Review: On the Edge by Ilona Andrews

Review: On the Edge by Ilona AndrewsOn the Edge by Ilona Andrews

Narrator: Renee Raudman
Series: The Edge
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Tantor Audio on 7 October 2007
Pages: 12 hours 8 min
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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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.

The Delight

A new Ilona Andrews’ world to encounter, a tough, irascible heroine, a warrior hero, delightful side characters, and a very drastic and dangerous situation narrated by the incomparable Renee Raudman made for a delightful experience.

Review

After catching up on the three currently released The Innkeeper Chronicles and encountering some intriguing figures in the second of those books, I decided my next venture would be to go back and get this series when those characters were still children (George, Jack, Gaston, and Sophie).

As I have come to expect with this pair of writers, On the Edge offered a clever and colorful new series world.  The Edge is a place of half-magic where lesser magic users live between the broken (our world) and the Weird (the noble magic world).  Parallel earth dimensions it seemed with the boundaries thin in this place of the Edge.

The characters were just as fascinating as the setting and the magical world.  I took a while to warm up to Rose because she has a chip on her shoulder, but then I got to know why and that helped tremendously.  She’s had it rough and her trust has been broken so many times; it was amazing she was not a bitter thing.  Rose is full of inner strength, a strong sense of duty, and a great love for her family.  She has no idea what to do when Weird nobleman, Declan shows up and has an interest in her.
Grandma and the children are great side characters.  Jack and George are adventurous boys and I loved encountering them here as children after seeing them full-grown in the Innkeeper series.  Declan seems straight-forward, but he has some great twists in his story and and his actions when it comes to Rose.  He seems to figure out that he needs to work extra hard to gain her trust and she is worth it under all her prickles.

It was exciting and had a great build of tension in the plot.  Its the first book in a series so the set up took its time, but even then there was quite a bit going on.  My only niggle was the ending.  It was abrupt.  Not like a cliffhanger; just came to a stop before I was ready.  I’m going to give it a little leeway though because this is a series and a few questions I still had are likely addressed in future books.

Renee Raudman’s narration was stellar stuff.  She nailed Rose’s character and did all the others well, too.  I was so glad to find out she was narrating this series after I fell in love with her work in the Innkeeper Chronicles.

All in all, great series start and I highly recommend it to paranormal romance fans.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #153
PNR Audio #38

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • Oh yay! I loved these Sophia! I’m so glad you were able to get back to them. I need to read the current ones now. That’s kinda neat with the carry over 🙂

    PS– ladies! Thanks for joining in on Get Social. There’s a questionnaire if you have time to fill it out. Hoping to do another later this year and wanted to input on how it went 🙂
    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdkXME6n1aoi_BpZ38FtplybhSwQlLwQjyjmoBJEjf9NqR47A/viewform

    • I am now on my third series with them and I swear, they are not capable of a dud. 🙂 I look forward to the rest of these.

      I did not do the sign-up part, but I’m happy to complete your form, too, if you want my input. 🙂

      • They really aren’t. Such a fab duo!

        Yeah, I think Shari was the one to sign up maybe. But, sure! If you have some thoughts on it that would be great, too 🙂

  • I love this book! I have read it twice but haven’t read the rest of the series and am not sure what I am waiting for. I have the audio as well so I am glad you enjoyed the narration. Great review!

    • Haha! Yeah! What are you waiting for, Carole? LOL I just listened to book two and it was just as great. Maybe even better.

  • I adored this series on audio. Had to really tweak your Click to Tweet to get it to go..LOL

    • Me, too. I’m waiting for my library to see if they can get in book three and trying to be patient b/c I want to keep going with the audio version.

      Oh, whoops, sorry about that. Don’t want it to be a pain to share. Thanks for trying, Kimberly. 🙂

  • Oh I haven’t tried this one yet but I confess that I’m really curious about it! I always love what they write!

    • As usual, its a really cool world they created and fun characters. 🙂

  • Ah yes, this was such a fun and interesting read! Which reminds me, I need to finish up this series! Glad this was a good listen! Awesome review, Sophia Rose!

    • Hey, glad I could remind you, Cyn. It has definitely started out well for me. 🙂

  • After listening to most of Kate Daniels on audio, I tried to re-read Burn for Me via audio, but because it was the same narrator, I had a hard time not picturing Nevada as Kate. So I had to start my reread in print to re-establish Nevada’s character for me. If I give it enough time, I would probably be able to do this series in audio as well. I can’t wait to read this one! I think I will read it before the Innkeeper Chronicles. I didn’t realize they were linked.

    Great review, Sophia.

    • That can happen to me, too, Angie. I was nervous switching between Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson’s and Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson for the same reason with Lorelei King, but fortunately I listened far enough apart.

      Oh yep, I saw it on the GoodReads series page for both that the kids in this series are the adult side characters in the second Innkeeper Chronicles. Good plan to do these first. I want to go back and listen to Sweep in Peace now that I’ve read a couple of these and it will mean more to me.

  • As soon as I saw the cover, I thought to myself, dang, that must be an ~old~ publication. And then I saw 2007 and I was like yeah that’s old. But THEN I was like wait I remember 2007 like it was yesterday??????? *has an existential crisis because ten years ago DOES NOT FEEL LIKE TEN YEARS AGO.*

    Anyway. 😀 I’m glad you ended up liking the heroine more than you did at first. Sometimes when the heroine is awful or hard to relate to, it ruins the book. o_o Wonderful review, Sophia!

    Have a great week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Ha! Yes, sometimes a cover can help date a book. I have some on my shelf that are older than some of my friends, but I remember picking them up when they released like it was not that long ago.

      Rose grew on me and I ended up really liking the story.

      Thanks, Alyssa!