Oct 15, 2010

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Review: Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews (The Edge #2)

Urban Fantasy
September 28 2010
Mass Market Paperback
447 pages
Ace Publishing

Yummy Man – William
Kick Ass Chick – Cerise Mar

From Goodreads
“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.”

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Ilona Andrews’ writing.  I love the images that the husband and wife team create.  It is extremely easy to lose yourself in one of their books and in the worlds that they create.  I was quite excited last year when they released their first book in a new series.  The book was called “On The Edge” and it told of a place that existed between a magical land and an ordinary town.  I read it and found that the concept was very original and the characters that we met there were just as intricate and appealing as the characters in their Kate Daniels series.  “Bayou Moon” is the second installment in this series and it’s proven to be just as character driven and distinctive as the first.  This time around, the story focuses of William and Cerise and their lives in the Edge.

We met William in the first book in this series.  I remember liking him immediately.  You couldn’t help but feel a little sorry for him too.  You wanted him to get the girl…but alas, he didn’t.  But thank goodness for that, because that way he was able to get his own book!  William is a changeling.  He was abandoned as an infant to a training facility that turns changelings into ultimate soldiers.  He is smart, strong and cunning.  He is also funny and loyal.  I enjoyed him in “On The Edge” and I loved him in “Bayou Moon”.  He’s always wanted a family and a mate, but he thought it was all beyond his reach.  That is until he meets Cerise.

Talk about a fantastic heroine.  After Cerise’s parents go missing, she is next in line to be in charge of her large family.  And I’m talking cousins and uncles and aunts and everyone.  What she decides, they follow.  Someone weaker would crack under all that pressure, especially when some of her decisions revolve around whether or not to go to war with another family and whether or not to fight Spider and his minions.  Both situations involve inevitable deaths for her family.  I love how she deals with all of it.  She’s strong in front of her family, but allows herself to worry and cry away from them.  She’s very human that way.  I loved her.

As soon as William and Cerise meet, you feel the tension on the page.  William’s quick and witty one liners such as “Bad Hobo” and “Thank you, Dora” had me laughing out loud.  In every book where a man and a woman fall in love, there is a mating dance.  The mating dance in “Bayou Moon” is fantastic.  They don’t just jump into each other’s arms.  There is a mission to accomplish so they hold themselves back.  But the passion is there.  The wanting is there.  I love how William reacted the first time he truly saw Cerise.  “Want.  Want the woman.” I always like how impassioned changelings tend to be when it comes to the opposite sex.  There is something sexy about that.

Now, the bad guys in this book are…special.  I don’t know why I am trying to sugar coat it.  They are grotesque abominations!  Human beings that have been altered to heighten their fighting, tracking and killing skills.  After reading this book, I wonder from what part of Ilona and Gordon’s brain did these creatures come from.  They are described with such detail, which leads me to believe that the authors saw them vividly in their minds as they were writing them into the story.  Which leads me to wonder…how on earth did these two sleep at night?!  If I had these creatures running around in my head, I wouldn’t be able to get much shut eye!  And Spider, the main villain, is bad.  He’s not really disgusting physically or anything.  He’s just evil.  An evil man who believes in his cause — which makes him very dangerous.  Creepy.  The villains are just wonderfully creepy.

If you enjoyed the world that Ilona Andrews created in “On The Edge”, then you will absolutely love “Bayou Moon”.  Every single character is wonderfully written (and believe me, there are many characters in this story.  Especially in Cerise’s family.)  The details make you believe such a place exists.  It’s an incredibly well written and thought out book.  But then again, what else would you expect from Ilona and Gordon Andrews?

4 stars

Giggle worthy quotes

“She stared at him in disbelief.  Every handsome man had a flaw.  It was just her luck that in William’s case that flaw was lunacy.  The man was nuts.”
“’His brother Peva once shot the hearts off a card at a hundred feet with a crossbow.’
‘I’m very scared,’ William told her.  ‘Are playing cards a real nuisance in your part of the Edge?’
She snickered.
‘Shooting cards is dumb,’ he told her.  ‘What is he, five?  Or is he doing it to get women?’”
“’How did the hearing go?’ she asked.
‘We won, sort of,’ Kaldar said.  ‘We die at dawn.’
‘The court gave the Sheeriles twenty-four hours,’ William corrected.
‘Yes, but ‘we die at dawn the day after tomorrow’ doesn’t sound nearly as dramatic.’”

Books in the Edge series
On The Edge
Bayou Moon

  1. Yeah – let’s not sugarcoat the villains..they are creepy!! And I liked it.

    Loved this book..want more!!! Dying for Kaldar’s story 🙂

  2. Mandi – I really enjoyed Kaldar. I’m anxious for his book already too! 🙂

  3. OMG everyone’s reactions to Kaldar killed me, lol lol – he was an awesome part of this story. I can’t wait to find out who is his “One” lol.
    The villains are SO NASTY!!!! I love it!!!

  4. LOL, your giggly worth quotes make me want to give this series another go…and I do so love Ilona’s writing …and the creep abominations sound right up my alley…hmmm

  5. Spaz – I hope Kaldar’s lady is snarky…or really serious. It would be cool to see him ‘break’ her. 🙂

    Jessica – That is true. An Urban Fantasy lover such as yourself is used to creepy crazy villains!

  6. Awesome review.
    See you did manage to finish it 🙂

  7. Ally – Yes I did…finally. It’s just annoying when you want to read a book quickly because you want to know what happens next but real life gets in your way! 🙁

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