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 suspects 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.
Spend some more time on The Edge.
©2010 Ilona Andrews (P)2010 Tantor
A trilogy. Say it in three. Done.
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.
Wife to sometimes neglected husband (due to listening to audiobooks) and mother to adult children. I am a relatively recent avid reader/listener, only really starting to read for pleasure a few years ago but now am thoroughly addicted.
I really enjoyed book1 but the chemistry between Cherise and William in book 2 was even better than Rose and Declan in book 1. It may have had to do with William being a wolf changeling and all the complications that come with it but the entire storyline was even more interesting in this book than the first, which was also very good.
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.
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.
I was happy to see that William is in this one. I did sympathize with him in the first book and its satisfying to see him find romance. His emotional torment and struggles to overcome his abusive childhood are covered here without making him seem pathetic but strong and worthy of happiness and love.
Cerise is a true heroine and perfect for William as they battle truly monstrous enemies. Some are really creepy.
Renee Raudman was easy to listen to with the only drawback for me was the voice of Spider. Hearing her interpretation made me think of a fairy tale witch or a very old woman instead of a powerful, evil man. Other than that its a great listen.
Bayou Moon continues the partnership of Ilona Andrews and Renee Raudman in showing how the right narrator improves the story. The book is great on its own -- strong leads and secondary characters, action, and intelligent world-building - but Ms. Raudman brings out the subtle humor that is hard to hear when "listening" to the voices as you read.
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