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Bone Driven (The Foundling Series) Paperback – August 6, 2019
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'Edwards creates amazing fantasy worlds that the reader becomes completely engrossed in' (Goodreads)
The bayou is burning, the battle is just beginning - and Luce Boudreau is smack in the middle of no-man's land . . .
Life as a cop in Canton Town, Mississippi, is never dull - particularly when hiding deep within you is a demon bent on the apocalypse. Luce is doing her best to pretend her two worlds aren't crashing into each other, but what should be a routine arson investigation takes a shocking turn when Luce discovers a link between the suspects and her own dark secrets. There's no turning back, even though her search for the truth threatens to burn her old life down around her.
Lines are being drawn in a war Luce barely understands, and she just might be on the wrong side of them. Now she must embrace her powerful destiny, or the ones she loves most will pay the ultimate price.
Book Two in the powerfully addictive fantasy series The Foundling, perfect for fans of Ilona Andrews, Jenn Stark and Helen Harper
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Hailey Edwards writes about questionable applications of otherwise perfectly good magic, the transformative power of love, the family you choose for yourself, and blowing stuff up. Not necessarily all at once. That could get messy. She lives in Alabama with her husband, their daughter, and a herd of dachshunds.
Visit her website at www.haileyedwards.net
- Publisher : Piatkus (August 6, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0349417075
- ISBN-13 : 978-0349417073
- Item Weight : 8.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 1 x 7.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,727,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You really should read this in order. This is the second in The Foundling series. Bayou Born is first. You could probably get by reading this as a stand alone but one of the nice things about Ms. Edwards is that she does not repeat herself. She will include some pertinent history as part of a description or conversation but does not cut and paste paragraphs from previous stories into the current one nor does she describe characters the same way in every book. I realize this saves time/effort for the writer but it is boring for the series reader. Another plus for Ms. Edwards.
Get out your chewing gum (save those fingernails!), keep your hankies close, and carve out some time because you won’t want to put this down. And preorder the next in the series because although this isn’t exactly a cliff hanger there is more to story.
Most of this book draaaaags until the action suddenly picks up in the last 30 pages or so. It reminds me of Harry Potter books when Voldemort was kind enough to wait until the end of each school year for a show down with Harry. I guess he still cared about the boy's education. Same here - too much time is spent on rather irrelevant tangents and on waiting around for War to strike... which she doesn't, it turns out.
I also found the twist at the end with a certain individual being possessed not entirely plausible. As unhinged as Famine is shown at the end of the book, there is NO WAY she could have played the part for so long without Luce suspecting at least something was amiss. Unless Luce is so self-absorbed that she doesn't notice people around her... which the author tries hard to show us ISN'T the case. So yeah, this particular twist would have benefited of some more foreshadowing, in my opinion.
Also, no matter now pissed off her partner is with her after the stunt she pulled in this book. He SHOULD have at least texted when everything happened in the end. Yes, she betrayed his trust, but a family tragedy like that would overweight that, if they really were the kind of friends they were depicted to be up until that point. That reaction was very out of character.
My biggest problem with this book is the budding relationship between Luce and Cole. No. Just no. Doesn't the author realize just how problematic this is? Even if Luce doesn't remember it, she is the abuser in this relationship. She is the rapist. We are glorifying an abusive relationship in which one of the parties has no choice, no freedom, no ability to say no. Cole is bound to her. He can't leave and start a new life. And if Contest ever return in all her abusive glory, he will be back to being a slave. The fact that this relationship is supposed to be romantic makes my skin crawl.
So if this relationship is end game, I have serious doubts about continuing this series... I'll give it one more book to decide.
Now, a new character arrives to shake things up. This character is Adam Wu, who when all is said and done, will apparently be Luce's new partner when she joins the FBI. Luce has so much on her plate. The attack on her father, and her best friend, the revelation of who she is, as well as the fact that she hasn't told anyone that she intends to leave the PD and join the FBI. But, before Luce can move on to her new career, a bizarre set of murders takes place.
These mysteries are so bizarre and shocking in nature, that she and her partner Detective Rixton must attempt to put the pieces together while Luce is being dogged by Adam who has his own agenda and way of doing things that conflict with Luce's very nature. While that is happening, her relationship with her coterie (Cole, Miller, Thomas, Portia, & Santiago) has grown. As her relationship with her coterie is growing, her partnership with Rixton slowly flames out due to secrets that Luce refuses to explain for fear of putting his family in harm's way. Too many people have already been hurt.
The best word to describe this story and the events that takes place is complicated. There is nothing easy. Not with her family. Not with Rixton and his, not with Adam, and especially not with Luce's feelings for Cole. There are so many questions still unanswered. How and why did Luce become? While her other sisters seem to be following her to this planet and maintain who they were, how did Luce not retain her original form? What happen when Luce opened the door to this world that made her so different from Famine, and especially War? And, when will Death make her grand entrance? I still want answers about Ezra, and now that Adam is here, there are so, so many more questions about him and what he truly is and what his obsession with Luce really means.
Actual Rating: 3.5
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A new player appears on the scene, a very intriguing member of the NSB (or secret supernatural section of theFBI to us) and engages with Luce in a fascinating way, to the point that I was constantly guessing at his motives and games. More background gets laid on Luce and her 'sisters' and we learn along with Luce herself as no-one around her seems to want to enlighten her as to just what is really going on. That leads to some misunderstandings but in the end Luce begins to realises that she has choices to make and sacrifices are sure to be a part of that.
I shed actual tears in parts of this book (that's beginning to be a trait of this author's books, thanks for that!!) and Luce really got into my heart. Truly a remarkable book, I loved every second of this and cannot wait for the next instalment, due out in December.
Luce while still in the dark on some things is now awake when it comes to who and what she once was and what is lurking underneath beneath this new skin of hers.
She is wholly determined to try and keep the evil alter-ego underneath leashed and contained.
She has also been recruited to work for the NSB a coalition aimed at containing the Charun threat.
So this one is of a much slower pace than its predecessor: it still has plenty of action but Bone Driven takes its time to build up the personal relationships especially that of Luce's coterie who are all nervously watching and waiting almost expecting Conquest herself to burst forth from Luce's skin at any given time.
They all to a man want Luce to stay but are not yet convinced that it is yet a given.
Also if you are looking for romance with this series this is still on the back-burner there are inklings of that finer emotion with the delicious Cole but this is as yet still primarily plot-driven and the emphasis is more on the unfolding upcoming battle.
There are also new players added to the pot here further mixing things up.
Luce's new partner Wu is a mystery who seems overly invested and fascinated by her much to the annoyance of cole.
He definitely has some sort of hidden agenda when it comes to Luce which was further compounded by that oh so interesting epilogue and the Ezra connection.
Just who and what is he? and while I am pondering that particular question another that is bugging me just what is Miller hiding beneath his skin I am so dying to discover the answer to this.
There are also new threats on the horizon and before Luce moves onto pastures new she and Rixton are up to there necks with a new local case.
The first book in this series had the slight edge for me but this was still bloody fantastic reading.
A slow start but the second half of this more than made up for that and that epilogue raised even more questions.
Do yourself a favour and pick-up book one this really is an addictive read that is fast becoming a firm favourite with me.
I love that Luce now knows who she is. The development of the relationships with her Coterie is fascinating. The storyline woven in with all that is just fabulous.
Dragons - demons what is not to love. How long do I have to wait till book three??? Pre ordering NOW! 🤓