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Fated Blades by Ilona Andrews
Narrator: Aaron Shedlock
Series: Kinsmen #3
Published by Brilliance Audio on November 23, 2021
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction
Length: 5 hours, 18 minutes
At first glance, the planet Rada seems like a lush paradise. But the ruling families, all boasting genetically enhanced abilities, are in constant competition for power—and none more so than the Adlers and the Baenas. For generations, the powerful families have pushed and pulled each other in a dance for dominance.
Until a catastrophic betrayal from within changes everything.
Now, deadly, disciplined, and solitary leaders Ramona Adler and Matias Baena must put aside their enmity and work together in secret to prevent sinister forces from exploiting universe-altering technology. Expecting to suffer through their uneasy alliance, Ramona and Matias instead discover that they understand each other as no one in their families can—and that their combined skills may eclipse the risks of their forbidden alliance.
As the two warriors risk their lives to save their families, they must decide whether to resist or embrace the passion simmering between them. For now, the dance between their families continues—but just one misstep could spell the end of them both.
Ilona Andrews is my favorite author so I am biased. I reread the first two in the series since it has been quite awhile since I read them. They were a delight and it is a pleasure to be back in the Kinsmen world. You could read each as a standalone but the series gives more depth to the world building.
Matias and Ramona are each head of their families. Their families have a long term grudge and complete lack of trust between them. But when the families are betrayed, the best action is for them to work together to protect all their reputations. They are both smart, skilled and compassionate. Each is pleasantly surprised by the person they come to know during their mission.
They start with no trust but gradually find they fit well in values and in fighting together. Their family businesses are also compatible as they have been competing. The betrayal is a hard one and they each bring necessary information and strategy to resolve the problem. It is a very dangerous and precarious situation.
The mystery, world-building, character development and perilous action is exciting and absorbing. I loved getting to know these characters and their world. I highly recommend Fated Blades and this entire series.
I wasn’t sure I had listened to this narrator before. I have on a Kelly Siskind series I enjoyed. The male voices were deep; the primary female voice a bit husky. I thought they sounded natural. I listened comfortably at my usual 1.5x speed.
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