Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews
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.
This is the second book in in the Edge series. I talk about book 1 here. The characters in the first book are referred to, and it takes place in the same world but things are explained well enough that this book could stand alone.
In the first book, I liked William and I felt bad for him. He seemed like a nice guy, he just had a rotten childhood and all he wants is a family. I'm glad that he got his own book. Cerise is a great character as well. She has the responsibility of leading her very large family. She can kick some butt and William doesn't scare her.
Here is a quote from the book that I think sums up William and Cerise pretty well:
When she was a teenager, she used to imagine meeting a stranger. He would be from the Weird or the Broken, not from the Mire. He would be lethal and tough, so tough, he wouldn't be afraid of her. He would be funny. And he would be handsome. She'd gotten so good at imagining this mysterious man, she could almost picture his face.
William would kick his ass.
There is action, magic, and odd swamp creatures. The ending sets up for future books.
My Rating: *****
Steam Factor: !!!