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.
The second book in Hailey Edwards Foundling series picks up right where the first book, Bayou Born, left readers hanging. Luce has just discovered who she is and where she comes from, and most importantly, who the mysterious men of White Horse security are to her. It’s a terrible revelation for a woman who has always felt different, but has made a comfortable home with her adoptive father and close group of friends and has a career that is quite important to her. Finding out you are literally a demon come to conquer the world is a bit messy, but Luce is determined to hold on to herself and not let her alter ego, Conquest, take over. Cleaning up the mess her sister, War, made of her home and her life will take some time. She also has to figure out a way to let her partner Rixton in on the fact that she is leaving the police force, and him, behind. In the midst of all this she and Rixton are called out to investigate a series of fires at several different locations. There seem to be some similarities and Luce is determined to find out if her murderous family members are responsible.
Bone Driven is exactly what I expected in some ways, and completely fresh in others. While the first book set up the world-building and introduced readers to Luce and all the secondary characters that surround her, it wasn’t until the very end that the many, many loose plot threads started to weave together and reveal Luce’s background and identity. I was surprised and excited and couldn’t wait to find out more. The second book feels like more a of bridge between Luce’s life before and the one she is about to embark upon with her Coterie and the NSB. She is still processing the information of who she was before, and trying to rationalize that with who she knows herself to be. She’s loving, and feels deeply for her chosen family and friends. She is a loyal and protective. Luce struggles with connecting with the men who have come over with her as Conquest, but who also hope she will stay Luce. She is just starting to understand what her relationship with Thom, Santiago, Miller, and even Cole, means to each man. There is a lot of painful history between each of them, but she hopes to reestablish herself with them as a friend and protector.
All through out this book Luce has to hide her newfound identity from the members of her old life. Her dad, Rixton, Nancy and Harold can’t know that of Luce’s demon side and that, Adam Wu, the man she’s suddenly hanging around with is actually her new partner. Ms. Edwards continues to develop her characters, dropping hints of their backstory and letting their relationships change and grow. Luce slowly starts to accept that her life is changing, and that she needs to embrace her new associations in order to keep her loved ones safe.
Luce and Cole’s relationship is steadily evolving and I have hope that they will one day get to a place where they can be together. I know that Luce as Conquest was an evil being who did horrible things, but I think she is establishing that she is not the same person that she was before.
Adam Wu is an enigma, and his connection to the mysterious Ezra, revealed at the very end of the book, has me excited for what is coming up next. I’m sure that book three will jump right into the next chapter in Luce’s life and her association with what amounts to the supernatural FBI. I can’t wait. Final Grade- B
The two halves of me kept brushing up against each other these days, and the friction was brutal.