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The Broken is a place where people shop at Wal-Mart and magic is nothing more than a fairy tale.

The Weird is a realm where blueblood aristocrats rule and the strength of your magic can change your destiny.

Rose Drayton lives on the Edge, the place between both worlds. A perilous existence indeed, made even more so by a flood of magic-hungry creatures bent on absolute destruction.




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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Andrews (Magic Bites) takes dysfunctional family stories to a new level in this engaging urban fantasy series opener. Rose Drayton and her two young brothers live in the woods between two worlds: the Broken (mundane smalltown Georgia) and the Weird (a world of strong magic and rigid social hierarchy). Those on the Edge between the two possess individual magical abilities. Rose has perfected her talent, a deadly white flash, and now the Weird's aristocrats envy her power. Is it a coincidence that vicious hounds invade to steal magic and destroy the Edgers just as Weird blueblood Declan Camarine demands that Rose become his bride? Though Rose rejects Declan's advances, the two must join forces to save her brothers and others on the Edge. Andrews has created a complex plot and convincing characters that will keep the pages turning. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
"A fascinating world combined with pulse-pounding action and white-hot romance makes On the Edge a winner!" —-Jeaniene Frost, New York Times bestselling author of At Grave's End
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101140376
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/29/2009
  • Series: Edge Series , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 19,867
  • File size: 470 KB

Meet the Author

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Together, they are the coauthors of the #1 New York Times bestselling Kate Daniels urban-fantasy series, including Magic Rises, Magic Slays, and Magic Bleeds and the romantic urban-fantasy novels of the Edge, including Steel's Edge, Fate's Edge, and Bayou Moon. They currently reside in Texas with their two children and numerous pets.
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"Rosie!" Grandpa's bellow shook the foundation of the house.

"Why me?" Rose wiped the dish soap suds from her hands with a kitchen towel, swiped the crossbow from the hook, and stomped onto the porch.

"Roooosie!"

She kicked the screen door open. He towered in the yard, a huge shaggy bear of a man, deranged eyes opened wide, tangled beard caked with blood and quivering grayish shreds. She leveled the crossbow at him. Drunk as hell again.

"What is it?"

"I want to go to the pub. I want a pint." His voice slipped into a whine. "Gimme some money!"

"No."

He hissed at her, swaying unsteadily on his feet. "Rosie! This is your last chance to give me a dollar!"

She sighed and shot him. The bolt bit between the eyes and Grandpa toppled onto his back like a log. His legs drummed the ground.

Rose rested the butt of her crossbow on her hip. "All right, come out."

The two boys slipped from behind the huge oak spreading its branches over the yard. Both were filthy with reddish mud, sap, and the other unidentifiable substances an eight- and a ten-year-old could find in the Wood. A jagged scratch decorated Georgie's neck and brown pine straw stuck out of his blond hair. Red welts marked the skin between Jack's knuckles. He saw her looking at his hands. His eyes got big, amber irises flaring yellow, and he hid his fists behind his back.

"How many times do I have to say it: don't touch the ward stones. Look at Grandpa Cletus! He's been eating dog brains again, and now he's drunk. It will take me half an hour to hose him off."

"We miss him," Georgie said.

She sighed. "I miss him, too. But he's no good to anybody drunk. Come on, you two, let's take him back to his shed. Help me get the legs."

Together they dragged Grandpa's inert form back to the shed at the edge of the clearing and dumped him on his sawdust. Rose uncoiled the metal chain from the corner, pulled it across the shed, locked the collar on Grandpa's neck, and peeled back his left eyelid to check the pupil. No red yet. Good shot—he would be out for hours.

Rose put her foot on his chest, grasped the bolt, and pulled it out with a sharp tug. She still remembered Grandpa Cletus as he was, a tall, dapper man, uncanny with his rapier, his voice flavored with a light Scottish brogue. Even as old as he was, he would still win against Dad one out of three times in a swordfight. Now he was this . . . this thing. She sighed. It hurt to look at him, but there was nothing to be done about it. As long as Georgie lived, so did Grandpa Cletus.

