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Re-read of the Month: Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews

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My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Do you have books that just call you back for another visit, long after you read them the first time? I do. Classics going back to Jane Eyre & Wuthering Heights, up through Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, and into many newer books, including a lot of recent Urban Fantasy. While looking for something to read at the hospital, as I waited long hours in my mother’s room, I decided to re-read Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews. I love all of their books, including the Kate Daniels series, but I was drawn to the stories from their Edge series, because it is such a remarkable world. And of the four Edge books, my hands-down favorite was Bayou Moon. I am happy to report that it was even better the second time around.

Bayou Moon features one of my very favorite urban fantasy characters, the remarkable William Wolf, a changeling handed over as a baby to be made into a killing machine by the powers that be. William is out of that business when the book opens, and living a lonely life, longing to belong to someone or some family, yet having no idea how to establish relationships of any kind. His journey is very funny–there’s a lot of humor in this book–and very touching at the same time. And of, course, the action is off the wall crazy. I was laughing as hard as I did the first time, and just as caught up in the battle against the evil villain, Spider–always a good name for a villain, right?–and his genetically modified henchmen.

If you have never read any of these books, do yourself a favor, Urban Fantasy Fans, and pick up the first one, On the Edge. Read them in order, even though they could stand alone. You’ll have a much better feel for the world-building if you do.  Bayou Moon is the second in the series, and while all are really good, this one is a standout.

Bayou Moon (A Novel of the Edge)

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2 thoughts on “Re-read of the Month: Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews

  1. This isn’t really relevant to this post, but….

    I finally bit the bullet and bought a kindle, mostly because I’ve stockpiled enough free ebooks that I want to read that it felt worthwhile. I know that you spend quite a bit of time looking at the free lists. Would you consider posting when you find quality fiction that’s worth downloading free on Amazon? Or maybe you already read another blog that does that?

    I know it’s a bit tough since you have to download the freebie and read it in time to alert us while it’s still free. But it would be a real asset!

    (I hope your mother is doing better!)

    • Hi, Anna. I would definitely be glad to try to find a way of doing that, though it might take some thought. In the meantime, I will post links to two free/cheap book newsletters I get daily. You can tell them which genres you are interested in, and they will send daily notices of books that are cheap and/or free. I have found a lot of good stuff that way.

      Sadly, just as I got to the home to visit mother today, they were calling an ambulance to take her to the ER. She was having chest pains and they had to run some tests to see why. I’m back home now, but they will be calling later to let me know if they are keeping her, or transporting her back to the home. She was stable when I left, but she is just getting weaker and weaker. Therefore, I haven’t been home to do much of anything, and I’m way behind on posts. So I’m making a note to myself about your idea. I will figure out something when I have time to breathe again.

      And congratulations on the Kindle. I love my Paperwhite so much, it is ridiculous. I still buy print books, especially when it’s a series I’m collecting, or when I love the cover, but I have over 500 books on my Kindle that I would certainly not have room for in my library. And I love the features…like controlling fonts and size of text, and being able to pull up a definition just by holding my finger over a word. There are loads of pluses to them, though I’ll probably never give up print. I’m looking for the best of both worlds. :) Hope you enjoy yours!

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