Review: Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews

Posted 8 August, 2012 by Amanda / 19 Comments

Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews
(The Edge, #2)

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: paperback
Read: 7/2/2012 — 7/5/2012
In Six Words: Bayou Moon pushed through reading slump.


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Book Order

1. On the Edge
2. Bayou Moon
3. Fate’s Edge


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.
-from Goodreads

Why I Started Reading This Book and Final Verdict

I have been in somewhat of a fitful reading mood lately, which basically means that I don’t really know what I want to read, so rather than make a choice, I just don’t read.  I finally just picked this one up and forced myself to continue with it.  The first few chapters were tough for me to get through (because of me, not the book) but I ended up really loving this book and, yes, the whole series as well.

My Thoughts

I further retract any disappointment I had over this series not having the same main characters every book.  Cerise and William were a ton of fun, and I really enjoyed the way William was.  Because he is a changeling, he processes life a bit differently.  He is often ruled by his wild (wolf) side, and this makes him…interesting.  Almost more logical, like every emotional situation is a mathematical problem that must be analyzed and solved.  I love this kind of character.

Upon reflection, I find that Bayou Moon and On the Edge are both very similar books, but at the same time, they never feel that way.  The characters are unique enough, and the situations different enough that both of these books feel like their own story.  The characters’ basic qualities are very similar, though.  Bayou Moon features a strong-willed heroine, caring for her family and a hero on a mission who finds his mate almost by accident (or fate; whichever you prefer).  And it was perfect.

What does pique my interest here, and not necessarily in a good way (though not bad either), is that though the majority of the book was played out in the Edge, the characters end up in the Weird — just like On the Edge.  It seems like bit of a formula.  I believe I understand why, though.  It just gives me pause.

The bad guy is bad.  And insane.  Have you ever noticed how insane bad guys are infinitely more satisfying as bad guys?  And not insane like crazy, but insane in the sense that he thinks his ideas — whatever they are — are completely rational, and he believe that his actions, no matter how heinous, are completely legitimate and justified.  It is chilling, and I love it.

If you’re an Ilona Andrews fan, and you haven’t started this series, get to it now!  And if you’re a paranormal fan, this book (and series) would probably appeal to you as well.

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19 Responses to “Review: Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews”

  1. Yeah, it is a little formulaic but I think that’s why I like these books so much. The characters, however, are what keep me reading. And I do love a good insane-in-the-membrane bad guy. Very satisfying, indeed.

  2. I am the same way with reading slumps – just don’t read because I can’t decide. I’m glad this one got you through! I still haven’t read any Ilona Andrews yet, which I think is tragic.

  3. Sigh I feel like I should go hide in a corner at this point because I haven’t read anything by this author yet. I know Kelly and you have been on me to give her writing a try and I just keep putting it off.

    I’m glad to know that these books have different characters and that I could possibly read them out of order.

    Thanks for the great review. I’m glad you forced yourself through this one and I hope you get back into your reading groove soon. :)

      • Haha, and I was apparently so excited this morning that I couldn’t type: must not much xD

        Excellent! I was vaguely aware that the Edge series has different main characters in each book, which is interesting. That is something that I love about Ilona Andrews though is that their work breaks the typical patterns of urban fantasy so often. My review for On the Edge is coming out tomorrow and I might rave about the cool new magic system for a paragraph >.>

        • I make that must/much typo ALL THE TIME. And I can’t even blame it on excitement most of the time.

          I was not aware of the different characters in each book until after I read the first book and I was all woe! WOE! But then I read this book and everything was okay. Ilona Andrews really rocks it.

  4. I need to go back and finish this one Amanda! Like you, I was in a funk when I started initially and just couldn’t quite get into it as much as I wanted so I set it aside. Clearly, I need to give it another try now that I’m out of said funk and in a reading groove again. I do so adore Ilona Andrews:)

  5. I love the idea behind these books–that there’s the Weird, the Edge and the Broken–but I haven’t been able to enjoy them as much as I have the Kate Daniels books. Still, I have book three waiting for me. Maybe that will tip the scales.