Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Review: The Edge Bk1 - On The Edge © Ilona Andrews

Title: The Edge Bk1 - On The Edge

Author: Ilona Andrews

Publisher: Ace (Amazon link)

Main Character: Rose Drayton & Declan Camarine

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.
Rose thought if she practiced her magic, she could build a better life for herself. But things didn't turn out how she planned, and now she works a minimum wage, off the books job in the Broken just to survive. Then Declan Camarine, a blueblood noble straight out of the deepest part of the Weird, comes into her life, determined to have her (and her power).
But when a terrible danger invades the Edge from the Weird, a flood of creatures hungry for magic, Declan and Rose must work together to destroy them, or the beasts will devour the Edge and everyone in it . . .

 

 

Review

I am going to go with more my thoughts on this more than an actual full on description. Two of my favourite bloggers have done a wonderful wrap up of the story part so I wont go into any of the book itself, but give my round up of what I thought of it.

 

This is where the Edge comes into play. The Edge is the in-between - it stretches far across the country, but where Rose lives it is only twelve miles wide. People in the Edge have some magic, some stronger than others. Those born in the Edge can cross between worlds without much of a problem. Most work illegally in the Broken or sell goods from the Broken to those from the Weird.

Mandi © Smexy Book Blog

 

I really like Rose, she has the world on her shoulder but she still has hope and a smile on her face (well sometimes, that is around those she care for). She loves the boys, and I liked them too. They are adorable and perfect for the book. She can be kick-ass if she wants to, living on The Edge has shaped her that way because she has not had an easy life.

Blodeuedd © Book Girl Of Mur-Y- Castell

 

This is my first experience with the voice of Ilona Andrews and it wont be my last. There are alot of things I don’t like in a book and I am the first to say so – when I started this book my first impression was I like this world, it was different, it made sense and from how descriptive the author was I was feeling this place – so straight off the author capture my attention with this new and exciting world – The Edge..

There is enough real world wrap into the fantasy stuff to make it not a big stretch to understand the good and evil of the plot. The daily struggles Rose was going through – having to raise two brother, with an unparallel gift at her finger tips courtesy of some long gone relative and she has the dreaded luck to be born in an environment where she is loath as much as she is hated – talk about your bag full.

The main protags are Rose and Declan - I liked Rose alot – and I mean Alot… this was a woman who knows what she was about and no situation, no shiny new toy or a man for that matter was going to change the path she was on. She is such a strong character and she was consistent right through the book, as much problem as Rose had and more coming every day – she had a upbeat sense of hope – that made not only her character what it was but it gave that lift to the book as well..

Declan’s arms closed about her for a brief moment and crushed her to him. He let her go almost immediately, but he’d packed so much into that one fierce hug: want, need, worry, reassurance . . . He’d protect her with his life. Strangely, it made her indignant. Nobody should have to be in the position of having another person give up their life for them. She didn’t want the weight of Declan’s death. The fear took a backseat, and cold anger started driving. Casshorn. If she had any hope for the future with Declan, or even without him, she had to destroy Casshorn and the hounds. That was the only way.

On The Edge (c) Ilona Andrew

Declan on the other hand was larger than life – he was the stuff that superheroes are made of – that is, how two little boys thought of him. For me he was one determined alpha male who knew how to move with the changes that life toss his way. He had a sense of honour about him that few understood but had no choice but to respect once they figured out there is  little anyone can do to stop him.

The support cast will live on in my mind for a little while yet. Firstly there was Rose’s brother, Jack and Georgie – I love these two rascal, they loved the shiny new toys, they were easily distracted and to be honest they cause Rose more grieve more than they even realised. But, despite all that I loved them.

Then there was Rose’s grandmother – that woman knew her witchcraft and knew when to corral the forces. Every family has one, always there, never shy about doing the right thing and tossing out those snappy remark at the drop of a hat. Rose grandmother knew what was up from what was down and in the big scheme of thing she was a big part of the framework of this story.

The crust of this book however surrounds power – magical power, traitorous deeds and the need to subdue all who stand in it’s was – I thought the build up on this was very well presented. the little glimpses here and there, the shock, the devastation of the slaughter was so immediate, so frightening that I fear Rose and Declan could not face this challenge on their own.

