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On the Edge (The Edge #1)

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  17,176 ratings  ·  1,380 reviews
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 thoug...more
Paperback, 309 pages
Published October 2009 by Penguin Berkely Ace (first published September 29th 2009)
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Best ADULT Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance
43rd out of 2,123 books — 4,222 voters
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The Best Urban Fantasy
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Kat Kennedy
Nov 28, 2010 Kat Kennedy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All my peeps
Recommended to Kat Kennedy by: Sharon
Do you guys remember that scene out of Beauty and the Beast when the Beast asks Cogsworth and Lumiere what present he could get for Belle?

Then Cogsworth says:

"Oh, the usual: Chocolates, gifts, promises you don't intend to keep..."

Then Cogsworth and Lumiere make out and the Beast starts feeling really awkward?

Somehow I just KNEW you could find kinky cogsworth shit on the internet if you just looked hard enough!

Well, sometimes reading UF/PNR is a little bit like that. Most authors think they can...more
Jessica (Rabid Reads)
I'm in a HELLA book funk right now, and when I'm in a HELLA book funk, I don't think it's fair to read new books (b/c I hate everything). So what do I do?


And you know what? I love Ilona so much that I don't even resent HELLA book funks. I'm all, "Oh NO! Everything sucks. Guess it's time to reread my #1 favorite author. DARN."

The Edge exists between two worlds--the Broken, where there is virtually no magic, and the Weird, which is full of magic. In fact, the Weird is so full of mag...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
Ilona Andrews (writing team of Ilona and Gordon) caught and kept my interest when I read Magic Bites. I liked the distinctive voice I saw in that story, one that has stayed true in the subsequent stories that I have read by this team. With On the Edge, they have continued that excellence, providing me with a novel that is multi-faceted, genre-wise and story-wise.

Although I grew up in the Midwest, my roots are Southern, and I do appreciate books set in the South that show the real ways of Southe...more
The Holy Terror
Dec 05, 2009 The Holy Terror rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people looking for something different and not the normal PNR
Honestly, this book probably has one of the most unique worlds I've come across in a long time. The character development is fantastic and the way the point of views shift really adds something to the overall story. I enjoyed this book a lot more than Magic Bites and I'm definitely going to continue with this series!

Rose was stubborn and ornery most of the book but for once she's a character that has legitimate reasons. Declan is a fascinating character with more sides to him than first appear....more
I love this author, and for me this was a 4 star UF and a 5 star romance. WAY MORE ROMANCEY than the Kate Daniels, which is cool, just know that going in (but with the crazy-model-photoshop man on the cover, how could you NOT know that? And BTW, guys in real life look terrible with that haircut.)

Get past the slightly confusing first chapter and this book is really great, when you get the "deal" with the world it gets better and better, like a stone rolling downhill. I stayed up way too late to...more
Lisa Kay
★★★★★ Wow! Adored this book! It grabbed me and wouldn’t let go. I am actually reading it for the second time. I mean in a row! Amazing. IA has created a captivating world here – well three, actually: The Broken, The Weird, and The Edge – as well as characters that leap off the page and into a delicious plot and back-story. I’ll admit I was confused at first; Urban Fantasy is not my strong suit. However, I have never had this kind of dilemma before: since I wanted some clarification, did I star...more
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
Oh my god! I have to say a huge THANK YOU I.A.

This book was awesome. I wanted more of it. Usually I'm anxious to see how a story ends but this time I just wanted it to keep going. I actually had happy tears in the end!!!

Where should I begin? This book pushed all my buttons. The story, the characters, the world-building, everything was spectacular!

Let's start by the heroes.


Rose is such a relatable heroine. She is easy to like and gives the "girl-next-door" vibe. Does she have remarkable ch...more
This was very different from the Kate Daniels series. Different in a good way. I love Ilona Andrews’ imaginative world building. The Edge is a world sandwiched between our world known as The Broken because no magic works and The Weird a place where the blueblood magical aristocrats live. The Weird is like a parallel universe to our world.

The people that inhabit The Edge are an eccentric collection of characters with some magical powers. The Edge is not the safest place to live and in this story...more
The Flooze

On the Edge might be called a romance by some. I prefer to think of it as UF with a happy ending. For the most part, it lacks many of the trappings associated with romance. Instead it focuses on intricate world-building, strong characterization, and adrenaline highs--the hallmarks of any good urban fantasy.