The boys brought the hose. She turned it on, set the sprayer on jet, and leveled the stream at Grandpa until all the blood and dog meat were gone. She had never quite figured out how "going down to the pub" equaled chasing stray dogs and eating their brains, but when Grandpa got out of his ward circle, no mutt was safe. By the time she was done washing him, the hole in his forehead had closed. When Georgie raised things from the dead, he didn't just give them life. He made them almost indestructible.

Rose stepped out of the shed, locked the door behind her, and dragged the hose back to the porch. Her skin prickled as she crossed the invisible boundary: the kids must've put the ward stones back. She squinted at the grass. There they were, a line of small, seemingly ordinary rocks, spaced three, four feet from each other. Each rock held a small magic charge. Together they created an enchanted barrier, strong enough to keep Grandpa in the shed if he broke the chain again.

Rose waved the boys to the side and raised the hose. "Your turn."

They flinched at the cold water. She washed them off methodically, from top to bottom. As the mud melted from Jack's feet, she saw a two-inch rip in his Skechers. Rose dropped the hose.

"Jack!"

He cringed.

"Those are forty-five-dollar shoes!"

"I'm sorry," he whispered.

"Tomorrow is the first school day! What were you doing?"

"He was climbing up the pines to get at the leech birds," Georgie said.

She glared. "Georgie! Thirty-minute timeout tonight for snitching."

Georgie bit his lip.

Rose stared at Jack. "Is that true? You were chasing the leech birds?"

"I can't help it. Their tails are so flittery . . ."

She wanted to smack him. It was true, he couldn't help it—it wasn't his fault he was born as a cat—but those were brand-new shoes she had bought him for school. Shoes for which she had painstakingly tweaked their budget, scrimping every penny, so he wouldn't have to wear Georgie's old beat-up sneakers, so he could look just as nice as all the other second graders. It just hurt.

Jack's face pinched into a rigid white mask—he was about to cry.

A small spark of power tugged on her. "Georgie, stop trying to resurrect the shoes. They were never alive in the first place."

The spark died.

An odd desperation claimed her, her pain shifting into a sort of numbness. Pressure built in her chest. She was so sick of it, sick of counting every dollar, sick of rationing everything, sick to death of it all. She had to go and get Jack a new pair of shoes. Not for Jack's sake, but for the sake of her own sanity. Rose had no clue how she would make up the money, but she knew she had to buy him a new pair of shoes right now, or she would explode.

"Jack, do you remember what will happen if a leech bird bites you?"

"I'll turn into one?"

"Yes. You have to stop chasing the birds."

He hung his head. "Am I punished?"

"Yes. I'm too mad to punish you right now. We'll talk about it when we get home. Go brush your teeth, comb your hair, put on dry clothes, and get the guns. We're going to Wal-Mart."

The old Ford truck bounced on the bumps in the dirt road. The rifles clanged on the floor. Georgie put his feet down to steady them without being asked.

Rose sighed. Here, in the Edge, she could protect them well enough. But they were about to pass from the Edge into another world, and their magic would die in the crossing. The two hunting rifles on the floor would be their only defense. Rose felt a pang of guilt. If it wasn't for her, they wouldn't need the rifles. God, she didn't want to be jumped again. Not with her brothers in the car.

They lived between worlds: on one side lay the Weird and the other the Broken. Two dimensions, existing side by side, like mirror images of each other. In the place where the dimensions "touched," they intersected slightly, forming a narrow ribbon of land that belonged to both of them—the Edge. In the Weird, magic pooled deeply; in the Edge it was a shallow trickle. But in the Broken, no magic shielded them at all.

Rose eyed the Wood hugging the road, its massive trees crowding the narrow ribbon of packed dirt. She drove this way every day to her job in the Broken, but today the shadows between the gnarled trunks filled her with anxiety.

"Let's play the 'You Can't' Game," she said to stave off the rising dread. "Georgie, you go first."

"He went first the last time!" Jack's eyes shone with amber.

"Nyaha!"

"Yaha!"

"Georgie goes first," she repeated.

"Past the boundary, you can't raise dead things," Georgie said.

"Past the boundary, you can't grow fur and claws," Jack said.

