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On the Edge (A Novel of the Edge Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Bitter Bite by Jennifer Estep
"The Elemental Assassins Series"
Book fourteen in the New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series RT Book Reviews calls unbeatable entertainment!. Learn more | See series page

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Starred Review. Andrews (Magic Bites) takes dysfunctional family stories to a new level in this engaging urban fantasy series opener. Rose Drayton and her two young brothers live in the woods between two worlds: the Broken (mundane smalltown Georgia) and the Weird (a world of strong magic and rigid social hierarchy). Those on the Edge between the two possess individual magical abilities. Rose has perfected her talent, a deadly white flash, and now the Weird's aristocrats envy her power. Is it a coincidence that vicious hounds invade to steal magic and destroy the Edgers just as Weird blueblood Declan Camarine demands that Rose become his bride? Though Rose rejects Declan's advances, the two must join forces to save her brothers and others on the Edge. Andrews has created a complex plot and convincing characters that will keep the pages turning. (Oct.)
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"A fascinating world combined with pulse-pounding action and white-hot romance makes On the Edge a winner!" ---Jeaniene Frost, New York Times bestselling author of At Grave's End

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  • File Size: 933 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; Original edition (August 28, 2009)
  • Publication Date: September 29, 2009
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002DW92V6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,780 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Ilona Andrews" is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.

They have co-authored several NYT and USAT bestselling series. They are currently working on urban fantasy of Kate Daniels, the paranormal romance of Hidden Legacy, and thjeir independently published series, Innkeeper Chronicles.

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Many readers will be familiar with husband and wife writing duo Ilona Andrews through their very successful Kate Daniels series. (If you're not, I highly recommend them, but that's another review.) On the Edge is the start to an all-new series from the writing team, one that many readers might view as "something to fill the time while I wait for the next Kate Daniels book". This would be an erroneous view to take.

I picked up On the Edge knowing I was in for good writing, but I thought I'd be able to read a couple of chapters and then put it down to make dinner. As it turns out, the spouse was subjected to frozen pizza for dinner that night, because I could not put the book down. When I finally had no choice (work, what a pest!), I thought about it when I wasn't reading. I couldn't wait to pick it up again and get back to the characters and the world. From the moment Rose and her two young brothers, changeling Jack and necromancer George appear on the page, I'm completely hooked.

Some world building background: The Weird is a world that mirrors our own, but with magic instead of technology. For example, their Airforce flies wyverns, not jets - but they do have an Airforce. They even have special forces. Our world, called the Broken, has no magic at all, and if an Edger stays in it for too long, they'll lose what magic they have, permanently. Edgers like Rose and her family are mixed blood descendants of both the Weird and the Broken. Many of them have magic, but not enough to be welcome in the magical Weird, and too much to want to give it up and go live a "normal" life in our world, the Broken. (If they even could - many of the Edgers weren't born in the Broken, and therefore don't have things like birth certificates or social security cards.
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Typically novels that have a 4.5 star average with over 100 reviews are as close to a lock as possible when it comes to a quality read. That wasn't really the case with this book. I should have taken a little more time when reading the reviews to realize that pretty much every review was by a female. As such, I was a little disappointed when this book had a bit more in common with Twilight than with a quality fantasy novel. Like Twilight, the female protagonist (Rose) is pretty much an empty shell. I have no idea what she looks like, other than that she is supposed to be attractive. Meanwhile, excruciating detail is supplied as to how Declan looks, smells, feels, sounds, and tastes. Simply way too much emphasis is placed on this that it becomes nauseating. The phrase "sandalwood musk" was used so many times I feel a compelling urge to now chop down every sandalwood tree I run across throughout the remainder of my life.

The premise, while interesting, does not develop into a plot that is captivating. The characters are all one dimensional, and the book is at times painful to read because it far too often sounds like its written from some awkward and unattractive teenage girl's dream diary. The way men pursue and treat Rose is borderline unbelievable. Declan has absolutely no flaws of which to speak, unless you consider earned confidence a flaw (which Rose does, for whatever reason). I know Ilona Andrews is supposed to be a male/female team, but wherever the writing from a former Army sergeant is supposed to be, I don't see it... unless he is charged with describing the battle scenes, which are almost as bad as the "fauning over Declan" scenes. Essentially, every combat scene can be summed up by Declan cutting a "hound" in half with his sword.
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I let out a very undignified squeal when this unassuming package showed up on my doorstep completely out of the blue. I'm not ashamed to admit it. Here I am fairly wasting away for the fourth Kate Daniels book and then, swooping in like a risen phoenix, a brand, shiny new copy of Ilona Andrews' ON THE EDGE saves the day. The first in a new series, do we even dare hope to two Andrews releases per year a la Patricia Briggs? The two of them together easily top my favorite urban fantasy writers and this new book (and series) does nothing to shake those stats, I'm happy to say. As with Briggs' Alpha and Omega series, I think it's important to go in with a clean slate, so to speak, not expecting Kate and Curran but ready to embrace a wholly new world, and I think you will enjoy this book on its own merits.

Rose Drayton lives on the Edge--the narrow strip of land between the Broken and the Weird. Yes, you read that right. She and the two little brothers she's raising live a dangerous half-life in between a world where magic is myth (the Broken) and another where it is king (the Weird). Edgers, as they are known, have their feet in both worlds but don't seem to belong to either. They, unlike, the denizens of the Broken are aware of the Weird in all its incomprehensibility. And, unlike the inhabitants of the Weird, they are awkwardly connected t0 (even long for at times) the banality of the Broken. When she was eighteen, Rose was effectively ostracized by the whole of the local town for letting loose a stream of magic and then refusing to marry one of the hometown boys. With her parents out of the picture, two half-magical little boys to take care of and train, and determined to control her own life, Rose takes an illegal job in the Broken and attempts to fly under the radar. And it works.
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Just finished this awesome book!
I just finished it, too!!! It was amazing. I feel like it was everything I ever wanted in a contemporary fantasy plus a few additions I hadn't realized I wanted. Not only did the book fill a gap in the fantasy genre right now, it kept enough of what is truly good and wonderful in fantasy... Read More
Sep 27, 2009 by Tiffany |  See all 20 posts
This is not a Kate Daniels Book
The fourth Kate Daniels book ('Magic Bleeds') got delayed. On the authors blog/website she said it would come out in the last week of May 2010.
Jun 27, 2009 by Customer |  See all 4 posts
Kate Daniels Teaser included w/On the Edge Kindle?
The teaser chapter for the next kate daniels book is at the end of the kindle version of On the Edge. I haven't read it yet though as I haven't caught up with all the Kate Daniels books.
Oct 28, 2009 by Leona |  See all 3 posts
This book is going to be awesome!
On the Edge, Hunting Ground and Destined for an Early Grave are my fall trifecta. So far the first two have been great and I expect nothing less from On the Edge. The first chapter, heck the first snippet when it was the WalMart story, reeled me in. The world of the Broken, the Weird, and the... Read More
Aug 31, 2009 by Peppicheep |  See all 5 posts
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