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This book picks-up right where ON THE EDGE left off, except this time the focus shifts to William who just so happens to be a wolf changeling—my favourite kind! We also get to meet Cerise Mar, a heroine who’s on the same level as Kate Daniels from Ilona Andrews’ other series, and I immediately adored her. I enjoyed this installment slightly more than the first, and I think that’s because I was a little more familiar with THE EDGE universe this time around. I didn’t have to pay as much attention to the world-building, although the Mire is an extremely weird place with its own set of magical rules, so there were still tons of new tidbits to take in. BAYOU MOON is another unmissable listen by this fabulous writer / narrator duo!
I’ve loved pretty much every protagonist that Andrews has thrown my way, and Cerise was no different. She’s even more backwoods than Rose from book 1 which was great because I really enjoyed that aspect of the first installment. Mar lives in an enchanted swamp where cats are green, fish have legs, and mud burns; after growing up in that kind of environment you can’t help but be a little off. I liked how badass Cerise is! There’s this one scene where she and William are in a bit of a pickle, and she’s like don’t interfere, I’ll take all of these baddies on myself, and does. Mar is as far from damsel in distress as you can get, and makes the sexy changeling work for it. A LOT.
The Mire is an awesomely bizarre place, and I thoroughly enjoyed discovering all of its quirks. It was doubly entertaining navigating this odd swamp through William’s eyes because he’s constantly baffled by the absurdity of it all which leads to countless comical WTF moments. There’s this little side thread about an eel that pops up throughout the story that’s laugh-out-loud hilarious. I seriously loved it! The weirdness of the locale also comes through nicely in the main plot with the feuding families, Spider and his minions, and the magic behind Cerise’s uncle’s infamous “box”. Rose, Declen, and the kids make cameo appearances in this novel, and there are several references to them throughout this tale which I appreciated, because I wasn’t quite ready to say good-bye to these amazing characters after only one installment.
I can always count on Renée Raudman to deliver a top notch audiobook with her superb narration skills, and knack for upping the ante on an already action packed tale. Originally, I used to think of her as “Kate Daniels”, but after listening to her for this series as well, for me she’s now become synonymous with Ilona Andrews’ writing. Her transitions between POVs and chapters are smooth, and she always seems to perfectly capture the emotions of any given scene. Raudman is definitely one of my auto-buy narrators.
BAYOU MOON is another epic listen by this fantastic duo (trio?), and I can’t wait to start FATE’S EDGE!
I love the Kate Daniels series, and this one has captured my interest as well. This is a paranormal romance set in another realm of existence that borders our own world, that only those beings of magic can survive. It's one of the most imaginative series that I've read, with creatures brutal and lovable alike. They must go to a war among their own kind, then battle an intruder out to steal a secret most of the family doesn't even know they posses. Renee Raudman does an excellent job of narration,bringing all the voices, mannerisms, and emotions of the characters to life.
Really great characters
Ms Raudman is a great narrator. Her voices bring the book to life
There are some books that you want stretch out because listening to them is such a pleasure. This was one of them.
It was nice to see a relationship between a man and woman that was not predicated on misunderstanding. I liked that the characters did not try to play games with each other, but spoke plainly of their feelings.
Fun, funky, and fantastical romantic suspense with the daring deeds fueled by magic, muscles, and science-fiction. It's told in third person, with the POV switching among characters, but primarily the story is seen through the eyes of the hero Willaim, a wolf-changeling, the heroine Cerise, a magical sword fighter, and the villain, Spider, a human of dubious bio-engineering. Spider has gills and lungs, for one example.
The narration is uneven. Mainly it's fine, but sometimes it's a little hard to understand, if the accent is too thick, and/or if the words and names are invented or rare. I had read the book in advance, so I had an advantage.
This is book 2 in The Edge series, and my favorite of the four books. I have read them all, and bought this Audible version because it was on sale.
Setting: The Edge is the strip of land that lies between two very different lands. On one side, The Weird, where magic is status quo, and the leaders and lawmakers are those with the most magic. It's a world of lords and ladies, butlers and balls, similar to Jane Austin's England.
On the other side of The Edge is The Broken, where it's business as usual, with Walmart and Starbucks on every corner.
In The Edge, the magic is weaker. Most of the people who live in The Edge are exiles from The Weird. One part of The Edge is swampland, called The Mire.
This story is set primarily in The Edge, at the swampy Mire, but also in The Weird and The Broken.
The thriller plot makes sense, especially what the scientist-researcher-physician tried to do with the red moss, called burial shroud. There are lots of weird humans and animals, transformed into killing machines by science and dark magic. Lots of bloody fight scenes throughout the book.
Characterization and relationship development was delightful. I sympathized deeply with lonely William, Lord Sandine, a wolf-human changeling. Glad he finally found a home with the deadly warrior Cerise Mar. Lots of laughs as William and Cerise spar with each other.
Enjoyed getting to know Cerise Mar's large family, living in the Mire at the large but humble stronghold they call The Rathole. It felt like a boisterous, deadly, but loving family. I liked William's dealings with young Gaston and little Lark (aka Sophie).
Great battle scene at the pond.
William jumped to conclusions towards the end, which bugged me, but I understand why he did it, given his life-long history of rejection, abandonment, and isolation.
It ends happily, and we see lots more of William and Cerise in book 3. They only get a mention in book 4.
I really wanted to like it because it was William's story but I found the heroine, Cerise really annoying. It seemed to take forever before things happened and when they finally did, the authors left you hanging. What happened to the bad guy and where did her family end up? I should have read the book and not wasted my credit.
The narrator was ok, some of the voices were really annoying.
The suspense and story telling in Bayou Moon makes it my favourite book of the Edge series, all of which are fantastic! Good narration!
This book has some unusual twists and an interesting storyline. The female lead well written and the book is very engaging. I can not wait to start the next one!
I especially liked the narration, but I am finding Andrews books a little on the slow side.
I would try one more, but not in this series. I didn't even finish this one and that is saying a lot for me.
Her accents are great. She really gives every character a distinct voice and her men sound convincing.
avid audiobook listener, sociopath, nerd.
I loved the first book in this series, The Edge. This one is very similar in the whole begrudging love plot, but the villains are more interesting and the action is a bit more exciting. I really enjoyed it, even if it was a little bit predictable. The narration could've been better.
This was alright but it's probably my least favorite of all the Andrews books I've read. I'd still rate it three and a half or four. I think it went on longer than it needed to. I like Sereise and William and I'd love to have more interaction between them and Deckland and Rose in the next book.
The narrator is the same throughout all these books and does a very nice job.