They always played the Game when driving through to the Broken. It was a good reminder to the boys of what they could and could not do, and it worked much better than any lecture. Very few people in the Broken knew of the Edge or the Weird, and it was safer for everyone involved to keep it that way. Experience had taught her that trying to explain the existence of magic to a person in the Broken would do no good. It wouldn't get you committed into a mental institution, but it did land you into the kooky idiot category and made people give you a wide berth during lunch hour.

For most people of the Broken, there was no Broken, no Edge, and no Weird. They lived in the United States of America, on the continent of North America, on the planet Earth—and that was that. For their part, most people in the Weird couldn't see the boundary either. It took a special kind of person to find it and the kids needed to remember that.

Georgie touched her hand. It was her turn. "Past the boundary, you can't hide behind a ward stone." She glanced at them, but they kept going, oblivious to her fears.

The road lay deserted. Few Edgers drove up this way this time of the evening. Rose accelerated, eager to get the trip over with and be back to the safety of the house.

"Past the boundary, you can't find lost things," Georgie said.

"Past the boundary, you can't see in the dark." Jack grinned.

"Past the boundary, you can't flash," Rose said.

The flash was her greatest weapon. Most Edgers had their own specific talents: some prophesied, some cured toothaches, some raised the dead like Georgie. Some cursed like Rose and her grandmother. But flashing could be learned by anyone with a drop of magic. It wasn't a matter of talent, but of practice. You took a hold of the magic inside you and channeled it from your body in a controlled burst that looked like a whip or a ribbon of lightning. If you had magic and patience, you could learn to flash, and the lighter the color of your flash, the hotter and more potent it was. A powerful bright flash was a terrible weapon. It could slice through a body like a hot knife through butter. Most Edgers never could get their flash bright enough to kill or injure anything with it. They were mongrels, living in a place of diluted magic, and most flashed red and dark orange. Some lucky few managed green or blue.

It was her flash that had started all of their trouble.

No, Rose reflected, they'd had plenty of trouble before her. Draytons were always unlucky. Too smart and too twisted for their own good. Grandpa was a pirate and a rover. Dad was a gold-digger. Grandma was stubborn like a goat and always thought she knew better than anyone else. Mom was a tramp. But all those problems didn't affect anyone but the individual Draytons. When Rose flashed white at the Graduation Fair, she focused the attention of countless Edge families squarely on their little clan. Even now, even with the rifles on the floor, she didn't regret it. She felt guilty about it, she wished things hadn't gone the way they did, but given a chance, she would do it again.

Ahead the road curved. Rose took the turn a bit too fast. The truck's springs creaked.

A man stood in the road, like a gray smudge against the encroaching twilight.

She slammed on the brakes. The Ford skidded in a screech on the hard, dry dirt of the road. She caught a glimpse of long pale hair and piercing green eyes staring straight at her.

The truck hurtled at him. She couldn't stop it.

The man leapt straight up. Feet in dark gray boots landed on the hood of the truck with a thud and vanished. The man vaulted over the roof to the side and disappeared into the trees.

The truck slid to a stop. Rose gulped the air. Her heart fluttered in her chest. Her fingertips tingled and she tasted bitterness on her tongue.

She stabbed the seat belt release button, threw the door open, and jumped out onto the road. "Are you hurt?"

The Wood lay quiet.

"Hello?"

No answer. The man was gone.

"Rose, who was that?" Georgie's eyes were the size of small saucers.

"I don't know." Relief flooded her. She hadn't hit him. She got scared out of her wits, but she hadn't hit him. Everybody was fine. Nobody was hurt. Everybody was fine . . .

"Did you see the swords?" Jack asked.

"What swords?" All she'd seen were the blond hair, green eyes, and some kind of cloak. She couldn't even recall his face—just a pale smudge.

"He had a sword," Georgie said. "On his back."

"Two swords," Jack corrected. "One on the back and one on his belt."

Some of the older locals liked to play with swords, but none of them had long blond hair. And none of them had eyes like that. Most people facing a truck head on would be scared. He stared her down as if she had insulted him by nearly running him over. Like he was some sort of king of the road.

Strangers were never good in the Edge. It wasn't wise to linger.

