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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
Mass Market Paperback, 447 pages
Published October 2010 by Penguin Berkley Ace (first published September 1st 2010)
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Buddy reread with the Awesome IA Army Of Utter Awesomeness (aka the eye candy IA Addicts) starting Jan 19, 2016.

» And the moral of this reread is: reading any IA book will make all your troubles disappear.
» And the other moral of this reread is: hey, this book was my least favourite in the series, now it's my second least favourite! Woo hoo! (view spoiler)
» And the other, other moral of this reread is: why did I think the
Robin (Bridge Four)
Yes, I am reading this again....Yes, I just read this like 6 months ago....No, I am not sorry because WILLIAM

Ilona Andrews is just that author that everytime I reread a book I seem to enjoy it just as much if not more. Each read is like coming home to my favorite world full of magic and characters that I can't wait to spend time with.

Re-reading with all my fellow addicts at Ilona Andrews Addicts (IAA)

2nd Read

Buddy Read/reread beginning January 26 with all my fellow addicts at Ilona Andrews Addi
Apr 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Ilona Andrews books are the work of a solid writing team, and though I tend to avoid most paranormal romance, I thought it was time to give their Edge series a try. On the Edge went well, though it seemed a bit Kate Daniels Lite--milk chocolate version. Bayou Moon, on the other hand, is Kate Daniels Special Dark--dark chocolate version.

It begins with William, the wolf-shape changer from On the Edge. It's a couple years later and he's hanging in the Broken, working flooring jobs and drinking beer
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
In this second volume of THE EDGE series Ilona Andrews dives full-on into bayou urban fantasy realness. The Edge is a semi-magical border land between our normal world and an alternative version called the Weird, with kingdoms, swords and magic - both good and highly evil. Cerise Mar is part of the Mar clan, a powerful family in the Mire, a swampland in the Edge where family vendettas are a way of life.

When Cerise's parents disappear, it seems like it's part of the ongoing feud between the Mars
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
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
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was honestly worried before reading this book. You know those romance series that each book is about a character that we met somewhere in the first/previous book? I'm not a fan.

But well, I didn't need to. It's Ilona Andrews and she has yet to disappoint me. I really enjoyed this book, maybe not as much as On the Edge but still a lot. I'm interested in reading Kaldar's story. He sounds fun and cool. He's my favorite of Cerise's family.

I'm not a romance fan. Thankfully, Bayou Moon didn't focus
Jun 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Ilona Andrew fans
3.5 stars

Is there such a thing as a bad Ilona Andrews book?


This maybe wasn't my favorite, but, to me, these guys always write a quality story. Even if it isn't mind-blowing, it's still like chocolate to me. Is some chocolate better than other chocolate?
Yes, of course!
But any chocolate is still chocolate.
Delicious, delicious chocolate...


And that's how I felt about Bayou Moon. Not my favorite, but it filled my craving for an Ilona book.
If you've read the 1st Edge novel then you might
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
5 IA Can Do No Wrong Stars

Re-read with the awesome IAA gang.

I was sooooooooooo late for this. I barely finished before the 3rd book BR started BUT it was awesome so I regret nothing!xx


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
Kat Kennedy
Nov 24, 2010 rated it liked it
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
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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,
Jun 14, 2010 rated it liked it
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
1.) On the Edge ★★★★

Buddy Read with Ilona Andrews Addicts (IAA)!

I originally wanted to read these books, because while reading Sweep in Peace my friends kept telling me about the crossover of characters from this series. So once I finished On the Edge I was completely in love with Jack and George! But then I was like, "Where is Gaston and Lark/Sophie?" Well, in this installment of the series I got to finally learn about them! They both completely won me over, but man did Lark completely pull at
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Dear Ilona Andrews aka Ilona & Gordon!

What can I say? I love you and I am so happy you are there for us writing these awesome stories.

I became totally indifferent to the terrible covers (though this is not the worst by far - that title still goes to the otherwise wondrous series of Hidden Legacy). :)))))

Yours in gratitude and reverence,

Mrs. Badass
Jan 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Action lovers
Recommended to Orient by: Milda Page Runner
Uncertainty, Trap, Fantasy, Mystery,Adventure, Betrayal, Love. All these I once again found in I. Andrews book. And the main badass survived. Awesome! I think this story was more engaging than the first one. Though it started out slow, the authors fully drew me into the fascinating world of this book and led me through the story in a way that I didn't want to put the book down and I just wondered what the characters' next adventure will be.The world building really enchants with new creatures, n ...more
Jun 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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
Lisa Kay
Louisiana Bayou, by artist Bettie Jean Bordelon

★★★ 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
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Initial thoughts: Another Ilona Andrews book I thoroughly enjoyed!!! I liked this one better than the last Edge book, which I totally loved. Review to come.


Actual rating: 4 I-Always-Leave-IA-Books-Feeling-Happy stars. No story spoilers.

