Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking those links, I will receive a small commission from the sale at no extra cost to you.High Voltage (Fever, #10) by Karen Marie Moning
Published by Delacorte Press on March 6, 2018
Genres: Adult Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Format: Hardcover (479 pages)
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There is no action without consequence…
Dani O’Malley was nine years old when the delusional, sadistic Rowena transformed her into a ruthless killer. Years later, she’s tough, hardened, yet achingly vulnerable and fiercely compassionate, living alone by her own exacting code. Despite the scars on her body, driven by deeper ones carved into her soul, no one is more committed to protecting Dublin. By day, she ensures the safety of those she rescues, by night she hunts evil, dispensing justice swiftly and without mercy, determined to give those she cares for the peace she has never known.
There is no power without price…
When the Faerie Queen used the dangerously powerful Song of Making to heal the world from the damage done by the Hoar Frost King, catastrophic magic seeped deep into the earth, giving rise to horrifying, unforeseen consequences–and now deadly enemies plot in the darkness, preparing to enslave the human race and unleash an ancient reign of hell on Earth.
There is no future without sacrifice…
With the lethal, immortal Ryodan at her side, armed with the epic Sword of Light, Dani once again battles to save the world but her past comes back to haunt her with a vengeance, demanding an unspeakable price for the power she needs to save the human race and no one—not even Ryodan who’d move the very stars for her—can save her this time…
Proceed With Caution:
This book contains attempted rape, child abuse, murder, violence, death, gore, and mentions of suicide.
High Voltage is the tenth book of the Fever series, following what should have been the final book. It starts more than two years after the end of Feversong, and is narrated by Dani, with a handful of chapters from Kat and Papa Roach.
High Voltage felt very different from the previous books in the series, which makes sense, since it’s kind of a new start. The Song of Making may have saved the world from impending doom, but it wasn’t without some unintended side effects. The Unseelie may be gone, and the Seelie are mostly in Faery fighting against their new ruler, but the old gods have risen from their slumber and don’t plan on being laid back to rest.
While bringing gods into the world was kind of interesting, it was also just a bit much. It’s not like there wasn’t enough lore and mythology within the series to work with already. And honestly, this plot point didn’t really come to anything. It wasn’t in the forefront at all, and we don’t even get to see the big showdown at the end. It literally happened off page, and we learn it about from characters discussing it later. Why?!
The focus of High Voltage is very much on the romance and Dani’s personal growth. I did enjoy these parts very much. Dani has been through a lot over these last nine books and it was about time for her to get her happy ending. Yes, this reads more like a Paranormal Romance than an Urban Fantasy, and that’s just fine with me. Except for the whole lackluster plot thing. I enjoyed watching Dani and Ryodan come together and be who they needed to be before they could be together.
Can we talk about Shazam for a moment? He was first mentioned in Burned, but we didn’t really find out anything substantial about him until Feverborn, with him making his debut in Feversong. I can’t stand him. I believe he’s meant to be a bright spot of comic relief in this dark Dublin, but he’s just so annoying. I don’t see how Dani puts up with him! She’s a fun loving person, although quite a bit more serious after her time in the Silvers, but Shazam is just too much. I couldn’t get on board with this friendship or whatever it is.
In the end, I liked High Voltage a lot. At least the romance portion. The plot felt forced and random and wasn’t well developed at all. Feversong could have been a strong ending; it didn’t need any followup. While I was glad for the happily ever after for Dani and Rydon (and Shazam, I guess), I could have done without it. Or if this was the start of an actual spinoff series, not just another failed attempt before going back to Mac.
Quotes from High Voltage:
People had to want to stay, choose to be with you, or it meant nothing. (page 20)
“I’m not afraid of Hell. I lived there once. And if I have to go back again, I’ll swagger through those gates with fire in my blood and war in my heart.” (page 69)
People waste so much time mulling over things they’ve done when all the mulling in the world neither undoes nor changes on iota of what you did. The only thing that alters the unsatisfying state in which you’ve left things is future action. (page 171)
They say that those who forget their past are condemned to repeat it. What, then, are those who erase their past condemned to to? (page 297)