futuristic theme grounded by the characters' connection to more earthy and provincial interests.

Unfortunately, I didn't care one jot about Meli or Corvino. Both lacked some indefinable oomph necessary to make them real. I had no compassion for Meli and did not see Corvino's appeal--apart from the first few days they spent together, I did not be
I particularly like the fact that while we get a HEA, it isn't a simple, pat ending. Great world building, of course. (Duh - it's Ilona Andrews). A great filler while waiting for another Kate Daniels.
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