I have read and enjoyed the books in Ilona Andrew's Kate Daniels series, and I've heard such positive things about this first book in her new Edge series, that I thought it was time to give it a try. It sat on my shelf for a while, mainly because I'm sadly superficial and just didn't find the cover terribly appealing, but when I finally opened it up and started reading, I was immediately pulled into the story, and I was sorry I had waited so long.
Rose lives between two separate and distinct worlds - literally. The Edge is a place between the Weird, where magic is a part of everyday life, and the Broken, a place with strip malls and gas stations, where magic does not exist. Rose lives on her own with her two little brothers, doing her best to bring them up, scraping by with her job cleaning hotel rooms in the Broken, living from paycheck to paycheck. Then one day, the appearance of a warrior from the Weird turns her life upside down. She can't begin to trust him, not with her complicated past, but when supremely dangerous and powerful creatures show up in the Edge, he may be their only hope of survival.
I truly enjoyed this exciting novel, with its unusual and evocative setting between two worlds, its mixture of mystery, romance, and fantasy - not to mention humor - and characters who are complex and believable. The tight writing and creative premise, along with characters I came to care about, leave me looking forward to the second book in the series, and wishing there were more than just the two that have been written so far.
Books in the Edge series:
1. On the Edge
2. Bayou Moon
Source: My local public library
On the Edge (#1 in the Edge series) by Ilona Andrews (Ace, 2009)