While I have read and enjoyed Ilona Andrews’ two largest series, the Kate Daniels world and Hidden Legacy, I haven’t explored their other series. When I got Fated Blades from NetGalley, I worried a bit because I haven’t read any of the other Kinsman Universe stories, but I knew I would enjoy it because it’s Ilona Andrews. It was no problem. The world explains itself well enough and I don’t think the other Kinsman Universe stories impact it too much.
Matias Baena and Ramona Adler don’t hate each other personally, but their families are longtime enemies and business rivals. So when Matias finds out Ramona is waiting in a conference room to talk to him privately, he knows his day is about to get bad. And then it gets worse. It gets even worse after that. Ramona and Matias have to team up to stop an invasion and probably a slaughter.
As they work together, cut off from their usual resources, they have to trust each other. They quickly learn the other is competent, smart and deadly. They have far more in common with each other than they do with most other people. As is shown on the cover, they can manifest blades and shields. The story moves fast with betrayals, corruption, chicanery and a couple of really good fight scenes.
I really enjoyed going into this knowing almost nothing. It’s short, it’s fun, I stayed up much too late finishing it. Having read the third book in the series, I plan to read every bit of the Kinsman Universe I can get my hands on. And then I’ll probable do yet another reread of Kate Daniels.
I received this as an advance reader copy from NetGally and Montlake publishing. My opinions are my own.