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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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    06-23-12
    06-23-12 Member Since 2005
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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.

    15 of 20 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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    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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    RabidReads Wakefield, QC, Canada 03-19-14
    RabidReads Wakefield, QC, Canada 03-19-14 Member Since 2011

    Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Book Review Blogger.

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    "Great alternative for PNR fans wanting more action"

    In a lot of ways this book felt like the Fantasy equivalent of Paranormal Romance; it’s less action-y than Ilona Andrews’ KATE DANIELS series, but the sex scenes are not left to the imagination (unlike in Urban Fantasy) and the strong world-building continues to be at the forefront of their writing. The romance is as far from insta-love as you can get which is a definite plus, and the ending was satisfying, although I was hoping for a second installment before jumping to another couple because I felt the HEA was somewhat incomplete.

    Many of my fellow readers struggled with the backwoods aspect of this story, but personally, I found Rose very relatable. Being a bit of a hick myself, I appreciated the country bumpkin humour and the Edgers “different” way of doing things. I liked the well thought out explanations for Drayton’s mistrust of men, and the courtship challenges made for one of the more interesting wooing pursuits that I have ever read. Rose’s dedication to her brothers, her mad flash skills, and snark made her the perfect heroine for this tale. Her strong personality helped dull the aristocratic high-handedness of the story, and the women-are-possessions mentality became almost comical when applied to Drayton.

    THE EDGE universe was amazing, as expected. I enjoyed learning all of the ins and outs of the Broken, the Edge, and the Weird. The magical rules are as complex as in the KATE DANIELS novels, but this is in no way a spin-off of the latter which means there’s a whole new set of intricacies to grasp—all the better in my opinion, because Andrews’ world-building is the reason why I keep coming back for more. I loved learning about the bizarre creatures, the inner workings of blueblood society, and the various supernatural abilities of the characters. Georgie and Jack were adorable, and I’d be interested in learning more about William who, as it turns out, is the male lead of book 2. The plot wasn’t overly complicated, but still detailed enough to hold my interest.

    Renée Raudman continues to be one of my favourite narrators; her passion and intensity really shine through in this audiobook, and I had no problem with equating her to Rose Drayton even though she’s been the voice of KATE DANIELS inside my head for six installments now. Her character voices are distinct and she mirrors the pacing of the writing well. Raudman definitely has a knack for portraying strong female protagonists!

    ON THE EDGE demonstrates Ilona Andrews’ versatility as an author(s), and is a great alternative for Paranormal Romance lovers looking for a bit more action in their reads.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Felicia The Geeky Blogger United States 03-13-14
    Felicia The Geeky Blogger United States 03-13-14 Member Since 2010

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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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    Karen DUMFRIES, VA, United States 01-17-11
    Karen DUMFRIES, VA, United States 01-17-11 Member Since 2009

    Graduated college, got a job, got married, traveled, had children. Breathing air and growing hair.

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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 texas 07-18-14
    Amazon Customer texas 07-18-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Great listen"
    Where does On the Edge rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have been so disappointed lately with several selections.....the story lines have been boring. NOT THIS ONE......


    What was one of the most memorable moments of On the Edge?

    When Rosie finally lets her guard down


    What about Renée Raudman’s performance did you like?

    Love it


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patsy G. 06-08-14
    Patsy G. 06-08-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Very Different"

    This was a good book a little different from my normal genre of book I like but I liked it, I didn't love it, I got book 1&2 but not sure Ill go on with the series. Narration was good I love Ms. Raudman reading she's a strong story teller and I like that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Curls 05-22-14
    Curls 05-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good book"
    Would you listen to On the Edge again? Why?

    Oh yes! I found the book intriguing with a strong plot and character development.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of On the Edge?

    The guy dangling from the tree wrapped in plastic like a gift.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Scott S.W. IL. 05-12-14
    Carol Scott S.W. IL. 05-12-14 Member Since 2005

    critterden

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    "very fun, new turn on things."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    almost good for everyone. fast, fun, easy the on the ears. A whole new world? yes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the humor is good fun, can't wait to get to the next book.


    What does Renée Raudman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Renee Raudman has so many voices. They are very clear you can hear the snark and laughter in them. loved it.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    My favorite is Jack. lol I think we will see more of him.


    Any additional comments?

    there are some places that if you are with a group you might need to stop or fast forward a bit. not many ...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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