Title: On the Edge
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: The Edge #1
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Paranormal fantasy, Paranormal romance, Strong women
Publisher: Ace Fantasy
5th sentence, 74th page: If I meet him, I’ll have to discourage him from courting you.
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 they’ll devour the Edge and everyone in it.
I have no words for how amazing an introduction to this series On the Edge was! This is the exact reason why Ilona Andrews is one of my ALL TIME favourite authors! She creates a great, dynamic world and takes you on a journey with a sassy, spicy woman who knows her on mind. As the second series by Ilona Andrews that I have read, there are certainly a few stark differences between The Edge and Kate Daniels. For starters, there is a lot more steam and romance in The Edge. Which, since I’ve been in the mood for that, is completely desirable. I have no idea what to expect from Bayou Moon, but I can’t wait for it regardless!
This is such a typical Cinderella-type story. Girl who works hard and is from the ‘wrong’ part of town is swept off her feet by a noble. From the very first meeting, you know that they will end up together, and hope deliriously for a happy ending. But, it’s the journey that makes it fun. For starters, Rose isn’t all that willing to go along with the plan. And Declan has a huge hidden agenda. Plus, there’s the children, and the crazy things going bump in the night and killing everyone… so maybe not that “Cinderella” after.
One of my favourite things about Rose is her loyalty to and care for her brothers. No matter what happens throughout their journey, Georgie and Jack come first. Even when Rose finally agrees to upend her life, it is with strict stipulations on how the boys shall live. And for this, and this alone, I really want to continue to follow Rose through the Edge and back again.