Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews
"Cerise Mar and her clan are cash poor but land rich, claiming a large swathe of the Mire, the Edge swamplands. When her parents vanish, her clan's long-time rivals are suspect. 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"
This is the second book in Ilona Andrews The Edge series. This is a husband and wife writing team that is best known for their Kate Daniels Series (which I LOVE, by the way. I highly recommend the Kate books to anyone who likes urban fantasy. It is one of my very favourites by far. I can't wait for Magic Slays, which comes out later this year.) But back to the book in hand. Bayou Moon follows William, who we are first introduced to in On the Edge, the first book in the series.These books take place in a place called the Edge, between The Broken (our world) and The Weird (the Fairy world where magic exists). The inhabitants of the Broken are a strange mix of exiles from the weird and those with little magic. Some Edgers can travel to either the Broken or the Weird or both. In this series we are slowly being drawn into a complex battle between two warring nations in the Weird who are using the Edge and it's inhabitants. Now, I confess that I didn't love On the Edge, it felt borderline bad romance novel. The threat of danger was never really there, and I never really worried for any of the characters. Bayou Moon goes much deeper. The book shifts focus onto different characters (and there are many). We even see the "bad guys" point of view. These changing perspectives, plus a story that went much much deeper than the romance between Cherise and William made Bayou Moon so much better than On the Edge. This was what I was looking for in an Ilona Andrews book! Bayou Moon sets up a new series in a way that On The Edge failed. Without giving anything away, there are so many characters who I'd love to see more of, and the threat of war in the Weird creating a wonderful tension and a real threat to the characters. The villains came alive in this book and it didn't resolve happily ever after. I'm actually looking forward to the next book in the series now.
4 out of 5
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Not reading anything right this minute
probably start Wolfsbane tonight