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I've read plenty of IA books at this point. I've yet to write a "real" review for one. I always end up gushing. SorryNotSorry. I love the way they write. It hits that booknerd happy spot inside me. You know exactly what I'm talking about. That spot deep i
(Contents: one fairly quick sex scene, violence, lots of gruesome gore, minimal swearing, if any)

Of the four books in the series, I like Bayou Moon best. 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. And I love William, aka Lord Bill, the secret agent changeling wolf.

CHARACTERS: William (aka Lord Bill) is a changeling wolf. His mother ga

08/02/2016 Buddy read with my fellow IA addicts over at IAA b/c they are hilarious and make this already fantastic series just more fun!

Cerise Mar is from The Edge, which lies between the Broken, a non-magic world, and the Weird, where magic rules. Her family is money poor but land rich, and has been in a life-long feud with the Sheerile family. Now Lagar Sheerile has claimed ownership of her grandparents house, and her mother and father has been taken by the Hand, spies who has no problem kill

Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I gave the first in the series 4 stars as well, but I think I actually prefer the second story in the series even though I didn't think I would do, as I wasn't convinced about William as the main love interest (this from his bit Part in the first book). However, it all turned out well!
What I like about this book, series and Ilona Andrews books in general, is that the romance is great but it never overwhelms a well thought out fantasy world and plot. This book actually saw an awful lot of violen
♔ Jaela ♊ Killer ⚔ QUEEN
I hate giving 3 stars to one of IA's books , but it was slow. It was very good, it had its funny moments, but something was lacking. I dunno.Maybe it's just me :/

"Are you rich?
Are you, by the way?”
“No,” William said.
“Well, one out of two isn’t bad. Rich and unmarried
would be perfect, married and poor would be two strikes out, nothing good there. Poor and
unmarried, I can work with that.

I can't deny that there were some steamy scenes...and heart-warming moments:

“I told you I was
February 2016 Re-read: Buddy read with IAA. I don't have a lot to add to what I said last year. I still skipped Spider's scenes, and I've actually taken to skipping most of the sex scenes (it's not this book, it's every book I read - especially if I've read them before). But I love William and Cerise.

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
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
If someone had asked him yesterday morning what hell looked like, he would've said he didn't know. He'd spent 24 hours in the swamp, and now he had an answer. Hell looked like the Mire.

This urban (more like rural) fantasy is set in a swamp. If you've ever been to southern Louisiana, you can feel the descriptions of the Mire. It's wet. Always wet. Don't bother trying to wear make-up, if you can get it to stick to your wet face in the first place, it will just come off. Don't bother trying to do
Maria Dimitrova
Yes! William's story! I felt so sorry for him while reading On the Edge. He really deserves a HEA of his own ^_^

It's time to explore another part of the Edge - the land between our world (the Broken) and it's magical mirror world (the Weird). And to meet the Weird's bad guys - the Dukedom of Louisiana. They're like the Nazi Germans of the magical world. Or maybe the Russians from before the end of the Cold War. And they use their part of the Edge like a Siberian prison. Basically they dump all o
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Milda Page Runner
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Milda by: Giedre
Complete opposite to the first book in the series this one is - dark, intense, bloody and brutal. It falls closer to urban fantasy traditional formula starting with the murders and the MC being hired to catch the bad guy. There is a romance and some humour but due to intensity of the main plotline they are pushed into a second plan, fast paced 'edge of the seat' sort of action dominating the story. Gloomy rainy and misty setting of Louisiana swamps filled with dark magic and creepy predators giv ...more
Maria Dimitrova
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fantasy

I liked William a lot in the first book. To be honest I liked him a hell of a lot more than I liked
Declan and I felt that Rose was making a mistake by choosing Lord Camarine. But now I'm happy for William because he got someone who suits him to a t. Cerise is smart, cunning, brave and loyal but most of all she loves and appreciates all of him.

This is my second read of Bayou Moon and I decided to go with the audio version. Renee Raundman does a superb job (as always) and it's pure bliss to list
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I liked this second book in the series. One thing I appreciate about Andrews' books is that these are women who don't need saving. They legitimately kick ass. (And sometimes the men are the ones that need it, like in this case!) I also love their descriptions of Georgia nature (you can tell they're really grounded in where they live). Finally, I like that they often acknowledge the realities of what it means to be poor - not something you read about in fantasy all that often. (They do almost ove ...more
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“The judge's massive eyebrows crept up. "Kaldar. Are you the one speaking for the plaintiff today?"
"Yes, Your Honor."
"Well, shit," Dobe said. "I guess you're familiar with the law. You hit it over the head, set its house on fire, and got its sister pregnant.”
“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.
“Maybe after you’re clean,” he said.
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.
Now what?
The girl showed him her stained finger and reached toward him slowly, aiming for his face.
“No,” William said. “Bad hobo.”
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