Afternoon Delight: Silent Blade by Ilona Andrews

Posted June 19, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Afternoon Delight, Reviews / 8 Comments

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Afternoon Delight: Silent Blade by Ilona Andrews
Silent Blade

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Series: Kinsmen #1
Genres: Sci-Fi Romance
Published by NYLA
Released on September 20, 2018
Pages: 64
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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The Delight

I’m almost guaranteed a good time when this writing team puts out a book.  I’ve had my eye on this series for a while so I was glad to pick up the first in this sci-fi series with a twist of psychic talent.


Silent Blade is a short novella that is set in the future when humans branch out into space and colonize away from the home world.  In this setting, the ruling bodies are business clans (families) who have psychically and tech enhanced people who make them powerful.

Meli is a lethal assassin for her family and with the end of her last job she just want to be left alone, but now they are calling for one more job, Celino, the gift and successful money-maker from a rival family who at one time had been her fiance until he rejected her.  It is do to him that she became a shunned woman.  Revenge is going to taste good.

Silent Blade is a shorter piece that has the job of developing a new world, characters, and plot.  I loved this new sci-fi world and the clan rivalry and genetic and tech talents offer a built in conflict.  I don’t normally like revenge plots, but this one worked for me.  I enjoyed both characters and getting their side of the story.  I liked it enough that I wish this had been a longer piece so more time could have been spent on the relationship and a few summarized bits that would have loved in full scenes.  Still, it was good stuff and I will definitely be coming back for more.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Crystal @ Lost in Storyland

The world in Silent Blade sounds really interesting. I still need to read an Ilona Andrews book, but I’m hoping to remedy this soon!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Yeah, it’s like the mafia in space. LOL

You have a treat in store when you get the chance, Crystal.

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

Yay for Ilona Andrews!!!! You have me so curious about this story! I want to know why Celino rejected Meli. The premise of this story with the psychically enhanced people in space sounds like an interesting one. Hopefully, the next story in the series will be longer.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Yeah, there were some good twists in this one as the truth about the past comes out. The next one is a novella, too, so I’m not sure if the series will offer any longer ones.

Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict

I absolutely LOVE Ilona Andrews! I’m dying to know if this duo gets over the revenge thing and ends up a couple. Is this like a prelude to a new series? I thought I saw something on Twitter about them putting out something new, but my memory fails me now!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Ha, the end result was a fun surprise.

I’m not sure if its a prelude series or not. So far its just two novellas, but maybe it is going to be turned into something bigger. Maybe you saw that they were getting ready to release the next Innkeeper Chronicles book which is also a sci-fi one. I’m so excited about that release.

Melanie Simmons
2 years ago

I read this series years ago. I want to revisit. I think they are working on audio. I’ll have to give them a try again then. I remember loving it.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

I still need to read the second one, but if its coming in audio, maybe I’ll wait for that. 🙂