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On the Edge (The Edge, Book 1) by Ilona Andrews
Cover Artist: Victoria Vebell
Review by Beth Slater
Ace Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780441017805
Date: 29 September 2009 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

Rose Drayton ekes out a living for her two little brothers and herself in The Edge, a place most people don't know about because it sits between two very different worlds: The Broken and The Weird. The Broken, to most people, is a world without magic; a world where cars are normal transportation and WalMart is the place to shop. The people here are oblivious to the other worlds, for the most part. The Weird is magic. They have no cars, travel by horses or mules and carts, and most of the people there would die trying to cross into The Broken because they, too, are magical. Some of those people have so much magic that they cannot even cross into the Edge. Many of the Edgers, though, will cross the boundaries into the other two for work, as paying jobs weren't prevalent because The Edge was a wild and poor area. But too much time spent in one or the other, and you couldn't cross backů

Rose works in The Broken for a cleaning company, but it's off the books and minimum wage. Her magic is strong, but her history is well-known in The Edge and she must be very careful with her trust. Her little brothers have magic as well, and keeping them safe and well takes much of her time. When, on her way home from work after her truck dies, Rose encounters a strange magical creature that seems hungry for magic; she realizes that her life just got a lot more difficult. When a knight, obviously from The Weird, appears at the border of her yard Rose is sure he is there to try to carry her off to misuse her magical abilities. She comes out armed and ready for battle, because everyone knows you can't trust the aristocrats who rule in The Weird. Magic rules there. The knight, however, challenges her fairly; which gives no reason to chase him away.

Declan Camarine has crossed into The Edge to chase down magical creatures. In his search for assistance he has been shunned and almost run-over. Now he's managed to enter a challenge for a bride. Will Rose and Declan manage to communicate well enough to overcome the danger in order to complete the challenges? Or vice versa?

There is so much more to say about this novel except that it would give SOMETHING away, and I try not to do that. But it's REALLY difficult. It's cool. It's great. It will suck you in, just so you can find out what's going to happen next. Who is he? What happens to that guy? What are those things? How did that happen? Ilona Andrews is superb, and her books are even better. It is always too long a wait between releases. And while I enjoyed this book, these characters, it still wasn't quite as funny as her Magic series. But how does she manage to create such yummy male protags?

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