On the Edge
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...
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.