Jack sniffed the air, wrinkling his nose the way he did when he looked for a scent trail. "Let's find him."

"Let's not."

"Rose . . ."

"You're on thin ice already." She climbed into the truck and shut the door. "We're not chasing after some knucklehead who thinks he's too important to walk on the shoulder." She snorted, trying to get her heart rate under control.

Georgie opened his mouth.

"Not another word."

A couple of minutes later, they reached the boundary, the point where the Edge ended and the Broken began. Rose always recognized the precise moment when she passed into the Broken. First, anxiety stabbed right through her chest, followed by an instant of intense vertigo, and then pain. It was as if the shiver of magic, the warm spark that existed somewhere inside her, died during the crossing. The pain lasted only a blink, but she always dreaded it. It left her feeling incomplete. Broken. That's how the name for the magic-less dimension had come about.

There was an identical boundary on the opposite end of the Edge, the one that guarded the passage to the Weird. She never tried to cross it. She wasn't sure her magic would be strong enough for her to survive.

They entered the Broken without any trouble. The Wood ended with the Edge. Mundane Georgia oaks and pines replaced the ancient dark trees. The dirt became pavement.

The narrow two-lane road brought them past the twin gas stations to the parkway. Rose checked the parkway for the oncoming traffic, took a right, and headed toward the town of Pine Barren.

Above them an airplane thundered, fixing to land at the Savannah airport only a couple of miles away. The woods gave way to half-finished shopping plazas and construction equipment, scattered among heaps of red Georgia mud. Ponds and streams interrupted the landscape—with the coast only forty minutes away, every hole in the ground sooner or later filled up with water. They passed hotels, Comfort Inn, Knights Inn, Marriott, Embassy Suites, stopped at a light, crossed the overpass, and finally turned into a busy Wal-Mart parking lot.

Rose parked on the side and held the door open, letting the boys out. Jack's eyes had lost their amber sheen. Now they were plain dark hazel. She locked the truck, checked the door just in case—locked up tight—and headed to the brightly lit doors.

"Now remember," she said as they joined the herd of evening shoppers. "Shoes and that's it. I mean it."

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  • Posted December 2, 2009

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    Loved it!

    I purchased this book.

    In the Kate Daniels urban fantasy series by husband and wife writing team "Ilona Andrews" sarcasm, action and things that go bump in the night rule, so I was eager to pick up another Andrews world to delve into.

    In this world there is The Weird, where magic rules and beasts run rampant, The Broken, our world where magic is dead and guns run rampant, and The Edge, which sits between and has a little of both. Rose is a single mom, by courtesy of being the adult left to raise her two younger brothers after her mother died and her father abandoned them. She has just enough power to hold her own, but too much for the other residents of The Edge to feel comfortable with her (or ignore her). Like has happened many times before since her powers surfaced, one day a handsome, arrogant man shows up on her lawn demanding to have her as his bride<~~Cross out broodmare and unwilling to give her a choice in the matter.

    The gorgeous blueblood from the Weird, Declan, triggers every bad male instinct Rose has and threatens her family and her sanity. But no matter what the pretense, Declan is not just in The Edge for Rose. He's come for a monster stalking the woods as well. Declan, Rose, and the distrusting community of The Edge must find a way to come together before the monster picks them all off to feed.

    On the Edge has a very urban fantasy feel, and Andrews retains a balance of action, humor and darkness that I truly enjoy. In many ways this is an urban fantasy book, but the differences are enough to push the still new genre into a wider interpretation.

    Translated into the horror genre, On the Edge would be set in a mysterious backwoods community that's hiding a strange power, but represents a real danger to any outsider who doesn't leave them be. Washed with urban fantasy influences instead, readers will still find the mysterious and potentially dangerous community that lives in a rural area (that particularly speaks to me with the experiences I've had in rural central Kentucky communities) which has formed a unique kind of magic, some would see as a bastardized form of high or formal magic.

    The community here has a good reason for their wariness of outsiders. The Broken sees them as freaks, and in some cases illegal aliens. The Weird sees them as weak mongrels. Rose herself can't even trust the neighbors since a few of them tried to sell her into "marriage" to bluebloods who expect her power to breed true.

