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Bayou Moon (The Edge #2)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  12,713 ratings  ·  873 reviews
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
Paperback, 447 pages
Published October 2010 by Penguin Berkley Ace (first published September 1st 2010)
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Jessica (Rabid Reads)
So here's the problem with Ilona rereads--I have a vague recollection of not liking this book as much as I usually like an Ilona book (still liked it, of course, but I think we've established that Ilona operates under a different set of standards), but I cannot, for the life of me, remember why . . .

Not much of a problem, I know (that's the point).

So we're back in the Edge. With William this time.<-----that's right, there's a POV change. FYI.

Two years have passed since we were last in the Ed
Robin (Bridge Four)
Buddy Read/reread beginning January 26 with all my fellow addicts at Ilona Andrews Addicts (IAA)

This is a private group but PM me if you want to join in on the fun.

Again I loved it even more the second time through. There are a few slow spots here and there but I loved

✔ The Hobo Queen
✔ Lord Leather Pants
✔ The Little Lark Monster *you break my heart*
✔ In-Laws worse than the Beverly Hill Billies
✔ Awesome Granny (I'm starting a fan club for all the awesome IA Grannies)
✔ VoUGMaS (Villains of Unusua
Kat Kennedy
It's hard to categorize how I felt about Bayou Moon.

On one hand I absolutely loved it. I loved the relationship between Cerise and William. I did adore Declan from On The Edge, but I loved William's vulnerability and dedication more. Reading and seeing William find his happily ever after was absolutely delightful.

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Also, werewolves are kind of awesome...

But between bouts of schizophrenic awesomeness were periods of meh. Let me try to explain. Most of this novel was just so great that
I had too-high hopes for Bayou Moon. That must be it, right?

I've been anticipating Moon since On the Edge. William's wolfy thought-processes are endearing, and he's just vulnerable enough without stepping into woe-is-me territory, even if he does think to himself one time too many that he's not worthy. He's earned at least that much, maintaining his humanity despite rearing as a child soldier at Hawk's Academy.

Female lead Cerise similarly bears up under pressure in the swamp as head of some two
Mrs. Badass
447 pages...woah. A Long book!

4 Stars this was a great read!

I can't classify The Edge Series. It isn't Urban, it isn't Paranormal. It isn't Romance.

I could try to classify this book as 'Swampy Magical Fantasy', but I doubt there are other books out there that would fit into this new category. I suppose I could agree with Gordon and say it is Rustic Fantasy. I think it suits this particular story anyway.

Ilona and Gordon have written a complex miasma filled with Political Intrigue, Fantastic M
There are a lot of things that I enjoyed about Bayou Moon. The world building was incredible. Ilona Andrews (and her husband Gordon) are a very imaginative duo. When they build a world, they fully immerse the reader in that world. Bayou Moon is a world of swamps, mud, strange creatures, eccentric characters, and magic.

Bayou Moon takes place two years after On the Edge. For those who have not read these books, The Edge is a place that exists as kind of a buffer zone between our world (The Broken
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
William's story lived up to my expectations. He is a very cool character that more or less stole the show from the hero in On the Edge. Not that Declan wasn't a perfectly good hero. Well, he was a bit more 'golden boy' than I like my heroes. But he worked for Rose. As for personal taste, I go with William!

What can I say? I like 'em edgy. I appreciated how the Andrews shaped Williams character and showed all his textures and layers. One would think that a changeling would be a pretty basic guy,
Anzu The Great Destroyer
Ilona Andrews has to be my between my most favorite authors because I’ve yet to read one of her books and rate it under four stars. I absolutely love this woman. No wait, let me rephrase. I absolutely love this team (since Mr. Gordon is helping with the books as well).

As you probably know, I am not a Romance chick. I actually can say that I kind of hate the Romance genre. I can count on one hand the total number of Romance books I actually liked. But The Edge, my friends… this is the way I like
Number two in the series and I enjoyed it every bit as much as number one although the main characters have changed. I am not usually a fan of werewolves but this one is very attractive and the girl he wants, Cerise, is a pretty amazing character too. Some great world building, fascinating creatures, an endlessly amazing extended family and a cute love story make this a very readable book. There is also quite a lot of fighting and blood and gore. But that's okay too. My only complaint would be t ...more
Lisa Kay
Louisiana Bayou, by artist Bettie Jean Bordelon