That's not to say there isn't some steam, but the tension between Rose and Declan grows gradually. He wins her over bit by bit using bravado, kindness, cunning and consideration. He has...more
Maria Snyder
Loved it!! The main character is my favorite type of character - a strong willed, stubborn, protective and smart lady named Rose, the main guy character is also my favorite - strong, silent, and a mystery. The fantasy world and magic system is very unique and utterly fascinating - I enjoyed every bit of this book. The beginning is a little heavy on the world building details and backstory - and it took me a while to get used to the reader since I had just listened to another audio book and it's...more
So this book is all, “I’m cool urban fantasy about a girl living a hardscrabble life where two dimensions meet, working a menial job and single-parenting her baby brothers (the werecat and the necromancer), but I’m also a fairy tale in the good way where a knight in shining armor rides in from the magic dimension and there are three tasks to court her, but I’m totally not one of those books where the girl is awesome and then some asshole comes along and ruins her life and then fixes it with his...more
On the Edge was a unique gem from the amazing husband and wife writing team, Ilona Andrews. If you’re looking for a strong female character, clever banter, and romance that builds to a slow burn, look no further. Their Kate Daniels series won me over as a fan, and this story only increased my love of their writing.

Rose lives in the Edge, a world in between the Broken: our normal world, and the Weird: a world where magic dominates. She lives with her two younger brothers, having to take over the...more
3.5 stars

Being a huge fan of the Kate Daniels series and considering that the Edge books seem to be receiving only glowing reviews, I was going into this book expecting to be blown away. That wasn’t exactly the case, but still, I think it’s a good start to a promising series and I’ll definitely be reading the next instalment. Also, I am looking forward to getting to know more about William, whom I found to be a very interesting and complex character – despite his only brief appearance in On the...more
The world in On the Edge consists of three separate sections: the Broken, which is basically regular Earth with no magic, the Weird which is full of magic and the Edge which lies in between the other two and has some magic. People from Broken cannot enter the Edge or the Weird. Magic people from the Weird can sometimes enter the Edge but hardly ever can they enter the Broken. Then there are the Edgers who can enter the Broken at will and occasionally the Weird. Sound complicated? Well, it starts...more
On the Edge is about Rose, and her two little brothers Georgie and Jack. They live in an area called The Edge. It's called that because it's literally on the edge of two different worlds. One, called the Weird, is full of magic and the other is called the Broken because of it's lack of magic. Rose is currently raising her brothers by herself, however each of them contain strong magic powers. Jack is actually a changeling and he can turn into a cat. Georgie can bring the dead back to life. Rose o...more
Jen (Red Hot Books)
I read somewhere that Gordon Andrews once called this series "rustic fantasy." It kind of fits. It's decidedly not urban. The setting is kind of backwoods, really. But it's quirky; it's kind of charming; and while it took me a little while to connect with it, the book grew on me more and more as I continued to read.

This series is nothing like the Kate Daniels books, except for this: the world building takes some getting used to. It's not really hard to understand, but it's also not like anything...more
Lilia Ford
Series Review:
I can't say I have a favorite volume of this series: I've read and reread all four several times, and somehow get that same glorious rush each time. Paranormals are a dime a dozen these days, but none are quite like this. The entire concept of the Edge is so imaginative, with limitless possibilities for cool plotlines.

I especially love the series' emphasis on family. Children are major characters in each book, and they are not there just to be adorable, play matchmaker, or dispens...more
Mar 23, 2013 Keertana rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Keertana by: Heidi
Rating: 4.5 Stars

You know, in life there are moments when you think your emotion towards someone or something cannot possibly increase more than what it already is, but then they do or write something that makes you eat your previous words. With Ilona Andrews, I feel as if I am constantly in a state of, “I love them; this is their best book yet…it can’t get any better than this!” and then it does. I’ll tell you right now, it’s a terrific feeling. If there’s one duo I can count on to make me lau...more
Barks & Bites
Rose is barely eking out a living working a minimum wage job and trying to keep her two younger brothers fed and clothed. Rose lives on the edge between the broken (the mundane world) and the weird (the magical world). Her parents are dead and because she possesses a coveted magical power she’s in fear of becoming someone’s brood mare and is constantly on alert for would-be kidnappers.

