Bayou Moon ~ Ilona Andrews

  • Title: Bayou Moon
  • Author: Ilona Andrews
  • Series: The Edge #2
  • Genre: UF, PNR
  • Format: eBook
  • Source: Own Copy
  • Reviewer: Soo
  • Rating: 3 out of 5

Description:  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.

*Potential Spoilers*

Review:  William is a changeling. Right after his birth, his mother gave him away to be raised in an institution for changelings. He grew up in a small, spare room and he was taught how to fight. It is all he knows.

He dreams of having a home, a woman to call his mate and a family he can call his own, but he fears that he doesn’t have the right to anything precious. Then William meets the hobo queen who turns out to be a beautiful woman and a skilled blade master. There are a few obstacles in the way of their happiness but magically altered people & plans for a devastating war aren’t enough to keep William from what he claims as his.

I’m see-sawing between 3 & 4 stars for this book. A part of me wants to rate it 4, but I can’t quite make myself do it. Thus, 3.5 it is!

Apparently, it takes about 100 pages for the story to really suck me in. That’s a lot of pages. It’s almost worth the first 100 pages to get to the good parts but I think 100 pages is a bit much.

Cerise is a cool chick. She kicks major ass and doesn’t take crap from anyone. I enjoyed seeing her soft, naive, cruel, blunt, sassy, bloodthirsty, loyal and silly sides. She’s a good match for William, whom I LOVE. He is definitely my favorite character out of all the ones I’ve met in the Edge.

The descriptions about the Hand’s minions in the beginning of the book were crap. There weren’t clear distinctions until the middle of the book. The fighting in the beginning were rather bland as well. It became more interesting towards the later half. I was really happy when it did! I do love a good fight scene.

The part where William gets to wherever Genevieve is held & how he ends up killing her. Ok, I get that he killed her. I understand that she had to die to avoid further suffering, etc. Sure. Check. Yet the whole getting to her and what she turned into exactly? Very foggy.

Then there is the Box and Grandpa V’s experiments. Gah… Potentially interesting but rather deflating addition to the storyline. I had more interest in Grandmother Az’s background, swamp magic, the Thoas, etc than I did in what Grandpa V was really doing in the Mire. I guess there’s a decent line up to that point but when that particular revelation happened, I felt let down.

I mean, come on! William dies and the freaking Box brings him back to life?!?!?! Blargh~

Spider survived. Really? REALLY? Lame.

Parts I Love:

-Grandma Az is AMAZING and I would totally read a book or story based on her. She’s awesome!

-The poison shawl was brilliant!

-William

-Declan, Rose, Jack & George coming back into the story for a short second.

-Kaldar is a sweetie.

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