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Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews
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The search is on for an artifact that may prove to be decisive in any war between the two rival factions of the Weird, Adrianglia and Louisiana. William Sandine is recruited by the Mirror (the Adrianglian secret service) to travel to the Mire (the part of the Edge located in the swamps of Louisiana) in order to locate the artifact and kill the leader of the Hand (the Mirror’s Louisianan counterpart). On the way, William joins forces with an Edger, Cerise Mars, whose family has also crossed paths with the deadly agents of the Hand, and the two must work together for the good of all three parallel worlds.

As usual, Andrews’ world building is excellent, the plot is action packed and the characters are engaging. Nevertheless, the romance is quite weak mainly due to the fact that Cerise and William have little to no chemistry.

Cerise wacky family is the highlight of the book. The Mars all live together in a dilapidated manor affectionately known as the Rathole. Each and every member has his or her own unique quirks whether it is Richard the staid and serious or Kaldar the charming thief, Aunt Petunia the mad scientist or Ignata the dedicated healer. Regardless, the love, loyalty and sacrifice that defines the family is tangible and it is impossible not to appreciate both their triumphs and their losses.

The plot is more convoluted than in the first book and it is sometimes difficult to keep track of the different threads, particularly in the beginning when the individual sub-plot are being established. Thankfully, it all comes together by the end and the climax and resolution make for exciting, if gory, reading.

In sum, Bayou Moon is an entertaining addition to the series and the authors are sticking with the Mar family for the next two books so I look forward to visiting with them again.
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Reading Progress

September 28, 2013 – Shelved
September 28, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
January 6, 2014 – Shelved as: paranormal-romance
January 12, 2014 – Started Reading
January 14, 2014 – Shelved as: wolf-shifter
January 14, 2014 – Shelved as: kick-ass-heroines
January 16, 2014 – Shelved as: tortured-hero
January 16, 2014 – Finished Reading
January 25, 2014 – Shelved as: southern-comfort
August 18, 2015 – Shelved as: prickly-heroine

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