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Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews
Narrator: Renée Raudman
Series: Edge #2
Published by Tantor Audio on February 23, 2021
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 15 hours, 32 minutes
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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.
I continued on with rereading by listening to the Edge series. The first read was in paperback from the library almost 10 years ago. I remember William and again I am happy to have his book. He is such a sympathetic character for me. Nobody ever cared about him, at least he believes it.
William holds himself to such high standards and treats others well even when he has not been treated well. But he is not stupid and does not allow others to trick him. He meets Cerise Mar when she is in a terrible spot. Her parents gone and she is in charge. The enemy of my enemy is my friend? Well, they take a try at it. Trust is hard to build.
The crazy, sprawling Mar family has been held together with Cerise’s herculean efforts. The women in this series are always worked to the bone and fight to the death. They deserve their happiness in the end.
As always, there are battles and many wonderful characters, deaths and worry over favorite characters, and somehow humor and compassion.
I’ve now settled into Renee Raudman and her excellent narration. She has unique voices for the characters with a great talent for male and female voices. I was able to listen comfortably at my normal 1.5x speed.
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I think I’d love this series, I need to track down the first book. Thanks for sharing, Anne?
Everyone could love this series. Ilona Andrews is my favorite of favorites.
Love how you’ve described this, Anne. It sounds like such a creative series and love that it incorporates touches of humor with it.
Thank you Jennifer. It’s one of the things I love best is that even though some violent or horrific things happen, there is always such great humor, strength and compassion.
I’m reading book four now, but I’m pretty sure that William and Cerise’s story was my favorite.
I need to read book 4 but On the Edge was my favorite so far. Jack and George! Of course they are great every time they take the page.
Thank you Angela! It’s hard to know what to say when the books are all such high quality.
I do love this series. Wonderful review.
Thank you! I loved getting William’s story.