Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Review: Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews
Bayou Moon is the second book in the Edge series by Ilona Andrews and an ACE Fantasy.
The Edge lies between worlds, on the border between the Broken, where people shop at Wal-Mart and magic is a fairy tale - 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 swath 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 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'd 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.
I really enjoyed Bayou Moon.
We met William in the first book, On the Edge, and he was a bit prickly - okay, unstable and angry - but interesting. I am so glad we found out more about him in Bayou Moon. I really like William and hope we see more of him in future installments.
Cerise has had a great deal of responsibility thrust upon her at a very young age - and now, with her parents missing - she has had to step up as the leader of her family. She is very smart - but in the Weird, magic is what sets a person apart - and Cerise has plenty of magic - lethal magic.
William is sent into the Weird to retrieve an artifact for The Mirror - Adrianglian Secret Service - and his mission leads him to Cerise and her family. William is not quite honest with Cerise about his mission - but he thinks that since they are working towards the same goal - he can get by without telling Cerise the whole truth.
What he didn't plan on was the attraction he feels for Cerise - or the attraction being returned.
I give Bayou Moon 4 out of 5 stars.