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Guest reviewer: Jeannie
What it’s about:
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.
For this reader, Feverborn, the eighth of ten projected installments in Karen Marie Moning’s Fever Series, has been the most frustrating of the offerings thus far. The pacing seemed slow in many spots but the end came far too quickly. It’s Dani’s story arc but Mac seemed to dominate. There were so many delicious threads of plot and character revealed but not a glimmer of resolution. And then the gut punch of not one but two major cliffhangers. It’s the book equivalent of the best friend you occasionally want to strangle because of the torture their antics put you through.
Dani/Jada begins to reveal a bit of the soft center behind the armor of the icy warrior princess, and the horrors she faced silverside. There’s a beauty in the way her character evolves in Feverborn that has finally brought me to the Dani camp.
Ryoden does have a heart and when he finally shows it, it is a gorgeous, terrifying moment aching with vulnerability.
The Keltar are back and Christian’s struggle to maintain his identity and dedication to his family in the face of the Unseelie blood battling for his soul is one of the plot threads I love and the developments have made things even more complicated.
Lor. There is so much more to this member of The Nine than meets the eye. He’s one of the bright spots in a dark and dire situation.
Mac seems to be the main protagonist for much of this book. Her inner voice needs its own prescription of anti- depressants and the developments regarding her sister’s death leave me wondering whether two books will be enough to resolve it in a satisfying way.
Not enough Barrons. If he’s going to appear in the book give him his voice.
Too many secondary plots threads developing simultaneously. The narration jumps from thread to thread and none of them make much progress. Frankly, the book could have been a hundred pages longer to give the competing secondary threads a chance to more fully develop.
All in all, I love many things about Feverborn, and I strongly urge you to resist the urge to skim as some reviewers had suggested. I closed the book wishing that Feversong was being released next week – because Ms. Moning’s story telling was engaging as always. Be warned though that this book feels a bit stunted in comparison to the prior installments in the series – it needed to be longer and a bit more developed. There are the seeds of a fabulous finale for this series. I can’t wait to see it come to fruition.