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On the Edge: The Edge, Book 1 | [Ilona Andrews]

On the Edge: The Edge, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

Spend some more time on The Edge.

©2009 Andrew Gordon and Ilona Gordon; (P)2009 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"[E]ngaging urban fantasy....Andrews has created a complex plot and convincing characters that will keep the pages turning." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Maria Citrus Heights, CA, United States 03-28-12
    Maria Citrus Heights, CA, United States 03-28-12 Member Since 2015

    To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

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    "A Very Entertaining Listen"

    Very different twist on the paranormal/fantasy genre. I thoroughly enjoyed the story. I wished the Weird had been developed more, however a very entertaining story. The female lead stay true to her tough girl facade but with a heart. The male lead wasn't overly demanding or brutish in his behavior. I would recommend, it is worth a credit.

    The narrator did a fantastic job!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A 11-22-10
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    "entertaining"

    Decent enough story, kept me interested. Narrator was very good, with the exception of having the worst southern accent ever. Fortunately, this was only a small part of the dialogue.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Blakey 06-23-12
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    "It's a Romance Novel!"
    What disappointed you about On the Edge?

    Based on the sample audio and synopsis I purchased this title and another IIlona Andrews title together. I thought there were fantasy stories. They are disappointing cat lover's romance novels. The author writes well and the reader is great, but if I wanted romance, I'd have selected the romance category. I have been an Audible customer for about 10 years and feel misled by this purchase. My idea of fantasy is NOT a throbbing manhood. With no way to truly check my purchases before downloading and listening, I am tempted to NOT purchase female authors again. I know I'd be missing out on some good writing but at $30 a month subscription fee, I'll take the chance.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ilona Andrews? Why or why not?

    No I don't like romance novels in the category of fantasy.


    Any additional comments?

    Please place the romance novels where they belong.

    17 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Susan K. Powers Otsego, MI United States 06-27-10
    Susan K. Powers Otsego, MI United States 06-27-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Soccer Mom"

    I absolutely LOVE the other Ilona Andrews series and had high hopes for this book, but it simply does not deliver. This book started out interesting, but about three quarters of the way through, it got so boring I almost couldn't finish, and it never recouped. The relationship between the main character and her love interest was so shallow that it just wasn't believable, and the back story of The Weird was presented in such a dull manner that is was actually painful to sit through. Oh, and the ending was predictable to the point of irritation.

    This writing team is capable of such better writing. If you haven't read the Magic series, you're truly missing out, but this book is not in the same league. I will probably get the next book in this series because the plot has such great potential, and the writers are talented. Perhaps the next book will hit the mark.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 11-26-14
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 11-26-14 Member Since 2015

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Romantic Urban Fantasy."

    I'm a big fan of the Kate Daniels series so I decided to go ahead with this series. I really liked this book and am going to continue on with the series. I would classify this as a romantic urban fantasy book. Ilona Andrews is really gifted in their world building. I really liked Rose she was a sassy, kick ass character that had no problem showing her softer side to her two awesome brothers. It took me a bit for Declan to grow on me, only due to the fact that he seemed remote and prejudice at first. Once he shed his aristocratic ways, I liked him so much better. The villain was a bit cheesy but I thought the magic stealing hounds was a nice touch. Renee Raudman first pulled me in with her style for Kate Daniels series and I appreciated her nuance's that much better in this book. I really enjoyed her as a narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Smitten with Reading Texas 05-16-14
    Smitten with Reading Texas 05-16-14 Member Since 2011
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    "B+ rating...."

    My Review:
    Overall.... 4.0
    Performance... 4.5
    Story.... 4.0

    What an interesting new world. There are three layers of reality in this paranormal setting....the Edge, the Weird, and the Broken. The Broken is our reality and the Weird is where magic reigns supreme. Rose lives in the middle, the Edge.

    Life is hard in the Edge for Rose. She has two young brothers who are just as magical as she that she is simply trying to keep housed, fed, and out of trouble... a task that is much harder than it sounds. Rose has learned the hard way that she can't trust anyone other than herself and her family. At an early age, she showed to have a special kind of magic...it's pure and something that all families want in their heredity. So the bluebloods...who live in the Weird...have tried to take her. By force and by coercion. It's never been about her...only her magic.

    Then along come two new men into the Edge...William and Declan...who both have appeal to her. But she certainly doesn't trust either of them or their motivations for approaching her, regardless of what they say.

    I like Rose...she is tough and is most certainly a fighter. It's exhausting to think about being her though. She can NEVER take anything at face value and that makes me so sad for her. She constantly has to look for hidden motives from everyone around her.

    But I also really loved both Declan and William. Declan is an interesting character just because his background as a blueblood makes him so clueless on a certain level. But he never looks down on Rose. In fact, he's very impressed by her and sees her strength. He wants to know about her world and will do all he can to fit in and fix what's broken there. William has a different vulnerability to him. I loved how he connected with Jack and actually both boys. He feels real...even though it's obvious he has secrets...it doesn't feel like they are evil secrets ever.

    Then there are the boys...Jack and George. Still so little but having to act so much older than they should. I loved them and both their magical skills and the way those played into the story. My heart broke for George during the second challenge, but wow...it made for some powerful emotion in the book.

    Overall, this was a great intro into this world. I've already downloaded book #2 from my Audible account. I like that every book follows two different characters in this incredible world.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Felicia The Geeky Blogger 03-13-14 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Awesome World Building!"

    Listened for fun (Audible)
    Overall Rating: 4.25
    Story Rating: 4.00
    Character Rating: 4.50

    Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)

    First Thought when Finished On the Edge was excellent! I wish the end would have been a tad bit longer :)

    Story Thoughts: What can I say about this book that hasn't been said before? It is filled with amazing world building, freaking awesome characters, and kick ass action. I was hooked almost from the beginning and other than a rushed ending, I am in love. I have had this on my shelf since 2012 and I so should have gotten to it sooner. It was overall fantastic.

    Character Thoughts: LOVED LOVED LOVED the characters. Rose was kick ass! Declan was swoon-worthy! The kids are awesome (even though I have been told they aren't having a series of their own--I am still holding out hope). I adored William, he deserves love!

    Audio Thoughts:

    Narrated By Renée Raudman / Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins


    Renee did an excellent job with the narration of On the Edge. She was right on target with Rose, Declan, and the kiddos.

    Final Thoughts: So glad I knocked this one off my TBR!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sidonie 01-17-11
    Sidonie 01-17-11 Member Since 2013

    Something about yourself.

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    "Great story, brilliant supporting cast"

    I expected a middling book to pass the time. I ended up with an engrossing story. This is a new author for me and probably not the last. I found myself totally immersed in the world and rooting for everyone except of course the bad guys. Well done with the "misunderstanding" between the protags.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastically fun ride"

    If you're a fan of the Kate Daniels series of novels you will love this series. The book is fast paced and action packed.

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    Catherine 05-28-15
    Catherine 05-28-15
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    "Good Book - fun listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, really great story and well performed


    What other book might you compare On the Edge to and why?

    It is on its own, a new story. That is probably the reason I liked it so well.


    Which character – as performed by Renée Raudman – was your favorite?

    Rose - great heroin, not overplayed.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Where two worlds come together


    Any additional comments?

    It is an entertaining listen. Well worth the investment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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