Sunday, May 29, 2016

Tori Review - "Feverborn" by Karen M. Moning

 

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Another Tori-Review for you today!!! Enjoy!



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Title: Feverborn
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publication: January 19, 2016
Pages: 436

Summary: 

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.





When I realized that the next book in The Fever series was due out in early 2016, I wavered back and forth on whether I should read them all again. Mind you, I read them all LAST year when Burned was released. But I had two very distinct voices in my head each time I tried to cool my bookworm jets:

“Och lass, doona be thinking you can get away that easy. You can’t say no to a MacKeltar.” This from one Dageus MacKeltar on the follies of trying to deny myself the pleasure of his company.

“Try.” As we all know, Jericho Barrons packs one heck of a one-word punch. Challenge? Warning? Take your pick. The message is clear just the same. 

So I would love to say that I am, indeed, NOT a fruitcake and managed to refrain from letting fictional characters push me around. But alas, I am weak when confronted with sexy highlander druids and equally sexy/dangerous basically immortal men/beasts…okay, I’m just gonna stop myself there. You get the picture. I caved. I ended up devouring all 8 books in the Highlander series (2 of which I ended up kicking myself for having never read before), AND all 7 books in the Fever series.

On a teeny tiny side note, you do not HAVE to read all of the Highlander series before reading the Fever series. However, Moning began expertly setting up her Fae world long before the first pages of Darkfever. All of the characters from book 4, Kiss of the Highlander, through book 8 end up coming back and being vital pieces of the Feververse. So my advice would be to start with those. Don’t complain. They are wonderful. 

Now after my long-winded intro, on to my review of Feverborn. I think I’m just going to have to break this up into bits and pieces because there are a LOT of interwoven stories going on…so just try and stick with me.

Mac and Barrons: The dynamic between these two has not changed and for that, I am quite glad. Barrons is always going to be Barrons. Hot. Savage. Dangerous. Protective. He’s my constant in the Fever world. Mac, on the other hand, seems to be slowly regaining that wonderfully badass side to her that I was completely enthralled by in Shadowfever. Congratulations, Ms. Lane.

Dani/Jada and Ryodan: The highlight of Feverborn to me was Jada. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about losing the Mega’s POV and having to accept Jada for who she is now. Like many others, I was angry that I had to so abruptly say goodbye to the cocky and endearing Dani to make way for what seemed like an entirely new character. I took that frustration out on Jada initially. So sue me. But eventually, I accepted that Dani IS Jada. She just had to change. It was five years of hell for her and just a few short weeks for the rest of us. Whiplash of epic proportions.

I also love the Jada/Ryodan dynamic. Everyone saw it coming. The pair to rival Mac and Barrons. I get goosies just thinking about it. Trust me, you won’t want to miss the steam coming off these two.

Lor:
All I can say is MORE! Okay, so I can say a lot more that that. But who doesn’t love this new protective side of Lor? Finding out just how much he cared for Dani in Burned made me fall hard for his character. Not to mention the fact that he is one of the few that welcomes Jada home wholeheartedly. He doesn’t care who she is now…just that she’s home.

Christian: The new Christian certainly intrigues me, what with the whole Unseelie Prince/Death aspect he’s got going on now. But, as much as I hate to say it, I miss the sweet Highlander that he was in the beginning. Alas, nothing stays the same in the Feververse.

There are many more characters I could ramble on about, but I’ll just let you go take a peek for yourself.

Now, on to my annoyance with a certain plot twist. I’ve got mixed feelings about this twist in particular as it involves the reappearance of an old character. I feel like Moning can do better. She can expertly weave intrigue and drama within a story. I’ve seen her do it again and again. But this…just left me feeling kind of meh…sigh, I will reveal no spoilers.

4 quills to Feverborn! I am crossing my fingers that KMM can hit a 5 quill homerun with the 9th book which is due out in January 2017. Looks like I’ve got yet another loooong year of waiting ahead of me. Thus is the life of a book lover.

Until then, happy reading!

Tori


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