Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Review: Feverborn by Karen Marie Moning

Publication Date: 1/19/2016
Series: Fever #8
Rating:  4 Stars

Official Blurb:

In Karen Marie Moning’s latest installment of the epic #1 New York Times bestselling Fever series, the stakes have never been higher and the chemistry has never been hotter. Hurtling us into a realm of labyrinthine intrigue and consummate seduction, FEVERBORN is a riveting tale of ancient evil, lust, betrayal, forgiveness and the redemptive power of love.

When the immortal race of the Fae destroyed the ancient wall dividing the worlds of Man and Faery, the very fabric of the universe was damaged and now Earth is vanishing bit by bit. Only the long-lost Song of Making—a haunting, dangerous melody that is the source of all life itself—can save the planet.

But those who seek the mythic Song—Mac, Barrons, Ryodan and Jada—must contend with old wounds and new enemies, passions that burn hot and hunger for vengeance that runs deep. The challenges are many: The Keltar at war with nine immortals who’ve secretly ruled Dublin for eons, Mac and Jada hunted by the masses, the Seelie queen nowhere to be found, and the most powerful Unseelie prince in all creation determined to rule both Fae and Man. Now the task of solving the ancient riddle of the Song of Making falls to a band of deadly warriors divided among—and within—themselves.

Once a normal city possessing a touch of ancient magic, Dublin is now a treacherously magical city with only a touch of normal. And in those war-torn streets, Mac will come face to face with her most savage enemy yet: herself.

I know many fans of the Fever series haven’t exactly jumped on the bandwagon in the direction of the new books in the reawaken of this once completed series, but I haven’t been able to put them down.  Granted, I wasn’t exactly a fan of the first book which heavily featured Dani and her new alter ego Jada, but it was still a taste of the Barrons/Mac world.

Fast forward a year, Feverborn hits the shelves.  While it took me much longer than expected to work through my ARCs and my own novels to get to it, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  Mac is at the forefront again, and feistier than ever. She’s everything I expected her to be and more since her change at the end of the original series.   Barrons is his usual confusing and unconventionally romantic self, which I am glad to see didn’t change.  He’s one of the few characters that I have never been able to get a good foothold on their mental processes, and that’s a good thing. He remains unpredictable and unshakably loyal to Mac. All pluses in my book.   Add these two forces together and you get an explosion of passion, angst, and downright excitement.

The Dani/Jada mystery continues to unravel and an unlikely character will break your heart in regards to her situation. I want to know more about this story addition and to watch Jada continue to blossom and adapt to her new situation. Wrapped up in that section of the book is Ryodan.  I’ve always toed the dislike/like line with him as a character. He comes off as an asshole, but as his character develops, I revel in his able to just say it how it is and not sugar coat his wants.  He’s fast approaching one of my favorite characters in this series.

I could go on and on about the multiple layers of main and background characters in this novel, but I think you get the idea that things are progressing in the Fever world.  The cliffhanger ending, (Yes, you read that right, MAJOR CLIFFY AHEAD) will leave you speechless and starting a countdown until the next book arrives.  I think that while some may have perceived this book as an information drop to develop the later plot, I feel that Feverborn is laying the ground work for very tough storylines coming ahead.  The cliffhanger leaves so much to speculation as the fate of the word and there are still so many unanswered questions that must lie ahead.  I honestly cannot wait to see what comes next!

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