Audiobook Review: On the Edge by Ilona Andrews

Posted April 25, 2014 by Carmel in Audiobook Reviews, Carmel, Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 52 Comments

Audiobook Review: On the Edge by Ilona Andrews
On the Edge by Ilona Andrews
Narrator: Renée Raudman
Series: The Edge #1
Published by Tantor Media
Published on: January 7, 2010
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 12 hrs & 8 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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The Broken is a place where people shop at Wal-Mart and magic is nothing more than a fairy tale.

The Weird is a realm where blueblood aristocrats rule and the strength of your magic can change your destiny.

Rose Drayton lives on the Edge, the place between both worlds. A perilous existence indeed, made even more so by a flood of magic-hungry creatures bent on absolute destruction.


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In a lot of ways this book felt like the Fantasy equivalent of Paranormal Romance; it’s less action-y than Ilona Andrews’ KATE DANIELS series, but the sex scenes are not left to the imagination (unlike in Urban Fantasy) and the strong world-building continues to be at the forefront of their writing. The romance is as far from insta-love as you can get which is a definite plus, and the ending was satisfying, although I was hoping for a second installment before jumping to another couple because I felt the HEA was somewhat incomplete.

Many of my fellow readers struggled with the backwoods aspect of this story, but personally, I found Rose very relatable. Being a bit of a hick myself, I appreciated the country bumpkin humour and the Edgers “different” way of doing things. I liked the well thought out explanations for Drayton’s mistrust of men, and the courtship challenges made for one of the more interesting wooing pursuits that I have ever read. Rose’s dedication to her brothers, her mad flash skills, and snark made her the perfect heroine for this tale. Her strong personality helped dull the aristocratic high-handedness of the story, and the women-are-possessions mentality became almost comical when applied to Drayton.

THE EDGE universe was amazing, as expected. I enjoyed learning all of the ins and outs of the Broken, the Edge, and the Weird. The magical rules are as complex as in the KATE DANIELS novels, but this is in no way a spin-off of the latter which means there’s a whole new set of intricacies to grasp—all the better in my opinion, because Andrews’ world-building is the reason why I keep coming back for more. I loved learning about the bizarre creatures, the inner workings of blueblood society, and the various supernatural abilities of the characters. Georgie and Jack were adorable, and I’d be interested in learning more about William who, as it turns out, is the male lead of book 2. The plot wasn’t overly complicated, but still detailed enough to hold my interest.

Renée Raudman continues to be one of my favourite narrators; her passion and intensity really shine through in this audiobook, and I had no problem with equating her to Rose Drayton even though she’s been the voice of KATE DANIELS inside my head for six installments now. Her character voices are distinct and she mirrors the pacing of the writing well. Raudman definitely has a knack for portraying strong female protagonists!

ON THE EDGE demonstrates Ilona Andrews’ versatility as an author(s), and is a great alternative for Paranormal Romance lovers looking for a bit more action in their reads.


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52 responses to “Audiobook Review: On the Edge by Ilona Andrews

  1. I never really thought about the hick aspects. I guess, like you, I’m a hick myself, so I didn’t really notice it. I love this world and I don’t want to spoil things, but you will see more of the boys and I will leave it at that. I wish they would write at least a novella on these two.

  2. I love their Kate Daniels series so I have been really curious about this one as well. I think I even have the first book (maybe even the second). I am glad you really liked this one and that it is different from her other series but in good ways.

    Great review!! Have a nice weekend. 🙂

  3. bookaholiccat  

    I read this a while back, don’t remember the details (I suffer from Dory’s memory), but I remember I liked it. I also remember liking Georgie and Jack very much. You will see more of them in future books. If I’m not wrong my favorite in the series is second book, William’s book.

  4. I’ve got a big decision to make this weekend…start The Edge series or White Trash Zombie series on audio Monday morning…I think The Edge is going to win out (and yes, I totally blame you for my new audio obsession LOL!!)

  5. I must have been living under a rock or something. I know I’ve always wanted to read her Kate Daniels series but I don’t know if I’ve heard of The Edge before today, unless I’ve seen those books before and thought they were of the same series. I’ve always wanted to read Ilona Andrews though, maybe I should start with this one since there are only 4 books so far as opposed to the 7 in KD (and counting!)

  6. Awesome review, Carmel, and you definitely made me want to read The Edge! I haven’t read Kate Daniels yet, but it’s way up on my TBR list, as I have heard amazing things about Ilona Andrews. I might actually even try the audiobook straight away, I have recently discovered I love audiobooks when they are well narrated 🙂

  7. This was my first Ilona Andrews book. I read it about 4 years ago and I remember enjoying the world building, but not the characters as much. I liked it, just not enough to continue the series. Maybe I would have enjoyed it more on audio.

  8. bookwormbrandee  

    I’m glad you liked this, Carmel. I had to giggle over you relating to Rose – being a bit of a bumpkin yourself. I have to say ME, TOO! I really enjoyed this series. Yes, it’s different from Kate but it’s still Ilona Andrews, which means great world building and, in my opinion, great characters. Great review!

  9. Haha I’m totally a country girl too so this one sounds like it would really click with me, hick style! I also like the sounds of the world building. It sounds really unique and quite complex – in a good way. Great review, Carmel!

  10. Well…I feel like I need to chime in with “I’m a country bumpkin too” and didn’t have a bit of a problem relating to relating to Rose or the backwoods aspect of The Edge. It’s been a while since I listened to the audio (pre-blog days) but I remember that I really liked it. I still need to listen to book 3 and 4.

  11. Christy  

    Hmm … I really want to read something by Andrews because I’ve heard such good things, but I can’t decide where to start. I’ve wanted to read the Kate Daniels series for awhile, but I kind of like the sound of this more. Decision …

  12. I confess I’m curious it’s a series I haven’t read yet but it’s in my wishlist. I heard great things about it but I don’t know I’m still anxious. It’s nice to know we don’t have any insta-love because I’m difficult with that and I really want to discover the universe. Thanks for your review!

  13. I haven’t heard of this series but of course I have heard of Kate Daniels. Anyhow this sounds really good and that world-building is really fascinating as it seems. Also I love unique reads. Great review, Carmel 🙂

  14. Sounds amazing, I haven’t had the chance to read any Kate Daniels yet but I’ve heard SO much about her Ilona Andrews series. I loved how you described the country bumpkin stuff to relate to hehe. Lovely review, Carmel!

  15. Faye M.  

    I really want to read this one just for the world-building. I love it when an author takes that extra mile to make it intricate and complex and fascinating at the same time. Brandon Sanderson has the same magic, although the genres of his novels are more Fantasy than PR/UF. Haha! Have you read any of his books?

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  16. I really enjoy this series (I mean, Ilona Andrews!). Rose, I think, was one of my favorite characters out of this series, too. I appreciated that she wasn’t rich, that she lived her life how she needed to and took care of herself. I guess she’s a bit of a hick but I liked that aspect of her, too!