    On the Edge is a deliciously complex debut world, with full, unique characters and enough plot and intrigue to keep it out of the paranormal romance genre. It has elements of fantasy, romance, mystery, thriller and awesome. I eagerly await the second book in this series and can't wait to see how this family evolves in the world that challenges them.

    14 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    Reviews??

    Would be nice to see more to the point reviews (i liked it because......or i didn' like it because......) instead of a bunch of essays that almost tell the whole story. After some of the "essays" there is no point in reading the book.

    8 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2010

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    It's Okay

    I love the Kate Daniels series so I was very excited to try out ON THE EDGE. After reading it, I have to say it's just.. okay. Not good, not great, and certainly not bad, but just all right.

    What's good?
    (A) The world-building is fantastic. I think Andrews has created (yes, they're a wife&hubby team, but for simplicity's sake I'm going to refer to them as one person) an original, interesting setting. I didn't like the Edge (as in the place) very much, since it's very "country," but I'm dying to know more about the Weird!
    (B) I thought the little brothers were going to be annoying, but they were cute and funny and great additions.

    What's eh?
    (A) The romance. I felt like it was too forced and too fast (this comment has nothing to do with sex or lack thereof). The connections were a bit nonexistent, in my opinion, and a potentially interesting love triangle was never really explored.
    (B) At the end, a bunch of events happen very quickly and it's just.. a bit gimmicky, really.

    These are just a couple of opinions I had about the book. There are certainly more things I liked/disliked, but I'll just leave it like this. Overall, again, ON THE EDGE was an all right book. If you're a fan of Andrews, then I would pick this up and try reading it. Even though I didn't enjoy it that much, I am curious to read the sequel--the Weird intrigues me, and I wonder how our characters will face new adventures :)

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2011

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    This One Worked for Me

    PB/Fantasy; more like rural fantasy. This is the first book in The Edge series. It is about a young woman, with NO mysterious tattoo and is NOT a mechanic or detective. Instead she is a house cleaner trying to make ends meet while raising her two younger brothers. She doesn't have to save the whole world either, only her little part of it. Neither she nor her brothers get kidnapped and she's not drop-dead gorgeous. What's left? A lot and the plot, mystery, and romance do work. The book doesn't have a dead spot of fifty pages and I do recommend it.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2009

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    ON THE EDGE is a fascinating romantic fantasy

    The Drayton family resides on the woody Edge of two worlds. On the Georgia side of their home is the Broken; while on the opposite direction is the Weird. In Broken lives normal humans; in Weird lives all types of supernatural and magical entities. Both realms have strict moral codes.

    Rose Drayton has become a talented practitioner of magic, which upsets the Weird's ruling aristocrats who want her power for their own use. Soon afterward, brutal hounds attack those who live in the in between edge. At the same time Weird noble Declan Camarine arrives to inform Rose that she will marry him. Rose rejects Declan's arrogant statement, but needs his help as her siblings and other living on the Edge are under attack.

    ON THE EDGE is a fascinating romantic fantasy due to the magical world that borders between the mundane and the Weird, making Edgers a unique breed; mindful of the Tex-Mex populace who resides on both sides of the Rio Grande. The story line is fast-paced from the opening scene when Rosie shoots an arrow in her grandpa's forehead and never slows down especially after she and the arrogant blueblood meet, reject, fall in love, and reject again; wait till she meets the in-laws that is if she survives the assault on the Edgers. Fans will relish this funny frenzied fantastic frolic.

    Harriet Klausner

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

    Breath of Fresh Air

    Wow! Wonderfully unique story, rich characters, and great writing. A perfect recipe for an escape into a new world. Andrews creates an alternate reality that is so believable you won't be able to put the book down.This is the first novel I've read by Ilona Andrews and now I honestly cant wait to dive into her other series.

