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On the Edge by Ilona Andrews
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Mar 09, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: urban-fantasy
Read in March, 2010

So good! I wasn't sure if I was ready for another world of Ilona Andrews'. I had just finished Magic Strikes and wasn't ready to leave that world quite yet. But this one hooked me really quick! Again, I am so struck by the world-building in this novel. I love the concept. There are 3 realms: the Broken, our everyday America where no magic works, the Weird, where it's all magic and no technology and they have nobles and fey creatures, etc, and the Edge, which straddles the boundary between the two. Rose, the main character, lives in the Edge and works in the Broken. She cares for her 2 younger brothers and works hard to make ends meet. But a dangerous enemy comes calling from the Weird...

Yadeyadeyada. You can read the book blurb as well as I can. What makes the book standout is 1) worldbuilding. A great concept, really well fleshed out. 2) characters, of course. Rose is awesome. She's easy to like and tough as nails but not hard. Her brothers, George and Jack, I LOVED. Jack is a changeling who was born a lynx and isn't quite human. George is a necromancer who just can't let the things and people he loves die. They are definitely one of the best parts of this story. Then you have Declan. He's a blueblood noble from the Weird who's out to marry Rose (for her magic)... or to protect her... or both. Or, read it and find out.

I don't know how I feel about there being a HEA ending here, and book 2 looks to be about some other likely couple. I know that is pretty standard fare for a romance novel, but I'm not sure this felt like a romance novel. There was a romantic aspect to it and I enjoyed that but it wasn't what this book was all about. I would have liked to know I could read book 2 (when it comes out, Oct 2010 I think) and know I would get to learn more about these characters and their world. That is how the Andrews did it with the Kate Daniels series, and I really like that. We'll see how they play it out. I have confidence I will like it, whatever they do. So far I have read almost everything they have written (still have to get the short stories and novella) and I have not failed to be very impressed!!

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