by Hailey Edwards
Series: Foundling #2
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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The bayou is burning, the battle is just beginning - and Luce Boudreau is smack in the middle of no-man's land . . .
Life as a cop in Canton Town, Mississippi, is never dull - particularly when hiding deep within you is a demon bent on the apocalypse. Luce is doing her best to pretend her two worlds aren't crashing into each other, but what should be a routine arson investigation takes a shocking turn when Luce discovers a link between the suspects and her own dark secrets. There's no turning back, even though her search for the truth threatens to burn her old life down around her.
Lines are being drawn in a war Luce barely understands, and she just might be on the wrong side of them. Now she must embrace her powerful destiny, or the ones she loves most will pay the ultimate price.
Bone Driven is the second novel in the Foundling, urban fantasy series, by Hailey Edwards. Fantastic world-building, action and twists allowed me to devour this on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Each book builds of the previous with overall arc threads. For this reason, I recommend beginning with book one Bayou Born.
Our tale picks up a week after the climatic ending of Bayou Born. Luce along with White Horse Security, her current partner, Rixton and Adam Wu, her new partner with the NSB investigate arsons and strange occurrences that can be tied to her siblings.
After the events of book one, Luce (Conquest) has accepted who/what she is, but she’s determined to keep her humanity, protect her crew and save humans. She along with her coterie have agreed to join a shadowy subset of the FBI, known as the NSB. Their mission will be to hunt Charon and stop the apocalypse.
I love the blending of FBI cases, supernatural elements and mythology. Luce now knows she crossed dimensions to conquer Earth, along with her three siblings. She was the first to cross and something went wrong, thus we have Luce. Now one of her sisters is on the loose and a second may have crossed.
Mysterious arsons, mind-altering plants and dealing with a pushy new partner before she has told her loved ones and partner she is leaving have Luce at her wits ends.While Luce and Rixton investigate these terrible arsons that leave victims in their wake, she is also investigating supernatural creatures with the men of White Horse Security. Then Wu shows up claiming to be her new partner with the NSB. All the threads kept the pacing steady and allowed for Edwards to share more history and flesh out the world. I am in awe of the supernatural characters, sure the four horsemen of the apocalypse is nothing new, but Edwards created her own spin to the story.
Things are hot and cold between Luce and Cole. Their relationship is so complex, and yet there is this sizzling, undeniable chemistry. I love her interaction with the rest of the crew. Each member is complex from their personalities to their animals. Edwards has given them each a unique story on their previous lives and how they came to serve the Conquest. I loved scenes between her and Thom. He transforms into an all Black Manx. My favorite interact was between her and Santiago. Santiago is the geek of the crew and their talks of Christmas presents made me giggle. I really, really want to know what Miller is and cannot wait for Edwards; to reveal all!
I love all the twists, surprises and action on every page. Edwards kept me guessing and with each tidbit of knowledge I only craved more.
The overall arc is exciting. Will Luce remain Luce? Who is Adam Wu? What about the mysterious phone and the apocalypse? Fans of Ilona Andrews, Suzanne Johnson and Amanda Stevens will want to grab the Foundlings series.
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I’m working my way through the audios of Hailey Edwards other series right now and since UF is my fave it looks like I’ll have to try this series also. Wonderful review! Anne – Books of My Heart
Glad to hear it Anne.
Sounds like a fun read. Love UF and the supernatural + FBI. Thanks for the recommendation! ❤️❤️
I’ve been having fun with this author and her different urban fantasy series.
I’m glad you pointed out how it would be better to start with the first book. I personally dislike reading a series out of order even if the author says each one is a stand-alone.
Yes, my prefered method is in order.
I have not seen this cover around, I have to check if I remember book 1
Yay. I am glad you read the first. Reread the last chapter, it will all come back. She does a good job quickly recapping though.
Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra
“FBI cases, supernatural elements and mythology” — This really caught my eye from your review. That sounds like such an interesting combination. It definitely piques my curiosity for this series.
I love how it all blends together Suzanne.
Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library
I’m loving Written in Red which is my first Urban Fantasy so I’m looking for more! I really like the sound of this one and need to add it to my new Urban Fantasy To Read list. I’m pretty sure the whole list is your fault!
Oh I am reading Marigolds right now Katherine. Oh I have so many books to recommend. I do hope you try Ilona Andrews, maybe her Hidden Legacy to start, that the Inn Keeper Chronicles followed by Kate, then Jim Butcher, Cecy Robson, Suzanne Johnson.
OOh perfect for the upcoming fall season. Thanks Kim
Yes and these are quick reads Debbie.
I haven’t read an UF series – other than Kate Daniels – in years. I kind of got burned out but I’ve been looking for a new one to jump into.
Karen @ For What It’s Worth
I am on a kick of late. I go through phases.
Books with good world building are exciting reads! I’ll keep this one in my tbr list.
Yes that and well developed, complex and flawed characters.
Thanks for the review. New author for me.
If you love urban fantasy I recommend you try them.
Ph yes, this series is right up my alley, KIm! Thanks for steering me to it.
Do it! Do it!
Got it in my Que. Just have to wait for my new book budget to roll over!
Sounds like an awesome read! Thanks for the post.
Enjoy your evening Angela.
Tyler H. Jolley
This sounds like a interesting and fun series. I can’t wait to following along with your reviews. Happy reading, Kimba!
Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict
Thos series sounds like a lot of fun and one I’ll need to add to my TBR!
I hope that you do. They are fast reads with a good flow.
Angel's Guilty Pleasures
Great review. I’ve not read this series yet, but I’ve read her other works. Iv’e got book one on my TBR. ^_^
Sweet. I hope you enjoy them.
The combo of paranormal and investigation work is one of my favorites so I will be giving these a go at some point. Wow, she does have herself caught in the middle.
Between a rock and a hard place with no memory of her past other than what she learns
I love her other series so I really want to try this one as well
Which one? The Necromancer one? I am all caught up on that but trying to decide if I should try one of the older ones.
This sounds like a good series. I have some of this author’s other works and I really need to give her a try.
I am glad to hear that and hope you start them soon.
Everything about this sounds great to me. Thanks for introducing me to another series for my reading list. 🙂
Happy to share Sherry.
Ooh lots of twists and surprises? Yay!!
Yes, she keeps you guessing.
I love that there is kind of an unusual blend of genres in this. Sounds like it made it fun without being too overwhelming. I might have to look up book one, for some reason I don’t remember you reviewing it.
I have been having fun with this author, and find the world interesting.
i did manage to read the first book. I am so ready for this book! Yes totally loved the world and the characters … though my first thought when I found out the twist was… what???
Yay, enjoy Ailyn!
Thanks for the rec. You had my attention the moment you said fantastic world building.
Happy to share Nadene
This sounds like a fun series. I like that it covers FBI cases as well as the supernatural. And you recommend it to Ilona Andrews’ fans so I know I’m in for a treat. Thanks for the great review, Kim!
Yes, the supernatural element reminds me of Andrews imagination
Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookworms
This sounds like my kind of series, Kim! I love UF with great world building, and a flow of story that helps me just sit and enjoy the ride along with the characters!
I’ve been having fun reading her different series Lexxie. Almost all of them are in KU and I got that 3 month deal.