Review: Feversong (Fever, #9) by Karen Marie Moning

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Review: Feversong (Fever, #9) by Karen Marie MoningFeversong (Fever, #9) by Karen Marie Moning
Published by Delacorte Press on January 17, 2017
Genres: Adult Fiction, Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook (539 pages)
Source: Library
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning returns with the epic conclusion to her pulse-pounding Fever series, where a world thrown into chaos grows more treacherous at every turn. As Mac, Barrons, Ryodan, and Jada struggle to restore control, enemies become allies, right and wrong cease to exist, and the lines between life and death, lust and love, disappear completely.

Black holes loom menacingly over Dublin, threatening to destroy the Earth. Yet the greatest danger is the one MacKayla Lane has unleashed from within: the Sinsar Dubh—a sentient book of unthinkable evil—has possessed her body and will stop at nothing in its insatiable quest for power.

The fate of Man and Fae rests on destroying the book and recovering the long-lost Song of Making, the sole magic that can repair the fragile fabric of the Earth. But to achieve these aims, sidhe-seers, the Nine, Seelie, and Unseelie must form unlikely alliances and make heart-wrenching choices. For Barrons and Jada, this means finding the Seelie Queen who alone can wield the mysterious song, negotiating with a lethal Unseelie prince hell-bent on ruling the Fae courts, and figuring out how to destroy the Sinsar Dubh while keeping Mac alive.

This time, there’s no gain without sacrifice, no pursuit without risk, no victory without irrevocable loss. In the battle for Mac’s soul, every decision exacts a tremendous price.

four-stars

Proceed With Caution:

This book contains death, murder, violence, gore, cannibalism, thoughts of suicide, and mentions of rape and toture.

The Basics:

Again, picking up exactly where the previous book left off, Feversong is now narrated by Mac, Jada, Dani, Aoibheal, and the Sinsar Dubh. Yes you need to read the previous eight books before picking this one up.

My Thoughts:

The ending of Feverborn was not, in fact, a fake cliffhanger. The Sinsar Dubh has come out to play. And by play, I mean wreak havoc on Dublin and kill anyone who gets in its way. Even though this evil book is too cocky for its own good and is not invincible like it suspects. That doesn’t stop it from causing as much damage as possible when it’s in go-mode.

I had conflicting emotions going into Feversong. The blurb says it’s the last book, but there’s obviously two more, so what in the world is going to happen!? Surely good will concur evil once again! However, there must be some loose ends for the series to continue. Obviously our main players must survive or else what is the point of more books?! Plus, no one ever stays dead anyway. I just didn’t know what direction it was all going to take.

Feversong is another 500 page book that feels twice as long. This is likely due to the fact that each section feels like its own contained book. It was almost as if the author had a checklist of plot threads that needed to be tied up and was marking them off as she went along. It was getting the point where I couldn’t remember if certain events happened earlier in this book or were part of a previous books. Thank goodness for note taking!

Despite those complaints, I did really enjoy Feversong, especially the final third or so. I loved watching the world come to an end. Yes, that sounds harsh, but everyone finally came together. They put aside all of their petty issues and did what they could to try to save as many humans as possible. It was all very bittersweet. Some sad moments were sprinkled throughout some happy ones. It was like the sunshine after a storm, except the storm has yet to come.

I actually would have been very happy with Feversong as an ending to the series. It wraps up most things very well and I absolutely loved that final, surprise, cliffhanger chapter! It’s been a theme of this series that dead things don’t stay dead and the Fae rules are not what they seem, so that was a very cool ending. But, it’s not the end! There’s at least two more books for my consumption, so let’s see where they take us!

Quotes from Feversong:

Everything in the universe made sense, if one gathered enough information and examined it properly. (page 61)

“One way or another, someone that can’t create will find a way to feel in control. Destruction feels like control.” (page 134)

“Failure is always new information, and those who are willing to suffer it repeatedly make it a steppingstone to success.” (page 382)

I know a truth: worrying doesn’t make tomorrow better; it only makes today worse. (page 424)

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