Rose Drayton lives on the Edge, between the world of the Broken (where people drive cars, shop at Wal-Mart, and magic is a fairy tale) and the Weird (where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny). Only Edgers like Rose can easily travel from one world to the next, but they never truly belong in either.
Rose thought if she practiced her magic, she could build a better life for herself. But things didn't turn out how she planned, and now she works a minimum wage, off the books job in the Broken just to survive. Then Declan Camarine, a blueblood noble straight out of the deepest part of the Weird, comes into her life, determined to have her (and her power).
But when a terrible danger invades the Edge from the Weird, a flood of creatures hungry for magic, Declan and Rose must work together to destroy them, or the beasts will devour the Edge and everyone in it . . .
MP3 Book, Unabridged - Digital Download, 336 pages
Published December 21st 2009 by Tantor Media, Inc.
Four and a half stars: A fantastic series with excellent characters, interesting world building and a fun antagonistic romance. A must for Ilona Andrews fans.
Rose is so tired of having to scrimp and save, worrying whether she will have enough money to pay her bills and fill her gas tank to get to her job. Rose isn't your average girl. She lives in the Edge, a world situated between the Broken, a place where normal humans live and work, and the Weird, a strange world ruled by aristocrats and magic. The Edgers are special in that they can move between the worlds, but that doesn't make their lives any easier. Rose has magic, but she still must work hard every day in the Broken to support her two younger brothers. Everything changes one day for Rose when a blueblood noble stalks in her yard. Convinced he is there to haul her off, Rose strikes a bargain with him. He must complete three tasks before she will leave with him. What Rose doesn't know is that there are far more sinister things stalking her than Declan, the blueblood. Will Rose survive the blueblood and the danger?
What I Liked:
- Being an avid fan of the Kate Daniels Series, and knowing that there is only one more book left, I was desperate to get my next Ilona Andrews fix, so I picked up On The Edge, the first book in The Edge Series, published back in 2009. I loved this book, and I can't wait for more. This series has languished in the shadow of its big sister, Kate, but no longer. This series deserves much more love and attention, because it is just as good.
- I loved the interesting world building, and in fact, I thought the world building was better than in Kate Daniels. In this book, there are three worlds: The Broken, the Edge and the Weird. The Broken, is the normal human world, without magic, while the Edge is the boundary world. In the Edge, the inhabitants have a touch of magic and they can traverse into the Broken to work and shop. The Weird is the world of Magic, ruled by the aristocrats, and the inhabitants don't usually cross into the other worlds. It was a fascinating and interesting world, and I soaked it up.
- With any Andrews book, you can expect a cast of eclectic, diverse and entertaining characters. I LOVED the characters in this one. Rose is a different type of heroine. She is young lady who is a bit of an outcast, since her mother died leaving behind a scandalous reputation. Rose's dad took off on an adventure leaving her with her two young brothers. Rose is special though because she has powerful magic, making her vulnerable as many want to use her. Rose, however, is tough, feisty and very resourceful. Don't ever count her out. Her two brothers, George and Jack have their own powers. George is has necromancer magic, and Jack is a feline changeling. The two boys are sweet and fun. Declan is the show stealer. He storms in as a haughty, noble blueblood aristocrat, but there is so much more to him. He is a fierce, courageous fighter, but underneath that tough exterior he has a soft, smushy center. Oh how I loved getting to know him. The rest of the cast is just as interesting, you have the elderly who are wise and magical, William, a nice young man with his own secrets and of course a dastardly villain. Loved these characters.
- The romance is one my favorite kinds. It starts out prickly and antagonistic as two complete opposites collide. There is posturing and bristling, and then an unexpected rescue, and a hesitant trust and friendship are born. Then slowly, slowly it moves into something more before exploding into a fiery encounter. I lapped it up. I especially loved the part when the truth is revealed about the misunderstanding at the first meeting that sets the whole thing into motion.
- The story weaves together several threads to form a thrilling plot. You have the funny story line involving Rose and Declan's three tasks, the sinister magical threat to the Edge, and so much more. I loved seeing this one come together, and there was never a dull moment.
- The ending was fantastic. After the dust settles, there is a wonderful scene that made me laugh. It ended perfectly. No cliffhangers or loose threads. Loved it.
- The audiobook narrated by the supremely talented Renee Raudman is another must listen. Raudman does a phenomenal job with this one. Loved it.
And The Not So Much:
- This book builds to a dramatic and thrilling climax that culminates with an epic battle. What bothered me was just at that big moment when the villain is about to go down, something happens with one of the main characters, and the scene fades out and then picks up later on. The big take down is not played out on scene, you get a recount. I didn't like that.
- William is such a mystery. I was confused at first at his role, as I thought he was going to be the romantic lead. He disappears at the end as well, leaving me wondering about his fate. However, I have learned that he is featured in the next book so I will soon have my answers.
- I loved the world building, but I was left wanting a bit more information about life in the Weird.
On the Edge is a book that deserves more love and attention. It has languished in the shadow of the wildly popular Kate Daniels Series, but make no mistake, this book is just as good. I loved the story, the fantastic characters and the terrific romance. If you are a fan of Ilona Andrews and you are wondering where you are going to get your next fix, look no further, this book is awesome.
I borrowed a copy from the library. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.