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On the Edge

(The Edge #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  41,459 ratings  ·  2,760 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.

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Mass Market Paperback, 309 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Ace
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Stephen Don't judge Innkeeper Chronicles on Clean Sweep. That was a silly project written as weekly installments on their blog. The worldbuilding in Clean Swe…moreDon't judge Innkeeper Chronicles on Clean Sweep. That was a silly project written as weekly installments on their blog. The worldbuilding in Clean Sweep is blatantly goofy. The follow-ups are much more thoughtful and well-written.

I'd always avoided reading On the Edge because I'm not into what seems like blatant romance. And it basically was, but the main thing is that it was clearly Andrews at an earlier point in her career than Hidden Legacy. Essentially, On the Edge was the warm-up that allowed her to be able to write Hidden Legacy. And the parallels between Declan and Connor are pretty blatant, too. So it's not a must-read -- at least not for a guy like me -- but if you're a romance reader, you'll probably enjoy it.(less)
Tam Barron You can do what my kids and I do.

Skip the sex scenes. Usually about 5 pages or 5 mins on an audiobook.
These author/s only use about 1 explicit sex sce…more
You can do what my kids and I do.

Skip the sex scenes. Usually about 5 pages or 5 mins on an audiobook.
These author/s only use about 1 explicit sex scene per book. I think just to keep the romantic/sex people reading!

It is VERY annoying, a reasonable story premise, ruined by too much silly romance and then a sex scene.

Oh and my kids are 21yo boy/girl twins and 17yo girl.

I usually read the book first and label the pages with explicit sex not mind them reading it at all. But it really annoys my son, story line broken, for a long time of nothing really happening!

Stupid sex stuff, my daughters are not impressed either.

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Kat Kennedy
Jun 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
🔫 Of Guns and Walmarts Buddy Rererereread (OGaWBR™) with the IA Addicts 🔫

And the moral of this rererereread is: why air forces of puny human countries on this planet have planes and helicopters instead of wyverns and manticores like the Weird Airforce is and forever shall be one of the greatest mysteries of the universe. I mean, wouldn't it be super extra cool to have ruthless beasts like these to transport troops and stuff:

Err...Right. That's not exactly what I had in mind, but sure. Whatever
Sep 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
If I were the kind of person who DNFs books rather easily, and If I hadn't been a huge fan of the Andrews' Kate Daniels series, I would have given up on this one after Declan showed up.
He kind of pops up on her property and threatens to steal her away to be his woman.
For me to even attempt to like a story with forced marriage (or whatever he had in mind), it has to be set waaaaaaaaaay back in medieval times. But since I trusted the authors, I decided to keep reading.
And I'm glad I did.
Reread with the IAA group. So much better the second time around!

Original review:
I love Kate Daniels. Ilona Andrews knows how to write female characters with strong personalities and snarky humor - a winning combination in my eyes.
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I love sarcastic girls!

This story is about Rose. She lives in a place called the Edge, which is in a land that sits between the two main lands in this world. One is magical, called the Weird, and the other is non-magical and like our modern world, called the Broken

DNF @ 70%

I just can't be arsed. Life is too short to continue to read a book I don't like.

Bullet list of complaints:
- Rape culture
- A misogynistic pseudo-alpha douche of a male lead
- A spineless doormat of a female lead
- A complete lack of believable chemistry between them
- Rape culture
- Shoddy world building
- The aggressive reinforcement of traditional gender roles
- The devaluing of a woman
Robin (Bridge Four)
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fan's of Ilona Andrews and UF and PRN
Sale Alert: Kindle deal 16May20 $1.99

Yes, I am reading this again....Yes, I just read this like 6 months ago....No, I am not sorry half star bump up to a solid 4 stars.

How do you make a book you enjoyed the first time you read it even better?

Easy, find a group of friends to read it with all over again. Thanks to my fellow IA lovers I'd include all your names in this review but there were about 20 of us at Ilona Andrews Addicts (IAA) for making this one of my funnest rereads of a book (The other
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
Re-read with the awesome gang in IAA group.

Wanna know the good thing in having a very, very bad memory? Every time you re-read a book is like reading it for the first time. I loved this book and I remembered so little of it that it was like I was reading it for the first time.


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 goi
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
f you like Ilona Andrews' brand of romance-driven urban fantasy, grab this one!

4.5 stars. Rose and her two little brothers, George and Jack, ages 10 and 8, live in the Edge, a sort of halfway place between our world (which they call the Broken, since magic doesn't work there) and a parallel world called the Weird, where magical powers reign. In the Edge, magic works, but not as well as in the Weird. Most people can't pass through from one world to the other, or even sense that the other world e
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ilona Andrews officially made it to my favorite authors list. WHY DID IT TAKE ME SO LONG TO READ HER (THEIR) BOOOKSSS!! maybe the hideous covers.
Oct 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)
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
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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I have avoided this author duo for eternity in fear of upsetting the fanbase. I mean, you gotta admit the love for this husband and wife writing team does to tend to go a bit toward the . . . . .

rabid side at times.

But I finally broke down because this was a recommendation for the library’s summer reading program and would get me one step closer to obtaining free shit – which sadly rates higher than all of my friends’ recommen
Warning: This will be pretty much a fangirling review.

