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Audio Book Review: On the Edge by Ilona Andrews

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On the Edge

Audio Book Review: On the Edge by Ilona Andrews
by Ilona Andrews
Narrator: Renée Raudman
Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
Series: The Edge #1
Published by Tantor Audio
on January 7th. 2010
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Format: Audio Book
Source: Bought
Narration Rating:4 Stars

Rating: 3 Stars



The Edge lies between worlds, on the border between the Broken, where people 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 Drayton thought if she practiced her magic, she could build a better life for herself. But things didn’t turn out the way she’d planned, and now she works an 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 Rose (and her power).

But when a flood of creatures hungry for magic invade the Edge, Declan and Rose must overcome their differences and work together to destroy them—or the beasts will devour the Edge and everyone in it...

Fantasy Romance Series

On the Edge by Ilona Andrews was an interesting story full of magic and supernatural creatures. An even paced adventure with a few bumps on the road…

The premise of On the Edge was a totally unique one for me. Albeit, a little confusing as this was the first book in the series. It took me a couple of chapters to finally understand what the edge was and what the heck was going on. I enjoy a good world building story and that’s key for any book with paranormal aspects to it, so I can appreciate the fact that the author took her time to explain it. However, I found myself wanting to speed up the storytelling.

In Rose’s world there are 3 dimensions. The Edge, the Broken, and the Weird. Let me tell you that I had to scramble to try and understand the differences. As the blurb states, Rose lives on the Edge, which is smack dab in the middle of the Broken (the real world as you and I know it), and the Weird, where all the magic dwellers are. Throw in some dire wolves hungry for magic and we got ourselves a paranormal free-for-all. Don’t get me started on the dire wolves, it took forever to figure them out too. Maybe I just wasn’t in the right mind set for this.

Anyway, the romance was a little meh. I really could not see the attraction between Rose and Declan, what with the challenges that he was supposed to accomplish in order to force her to marry him? And Rose’s Grandmother, who in my opinion, gave her some really bad advice towards the end.

The narrator of the story was good enough. I loved her voices for Rose’s little brothers. I think she did those the best.

Overall, I did enjoy the story once I settled in. You’ve got your typical villains and bad guys in this. There were no cliffhangers at the end, so I’m pretty sure you can read this as a standalone. I won’t be rushing to read the next one yet, however.

Am I wrong in not totally loving this book? I’m curious to know if you’ve read it.

About Ilona Andrews

ilona andrews author photo

“Ilona Andrews” is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.

They have co-authored several NYT and USAT bestselling series. They are currently working on urban fantasy of Kate Daniels, the paranormal romance of Hidden Legacy, and their independently published series, Innkeeper Chronicles.


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Anna @Adventures with a Book Nerd

This sounds like a really interesting premise! I love those kinds of stories, but they can definitely go wrong. It sucks that the romance didn’t work out. I hate it when there is no chemistry. Great review! 🙂

Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

I just got the first book in another series by Andrews in audio and I’m really looking forward to it. While this one does sound like it was a bit slow at times it sounds like overall you really enjoyed it.

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I have actually read this book twice. I think that I liked it more the second time around to be honest. I love Renee Raudman’s narration now but it took a couple of books for me to be really be sold on some of her voices. I have this audiobook and plan to listen to it before moving on with the series. Sorry you didn’t love this one!

Mary Kirkland

I haven’t read it but PNR is my genre and this does sound like it’s interesting.

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