Just finished reading . . . Bayou Moon

October 12, 2010 at 5:00 am 19 comments

Bayou Moon (The Edge series, book 2) by Ilona Andrews

Bayou MoonCerise 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.

When I realized that William, who appeared in book 1, On the Edge, would be Bayou Moon’s hero, I was a little concerned. In OtE, he came across as a bit smarmy, trying a little too hard to deliver the cheesy pick up lines to the heroine, Rose. Of course, he lost out to Declan for Rose’s affections, and we find him opening Bayou Moon sitting in his trailer playing with action figures. Huh?

Yeah.

And, in the end, I enjoyed Bayou Moon a lot. Cerise was an awesome heroine. She was strong, but relateable. And, in the trademark Ilona Andrews’ style, the secondary characters were quirky and entertaining.  The story line and events were about the darkest I’ve read by IA, in either of her series. Yet, the sometimes gruesome events fit the fantastical world of the Edge. So, in a nutshell the book mostly rocked.

Though, I did have one quibble. Toward the end of the book, there were some lack of communication issues between Cerise and William that made me a little frustrated. It felt a little artificial, injecting an unnecessary conflict that didn’t feel consistent with their characters, or their relationship.

Now that I’ve got all that out of the way, let me get back to William, because I think that he is now my favorite hero of 2010.

Really, he is one of those heroes I kept thinking about both when I had to put the book down for pesky real life stuff like work and chores, and after I finished the book. He just stuck with me.

I think what really got to me was how he had all the elements that make a great hero.

Alpha shifter who can kick ass and take names? Check.
Tragic past that he’s dealing with? Check.
An admiration for strong heroines who can kick ass and take names? Check.

And, the clincher that really got me was his vulnerability. William had this need in him (but, not a needy need, if you know what I mean) to belong. To belong to Cerise, and for her to belong to him. To belong to a pack, which Cerise’s family, in all their dysfunction, filled the bill perfectly. To claim and be claimed. It was so true to who he was, where he came from, and his past experiences. And, (miracle of miracles for alpha heroes) he was self-aware enough to realize this and accept it about himself.

I found myself wanting these things for him so much, and that is why he resonnated with me so strongly. And, even in his vulnerability, there was a strength. The strength of a survivor. He endured so much, and yet still was able to open himself to Cerise.

Awesome quote:

“What if I run?”
He leaned forward. “That would be a mistake, because I would chase you.”
Oh dear Gods.
His voice was wistful & tinted with an odd longing, as if he were already running through the dark woods in his mind. The tiny hairs on the back of Cerise’s neck rose. Whatever she did, she couldn’t run, because he would love to chase her & she wasn’t quite sure what would happen at the end of that chase. By the way he looked, he wasn’t quite sure either, but he was pretty sure he would enjoy it.

Great stuff.

I received this book from the
publisher for review purposes.

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19 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mandi  |  October 12, 2010 at 5:11 am

    I found myself wanting these things for him so much, and that is why he resonnated with me so strongly.

    Yes..that is perfect. I love how you put that.

    I loved this book…their world building and all of their characters are just so well done. 🙂

    Reply
    • 2. Renee  |  October 12, 2010 at 7:04 am

      Thanks! 🙂

      Yes! Oh, I forgot to say that in the end, it made so much heartbreaking sense WHY he’d used those cheesy lines.

      The family totally cracked me up!

      Reply
  • 3. ~ames~  |  October 12, 2010 at 5:40 am

    Ok, nath lent me the first book and I haven’t picked it up yet. After reading your review, I definitely want to read these books now!

    Reply
    • 4. Renee  |  October 12, 2010 at 7:14 am

      I’m really enjoying this series, and I think I liked this one even better than The Edge.

      Enjoy, Ames! 🙂

      Reply
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  • 6. Kati  |  October 12, 2010 at 6:58 am

    Hey honey! Wanted to let you know, you won a book on my blog. Shoot me an email w/your mailing addy and I’ll send it this week!

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    • 7. Renee  |  October 12, 2010 at 7:14 am

      W00t! Thanks, Kati! ::runs to Katidom::

      Reply
  • 8. Hilcia Suarez  |  October 12, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    I really enjoyed The Edge and frankly I felt sorry for William in that story. So I’ve been looking forward to this book. I’m glad you were able to get past your niggles and enjoyed it. I finally bought and can’t wait to read it.

    Reply
    • 9. Renee  |  October 13, 2010 at 9:07 am

      It did leave me wanting to go reread The Edge, just to get more of him, esp now knowing what I know. I’m sure that The Edge was more balanced than that (I remembered liking how connected he felt to Rose’s brothers), but his smarminess was what I remembered most about him after all this time.

      Hope you enjoy it!

      Reply
  • 10. Chris  |  October 12, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    *waves weakly*
    Is it Friday yet?

    Reply
    • 11. Renee  |  October 13, 2010 at 9:08 am

      Hey, you! ::waves back::

      Hard to believe it’s only Wednesday, isn’t it?

      Reply
  • 12. bookdaze  |  October 13, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Agree with your whole review – enjoyed this one very much. Loved the Mar family.

    Did you hear that Kaldar will be the hero of the next book? Can’t wait.

    Also, did you spot the reference to the Alphas, which is the new series they have sold? That made me smile.

    Li

    Reply
    • 13. Renee  |  October 13, 2010 at 2:39 pm

      I was so hoping he’d be the one for the next book!

      Alphas? Really? Do tell!

      Reply
  • 15. Tracy  |  October 13, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    I really liked book 1 in this series so hopefully I’ll like book 2 just as much. Sounds good – besides the niggle you had. 🙂

    Reply
    • 16. Renee  |  October 13, 2010 at 9:02 pm

      Tracy!!
      It really is a great story. Enjoy! 🙂

      Reply
  • 17. orannia  |  October 13, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    I liked On the Edge, but I’m not sure if I liked it enough to read Bayou Moon (I prefer the Kate Daniels series 🙂 But…I liked William 🙂

    Reply
  • 18. nath  |  October 14, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    I thought Bayou Moon was much better than On The Edge, but still not perfect. I have a quibble with the last 1/5 of the book. Ah well.

    William’s character makes much more sense after reading Bayou Moon and it really makes you go awwww.

    I’m glad Kaldar is the hero of the next book 😛

    Reply
  • 19. Leslie  |  October 14, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    “An admiration for strong heroines who can kick ass and take names? Check.”

    Yes – loved that he was impressed by her abilities rather than threatened by them.

    Yeah for Kaldar – liked him and Richard too. Hope he gets a book.

    Reply

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