Not only is Ilona Andrews one of my favorite Urban Fantasy authors, her Edge series is equally a personal chart topper. This series combines the Andrews’ writing team’s wit, action, and a healthy dose of romance.
The characters aside, Ilona Andrews creates one of the most unique settings in this series. Essentially there are 3 worlds, the Weird, the Edge, and the Broken. The Weird is full of magic and power, like a parallel reality to our world. The Broken is the world we all know as plain old USA. In between is the Edge, like a border crossing between the two worlds.
Each book in this series is about a different character, but all characters are introduced throughout various novels. My personal favorite is Bayou Moon, book 2 in the Edge series. Which one is yours?
Here is an excerpt about the Edge series from Ilona Andrews on her website:
“Welcome to the website for our new series. It’s a very odd story of a very odd place. The Edge lies between worlds, on the border between the Broken, where people shop at Walmart and magic is a fairytale–and the Weird, where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny. It’s a place where poverty is real, life is hard, and fairy tales sometimes do come true.
This series came into being accidentally. I’d written a novella of the Edge, planning to put it on the website as a freebie. Jeaniene Frost happened to read it, and proceeded to call me and threaten me with the bodily harm unless I turned it into a full length book.
The first draft of the first book, ON THE EDGE, was written approximately two months in between Kate books and I loved working on it. The first hint of trouble came when Gordon edited it and took to calling it “rustic fantasy” as opposed to urban fantasy.
When I showed to our agent, she loved it, but she wasn’t quite sure what it was. Then our editor at Ace, Anne Sowards, looked at it. She called back next day saying that she wasn’t quite sure what it was, but she wanted to buy it. The art department was excited about the idea (and made the fantastic cover, which I love to death and it’s my precious) but they also weren’t quite sure how to classify it.
A few days before the first book came out, a prominent reviewer emailed me to say that she enjoyed the book a great deal but wasn’t sure how to classify it either.
I now present the unclassifiable ON THE EDGE. It’s like Twinkies. Everybody likes it, nobody is 100% sure what it is.”