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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Review: Bayou Moon

Bayou MoonTitle: Bayou Moon
Author: Ilona Andrews
Page Count: 480 pages print length, 1232 KB ebook format
Publisher: Ace
Genre: paranormal romance
Copy for review was purchased by me

50 words or less:  Cerise Mar has more relatives than you can shake a stick at and works hard every day to keep the family ship afloat.  When her path crosses with that of William Wolf, a changeling soldier and allegedly-penniless Weird noble, a parade of spies, assassins, and a diabolical plot are all brought to her door.

Whew! Book the second in the Edge series was every bit as good as I'd been promised, with William Wolf finally getting his happily ever after (and a family- yay!) but the world of the Edge, the Weird, and the Broken becoming more creepy, magical and complex as well.

William is an excellent hero with a seriously crappy upbringing and history.  He's spent his whole life trying to find somewhere to fit in.  He thought he found that in the military in the Weird, but even that was taken away from him when he thought for himself and (admittedly) disobeyed orders, in order to save innocent lives.  We knew from the last book that creepy/evil Lord Casshorn adopted him in an attempt to use him as an assassin against his own best friend; betrayal and isolation are pretty much all William has known until now.

One of my favorite elements of this series so far is that in addition to being seriously kick-ass, the heroines in this story are also incredibly easy to relate to.  Their primary concern is keeping body and soul together and keeping the family boat afloat; relationships and dreams and ambitions all get left in the dust.  The world rests on Cerise's shoulders; one misstep and the lives of her entire family are forfeit.

I will say that the villains here-the magically modified spies of the Hand-are incredibly creepy, with their leader, Spider, leading the pack in every respect.  In grand dramatic style, there are twists at the end that set up conflicts in the next book nicely.  Although I haven't heard who the starring couple will be in the next book I'm definitely interested to see what happens next.  While the romance in the first book in this series definitely had a little more development than the one here, this was still a story that stood on its own.

Cerise and William are a couple that you can't help but like; their devotion to family, as dysfunctional as family can be sometimes, is admirable and keeps the plot rolling along and the reader engaged.  The next book in this series will be a nice post-Thanksgiving treat.

Overall Grade: A-
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