[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 Β become 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.


  • This is another book I need to get my hands on. Great to see you enjoyed it even though you are not a big Fantasy reader!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  • Rose sounds like a fantastic single mother character who manages to kick ass! Rose and Declan sound like they would have a really fascinating relationship, especially with the way he weasels himself into her life. Great review Joy!

  • Oh, that’s interesting! My idea of fun reading is a little contemporary or middle grade or CAPTIVE PRINCE (promotion): Captive Prince is an excellent series balancing intensity, humour, romance, sensuality and danger. (end of promotion), While I didn’t like Burn for Me (DNF’d :/) I did like Kate Daniels #1 so I’d like to give these authors another chance. Nice review!!

  • Oh, amazing review Joy. <3 So glad you enjoyed this book. But sniffs. Now you have made me want it too! SOME DAY. You make it sound all kinds of exciting πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing about it sweetie. <3

  • I have yet to read anything by Daniels that I didn’t enjoy! (although some of hers are better than others) I still haven’t read Burn for Me yet, but it’s burning a whole in my TBR shelf LOL Glad you enjoyed this one, didn’t realize how old it is, but who cares if its good? I need to read this book, too!

  • I’m a huge fan of their Kate Daniels series and the new ones- Hidden Legacy, but somehow I wasn’t so drawn to this series, even though I have the first book for a quite long time now, but after your review I’m moving it up on my tbr list.

    Btw. I totally agree with Christy- you should definitely give their KD series another try! πŸ˜€ The first book was the weakest in my opinion.

  • yep, i am a huge fan of ilona and gordon, J. and I just immensely relieved you started reading them. lovely review! Try Cleen Sweep. I think you’d really enjoy it too πŸ™‚

  • Christy

    I’ll start this once I’m caught up with the Kate Daniels series. You should give that another try, because even the most diehard fans weren’t all that impressed with the first book. But damn, does it get good. I have no doubt this book is too.

  • This was a strange and captivating world! I do love Ilona Andrew’ strong female characters! I want to go back and read the rest of the series. I was looking at book 2 and the audio book is really cheap if you buy the e-book with it. Lovely review, Joy! πŸ™‚

  • I’m glad you’re able to find some fantasy you like! πŸ™‚ I’ve never read any Ilona Andrews, but I have to say I like the sound of this! I haven’t heard a peep about it before, so I’m glad you reviewed it. πŸ™‚

  • Well, if you are not a fan of fantasy and enjoyed this one, then me, being a fantasy lover would probably enjoy this book a lot. I am glad it impressed you and surprised you. Books should do that every now and again. The world sounds pretty cool ^.^

  • I’ve been waiting for the library to have this book available for MONTHS. Gah. Awesome review. I’m so glad you decided to review it.

  • I loooove these books so I’m so glad you discovered them! I’ve enjoyed all four but this one and the sequel, Bayou Moon, are my faves. Can’t wait for you to read the next book! πŸ˜€

  • I love your IAndrews immersion!

  • So glad you enjoyed this one Joy! I really did as well but still need to read the books that came after it. I got distracted and never made my way back to this world. Fail.

  • I really need to try this series, I just know I will like it since I love Kate and gang so much.
    Wonderful review!

  • Love it when a book sticks out when not expecting it. Love the sound of the characters

  • “you have to understand that fantasy is not my idea of fun reading.”
    Um, that exactly. But I’ve been hearing about this author for some time and since you liked this, I think i must investigate further.
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

  • I need to read more books by this duo too! Burn for Me was so much fun. And the characters in this one sound wonderful. But I’m more interested in the plot because it sounds so interesting. I actually hadn’t heard of this one before. I thought the only other series they had was the Kate Daniels series! So thanks for bringing this to my attention.
    Lovely review, Joy!

  • I love female leads, especially when they’re amazing. (:
    This book sounds… good, but also a little weird. xD That doesn’t bother me, I like weird!

  • The premise reminds me a little of a YA standalone I read recently, The Hush, Same type of deal, where there’s a world within our world where stray magic lives, created by music. I loved that one, so no doubt I’d enjoy this too. I’m the same Joy, I was never a fan of fantasy, most of it made my brain hurt to be honest and it just doesn’t flow like a romance or contemporary. I love a heroine that’s had real life experience and is a little rough around the edges. Absolutely lovely review Joy <3

  • I remember reading this one the first time, so awesome

  • I must admit that this book sounds… strange. I have not yet read a book by Ilona Andrews. But, you haven’t steered me wrong yet, so I’ll put it on the tbr mountain. Great review Joy! :]

  • You know I really love Ilona Andrews and I don’t know why I haven’t tried this one yet. I have it since Christmas but I need to get into it. I’m so curious. I hope I’ll enjoy it as well! Great review!