On the Edge by Ilona Andrews

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.

24 thoughts on “On the Edge by Ilona Andrews

  1. I agree. Ilona Andrews’ world-building is fantastic. These two series are so distinct yet so incredible in both ways. I’m totally amazed by how good they are at it. Especially adding humor into their books – that’s probably my favorite part.

    • I also finished reading Silent Blade this weekend and I am just in awe at how good they are in creating worlds. You’re absolutely right, the two series are distinct and wonderful in their own way. Humor is a huge bonus, it’s always a good thing if a book can make you laugh out loud or snicker in certain passages. Ilona Andrews is made of win!

  2. Ooh. Glad you read SILENT BLADE! I’m still happy over that one.

    And ON THE EDGE is great stuff. I, too, loved her brothers and the crazy, tilted world they lived in. I can’t wait for BAYOU MOON and more William. Kind of liked him better than Declan. 😉

    Also, how awesome is it that you were able to use the phrase “shape shifting partner in special ops” in a sentence??

    • I’m going to post a review of Silent Blade some time this week.

      I love the world that the authors created in this one and I’m glad that even the secondary characters (like Rose’s brothers) were fully fleshed out. Yes, can’t wait for Bayou Moon! I already asked the bookstore if they have it on order but they haven’t replied so far.

      LOL, I was thinking of how I could describe William’s connection to Declan and that’s what I came up with. I’m so excited to see what happens to William. And Cerise looks like an interesting character as well.

  3. I concur! The Ilona Andrews team is awesome at world buildling. I was surprised how long it took to me to pick up On the Edge after the Kate Daniels series. But it was so comforting to read more of Andrews’ signature humor and interesting worlds. I loved the kids and The Edge, and am so excited for BAYOU MOON.

    • Me too! I mean I don’t know why it took me so long to read this one. Maybe I didn’t want to dive into a new world after reading the Kate Daniels books. But I’m glad I did get around to reading it because it’s a good one. Now I need to patiently wait for Bayou Moon to come out. Good thing I have other books to keep me occupied.

  4. I can’t wait to read William’s story! I thought her little brothers were too adorable! It was nice having them in the story 🙂

    • Glad you read this one, Peep! Even if you didn’t end up liking it as much as I did. Rose’s brothers are cute, aren’t they? I hope we get to sneak a peek at them in William’s story.

  5. I don’t usually read sneak peeks but I might this time around. William just stuck with me, I want to see him happy. I’m so glad you recommended her books! But I’m mad because Kate set the bar too high 😛

    • I read the sneak peek that they uploaded in the authors’ website, I think it contains the first two chapters. Can’t wait to see what will happen with William and I’m glad they decided to write another book in this world. LOL, you’re absolutely right! Kate set the bar too high. You should read Magic Bleeds already!

      • Wait, so there is a sneak peek already posted??!! I’ll have to check it out.

        And I’m trying to put as little gap between this book and the next one as possible. I don’t know how long I will last. Once I read it, then what?? Just a long wait. When does the book come out anyway? I want to read Bleeds so bad, you don’t understand!

      • Yes, the first two chapters of William’s story can be found here. Click it! I’m sure you want to check it out.

        You mean when is the next Kate Daniels book going to come out? I don’t know either! I know what you mean about waiting. Sometimes I think maybe it’s better if I wait for a series to be finished before I start reading it. But then again, I don’t want to miss the awesomeness.

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  8. I liked this one, but not as much as the Kate Daniels series. I do love your review though and I’m glad you convinced me to read Ilona Andrews because they are a good writing team. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading their books. I will definitely be reading Bayou Moon at some point in the near future!

    • Most Kate Daniels fans liked this but didn’t think it was as great as the Kate books. I guess I’m just lucky that I ended up liking this just as much. 🙂 Anything written by Ilona and Gordon is now on my auto-buy list (although I still haven’t picked up the novellas set in the Kate world). I hope you get to read Bayou Moon soon! And I can’t wait for Magic Slays to be released.

      • Oh yay! That’s good to know. William was one of the characters I REALLY liked. I will try to pick it up in a week or two. I have some other books I have to read before it! 😛

      • Carin, I have a feeling you’re going to like Bayou Moon a lot more than this one. Some people say that Declan is too squeaky clean perfect and they like William more for having a troubled past.

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