Rose doesn’t trust men, with good reason, and steers clear of relationships. Blue-blooded men are the worst but...more
It was lovely. True, not as edgy as Kate Daniels, but a great story with great characters. I didn’t mind the oh so perfect HE. Frankly, after all the unresolved sexual tension, which was inflicted upon me lately by my favorite series, thank god someone, finally, actually HAD SEX. Not just almost, we want to but can’t cause I really hate you but secretly love you. So yeah, it was a perfect ending and I deserved it!

Rose was a great heroine. I loved her imperfect character, she was vulnerable but i...more
I'm surprised that I felt this book deserved 4 stars. I don't really understand why. It's a pretty standard paranormal romance, but it really sucked me in. The other books I've read by Andrews, the Kate Daniels series, were quite inventive for an urban fantasy. This was definitely more of a romance &, while the world was quite interesting & different, the story line was obvious from the start. Still, I found it very difficult to put down. That difficulty, plus my hope that it is the star...more
Lady Heather
I had put off starting this series for awhile now, because I'm such a HUGE fan of Ilona Andrew's Kate Daniel's "Magic" series, and now I'm sorry I haven't started reading it sooner.

The world that the Author creates is spectacular!
I LOVE the whole concept of "The Broken" (our regular hum-drum world), "The Weird" (totally magical), and the place that's on the border of these amazing worlds "The Edge" (where the people have magic *not as strong as The Weird*, but can also live & work in the br...more
Mandi Schreiner
The writing team of Ilona and Gordon Andrews write one of my favorite urban fantasy series out there - the "Magic" series featuring Kate Daniels. When I heard they had a new series coming out I became quite excited. This series takes place in a different world with new rules - but there is still a unique, magic filled world and the wonderful characters they can write so well.

Rose, our heroine, has a stressful life. Her mother died and her father has run off. She is left with raising her two youn...more
Beanbag Love
I really enjoyed this book. The world is very creative and different from most of the other series I'm reading. I guess it could be called "urban fantasy" but it's not really "urban" since it takes place in a fairly rural area between the magical world of the Weird and the non-magical world of the Broken.

Between the two worlds is a strip of existence called "the Edge" where moderate to weak practitioners live and scrape out a living. It's a fascinating take on the alternate dimension concept an...more
I like this author. I am waiting for the next Magic book to come out and so I buy this. The premise is interesting. The three previous books I read from the author were great. This should be goood. In the way a warm cup of hot chocolate is on the dawn of a snowy day.

But I really hated this book. In fact about 2 weeks after reading it, I find my overwhelming dislike for it surprises myself. After all I really like the author team's Magic series. I am counting the days until the next one comes out...more
4.5 Stars

At this point I’m unsure whether I’m just incredibly biased towards the husband and wife writing team that is Ilona Andrews, or if they really are as awesome as I believe them to be. You’ve seen me talk repeatedly about my love for the Kate Daniels series on this blog, but that was a love that grew from a tempered enthusiasm for its beginnings. Thus, going into their series of Urban Fantasy Romance novels, The Edge, I expected great pacing, a fun plot, a nice romance, and generally happ...more
Right away I knew I was going to be thrust into awesome world building, filled with equally awesome characters. ‘Cause that’s what Ilona Andrews does. With perfection.

We start with Rose who lives in a place called The Edge. The Edge is a long and thin stretch of land that exists between two worlds. The Broken, where people like you and I live, and The Weird. The Weird is filled with magic & creatures that the people of The Broken couldn’t begin to imagine. Most people in each realm don’t kno...more
It’s official. Writing team Ilona Andrew’s talent knows no bounds. Their world building, character development, dialogue, plot points, etc. eclipse the worst of covers and corny ideas. I adore their Kate Daniel’s series, which I initially read with much reluctance due to said covers and corny idea. I mean come on, who would of thought that a cover that craptastic would contain such an amazingly engaging story? But alas, thou hast delivered. When I encountered On the Edge I was faced with the sam...more
3-3.5 stars

Identity Crisis Alert:

For the most part I enjoyed 'On the Edge'... and in fact one of the most enjoyable aspects of this story was the pretty fantastic world building. Andrews has created an intense, grim, dog-eat-dog place aptly called "the Edge" that exists between "the Broken" which is essentially our own mundane non-magical world chock-full of Walmarts and greasy fast food joints and "the Weird", a world where magic rules and its people have exceptional magical abilities.

A lot of...more
Aly is so frigging bored
I loved every page of this book! I know this will be one of my favorite series to re-read :D
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