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