★★★½ This is one of those books that I’ll probably re-read in a year or two and LOVE. Right now it hasn’t been fitting my mood, causing me to take forever to read it. Maybe the labyrinthine twists and turns of the Louisiana Bayou are the perfect setting for the Byzantine-like world that is presented in this one, book #2 of The Edge series. I absolutely loved the first, On the Edge, which was a total surprise. I remember trying to pick up all the i
(Content: one sex scene, violence, lots of gruesome gore, minimal swearing, if any)

Of the four books in the series, I like Bayou Moon best, by far, mainly because I ADORE William the changeling wolf. (I wasn't all that crazy about William in book 1, where he was introduced.) Originally, I only gave Bayou Moon 4 stars, but I have boosted it to 5 because I keep going back to re-read it, in parts or whole. Each time I read it, the plot with the red burial shroud moss gets better.

Jo ★The Book Sloth★
Re-reading with the awesome IAA gang.


I think IA is gradually becoming my favorite author!! Once again I loved her book. William was... Well Meg Ryan can show you!


Cerise was a very likable heroine. She is smart, responsible, loyal and pretty. I like the fact that although IA gives her heroines sth to make them stand out she never makes them "THE SHIT", someone that is so unique that you have to take notice so it is natural for the hero t
Beanbag Love
Oct 06, 2010 Beanbag Love rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of both urban fantasy and PNR
I'm not sure how to describe this series. It's romance, but it feels like urban fantasy. And it's not urban. Far from it. The first in Andrews' "The Edge" series took place in a tiny, backwoods community and this one takes place in a swamp. Not much urban about that, is there?

So, after much thought, I've decided to call this series "contemporary fantasy". For now.

We met William in the first book of the series, "On the Edge" and I personally fell in love with him then. I was so thrilled to find o
I almost feel bad for giving it only 3 stars, but there were too many things about this book that I didn't love to raise it to a 4.

I'm a big fan of Ilona Andrews writing , how they come up with this original, twisted and amazing worlds is beyond me. What I don't love so much is how descriptive they can be. Don't get me wrong, I like descriptive stories, as long as I'm seeing things trough the charachters eyes and experiences, but this was not the case and I ended up completely overwhelmed by the
Wow, that was so much better than "On the Edge"!

While 'On the Edge' suffered from lack of focus with the story, it 100% excelled at complex world building! And... now that the stage has been set, so to speak... 'Bayou Moon' offers up a compelling story set almost exclusively in a dark, gritty (not too mention mucky!) section of the "the Edge" called the Mire.

Here, in this swampy expanse, we're introduced to a family known as the Mars who've been embroiled in a feud with another local family sinc
Buddy read with my crazy eye candy IA Addicts girls starting Jan 26, 2015.

Anyone else want to tag along?

Discussion thread for this BR (this is a private group, let me know if you need an invite!)
Faith Hunter
First book in this series for me. Picked it up in the middle. But sooooo good.
I adored this book! No complaints. THIS is why I read bestselling writers so often -- they know what they are doing, and they do it with style. Fantastic world, wonderful magic sytems, and I adore Lark.
January 2015 Re-read: I cannot believe I've never written a review for this.

But as I sit here and try to think of how to quantify my feels about this book with words... I kind of can understand why I have not.

I adored On the Edge. Declan and Rose were fantastic. George and Jack wormed their way into my heart and made me love them. The world - as to be expected from Ilona Andrews - was amazing, fun, and scary. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel getting away from them so completely. Sure, I'd m
Mandi Schreiner
Favorite Quote: Every handsome man had a flaw. It was just her luck that in William’s case that flaw was lunacy. The man was nuts.

Cerise Mar lives in the Edge. A place between the Broken – where you and I live and the Weird – where the people with magic live. The Edgers, as they are called, have some magic and are mostly poor and spend their time feuding with each other. Some from the Edge can cross into the Broken or the Weird, others who have too much magic, can not make the cross and spend th
Maria Snyder
I just loved this one! I listened to the audio - the reader is fantastic, just fantastic - she gives everyone their own twang. I also loved the interaction between the main protagonists, Cerise (sp?) and William. He's on a mission to kill this horrible dude named Spider and she's trying to protect and save her family. She can fight and is snarky and stubborn (sound familiar?). And he can fight, but has no idea how to woo a lady.

This is the second book in the Edge series and I'd recommend you sta
Sooo, her Kate Daniels series will always have my heart, but this was a good read. I'd say that it definitely should be classified as a ROMANTIC paranormal book that's written way better than the average romance with magical dudes.