    P.S. I must agree with another reviewer....the cover art does not do the story any justice. Had I come across this book in a store I would not have looked twice. This is no grocery romance. It's a clever, creative, and simply magical story.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2011

    Excellent and Unique - Worthy Read

    Really different, in a good way. I love the characters, personality and plot. Glad I found this and quickly bought the other book. Worth reading!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 7, 2009

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    On the Edge

    Rose Drayton has lived all her life in the Edge. The Edge is a small strip of land stretching between the Broken (the world as we know it aka non magical) and the Weird (magic, magic everywhere). Edgers usually possess a little magic and can travel freely between both worlds, but usually stick to themselves. Living in the Edge will make you tough all by itself without compounding the fact that Rose has had to raise her two younger brothers all alone while defending herself from bride-hunting bluebloods and Edgers alike who simply would like her as a brood mare due to her impressive magical abilities. To say she has some trust issues with males and outsiders in general would be an understatement. So when an imposing blueblood Lord Declan Camarine shows up on her land demanding three challenges to win her hand, Rose is less than enthusiastic. She actually shoots Declan with a cross-bow. Not that she hits him, but still, my kind of girl. Then some dangerous creatures begin showing up in the Edge and it will take everything Rose has to beat them off...and to allow Declan to help.

    Out of all the characters in this novel, Rose's two younger brothers, Jack (a shape shifter) and Georgie (a boy who can raise the dead), were obvious standouts. They trust Rose implicitly and even though they sometimes don't follow instructions explicitly (they are boys) they stole my heart. Both Rose and Declan are fighters and their relationship morphed into something very believable even if I sometimes found myself giggling over Rose's effusive descriptions of Declan's rippling abs since it reminded me so much of Hugh Jackman's 'shower' in Australia. Other than that, Rose is smart and knows how to take care of those she loves which totally rocks in my book. To be honest, I'm not really sure where Ilona Andrews is planning on heading with the next installment, but my hopes firmly rest on a story for William, Declan's shape shifter army buddy. The man has Potential in spades.

    Can I talk about the cover a moment here? If they had left off the Highland Warrior (he is SO not Declan) I would have totally dug it. Rose against the old truck with a rifle slung carelessly over her shoulder and magic swirling around? Super. But Mr. Piercing Gaze just ruins it for me. This was a fun book, but I'm not going to lie that the teaser for Magic Bleeds, the much anticipated fourth Kate Daniels book, had me squealing for joy.

    seemichelleread.blogspot.com

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2011

    Excellent Read!!

    Breath of fresh air. Great story line. Wanting the next one now!! Please. Characters very well developed. Love the boys. And when will William re-appear??? These are not the main characters. Don't plan on putting it down once you start reading.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2010

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    Great World

    I don't write many reviews but I think this author (Ilona and Gordon Andrews) needs to be commended on the world building, characterization, and unusual plot created in the first book of The Edge series. The main Characters: Rose as the simple Edger whose is in reality a complex character with abandonment issues, trying to keep what remains of her family fed for the next week. Declan the Blue Blood, trying to save his friend and his fathers reputation by bringing the morally corrupt Casshorn to a quick end. The secondary characters, the 3 different worlds, and the little comic reliefs, combined to make this one of the best and unique books that I have read in a while. Ilona Andrews builds one heck of a world. If you like this, try her Kate Daniels books, and go to her website for her Alpha Menz snippets.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2009

    Rural Fantasy...I love it!

    I am a big fan of urban fantasy, but I think it is much harder to do things from the rural standpoint. Andrews is spot-on with the lifestyle and mentality of rural communities. I grew up in a small town, actually on a farm, and it was a pleasant surprise to see the psychology of the Edgers done so well. It really made the book for me. If you like fantasy done well this author is a treasure.

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  • Posted October 5, 2009

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    ON THE EDGE by Ilona Andrews

    When I found a copy of ON THE EDGE by Ilona Andrews in my mailbox, I went a little nuts. Ok. A lot nuts. I love the authors Kate Daniels Series so much that I have been chomping at the bit for a peek into their newest series The Edge .

    After devouring ON THE EDGE, I have two words for you: More. Please. I need more. I might not ever recover if I don't get more of this series.

    I shivered, I shook and I salivated. Rose is the ultimate heroine. She is strong and fierce! A woman every female should want to emulate.

