Rose Drayton and her two young brothers live in the woods between two worlds: the Broken (mundane small town Georgia) and the Weird (a world of strong magic and rigid social hierarchy). Those on the Edge between the two possess individual magical abilities. Rose has perfected her talent, a deadly white flash, and now the Weird’s aristocrats envy her power. Is it a coincidence that vicious hounds invade to steal magic and destroy the Edgers just as Weird blueblood Declan Camarine demands that Rose become his bride? Though Rose rejects Declan’s advances, the two must join forces to save her brothers and others on the Edge.
I’m a huge fan of Ilona Andrews, (and am planning on reviewing her Kate Daniels series in the future) so when I saw she had a new series out, I had to snatch it up. I didn’t think I could love it as much as I loved her other series, but wow was I pleasantly surprised. Just like in the Kate Daniels series, Andrews has created a fully realized world of magic and mundanes and the societies of both. You actually believe that the Edge is a real place, that it could exist, just out of sight. I found myself actually hoping it did.
The characters were fantastic – flesh and blood people, with quirks and habits and annoying ticks. Rose is brave, but vulnerable. She’s a kick-ass heroine, but Andrews doesn’t hit you over the head with it. She’s loyal and cares about those she loves, and all of her actions are driven by that. Declan…mmmm….what can I say about Declan? Big, yummy alpha male with a heart of gold and a soft spot for tough females. Andrews definitely knows how to write complex, multifaceted male characters. I think I’m half in love with him myself!
The supporting characters all felt fleshed out and like they had their own personalities and stories. I loved the boys and Grandmere, along with the cast of other colorful locals. The Edge is a tough place, and living there takes a certain type of person. Andrews doesn’t skimp on the realities and harshness of life there and I think that’s what makes this feel all the more real.
I really liked this book and I can’t wait for the sequel which just came out. Its safe to say I’ll be reading anything Andrews writes from now on. I just hope she keeps writing them as good as this one!