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Silent Blade by Ilona Andrews
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Aug 11, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: ebooks, gobbled-them-up

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I didn't even know that there was a novella by Ilona Andrews until I saw Angie of Angieville's review. Thanks for the heads up, Angie! Silent Blade is a romantic science fiction story which can be purchased in e-book format from Samhain. Strong female protagonist determined to get her revenge on the man who ruined her life? I knew I was in for a treat.

This is the first time that I've ever read romantic science fiction and it looks like it won't be the last. The husband and wife duo Ilona Andrews created another intriguing world in Silent Blade - the story is set in a futuristic world where kinsmen (similar to the Mafia) rule the financial industry and biological enhancements are the norm. I don't get to read a lot of sci-fi because I tend to get lost in the technical terms but I had no difficulty with this one partly because the descriptions were very straightforward. You get a sci-fi feel of the world, without the techno confusion.

Meli has special skills that enabled her to work as an assassin for her family. She's retired but she couldn't resist taking on this one last mission - to come face to face with Celino Carvanna and make him pay for ending their engagement years before. I found it amusing that Meli's real name is Imelda because it's such a familiar name around here. The Hispanic/Italian characters in this one is something new and another aspect of the story that I liked. I found this description from Ilona Andrews' blog and I thought I'd post it here:

The world is very lush, a place of bright flowers, pink wine, and too many pastries. The people are tan and dark-haired, this odd mix of Spanish, Italian, and Mexican cultures. Socially, it’s a mafia in SF setting: biologically enhanced families battling for influence. The plot is HP (Harlequin Presents). There is an alpha male, who is an ass, and a wronged woman who will make him grovel in the end.

I really enjoyed reading this one and I hope there are more stories set in this world. It was very easy to get into and even though this one is just a novella, the world was fully described and the characters had enough back story to flesh them out. I love the scene when Meli and Celino first met as adults because it was set in the kitchen of a pastry shop with Meli baking one of Celino's favorites. Pastries nom nom nom. I love how Ilona Andrews' female characters are excellent in cooking (remember Kate's pies? :P) I recommend this one to fans of Ilona Andrews, this could tide you over until Bayou Moon comes out and to fans of romance stories in general.
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