THE EDGE SERIES
by Ilona Andrews
11
DEC, 2017
  • Title: The Edge Series
  • Author: Ilona Andrews
  • Series: Four Book series
It is that time of year again…you know that time of year right? Where you’re completely overwhelmed with real life that all those review titles that are piling up just aren’t that appealing at the moment. Okay, so that’s been the last two years for me, but don’t judge me. It’s gotten a bit worse than usual lately…and my cure for reading funk, means finding one of my favorite authors and either reading one of their series I haven’t managed to get to yet, or…rereading a beloved series.

Now, finding a series within the backlist of my favorite authors is sometimes hard to do, since they are my favorite authors for a reason. Lucky for me though, I have recently come into LOVE with the powerhouse author team, Ilona Andrews. I did enjoy their books before, but the Hidden Legacy series that recently wrapped up threw me over the edge (see what I did there?) into full-on stalker/author love. Don’t tell them, it might be embarrassing if ever we meet again.

The Edge series was the perfect follow-up to their Hidden Legacy series, it had that same quirky, non-conformist, fantasy feel to it. It was more violent and plot-driven than romance driven, and it had a monster world that was just straight up cool.

I had been given the 4th book for review, way back in the stone-ages when I received ARCs from ACE. And I had read it out of order and confused, and thought I had to go back and read the series. Fast forward five years later and I’m finally getting to it. Boy, was I stupid. But there is a time and a place, and this was a good time for me to be lost in the narration of these great books.

I’m not going to go into detail about each book, it’s a complicated series. The main premise is an area of this fantasy world that is called The Edge. The Edge sits between two different worlds, The Weird and The Broken. The Broken is our modern world, where technology rules. The Weird is pure fantasy, a world of magic, where their technology is fueled by magic and they are ruled by a primitive type of class system, always in war with each other.

The people of the Weird and the Broken do not know each other exist, only a select few that stumble upon the Edge. And of course, the people of the Edge know about all three places. They work in the Broken, and have been exiled from the Weird. They live in a world where there is no one to police their area, where land claims, and disagreements go back generations, and there is always the chance that someone stronger or more powerful will come after them and take it all.

Each book is from a new POV, a new couple much like a PNR will do in a series, but again with the NOT ROMANCE. The couples do have an HEA, but it’s very plot-driven, very violent so this is why I wouldn’t classify these as romance. All of the characters are introduced throughout the series, and interact and will show up in later books. It’s fun, and I really think Andrews could have continued with this series. But, with the odd genre classifications and the lack of romance, within a PNR algorithm, I see why it was wrapped up quickly in four books. It’s a shame, you do something different and they just don’t know what to do with it, how to market it etc. Because goddess forbid if you sell it as a PNR and it’s not.

So, this is me saying — go read this great series. I wish I would have read all of them, but my life has been reduced to audiobooks lately because of time restraints. I’m not a huge fan of Renée Raudman. It’s her male voices, which she makes sound rather country. She’s competent, but not one of my favorites.

Read the series, you’ll love it! 

“Living in your dreams meant bitter disappointment when you woke up.”

Series Spotlight: What I’ve Been Binging on Audio…

On the Edge by Ilona Andrews

Series: The Edge
Narrator: Renée Raudman
Published by ACE on January 1st 1970
ISBN: 0441017800
Pages: 309
Source: Library
Also in this series: Steel's Edge
Also by this author: Steel's Edge, Burn for Me, Magic Breaks
5 Stars

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 they’ll devour the Edge and everyone in it.




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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Series Spotlight: What I’ve Been Binging on Audio…

Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews

Series: Hidden Legacy #1
Published by HarperCollins on October 28, 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Romantic Suspense
Source: Publisher
Also in this series: Burn for Me
Also by this author: Steel's Edge, Burn for Me, Magic Breaks
5 Stars



Series Spotlight: What I’ve Been Binging on Audio…

On the Edge by Ilona Andrews

Series: The Edge
Narrator: Renée Raudman
Published by ACE on January 1st 1970
ISBN: 0441017800
Pages: 309
Source: Library
Also in this series: Steel's Edge
Also by this author: Steel's Edge, Burn for Me, Magic Breaks
5 Stars

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 they’ll devour the Edge and everyone in it.




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