You all know I’m a huge fan of the Kate Daniels series. I’ve talked about those books several times here on the blog. I love the power couple Ilona Andrews so much that I plan to read all of the books and novellas that they’ve written (and will write in the future). Bayou Moon is a book in the Edge series and the sequel to On the Edge, which I read and loved a few weeks ago. I love that we can now watch out for books from two different series written by these wonderful authors. So glad I was able to grab a copy from Fully Booked for P315 after I called a couple of times to inquire about the book.
Here’s the summary from Ilona Andrews’ website, and you can even read an excerpt there:
The Edge lies between worlds, on the border between the Broken, where people shop at Wal-Mart 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.
William was a pretty interesting secondary character back in On the Edge so I think it’s great that he got to have his own story. At 447 pages, this one is a lot meatier that its predecessor. The first one focused more on the romance while this one is a little darker and a bit grittier. The worldbuilding is just as creative and I like how we’re presented with a different area of the Edge – the Mire. Clans fight in feuds to determine supremacy in a grim and swampy land where they have to eke out their living. Here’s an excerpt early on:
“That had to be the craziest thing he’d heard. At some point they must’ve looked around and said, “Hey, what do we have a shitload of?”
“Mud! It’s cold and wet. I know, let’s burn it!”
“Well, it ain’t good for nothing else.”
What the hell? He supposed if fish could have legs, then mud could burn. Spider or no Spider, if their cats started flying, he would be out of here like a rocket.”
As you can see, there’s plenty of wit and humor in the book. I love how William and Cerise banter and how they enjoy teasing each other. William spent most of his life as a soldier. Because of his nature as a changeling, he was trained from his early years to become a lethal fighting machine. As a result, he has to constantly keep himself in check. Also, he’s been lonely most of his life because he doesn’t have a family. Lo and behold, he meets Cerise and becomes tied up in her family’s business. The Mars are a pretty crazy bunch of people. As evidenced by the cover, Cerise is an excellent swordswoman. She fuses her magic with her sword so she has a unique fighting ability. She’s also smart and funny, definitely my kind of female protagonist! I had a lot of fun reading this book and even though it was pretty thick, the pages just flew by. As expected, there’s nonstop action and adventure for the two main characters. The story is layered with intrigue as William pursues his quest against the creepy spymaster of a rival nation. Spider is a pretty scary villain not just because he’s evil but because he believes he’s doing the best that he could to serve his country.
Another awesome urban fantasy novel from Ilona Andrews – espionage set in an interesting swampy landscape with broken but lovable main characters and distinct secondary characters in the form of the Mars – highly recommended to all fans of the genre. According to the authors’ blog, the next Edge book will be about Kaldar. I’m really looking forward to that because I loved Kaldar’s character in Bayou Moon. Most of you know I’m a fan of reprobates and thieves. 🙂