A reader suggested reading Ilona Andrews on my blog post for Jeaniene Frost’s Halfway to the Grave. We had reviewed Magic Bites a few years ago, so I picked up On The Edge (the first of the “The Edge” series). Thanks to BK for the recommendation; I enjoyed this book very much.
The Edge is the border space between the land of magic (the Weird) and the land of the mundane (the Broken). Most Edgers have their own specific magical talent: some can prophesy, some can curse, some can raise the dead, but no one has the talent to control the magic and use a flash like Rose. She thought that having this talent would improve her life—but she found out it only complicates it more.
When a stranger appears at the border of her yard, she assumes he’s like all the others and has come to carry her off to either sell to the highest bidder or keep her to breed in the Weird.
That couldn’t be further from the truth. Declan is actually tracking an evil magician who has sent magic-eating hounds into the Edge. But he thinks quickly on his feet and suggests that Rose come up with three challenges for him. He figures this will at least give him time to figure out why the magic-eating beasts were hovering near her yard.
Andrews (a husband/wife writing team) creates an interesting world to pit good versus evil. The details of life in the Edge, including many small-town characteristics, kept me turning the pages to find out more. Andrews weaves the details in with quirky characters, including Rose’s two brothers who are learning to control their own magical talents. The verbal sparring and attraction between Declan and Rose add a little romance to the story. The ending was very satisfying and was good enough to make me reread the scene with a smile on my face.
A good balance of action, humor, magical elements, quirky characters, and a love story make On the Edge a very entertaining read.
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