Bayou Moon (The Edge, Book 2)
by Ilona Andrews
Cover Artist: Victoria Vebiel
Review by Sherin Nicole
Ace Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780441019458
Date: 28 September 2010 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
This second novel Of The Edge, and more specifically the mutant filled world of the Mire, solidifies the sub-genre of romantic urban fantasy superbly. The high notes of both UF and romance sing and zing their way through a rockin' storyline--continuing to deliver all the way through five acts.
William Wolf, the shaping shifting soldier from On the Edge (The Edge, Book 1), has decided to make his home in the borderlands between the magical and technological worlds. In book one, he lost the battle for the heart of a special woman and he doesn't believe anyone else will be crazy enough to love him--at heart he is a wild animal, one trained to kill.
When the Mirror, a kind of CIA from of the magical world, comes calling William refuses them. He wants nothing to do with the spy mission they offer. Not until he learns his life long nemesis, Spider, is involved. The Mirror doesn't mind if Spider becomes a casualty and William wants revenge.
Meanwhile, down in Louisiana's borderland swap--the Mire--Cerise Mar learns her parents have been kidnapped by Spider and his counter Mirror faction, The Hand. Her grandfather was a scientist exiled from their world and The Hand needs his research to build a super weapon. Making matters worse, her grandfather's property has been turned over to the family Cerise's family has feuded with for the last eighty years. First, she must find the deeds to her grandfather's land to retake it. Second, she'll hunt down the Hand and retrieve her parents.
William and Cerise meet by chance. They are both undercover and end up sharing a boat ride, where Cerise's guise of hobo stink offends William's sensitive sense of smell. He ends up dunking her in the swamp and their battle of wills kicks off. Neither wants to reveal their true purpose but as mutated enemies amass their survival becomes questionable and their missions intertwine--as do their hearts. Still, there are enough lies between them and battles ahead of them to give the reader heart palpitations.
Bayou Moon is a good time. A key element is a family feud storied and bloody enough to make the Hatfields and McCoys sound like teens in a food fight. Cerise's family is filled with characters, possessing a stunning and imaginative array of talents. The mutant assassins, hunters and scouts of The Hand match up with them nicely. The action is real enough to make you wince when a favorite character is wounded (or dies); the romance, also real, is humorous and poignant.
William and Cerise are likable characters. You find yourself cheering them on even when they do something silly. Spider is a formidable enemy; one you’d like to see drawn and quartered but just won’t go away.
If you like your urban fantasy with a strong edge (forgive the pun) of romance, Bayou Moon will leave you breathless.