Audio Review: On the Edge by Ilona Andrews

Posted April 7, 2014 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 14 Comments

Audio Review: On the Edge by Ilona AndrewsOn The Edge by Ilona Andrews
Series: The Edge #1
Narrator: Renée Raudman
Published by Tanor Media on 01-07-10
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 309 pages
Format: Audiobook
Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
Source: Library
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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.

First Impression:

Imagine Kate Daniels without a sword and two little brothers in toe.

The World:

In Kate Daniels series tech and magic battle in flashes where one is takes over. For example when tech is down and magic up it leaves all tech things (like cars) dead. Then poof another flash hits and magic is useless while tech works again. But in The Edge series there are different “worlds”, The Weird (magical world), The Broken (human world) and The Edge (separates the Weird and the Broken) .

The Edge is where Rose and her family live and most of the story takes place is the narrow world between the magic and human worlds.

The Characters:

Rose the heroine and main character. She’s in her early twenties raising her two much younger brothers George (8) and Jack (10).

Rose has strong magic and has been sought after ever since she showed how much power she has. Men wants her to bare their children so that they will have powerful children. Rose has been offered money and even been kidnapped (well almost). She doesn’t trust anyone especially men.

George also has strong magic and he can’t stand to see anything die. He is making himself sick because he likes to raise things from the dead and this puts a strain on his own life force.

Jack is a changeling. He was born as a cat and can shapeshift into cat at will but Rose tries to keep him in his boy form as much as possible. Jack’s changeling status confused me much in the book. It’s never really explained how he is a changeling when no one else in his family is. His father is not one nor was their mother. I’m hoping in book 2, Bayou Moon changelings will be explained more since the main character is a changeling we meet in On the Edge.

Declan is the hero and love interest for Rose. He reminded me a lot of Curran expect for the going furry part. He is from The Weird and a noble.

Favorite Line/Quote:

“Go brush your teeth, comb your hair, put on dry clothes, and get the guns. We’re going to Wal-Mart.” 

The Narrator:

The team of Ilona Andrews and Renée Raudman is an Urban Fantasy lover’s dream. Renée is one of my favorite narrators due to her work on the Kate Daniels series. She has the perfect voice for an Urban Fantasy series. She does excellent male voices and still allows a feminine element to her female voices. It took me a few chapters to remember she was not narrating Kate and Curran but that’s only down fall to an author having the same narrator for all their series. But I couldn’t imagine anyone else bring this world to life like Raudman has.

Lasting Impression:

Another series I can see myself enjoying and I’m glad that I got into it after it ended so I don’t have to wait for new releases.

Will I continue this series:

Yes. I’m on the wait list at the library for the next book, Bayou Moon.



About Renée Raudman

Renée Raudman is a multi-award-winning audiobook narrator. A multiple Audie Award nominee, she has earned a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for The Last Secret by Mary McGarry Morris and Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien, as well as a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award for Joe Schreiber’s Chasing the Dead. She has also performed on film, TV, radio, and stage, including the recurring roles of Jordon on ABC’s One Life To Live, Phyllis on NBC’s Passions, and guest-starring roles on prime-time TV. She has been heard in cartoons (The Simpsons, Billy & Mandy), videogames, and on the E! channel. Her narration of Homer’s Odyssey by Gwen Cooper was selected by Library Journal as one of the best audiobooks of 2009, and her reading of Marthe Jocelyn’s Would You was selected by the ALA as one of the best young adult audiobooks of 2009.

About Ilona Andrews

“Ilona Andrews” is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.

They have co-authored two NYT and USAT bestselling series, the urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge and working on the next volumes for both.

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14 responses to “Audio Review: On the Edge by Ilona Andrews

  1. I’ve had this series on my list for a while but I still haven’t read Kate Daniels so I’ve put it off. It sounds like a great listen so I might read them sooner than later! I love it when a narrator can execute the female and male characters 🙂

  2. Glad to hear you enjoyed this series by Ilona Andrews too! I loved Magic Burns, but never had the time to dive into more books by Andrews. This three-world system sounds really weird but cool.

  3. I love the sound of this, I moved it up my list after Felicia reviewed it, now I have bump up some more. I got the audio a long time ago when Lisa reviewed in Hot Listens one of the books in this series, and she highly recommended it, but too many audiobooks..LOL WE need more ears girl!

  4. I loved this series, and lew through it on audible. (unfortunately y library didnt carry this one in audio format so I had to pay for it. still, I love Renee, so this was heaven for me too. I agree that the series is basically the Kate Daniels series with a slightly different world and different characters, but the way I see it, if it’s not broke, dont fix it. This storyline is tried and true, and I love it, so she can do it as long as she likes

    • TheBookNympho

      Yeah if you’re a Ilona Andrews fan you’re going to enjoy it. Kate or not. LOL

      My library has the next book on audio but after that I’ll have to read them since they have them on ebook instead.

    • TheBookNympho

      I’m hoping I’ll like Bayou Moon. I like that we get different main characters in each book.

  5. I have only done book 1 of Kate so overall I am not sure how the series compares. This to me was the weakest of the series and still was pretty darn good. I love love love love the boys! You will get lots of them in Book 3 🙂

  6. I love this series. It isn’t as good as Kate, but it is great none the less. I love the boys and you haven’t seen the last of them. I really wish they would do at least a novella of the boys as they are older. They are some of my favorite characters in the series.

    As for Jack being a changeling when no one else is, I can’t remember how that works. It has been years since I’ve read this series. You’ll have to let me know when/if you figure it out.