A stench lashed his nose, bitter and harsh, followed by a creepy feeling that something cold and slimy had dripped on the back of his neck. He whirled.

A beast stood on the grass. Five feet tall, it balanced on four skinny legs, its body turned at an angle, its head facing Jack. Its chest was deep, and past it, its body slimmed down, each of its ribs clearly visible, before terminating in powerful hindquarters. It looked like a racing dog. At first glance, the beast’s hide seemed almost black, but when the sun touched its spine, the thick skin stretched over the beast’s back turned a dark smoky purple tinted with black and green, like a bad bruise. It had no fur, only a row of short, sharp spikes running down the backs of its legs and along its spine.

The beast’s head was long, very long, but without any ears. Two pairs of long slanted eyes stared at Jack with dull, weakly glowing gray, like fog backlit by headlights.

In his adventures in the Wood, Jack had looked into the eyes of a dire wolf, a fox, a bear, and countless other things for which he had no name, but none of them had eyes like that. They were cruel eyes. Cruel and merciless like the eyes of a gator.

On The Edge (c) Ilona Andrew

The pace of the book was edge of your seat stuff – I literally read the whole thing in one go. The scene change around in a timely major – while there was no convoluted issues to cloud the fact that this was a battle between good and evil and everything else in between was just gravy -  I was not lost at any point, the author kept me a part of the battle, of the need to survive and abreast of the relationship that was reluctantly happening between Rose and Declan.

The emotions are strong in this book, the love Rose feels for the boys and her grandmother just cant be describe, you need to be there. I also can’t describe enough how Rose felt about Declan – they genuinely connected, but both were of such firm believe that I fear there would be bloodshed before we got to the good part.

 

Bottom line.

A wonderful introduction for any one who has never read this author before. The plot was captivating, the world building was just fantastic and the entire cast made this book a winner for me.

For long time fans of Ilona Andrews work – without a doubt you are going to love this book.

 

14 Speak To Me:

Mandi on 10 November 2009 at 16:13 said...

It was a great combo of action and romance. I really love this author!

Patti on 10 November 2009 at 16:29 said...

Nice review - I enjoyed this book.

Erotic Horizon on 10 November 2009 at 17:04 said...

@Mandi...

I agree - I now have to go dig up her other books...
It never ends - too many good books.

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 10 November 2009 at 17:05 said...

@Patti..

Thanks.. I am surprise at how much I enjoyed this one - the world building was really good...

E.H>

Blodeuedd on 10 November 2009 at 21:02 said...

I never know with me, some I hate some I like, but this one worked perfectly for me and I got pulled in at once. And I loved that end cos it was so warm and friendly and now what I expected

Smokinhotbooks on 10 November 2009 at 21:12 said...

Thats it! I'm bumping this book up on my TBR pile.

Erotic Horizon on 10 November 2009 at 21:40 said...

@Blodeuedd..

I agree - this was the right mix - everything worked perfectly.

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 10 November 2009 at 21:41 said...

@Smokinhotbooks

Please do - you won't regret it.. and you just will meet a definite kick ass heroine...

E.H>

Kris on 10 November 2009 at 23:40 said...

I love this author so was really pleased to see her write something totally new.

What I liked about it the most I think was the amount of emotion that she was able to convey through her characters. It was very, very good.

Terrific review, EH. :)

Tricia on 11 November 2009 at 00:11 said...

This is one of my favorites for the year the world building was so well done! Great Review!

Erotic Horizon on 11 November 2009 at 00:18 said...

Hey Kris..

They are a new to me authors - but I agree with you, they have come up with something special in terms of world building..

Also agree on the emotional part of the book - I think that aspect of the book made Rose actually more than she really was - because she genuinely gave her all...everyday..every time

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 11 November 2009 at 00:19 said...

@Tricia

So true - world building very good.. I am looking forward to seeing how she develops on that in future books...

E.H>

prashant on 11 November 2009 at 13:32 said...

agree - I now have to go dig up her other books...
It never ends - too many good books. Lingerie Affection

Erotic Horizon on 11 November 2009 at 13:49 said...

@Pashant..

This is one you wont regret - I agree too many good books..

E.H>