Tuesday, October 6, 2009

On the Edge by Illona Andrews

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.

Illona Andrews made so much noise on their (it's a husband and wife writing team) website about their editor and publishing company not being able to define what genre of book this was. I didn't have that same problem - it's a great example of Urban Fantasy with strong Romance leanings. Let's be real folks, fantasy is changing every day and with the inclusion of stories like this, where the contemporary is combined seamlessly with the fantastic, Urban Fantasy becomes more and more real. Sometimes I love myself - 'real fantasy'. Ahh, puns. So easily used for both good and evil.

Anyway - to get back to the review - this was a really great series opener. I've loved Andrews through all of her Kate Daniels books, but when an author starts something new it can be a delicate process. You've gone so long without any tedious world building explanations that it can be hard if an author all of sudden incorporates it; luckily, Andrews seems to be beyond that. Instead you're shown this wonderful intricate world and it's through the characters actions that the reader learns about the environment. Rose and Declan are both very unique personalities and their dance around each other is a lot fun to experience.

Overall Feeling - Thumbs up. I can't wait for the next one!

Series - 1) On the Edge