I’m not a huge science fiction fan, but give me a good story or a fabulous teaser and I can be convinced to pick one up. That’s how I got hooked on Ann Aguirre’s Grimpsace series (gotta love that March POV) and that’s how I got hooked on Ilona Andrews new Kinsmen novels.
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?
Claire Shannon is a Kinsman, a woman gifted with enhanced mental capabilities. Her skills and her life were taken over by the military to fight in war that has raged on her home planet for decades. But as the war ends, she is forced to hide her abilities in order to make a new life for herself as a civilian. It’s a new persona, a new planet and new job that has her crossing paths with the powerful and alluring Venturo Escana. Is she strong enough to hide her true nature from her perceptive new boss? And as they grow closer, will she even still want to try?
The two stories in this new series are Silent Blade and Silver Shark and they are not as science fictiony as one might think. The premise is definitely scifi, but it reads very easily like an urban fantasy, so fans of Andrews’ Kate Daniels or Edge series should totally enjoy it. I really don’t want to say too much about the novels – both are really short and could almost be called novellas, actually I think they are novellas. Silent Blade is only 40 pages long and Silver Shark barely makes it to 100 – so both are really quick reads. I read both in 2 hours and all I can really say is that I want more. The enivronement sounds fascinating, the characters have a lot of hidden depth and we have totally not seen everything there is in this new world. Just between Silent Blade and Silver Shark, the idea of Psychers and Melders gives clues that there’s more to these kinsmen than what we even seen in these two novels and I’m really curious to see what more there is.
As I said, Silent Blade and Silver Shark are really quick reads, so I don’t want to give too much away. So let me just say this, if you’re looking for a new world to explore with a lot of hidden possibilities and characters that are not only intriguing in what they can do, but who they are, then you definitely want to pick up from Silent Blade and Silver Shark Ilona Andrews. Considering Silent Blade is only $2.5o and Silver Shark is $2.99, there’s really no reason not to get them. They are worth every penny.