- Title: On the Edge
- Author: Ilona Andrews
- Series: The Edge #1
- Genre: UF, PNR
- Format: eBook
- Source: Own Copy
- Reviewer: Soo
- Rating: 4 out of 5
Description: 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.
Review: Rose’s independent, spunky sass landed her in a pot of trouble. Her moment of triumph became the crap shot of her life, and all her dreams of love died as men tried to take her against her will to become a broodmare. Things settled down a bit, Rose became the head of her household, worked to keep food on the table for the boys, and tried her best to make sure her family was happy and safe. Then twisted hounds invade her town, animals are found dead, and people start to go missing.
To top it all off, a hulking blond blueblood declares he’s going to claim Rose as his! As if!
I like the faint southern, backwoods accent that coats Rose & the boys speech. It took me a while to absorb the massive info dump at the beginning of the story. The adjustment phase to visualize the world & characters was long enough that I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy the story to the end. The characters are sneaky! As I struggled to get the setting fleshed in my mind, the darn characters went and dug a garden in my fertile brain. Jack & Georgie’s antics, Declan’s triple layered conversations, Grandma’s love & wisdom, William with his haunted eyes, and Rose with her briar patch personality & fierce protective streak.
Without the gradual growth of the characters and world building, this story would be rated 3 stars. But, the whole of it has bowled me over and it’s getting 4!
“Did you see that?” the Duchess yelled. “He rescued her from us. This wedding is on!”