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Monday, June 27, 2016

REVIEW: "Bayou Moon" by Ilona Andrews


Bayou Moon (The Edge, #2)
(The Edge #2)

Urban Fantasy
Berkley -- September 2010
Mass Market Paperback, 447 pages
Read in June 2016
Purchased

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RATING: 4.5 STARS

SUMMARY
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…

Cerise Mar and her unruly clan are cash poor but land rich, claiming a large swathe of the Mire, the Edge swamplands between the state of Louisiana and the Weird. When her parents vanish, her clan’s long-time rivals are suspect number one.

But all is not as it seems. Two nations of the Weird are waging a cold war fought by feint and espionage, and their conflict is about to spill over into the Edge—and Cerise’s life . William, a changeling soldier who left behind the politics of the Weird, has been forced back into service to track down a rival nation’s spymaster.

When William’s and Cerise’s missions lead them to cross paths, sparks fly—but they’ll have to work together if they want to succeed…and survive.


THEMES & TROPES
Alternate Universe, Forbidden Love, Revenge Plot

MY THOUGHTS 
Bayou Moon is the second in the genre-bending Edge series and focuses on William, a wolf changeling who stole every scene he was part of in the first book.  I fell head over heels for William in On the Edge and his story did not disappoint.  The plot was engaging, the characters all felt like they could just jump off the page, and the romance was charming.

William is comfortable in his new life away from the Weird, but he still desires revenge against Spider, a powerful spymaster who once killed a group of changeling children.  So, when he is offered the chance to go after Spider, he jumps at the chance and sets off to the Mire, a swamp that is as magical as it is mysterious.  It is during his mission in the Mire that William comes across the Mar family and gets sucked into their own revenge plot especially as he begins to fall for the violent, but intriguing Cerise Mar.

I loved getting to see the development of both William and Cerise.  I was already a fan of William from book one, but this book allowed readers to get to know more about him and how he became the man he is.  I appreciated the fact that the writers do not skimp on the violence associated with his species, but balanced it out with kindness and a desire for family that just grabbed my heart.  And Cerise was just so kick-ass and determined that I wanted to be her best friend.  I really admired her ability to keep her family's finances in order and, of course, her skills with a sword.  William and Cerise are just fabulous characters who are great together.

The plot of Bayou Moon was just as action-packed as I expected from Ilona and Gordon.  Spider and his gang are killer villains and they make it very easy to root against them.  I loved the way that the feud the Mars are in bled into William's revenge mission and that it allowed readers to get to know the Mar family.  I am particularly interested in Cerise's cousin, Kaldar, who is smooth, roguish, but also seems to be hiding something.

I had a great time reading this book and am just so impressed with the quality of Ilona and Gordon's writing.  They really are the cream of the crop in the urban fantasy/fantasy genre and this series is another example why.

FAVORITE QUOTE
“Some women waited for a night in shining armor. She, apparently, had ended up with a knight in black jeans and leather, who wanted to chase her down and have his evil way with her.”
READING CHALLENGES
2016 Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge
2016 Spooks, Howls, and Fangs Reading Challenge

BOOKS IN THE SERIES

On the Edge (The Edge, #1) Bayou Moon (The Edge, #2) Fate's Edge (The Edge, #3) Steel's Edge (The Edge, #4)

1 comment:

  1. oh I have been wanting to pick these books up so badly, I love that this was a great addition. I do adore this writing couple team. Great review hun.

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