Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Review: On the Edge

On the Edge
On the Edge by Ilona Andrews

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have to say that I was a little apprehensive about this book during the first 30 or so pages--as I learned about the worlds of the Weird, the Edge and the Broken. The characters seemed most strange in an Alice in Wonderland kind of way. On the second page, there is an irrational lunatic, bloody from head to toe running around the yard exclaiming that he wants to go to the pub for a pint. Then we find out that this means he wants to catch and kill a dog and eat its' brains...huh? Then we learn that the main character, Rose has 2 brothers--one of which was born a cat and the other is a necromancer. This is only the tip of the ice berg in the lands of Weird, Edge and Broken--but you can see how I felt as if I had dropped down the rabbit hole...right?

If you can stay focused through the first 30 pages without feeling completely lost, the twists and turns of mystery and romance are well worth the confusion.

The story revolves around Rose, an "Edger"--the Edge is the land between the Weird and the Broken--who has grown up poor and disadvantaged. She was often ridiculed as a child. She has exceptional magical power--which she worked very hard to practice and perfect. Once this power was discovered, every male blueblood aristocrat in the lands basically hunt her to wither marry her or sell her on the black market. So, as you can imagine she is not very trusting of strangers--especially men. So, when Declan makes his grand entrance around page 40, she greets him with a gun and a whole lot of attitude. From there, the story unfolds and what a great story it is.

I love Rose's character, she is everything a strong female protagonist should be--strong, feisty and likable among others. Declan is full of all that arrogance and lion-hearted chivalry we come to love in a knight in shining armor-- and let's not forget, he is in a well-built masculine package. You will love these two as well as the zaney entourage of characters in this book. I am looking forward to the next in the series.

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