Title: Bayou Moon
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: The Edge #2
Cover Art: N/A
Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Ace 9/28/2010
Review copy courtesy of: Penguin
Reviewed by: Abigail
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.
Warning – Do not start BAYOU MOON late at night or you will end up watching the sun rise and you won’t even care because it’s that good! Ilona Andrews books should all come with a Book Crack label that tells you right off how addictive they are. BAYOU MOON is lush and magical, with irresistibly damaged characters, settings so real you can taste the damp swamp air, and blistering hot romantic tension that left me breathless on more then one occasion.
The second book in The Edge series picks up a few years after On The Edge and dumps us right into William’s trailer in the Edge, the strip of land between the magical Weird and the mundane Broken. Poor, gorgeous changeling (werewolf) William didn’t get the girl in the first book and has resigned himself to a life of collecting superhero action figures (a hobby that makes sense given his brutally cruel upbringing) and watching the latest CSI season on DVD. He lives in seclusion and likes it that way. People make him nervous and because of his baser werewolf side, he doesn’t really trust himself around women. Yet when an opportunity to finally kill the child murdering sociopath known as the Spider presents itself, William doesn’t hesitate and soon becomes aligned with the one woman who wants to see Spider dead almost as much as he does: Cerise.
I truly responded to William’s dual nature of suave arrogance one moment, and then broken man barely holding on to his humanity the next. I thought it perfectly mirrored his werewolf nature and kept him one of the most surprising and intriguing characters I read in a long time. And to avoid making this review too long, I’ll just say about Cerise that in addition to being a totally wicked swordswoman with plenty of tough yet vulnerable humor, she was deserving of William.
But William and Cerise aren’t the only characters worth mentioning in BAYOU MOON. As in On The Edge, the little kids in BAYOU MOON are cute and provide opportunities for the main characters to show their softer sides. William has some truly touching scenes with Cerise’s deeply damaged little sister as well as showing his tougher, yet still nurturing, side with a young half human boy determined to prove himself in battle.
The Edge series is nothing like the Kate Daniels series except that they are both awesome. BAYOU MOON delivers on every level: Magic, romance, and revenge in a bizarrely beautiful world that is unlike anything you’ve ever read before. I couldn’t put it down. And did I mention the nice fat sneak peek of Magic Slays at the end? Yeah, stop reading and go buy this book.
Sexual Content: A few scenes of sensuality. A graphic sex scene. Vague references to rape and child molestation.
Click HERE to read an excerpt from BAYOU MOON
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