    Declan is almost too good to be true. Almost. He is totally want worthy. I want him. WANT. HIM. Smart, gorgeous and powerful, who WOULDN'T want Declan?

    If you enjoy fantasy with romance or romance with fantasy, you'll love ON THE EDGE. The world Ilona Andrews has created is believable and vivid. I feel as though I know how to get there. I don't even need my GPS.

    One of the gifts of the writing team, Ilona Andrews, is their masterful world building skills. Although the reader knows The Edge doesn't exist in reality, Andrews constructs The Edge so vividly it doesn't seem outside the realm of possibility.

    Another gift of Andrews is their character development. Major and minor characters are well-rounded and authentic. With personality traits, individual quirks and distinctions each character is unique and original.

    I highly recommend ON THE EDGE by Ilona Andrews. I can't imagine anyone not loving this book, this series or this author! Go buy your copy TODAY!

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  • Posted March 18, 2013

    I enjoyed this book with it's unique worlds and magic even thoug

    I enjoyed this book with it's unique worlds and magic even though it is more crude and explicit (sex) than I prefer.

    The characters were well developed with plenty of action and adventure. I liked each of the characters for their own unique characteristics and their journey.

    It had a good ending leaving plenty for a follow-on.

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  • Posted March 2, 2012

    Fantastical and Thrilling

    Though I'm not a fan of her Magic series I found this book absolutely awesome.

    Rose isn't your typicall Heroine. She's not whiny or faulted to the point of obsurdity. Instead she's balanced and realistic. She's prideful but compassionate and it draws you in not only as a syphamsizer for her plight but as someone rooting and cheering for her success.

    Rose and Declan make mistakes but that's what's so interesting and human abou this story. I'd recomend itfor a page turning book any day!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Not worth it

    I'm a fan of paranormal romance, but this story was laid out in a way that made me lose my interest very quickly. The plot feels like it is being forced to come out in one heap as opposed to flowing. Overall, big waste of money.

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  • Posted August 16, 2011

    Loved this book

    I really loved this book. The characters were great, plot was pretty good. I just couldn't put this book down. Would definitely recommend reading On The Edge.

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

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    Awesome and Heartwarming

    Ilona Andrews crafted a fantastic world that combines our mundane world with an alternate world filled with magic. The mundane reality is known as the Broken. The alternate realty of our world is called the Weird. Between the two is a long strip called the Edge-not quite mundane and not fully magic. People that inhabit this area are kind of like the much less rich and powerful people of the Weird. Basically everyone there owes allegiance to themselves and their families first. The story centers around Rose, a twenty something yr old who lives pay check to pay check while raising her two younger brothers-one who is a shifter and the other who can raise people and animals from the dead (taking years off his life). Rose also has a talent- she can flash white, which is very rare. Ever since she flashed white during her high school graduation, people in the Edge have been trying to sell her to nobles in The Broken. Her ex-boyfriend attacked her and tried to sell her-but she was able to get away. Ever since then Rose doesn't trust nobles, or anyone else for that matter.
    When Declan, a noble, arrives in front of their house, Rose emerges with a gun, jumping to conclusions, and telling him that she will not marry him. He manages to make a deal with her and ends up living with them. Since she lost her job, she does not have much of a choice but to let him pay her to stay. While there, Rose has to give him three challenges. If he is able to complete the three challenges then she has to leave and go with him back to the Weird. But Rose seems to have other things on her mind than the challenges-the wolves that have started attacking people in The Edge and internal family problems.
    I loved this book! The villain didn't really scare me-he could have been more threatening but it bother me too much. Rose was such a strong character. She had a really hard life. Her ability to take everything day by day, hour by hour, problem by problem was really impressive. Her selflessness was shown throughout the book, mostly in the care she gave to her brothers. She did everything she could so they could live comfortably. She was basically like their mother. Declan, oh boy! I thought he was an arrogant jerk in the beginning-kind of like how Rose felt. But then he started to show his soft side. He loved Rose so much. He helped her even when she was rude to him. I don't want to give anything away, but what he did for Rose was so awesome and just heartwarming.
    I couldn't put this book down! After I finished it, I went back and re-read all my favorite parts. I so badly want Ilona Andrews to continue with Rose and Declan-even though the end is a kind of "happily ever after-the end" ending. The world was wonderfully crafted and fun to read. Everything was just so different from the paranormal/fantasy/romance books out there. I would definitely recommend this book to all who love a good romance, magic, action, and a bit of mystery.