"On the Edge" is a traditional Ilona Andrews highball. It is fresh, with sweet and bitter flavours in the right proportions, guaranteed to make you feel hot despite all the ice. :)


Hanging out on the Edge - a world between an ordinary and a magic world-was an undeniable romp.
All the usual ingredients are presented, but served so well that you simply don't mind predictability, clichés or the incomplete world-building. You just quaff it all an
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 May 2020: $1.99 on Kindle

2016 January Re-read: Buddy read with IAA.

When I first read this book, it was my very first foray into Ilona Andrews' work. I loved it, dearly, but I did have issues with it - some that I was reminded of on this re-read. Does Declan have a reason for his actions? Sure. But they still suck. Does he make it right in the end? Yup. But some of the things said prior to then, I'm left wondering if they were part of the 'act' or just his real thoughts. I still dunno. I like D
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*** 4.40 ***

A buddy read with my friends at the Ilona Andrews Addicts

I have come to realize that I take IA's writing for granted. It happens like that. You read enough works from a favorite author and you develop an expectation, a knowledge that once you delve into the pages of their books, nothing could possibly go wrong.

It had been a while since I read a work by the Gordons and I had forgotten about the pure, natural immersion in the world of magic they allow their readers. You are 20% in and
Cece ❀Rants, Raves &Reviews❀
Welcome to the Edge, its basically the hood of the magical world A hidden place that exists between the magic and the mundane, where weirdos like Rose and her brothers can live and try to do their fucking best


Honestly, this was the first Illona Andrews book I've read and just felt... indifferent about

Sure the world is unique, the second characters interesting and a romance added to the general plot adventure....

But the characters don't really interact with the unique world or explain its dyn
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
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
Ilona Andrews strikes again!! I’ve fangirled so hard lately for these authors that I’ll keep this one brief. On the Edge was an excellent first book in the Edge series and there wasn’t a single thing I didn’t like about it. The concept was unique (where the Edge is a strip of land between conflicting worlds), the magic system was fun (different types of magic from shapeshifting to reanimation), the characters were a delight (as always), and the plot was fast paced and exciting. I found myself ad ...more
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4.5 stars!

“Rumors said that if he got drunk enough, he sometimes got his jollies by stripping naked and scaring hikers out in the Broken into thinking he was Bigfoot.”

I really enjoyed this book! On the Edge is about Rose, a young woman raising her two younger brothers in a world “on the edge” of the broken (aka our world) and the weird. Strange creatures keep popping up in the edge leading Rose to team up with a stranger from the “weird” to save the edge community.

“Yes, I'm too mad to pu
Buddy Read with Ilona Andrews Addicts (IAA)!

“You are the measure of my wrath.”

Okay, first I need to address the elephant in the room! I originally wanted to read these books, because while reading Sweep in Peace my friends kept telling me about the crossover of characters from this book. No big deal, I marked it in my notes and figured I'd read this series eventually. Then, at the perfect time Ilona Andrews Addicts (IAA) decided to do a buddy read! So I'm reading this, and completely loving it,
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
"Go brush your teeth, comb your hair, put on dry clothes, and get the guns. We're going to Wal-Mart.”

After living the Kate Daniels series (of course), being charmed by the Innkeeper series, and falling head over heels for Burn for Me, I was in a mood for another Ilona Andrews series. Unfortunately On the Edge didn't win as much loyalty.

Cue a unique magic world, which seems to the be the author's specialty - different areas of magic that shift if you leave them, and value measured by "white ligh
Mar 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
Liz* Fashionably Late
IA knows how to do it so one should wonder, why is it that I haven't read this series yet?

So, as a Kate Daniels fangirl, my brain was annoying me comparing the first books of both series (and just the first because nothing compares to KD awesomeness) and thinking:

When it comes to world building, Kate Daniels wins the prize.

But when it comes to characters and their dynamics, The Edge takes it home.

Oh, come on, don't gasp. Curran/Kate is awesome in the next installments but can we talk a min
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
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4 Stars!

When a group of friends on Goodreads decided to read this book together, I knew that I had to join in on the fun. I am a huge fan of Ilona Andrews. I read this book a couple of years ago and enjoyed but but for some reason never picked up the rest of the books in the series. This seemed like a perfect opportunity to refresh my memory of this book and jump into t
Maria Dimitrova
First reread: June 2018.

Sometimes you just need something familiar when RL gets too hectic. And since I'm on a IA wavelength lately thanks to numerous rereads at the Ilona Andrews Addicts I decided to stick with it and go for the Edge. Besides i had planned to reread it as buddy read earlier this year but RL managed to get in the way. And so when I found myself stuck making figures for my thesis I just put this on (thank God for audiobooks!) and immersed myself back into this fascinating world.

Maria V. Snyder
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
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Re-read: 05.05.2017
Shockingly, I found myself not liking this book the second time around. I couldn't feel Rose and Declan attractions, their connection. I found the book dragged out, boring and I was annoyed with myself for starting the re-read, but I refused to give up. So I finished it, and now I'm kinda pissed. I really need to learn to leave books that I enjoyed before alone. This isn't the first time this has happened to me :/
“Yes, I'm to
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
Elena C.
2nd read, Oct. 2017: nope, still not liking this. But at least I soldiered on and got around reading it till the end. As a (low) fantasy, On The Edge is pretty great, imaginative and fun. As a romance, it's a cabinet of horrors of the most sexist tropes the genre has to offer.

1st read, May 2017: DNFed somewhere around 60%. Or something.

It breaks my tiny heart but I'll have to put this book aside. There's just so much nonsense I can take before my suspension of disbelief rebels and dema
Erica Ravenclaw


No spoilers and colorful language abound!

I have something to admit. I have been refusing to read this book based on it's cover. I know I know, I mean look at all their covers... I know they still contain magic but this one, I just couldn't get past. Then all my friends started reading it and decided I'd take the jump too.

Then I loved it. I mean seriously, LOVED IT. A cat boy and another who raised his crazy dead grandpa who eats dog brains all before page five? A place called the Weird and
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