Book Review → Bayou Moon

bayou moonTitle: Bayou Moon
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: The Edge
Publication Date: September 01st, 2010

Synopsis: 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.

Review: I was disappointed when I started this book and realized that it was not about Declan, Rose, the boys and their life in the Weird. Yes I know the series is titled ‘The Edge’ but no one warned beforehand that each book changed couples and I fell so in love with Declan and Rose in On the Edge that finding that out immediately after finishing their book was hard. All I wanted from Bayou Moon was their life in the Weird and to continue following their journey. It was a small consolation that they were at the end of the book, but not much.

I attempted to read another book but I was set on reading the next one in The Edge series so I started reading it and once I got a few chapters into it I really started to enjoy it. This one is about William and Cerise. We meet William in On the Edge, I wasn’t keen on him then and honestly he didn’t improve for me in this one. I don’t dislike him, but I’m not sold on him as a love interest or a hero. I really love Cerise, she’s an amazing female character. She is the head of her family, strong magically, a good swordsman, but she often second guesses herself. She’s had back luck in relationships and is struggling to get the family finances in the black, despite her best efforts to do so. Plus she’s extremely family oriented and loyal to them. At one point I thought that loyalty, from many members was one sided, but I was wrong about them and like I mentioned in my previous review, I’m big on non-romantic relationships and I love seeing strong family relationships shown.

In the end, I didn’t love this one like I did On the Edge, but I didn’t hate it either. It was enjoyable, for the most part. There were parts in the middle where it dragged a bit and I thought the book was never going to end, but then when things were happening it was GOOOOOD. I will be picking up Fate’s Edge soon, and then on to Steel’s Edge.

Stars: ★★★★
Recommendation: Yes, read it!

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