Title: On The Edge
* Series: The Edge #1
Author: Ilona Andrews
Narrator: Renee Raudman
Publisher: Tantor Media
Format: Digital MP3
Duration: 12 hours and 8 minutes
Source: Library Download
Genre: Urban Fantasy
HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart
Recommended to: Readers who like a strong female character and lots of magic to get lost in.
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 the beasts will devour the Edge and everyone in it . . .
You know how I feel about Renee Raudman's voice, but I'll reiterate it just because I want to. It's amazing! The gritty quality her voice had in the Kate Daniels series is gone, and replaced with a much softer, much sweeter tone for Rose. I'm still amazed at all the things that this woman can do while reading. She brings this book to life!
Audio Book Rating: 5/5 - A Must Listen!!!
Well, it's official. I hereby declare my loyalty to the Ilona Andrews fan club. Those of you who follow my blog know that I loved the Kate Daniels series. Characters, plot, all of it was perfection. So of course when I ran out of those books I ran to get my hands on more Ilona Andrews goodness. I can honestly say that On The Edge totally sated my need for more. Another awesome series to get hooked on? Yes please.
As you might imagine, there are a lot of similarities between the two series. However what I loved about Rose, our heroine in this book, was that she is much more fragile than I expected. What sets Rose apart from the others in the Edge is her magical ability. Other than that she's a normal girl. Someone whose biggest concern is making sure her two younger brothers are well taken care of. I think that's what I loved most about Rose actually. She is so human, and it makes her that much easier to love.
Speaking of the Edge, Ilona Andrews has created an amazing world for Rose and her brothers to inhabit. A world that is in between. A magical world with a mix of normal people, evil beasts, and (of course) shape shifters. I have to tell you that I loved the story line that this took as well. On The Edge follows a much more romantic story line. It's almost like a fairy tale. Guy wants girl, works to gain her adoration, and cue a happy ending. Can I please have a Declan of my very own? Hot, dangerous, yum.
Ahem. Anyway as you can probably tell I wholly enjoyed On The Edge! My one qualm was that it ended much too soon, and I can't wait to get my hands on the next book to find out more about the Edge and everyone in it. This is pure, delicious, urban fantasy. The kind that promises the world and follows through with that promise. Long story short? Read it. You won't be sorry.