So I’ve pretty much declared my love for the Kate Daniels series multiple times. It’s the kind of love that makes me curious about the rest of husband-and-wife writing team Ilona Andrews’ books. I’ve had a copy of On the Edge for a while (as always, I got it from Fully Booked) but I don’t know why I put off reading it. Maybe I thought I needed some time away from awesomeness? In any case, it was raining hard this past weekend so the weather was perfect for curling up indoors with a good book and I decided to read this one.
Here’s the summary from Ilona Andrew’s website:
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). 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 don’t know why I’m still amazed at the incredible worldbuilding prowess of Ilona and Gordon but I am. I knew that this book is set in a different world but I had no idea that I’d love it just as much as the Kate Daniels world. In this book, there are three worlds: the Weird, the Edge and the Broken. The Broken is pretty much the regular world that we live in, where there’s no magic. The Weird is where magic is in full force while the Edge exists between the two. The people who live on the Edge don’t have much because they lack the best of both worlds. They have magic but not powerful enough as the people in the Weird. They can stay in the Broken for a while but never for long because they feel the strain of not having magic.
Rose lives on the Edge with her two adorable younger brothers and her grandmother. It’s easy to like Rose because she’s a tough girl, doing her best to make ends meet and to provide for her brothers. She’s also pretty funny with her constant eye-rolling and “Why me?” lines. I like her brothers as well – Georgie, the ten-year-old necromancer and Jack, the eight-year-old shape shifter (lynx). They know that Rose has a hard time keeping an eye on them but they can’t help but get into trouble because of the nature of their magical abilities. Enter Declan, Earl Camarine, who declares that he wants Rose for himself and is willing to go through three challenges in order to get her. But there’s more to this arrogant aristocrat that meets the eye and Rose gets to know him better as they work side by side to combat an evil that has suddenly made an appearance in the Edge.
I guess it’s not surprising when I say that I loved this one. It was pretty easy to get sucked into the world, there are awesome, kick*ss characters in it and a lot of humor. Another aspect about the story that I liked is that Rose and Declan’s story wraps up pretty nicely in this one package and the next book in the series Bayou Moon has different main characters. This is a different approach from the Kate Daniels series, where the story is stretched to (at least) seven books. I recommend this to fans of Ilona Andrews or other urban fantasy fans out there. Although a lot of people say that this one is more paranormal romance than urban fantasy. Regardless of the genre, it’s still a highly enjoyable read. I can’t wait for the sequel and to read about William, Declan’s shape shifter partner in special ops.