Funniest Scene: “William glanced at the hobo girl. She sat across from him, huddled in a clump. Her stench had gotten worse overnight, probably from the dampness. Another night like the last one, and he might snap and dunk her into that river just to clear the air.
She saw him looking. Dark eyes regarded him with slight scorn.
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.
The girl showed him her stained finger and reached toward him slowly, aiming for his face.
“No,” William said. “Bad hobo.”
The finger kept coming closer.
“You touch me, I’ll break it off.” (p. 41)
Cerise Mar and her clan live in the swamplands of the Edge called the Mire. It is located between two feuding nations in the Weird, where magic is an everyday aspect of life. When Cerise’s parents disappear all fingers point toward the re-ignition of the family feud between the Mar and the Sheeriles families which as been going on for 80-years. It looks like the Sheeriles received help from a deadly organization called the Hand.
William is a changeling soldier who has been recruited to find and destroy the leader of the Hand, a man named Spider. William has never known love. After being abandoned as an infant, raised in a military-like orphanage and adopted by a psychopath, he has no idea how to express his emotions as his attraction for Cerise surfaces. One thing he does know, is to catch a Spider he will need bait and Cerise is the perfect bait.
The husband and wife writing team of Ilona Andrews has written an excellent addition to the Edge series. Book one, On the Edge, introduced the magical world of the Weird, the technological world of the Broken and the land that lies between called the Edge. It also gave us a glimpse into William’s life. Bayou Moon builds on that information by picking up two years later with a lonely William longing for a family of his own.
William is an ideal character. He is a killing machine, but in many ways he is a little boy who just needs someone to wrap their arms around him and claim him. He is innocent to the ways of love and his inability to flirt made him extremely attractive to me. He would do anything for the woman in his life.
The heroine, Cerise, is a breath of fresh air. She is realistic, reliable and lonely in her own way. While she is surrounded by her family she has no one to just let go and be herself with. She has to put on a false facade in front of her clan because as leader she can show no weakness. Don’t let that fool you though, Cerise is a killer. Her cousin’s wife tries to clue William to the fact when she states Cerise will slice his neck and bury him in the mud.
The action which the Andrews team is known for fills the pages of Bayou Moon as well as danger, suspense and mystery. The book is flooded with magic: good and bad. Twisted magic, tormented souls and the light of love. The ups and downs of putting two people in a dangerous situation and asking them to find their happy ending. Bayou Moon is a keeper in my opinion.
Now I’ll just sit here waiting for the next book in the series. I’m hoping the next book in the series will be Lark’s story. (Lark is Cerise’s little sister.) Now that will be a book worth waiting for.
According to Amazon’s website Bayou Moon will be released Sept. 28, 2010, but it is already available for purchase online at Barnes and Noble’s website.