by Ilona Andrews
Series: The Edge #2
Narrator: Renée Raudman
Length: 15 hours and 32 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Purchase: Amazon | Audible | B&N
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.
Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews is the second book in the urban fantasy series The Edge. I have been listening to the series on audio and was eager to return. Two years have passed since the ending of the first book and we get a new couple and tale in this strange land known as the Edge.
The Andrews are such a talented writing team and the fifteen some odd hours of listening I did flew by in a wink. The Edge is a world that lies between the Broken (our world) and the Weird (a place where the supernatural dwell). We met William in the first book and I was delighted to see this was his story. William is a blue blood and wolf. He has been dealt a nasty hand of cards as far as his life goes and he spends his time working construction in the Broken and collecting action figures. When a representative from the Mirror shows up on his doorstep with horrifying images of changeling children being slaughter by his nemesis Spider, an agent for the Hand, William agrees to travel to the Mire. There undercover he will collect the object Spider is seeking. Fun right? The Mire located in the swamp regions is dank, mysterious and dark. Oh lord the creatures that dwell there! *shivers*
William is a bit of an odd duck. He is a geeky changeling and I adored his quirky mannerism. As he travels to the Mire, he loses his guide and meets up with Cerise Mar. Cerise is desperate to return to the Mire to handle a situation involving an eighty-year-old feud between her clan and the Sherrile clan. The problem this time involves a Sherrile taking up residence in her grandfather’s cabin. To top it off Cerise’s parents are missing. To say that poor Cerise is a nervous wreck would be an understatement. We soon learn the Hand is involved and William and Cerise suddenly find themselves working together.
The interaction between William and Cerise was fantastic. Their interaction is filled with snark, battles and silly moments that eventually leads to romance. The way William reacted to the smell of her hair had me laughing aloud. This was a slow building relationship, complicated by his undercover assignment and changeling personality. Toss in the events surrounded the feuding families not to mention the Hand and their relationship was chaos. I loved it every blasted moment.
The secondary characters and little side threads in Bayou Moon were well-developed and brought the swamp and its people to life. The Mar clan was delightful, crazy and sometimes I laughed so hard I had tears. Williams’s reaction to this clan moved me, and only made me fall harder. Cerise is fearless, despite her worries and quickly steps up to lead her clan. The villains are ruthless killing machines who will send shivers down your spine. The vivid images surrounding the battles were incredible. I loved the details even if at times I did not know whether to vomit or cheer at how freaky it was. If you love well developed world’s prepare to drool.
Despite how dark, violent and gritty the story became Andrews balanced things out with humor. They made the swamp humorous, and side threads like those regarding a hideous Eel are reasons why this writing team blows me away every dang time.
Renee Raudman narrates as she does all of the Andrews’ books and I adored listening. Her voice is soothing, perfectly pitched and she changes up her tone for each character. I love the many voices and feel she only enhances my experience.
Bayou Moon delivered an epic tale filled with creeptastic battles, hilarious moments and delightful swoons. Ilona Andrews continues to impress and delight me.
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Quotes from Bayou Moon
“William leaned forward and pointed at the river. “I don’t know why you rolled in spaghetti sauce,” he said in a confidential voice. “I don’t really care. But that water over there won’t hurt you. Try washing it off.”
She stuck her tongue out.
“Maybe after you’re clean,” he said.
Her eyes widened. She stared at him for a long moment. A little crazy spark lit up in her dark irises.
She raised her finger, licked it, and rubbed some dirt off her forehead.
The girl showed him her stained finger and reached toward him slowly, aiming for his face.
“No,” William said. “Bad hobo.”
“Is there anything else you need to tell me?”
Every time I look at you, I have to put a leash on myself. “No.”
“Why couldn’t she have gotten another Edger or some dimwit from the Broken for a passenger? No, she got Lord Leather Pants here.”
His eyes shone with want and predatory satisfaction. “The name’s William. It’s a common mistake.”
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