[501]: On the Edge by Ilona Andrews

ACE | Kindle, 340 pp.
Published: Sep 29th, 2009
Series: The Edge, #1
Adult Fiction | Paranormal | Urban Fantasy
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Having recently devoured Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews, I was looking to see if this writing duo is as great as everyone proclaims them to be. I considered my previous experience with Kate Daniels and decided then that I wasn’t ready to go back to that world yet. When I read the synopsis for this one, I have to admit that I wasn’t at all taken with it first. Well, lo and behold! It only took a couple of chapters before I was sucked in.

You have to understand that fantasy is not my idea of fun reading. And while this one is admittedly not in the league with Ken Follet or say, Sanderson. I say this one is the kind of fantasy that I could easily grow fond of. I love this world. I love how there are three dimensions that readers could explore: the Broken, which reminds me of the world normal humans inhabit; the Weird which is a fantastical world that combines the mythical, magical, and the human world; and The Edge, which is where the gifted, the magically-inclined, and the fantastical creatures live.

Rose is yet another wonderful heroine that I’m beginning to see as this writing duo’s signature M.O. She’d ┬ábecome the single parent to her siblings at such a young age. Frankly, she hasn’t had an easy go at it. Employment is hard to come by on the Edge, so she has to go the Broken to find work. But because she’s an Edger, she’s considered as an undocumented alien. Those who knew of her kind takes advantage of this fact. She scrimps and save just to make her income last to feed her little family. Add to the fact that she’s developed a reputation through no fault of her own, she’s got enemies left and right. Mostly, former suitors who would sell her to the highest bidder.

She is the last known ‘flasher’ on The Edge. Because of this, blue bloods would pay big money for her DNA. Fortunately, she’s got strong magic, which basically makes her untouchable. So when Declan Camarine stumbles upon their little adobe, Rose assumes he only wants to impregnate her. And she would be right. However, Rose will fight him tooth and nail before he could drag her to his world. Their relationship is the kind borne from mistrust first. But Declan soon worms his way into Rose’s family.

That’s the least of Rose’s problem though. Lately, there’s been a rash of dangerous creatures drawn to The Edge’s magic. But the most pressing of all is the monster perpetuating all the deaths and the possible destruction of Rose’s world. She would need Declan to help protect The Edge.

Honestly guys, this book is beautiful in all its strange glory. Don’t take my word for it, download it. I know it’s an old publication, and I normally would skip reviewing it, but I just had to talk about it. Fantastic world and unforgettable characters. I can’t believe I almost missed out on this series. Tragic. Tragic.


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