- Mass Market Paperback: 326 pages
- Publisher: Ace Books; Original edition (29 Sept. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0441017800
- ISBN-13: 978-0441017805
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.2 x 17.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
On the Edge (The Edge, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – 29 Sep 2009
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On the Edge From the "New York Times"-bestselling author of the Kate Daniels novels comesan edgy new series about a world on the border of fantasy and reality, packedwith pulse-pounding action and white-hot romance. Original. Full description
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The novel opens with Rose attempting to keep together her fragmented family; having been left to fend for herself and her two little brothers, Georgie and Jack. Aside from their somewhat batty (but awesome) grandmother they're all alone in the world. Rose is the bread-winner and the pressure of responsibility weighs heavily on her shoulders. Something she spends much of the book dealing with internally. Compounded by the usual mundane issues Rose has magical ones too: Georgie can't help but raise the dead and Jack is a changeling who frequently runs off into the Wood not to be heard from again for days. Talk about problems. Rose is a worrier. She worries about money, about the boys, about her horrid job -- she is a heroine who can't seem to catch a break. It seems to be one bad thing after another for her. Indeed, she's barely keeping their heads above water when things suddenly go to Hel in a hand basket. A flood of magic-hungry creatures start attacking the inhabitance of the Edge and to make matters worse, a blueblood (Declan Carmarine) from the Weird has chosen this precise moment to trample into Rose's life determined to have her.Read more ›
Rose Drayton is this type of Edger, practising her magic in secret, working her fingers to the bone and trying to keep her young brothers - Georgie and Jack - safe. It's not much fun, but she manages. Just. Until something strange emerges from the Weird, something deadly. Close behind is Declan, a Weird blueblood, who wastes no time in registering his interest.
But no matter how handsome and impressive he is, Rose has seen it all before, and knows better than to trust a charming blueblood. As the danger mounts, however, she soon realises she might not have a choice. If only he wasn't so handsome...
Husband and wife team, Ilona Andrews, take a break from the excellent 'Kate Daniels' series with this fascinating world. As with Kate's world, they excel at presenting the familiar with a nifty twist. And magic thrown in. The Edge is no fairytale, and Rose is no princess. She worries about normal things - money for food and petrol, how her brothers do at school - as well as the abnormal - Georgie's habit of raising the dead, or Jack turning into a cat to chase leechbirds. With such responsibilities on her shoulders she's sceptical and guarded, but also loyal, strong and delightfully human. Not to mention magically powerful.
As a hero Declan could have strolled right out of a fairytale (or a historical romance novel), which make his culture clashes with Rose a lot of fun. What truly made this for me - other than the brilliant setting - was Rose's family.Read more ›
Rose Drayton lives on the Edge, a place between the Broken (our world) where magic doesn't exist and is a myth, and the Weird, where technology doesn't exist and magic rules. Being an Edger gives Rose the ability to cross the boundaries from one world to the other, but she doesn't really belong in either.
An Edgers most powerful weapon is their flash, a bolt of magic like lightning. Everyone has it to a different extent, and Rose has the most powerful flash an Edger has had in 100 years. It makes her hated and envied amongst the Edgers, and wanted among the noble bluebloods of the Weird as a 'broodmare'. All Rose wants is to make enough money at her minimum wage job in the Broken to put food on the table for her younger brothers, 10 year old Georgie who's a necromancer and 8 year old Jack who is a changeling.
But bad stuff keeps happening to Edgers. There is a darkness around that's going after the most powerful Edgers, taking their magic, feeding on it. At the same time, Rose is approached by a blueblood from the Weird, Declan, who is determined to have Rose. But with her brothers and other Edgers at risk of being destroyed, he agrees to team up with Rose and the Edgers to fight the danger. If they can.
I love this book, it wasn't a disappointment at all. What did surprise me, is how much I loved it. It couldn't match the brilliance of Kate Daniels with a single book, but with more it may do. Rose is a strong character, with family at the center of her heart.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved it! I'm currently reading the second one in this series, but whilst they're both brilliant, so far I think I liked this one the best.Published 4 months ago by Mrs S C Logan-Hochadel
I've read everything that I can from Ilona Andrews and love it all.
This series is no exception. Read more
It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Ilona & Gordon Andrews, their Kate Daniels series is one of my all time favourites and I loved Burn for Me too so I decided it was high time... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sarah (Feeling Fictional)
A really fun and original read. New ideas well executed- I look forward to reading the rest of the series.Published 13 months ago by A. Sawyer
Not the first book I've read by this author, but it is another favourite. I downloaded a sample, as soon as I finished I bought all 4 books in this series immediately and they get... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jenny
I really enjoyed this book, as a big fan of the Kate Daniels series I had been ignoring this series thinking it couldn't possibly compare. I am so glad I finally read it brilliant.Published 19 months ago by clare bear
hooked from page one. Each character you want to know more about, Just a shame the books have to come to an endPublished 20 months ago by Lisa M.