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  • Posted March 6, 2011

    Great new urban fantasy book!

    On the Edge is the first in a new series by Ilona Andrews. Rose Drayton lives in The Edge. It is a narrow strip of land that divides our world, known as The Broken and the magical world, known as The Weird. Rose can cross over to the Broken. She holds a job there to support her two young brothers. However, Rose has never entered the Weird. Even though her magic is strong in the Edge she is afraid to cross over to the Weird where it might not be strong enough.

    Rose is quite a prickly heroine. She has good reason. She is living on the edge of poverty, the guardian to two rambunctious boys and has lived through attempted abductions from people wanting to use her as a brood mare. You'll have to forgive her for not extending trust to anyone who comes her way. One such traveler finds himself at the mercy of that attitude when he stumbles into her front yard.

    Declan and Rose work together to fight an evil army that has been infiltrating Rose's small world and threatening her loved ones. Regardless of whether or not Rose wants Declan's help, she can't turn him away all the while fighting her attraction to him. This book is chock full of sexual tension. Declan and Rose fire up the pages. The world building is very creative and thorough. If readers can get past Rose's prickly disposition they are in for a treat. Ilona Andrews has written an intense story that fantasy fans will find hard to put down.

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  • Posted November 11, 2010

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    loved it!

    Suzan gave this to me to read some time ago, and I kept putting off reading it. I'm sorry I did - and I'm not. I'm sorry I didn't read this gem before, but I'm not sorry, because book two comes out in a few weeks and this will be a little more fresh on my mind than if I had read it before, but this review is going up probably way after that... Have I confused you yet? (At the time I wrote and scheduled this review Bayou Moon was still yet to be released.)

    The Setting - is on the Edge; a strip of land between the Broken and the Wild, two versions of our world that are nothing alike. In the Wild is magic, a sparsely populated world governed by blue bloods and the sword. In the Broken, is you and I - where there is no magic. But in the Edge, well they have both worlds, not really of either, but able to live with a taste of both. It's fascinating. This is the kind of world that makes you explore it; after reading both On the Edge and Bayou Moon and loving them, there are so many possibilities with the world they have created. Rose lives in a very woodlands kind of place that borders small town America.

    The Characters - are centered around Rose's family consisting of herself, and her two younger brothers. It's a very heart wrenching situation that Rose is in and you empathize with her pain and her hesitance at accepting the blueblood, Declan, to help squash a certain little problem happening in their neck of the woods. I like how the book not only touches on Rose's story, but also how Declan's presence changes her little brothers and the other people living around them. You get several viewpoints of the plot, all of which are very cool. There is a romantic arc between Rose and Declan, you saw that coming didn't you? I liked that Rose addresses the problems to their future and how she's smart about the situation. You see them lasting.

    The Plot - I like how the romance is played out; it's not a hot and heavy groping. Rose and Declan butt heads, they spar verbally and yet there is a lot of getting to know each other through the course of their knowing each other. Declan asks for Rose to challenge him for the right to claim her, and instead of setting him ridiculous, meaningless tasks, Declan has to do things that are meaningful to Rose and put him in a position to care about her family. Rose and Declan's "courtship" aside, is a situation going on within the Edge. There is something out there that is eating their magic and everyone has to work together to stop it. There is no one stop, magic cure all for their problem and it takes both failure and success for the book to end.

    I really liked this book, and if I hadn't started it so late in the day, it would have been a cover-to-cover read.

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  • Posted August 10, 2010

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    On the edge is absolutly amazing! a MUST read!

    On the edge is about rose and her two brothers. They are living on the edge between the weird which has magic and the broken which doesnt. There life is disrupted when declan a blueblood from the weird comes to town. Rose and declan have to put aside their differences to fight a serious thret that wants to destroy the entire edge and everyone in it.
    I LOVED this book and I completely recomend it!

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