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I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Feverborn (Fever, #8) by Karen Marie Moning
Published by Delacorte Press on January 19, 2016
Genres: Adult Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Format: eBook (512 pages)
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In Karen Marie Moning’s latest installment of the epic Fever series, Mac, Barrons, Ryodan, and Jada are back—and the stakes have never been higher or the chemistry 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 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 life itself—can save the planet.
But those who seek the mythic song 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 on those war-torn streets, Mac will come face-to-face with her most savage enemy yet: herself.
Proceed With Caution:
This book contains death, gore, violence, and mentions of rape and torture.
This is the eighth book of the Fever series, and yes you need to read the previous seven first. Our narrators are Mac, Christian, Papa Roach, Jada, Lor, and Aoibheal. It’s mostly Mac and Jada though. It picks up immediately after the end of Burned.
Feverborn confirms my feeling that Burned was a lost opportunity when it came to Dani and Jada. Jada has more POV chapters this time and there’s a lot more to her than we were lead to believe previously. She is a fascinating character and was completely wasted in the previous book. I would have much rather read about Dani being trapped in the Silvers and Jada training up sidhe-seers and fighting her way to Dublin than Mac’s voyeuristic tendencies (although also interesting).
Speaking of interesting characters, Christian is really growing on me now that he has a coherent POV. He’s no longer half-crazed from changing into an Unseelie prince and he’s no longer being tortured. Now he just might be Mac and Ryodan’s greatest ally. He kind of disappears though as Mac and Jada take over the majority of the narration. I’m hoping he becomes more important and gets more pages that actually add to the overall story.
Much like with the previous book, Feverborn keeps piling on more and more issues for Mac. This was another case of dead things not staying dead and I was actually pretty annoyed with it. It should have been emotional and shocking, but it was just another “again?!” moment. More questions, no answers, and I find that I don’t care about the answer to this one. It felt like a forced trauma that can potentially have a happy ending. If this ever ends.
In the end, I liked parts of Feverborn a lot, but then a lot of things annoyed the heck out me. Especially that final chapter. It again ends with a “who cares?!” moment regarding a character that no one cares about, because we don’t know them at all. And there’s a cliffhanger regarding Mac which is quite interesting and was a long-time coming. I’m interested to see how she gets out of that one. Assuming this wasn’t another red herring.
Quotes from Feverborn:
What we achieve at our best moment doesn’t say much about who we are. It all boils down to what we become at our worst moment. (page 8)
Women were not blinded by passion. They were clarified by it. (page 294)
She knew a thing about human monsters: they were often the worst kind. (page 304)