Fated Blades (Kinsmen, #3)
by Ilona Andrews

I’m a die-hard Andrews fan, so I’m primed to like most anything they produce. That said, I like the Hidden Legacy series a bit more than this one. I don’t know, it feels kind of less invested in if you know what I mean?

There’s still a kick-butt heroine, a steely and determined hero, lots and lots of lascivious descriptions of firearms, gunships, battle strategy, etc. you would expect from Andrews, but the novel itself feels very short. There’s several points where the hero or the heroine just up and tell each other their secrets without too much fuss that would have been much more drawn out to better emotional impact were this Kate Daniels or Hidden Legacy.

Still. Such coolness. A planet with a stratified society where some wield power weapons out of their forearms? A hidden temple in a rain forest? Really terrible awfully bad villains actually named “Vandals” you can totally root for to be destroyed?

The emotional contract and release of two people literally made for each other but who are Hatfield/McCoy opposite sides of generational conflict?

So much fun. You don’t need to read the other books in the series to enjoy this one. It felt very much like a one-off.