I can't say I LOVED this as much as the previous one, just because the whole swamp "family feud" thing didn't really catch me, but the romance and the world are, as always, really well done, not cliched, and if you like Kenyon and Feehan and JD Ward you will like this

This one was a lot of fun! I was kind of griping about not getting more of Declan, Rose, George and Jack (the central characters from On the Edge), but I really enjoyed this book a lot. I had forgotten how much I liked William in the first book. It was fun getting to see him find the happiness that he so deserved.

Cerise was a great character. She walked that really fine line of giving her all for her family without being a martyr. She was resourceful, and through every obstacle, she mai
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
In the second book on Ilona Andrews "Edge" series, we focus on William Wolf, whom we meet in "On the Edge." As a Changeling William has never been shown much affection or kindness most people are afraid of him, sensing the lethal animal just insids his human skin. For this reason, he is asked to do one last mission before he is left alone in the Edge. This leads him to meet Cerise, an Edger and the newly made head of her large and crazy family now that her parents have been taken by the same man ...more
William, whom we met in the previous book, On the Edge is hanging out in his trailer, collecting action figures and generally brooding over his life. Until he finds a mysterious box on his front porch. It contains some disturbing information about an old, longstanding enemy of his from his days as a soldier.

In the Weird, where the magical blue bloods live, the Duchy of Louisiana is trying to start a war with the Adriaglians. The Louisianan's have a secret spy society known as The Hand led by Wi
Patti Loves FAB Romance
It's official: Bayou Moon is one of my favorite reads this year!

I have a confession to make. Sometimes when I read UF, I'm not always able to follow along with all the plot specifics. I get characters or their motivation confused, especially if there are similar names or the plot is too complicated. This book was beautifully penned - I feel like Bayou Moon was written specifically for me. The characters and settings were wonderfully and descriptively composed, I could see each character in my mi
Ilona Andrews books are just my favourite escapist reads. There is romance, but not too much romance (although the Edge books are a little heavier on it than the Kate Daniels series). The characters are kick-ass, but not without faults. There is gore and action, but it's nicely balanced out by witty banter, a humour that's exactly for me, great side characters and - in this case - interesting family dynamics.

After finishing On the Edge, I was looking forward to seeing what Andrews had in petto
Monty Cupcake
Something about Bayou Moon just didn't fully wow me. The first chapter, talking about William and his action figures was funny, but then it became quite confusing (and sometimes boring) between William's chapter, Cerise's chapter, and when they first meet. I had to reread both to figure it out and I'm still confused about how the Broken, the Mire, the Edge, and the Weird are all spaced out. Anyone got a map?

William & Cerise are both good characters, but I liked the Mar family best of all. As
Lani ⚔⚔  the Destroyer ⚔⚔
Reread January 2015.

I think I loved this book even more the second time around. I listened to it for my re-read and I think Renee Raudman is one of my favourite narrators.

We first met William in book 1 and I wasn't entirely sure of what to think of him. All I knew was he was a shifter that was a little strange. I loved getting into his head - he was so simplistic! Not in a stupid way but he was perplexed by humans and I loved his thought process. His bickering with Cerise in the beginning made m
From my second read July 2014...
I don't think my Andrews fan girl status is in jeopardy, I now own three copies of Bayou Moon : paperback, audible, and kindle. My second read was suppose to be in audio but I got wrapped up in the story and when my prime listening time was at an end I gobbled down the middle of the story on my kindle (which seems to be a weakness of mine, lucky the Whispersync combo was a good deal.) My original review is below, but in case you were wondering this was every bit a
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Warning – Do not start BAYOU MOON late at night or you will end up watching the sun rise and you won’t even care because it’s that good! Ilona Andrews books should all come with a Book Crack label that tells you right off how addictive they are. BAYOU MOON is lush and magical, with irresistibly damaged characters, settings so real you can taste the damp swamp air, and blistering hot romantic tension that left me breathless on more then one occ
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“William leaned forward and pointed at the river. “I don’t know why you rolled in spaghetti sauce,” he said in a confidential voice. “I don’t really care. But that water over there won’t hurt you. Try washing it off.”
She stuck her tongue out.
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Her eyes widened. She stared at him for a long moment. A little crazy spark lit up in her dark irises.
She raised her finger, licked it, and rubbed some dirt off her forehead.
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The girl showed him her stained finger and reached toward him slowly, aiming for his face.
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