Review: On the Edge by Ilona Andrews


On the Edge
Author: Ilona Andrews
Published: 2009
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: The Edge #1
Rating: C

I’m really glad that I didn’t start the Edge series with On the Edge. The hero, Declan, is the first of Andrews’ heroes who just did not work for me. He was a little too much of jerk and never showed any real change in mentality from spoiled rich boy. This especially came out in his reactions toward the heroine, Rose.

Rose has been targeted ever since she flashed white at her graduation ceremony. Flashing is, essentially, an emission of magic that can be controlled and used as a weapon. Different colors signify how much power a person has, with white being the strongest. People who can flash white are extremely rare, so when Rose showed off her flash she unintentionally marked herself as a conquest for noblemen who want to strengthen their bloodlines. Living in “the Edge”, Rose is looked at as an easy victim, so she’s been dodging kidnapping attempts for years. At the same time, she’s also been raising her two younger brothers and working at a crappy job since her father abandoned them. So she really has no time to cater to Declan, the arrogant nobleman who shows up on her doorstep.

The minute Declan appears in Rose’s life, he makes it clear that he doesn’t approve of how she takes care of her brothers, considers her table manners atrocious and believes she’s ignorant. But someone is unleashing bloodthirsty creatures into the Edge and it’s soon clear that, despite her dislike of Declan, Rose needs his help in eliminating the threat.

Honestly, I just didn’t understand Rose’s attraction to Declan. He was too arrogant about everything and showed no real change throughout the book. Yes, Rose makes him eat crow a couple of times in the novel, but I didn’t feel that it changed anything about his way of thinking. Rose, however, was a great character. I loved how stubborn she was and that she refused to be cowed by anyone.

Aside from Declan, my only other major issue is that the plot dragged a lot. Maybe it’s because I had already read the two novels in the series that come after this one, but I just couldn’t get into the story surrounding the villain and the creatures being unleashing.

If you’re looking to start this series, I would suggest beginning with Bayou Moon rather than this one.

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9 thoughts on “Review: On the Edge by Ilona Andrews

  1. Oh no! I’m sorry the hero of the story didn’t work for you. For some reason this is the only series by these authors I haven’t had the urge to start.
    If you continue, I hope you like the rest of the books.

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    • Yeah the world building is a little confusing. It’s like on the “magical” side it’s historical fantasy and the in the edge it’s urban fantasy. It’s a little odd.


  2. Aw that’s a bummer! I loved this one. It’s been years since I read it but I don’t remember being so off put by him. Glad you enjoyed the second book at least 🙂

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