Author: Ilona Andrews

🎧︎Fated Blades by Ilona Andrews

🎧︎Fated Blades

Posted on December 31, 2021 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews / 2 Comments

🎧︎Fated Blades by Ilona Andrews, the third book in the Kinsmen Universe series, provided me with a wonderful reading experience. I went into it with high expectations, and it did not disappoint. It had all the elements I expect from this writing duo. Snarky dialogue, awesome characters and a unique and fascinating world.


🎧︎Fated Blades by Ilona AndrewsTitle: Fated Blades
Author(s): Ilona Andrews
Series: Kinsmen #3
Also in this series: The Kinsmen Universe
Narrator(s): Aaron Shedlock
Published by Brilliance Audio on November 23, 2021
Length: 4 hours and 52 minutes
Genre(s): Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Source: Netgalley, Publisher
Format: Audiobook, eArc
Purchase: Amazon|Audible
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Series Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Heat Level: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

An uneasy alliance between warring families gets heated in this otherworldly novella from bestselling author Ilona Andrews.
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.


🎧︎Fated Blades provided the perfect enemies to lovers romance. Ramona Adler and Matias Baena’s family are sworn enemies, fueled by a feud which spanned generations. So, under normal circumstances, these two would not be caught in each other’s company. However, when their cheating spouses stole research that could bankrupt both their families, they joined forces to avert the threat.

The story which developed as a result of this unexpected and forbidden alliance kept me on the edge of my seat. Drama, suspense, action, danger, humour, and sizzling chemistry permeated the pages of 🎧︎Fated Blades. Although they shared an intense attraction to each other, they never gave into it until they were both free. The alliance created out of necessity started on rocky ground, but as the story progressed, the two became closer. The connection which developed between them warmed my heart.


Aaron Shedlock’s narration was entertaining. This was my second time listening to his narration. Despite the deepness of his voice, his female voices sounded natural. He had different tones for each character, which made it easy to distinguish between them. 


Overall, 🎧︎Fated Blades delivered and provided a fitting end to my 2021 reading journey.




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About Aaron Shedlock

Aaron Shedlock is a passionate and highly versatile voice artist with a broad range of styles and character voices in his repertoire. Known for his engaging and deep, resonant tones, he is the voice of several national and international commercial brands and a rising star in the world of audiobooks. A huge fan of classic and modern literature, he spends the majority of his time buried in a good book, either in print or audio, being inspired by his favorite authors and audiobook narrators with a hot cup of coffee close at hand.

About Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.) Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Oregon with their two children, three dogs and a cat. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.

Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading