Title: On the Edge
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: The Edge
Publication Date: September 29th, 2009
Synopsis: 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.
Review: This is the last of Ilona and Gordon’s series that I need to start. (They do have a science fiction one but I don’t think I will be reading that one, it doesn’t sound like something I will enjoy.) This book, however, did not disappoint at all. I loved everything about it and immediately a grabbed book two when I was done. I did have a slight problem at first keeping the three worlds straight, you get a big information dump in the first chapter, but it didn’t take too long to get them straight.
Rose and Declan are ♥♥♥. Separately and as a couple I loved them. Both Characters are perfect in their non-perfect ways. While they fall in love in a fairly short time for me it didn’t feel rushed or unbelieveable. They go through a lot together, they take time and do get to know things about each other before they do. Declan also spends a lot of time with her brothers, learning things about Rose from them. Rose is seriously one of my favorite female characters I’ve read in a long time. She doesn’t take shit from anyone, she is caring, she looks after her younger brothers even when she wanted different things from life, and when given the opportunity to have a better life she’s says “not without George and Jack”. She’s just great.
I loved that Ilona and Gordon were able to write George and Jack as such important parts of the story and not shuffle them into the background. They are Rose’s younger brothers, she takes care of them and has been taking care of them for several years when their father left after their mother died. They are really important to her and she would do anything for them. Their characterization is just as complex as the adults in the story, nothing about them or their care is glossed over. Nor were they mentioned then rarely around, like I said, not shuffled into the background. You get to see Rose, and eventually Declan, take care of them. You get to see how much they care for them and what kind of struggles Rose has been going through to take care of them. She does have her grandmother to help her with the boys. You do see how much the three of them mean to each other and that they each would do anything for the others. To me non-romantic relationships are just as important and I love when they are given just as much attention and detail. I especially love it when those relationships happen to be siblings.
Another hit book from a great husband and wife team. I have only recently started reading their books but they have easily made it on my favorites list! If you are a fan of fantasy, you definitely need to be reading their books! I will warn you, because if you fall in love with Rose and Declan like I did, this series is not all about them. Each book is about a different couple, the series is about The Edge, the ‘middle world’. Still worth reading the next book but I thought I would warn you.
Recommendation: Yes, read it!