It’s easy to walk away from lies. Power is another thing.
MacKayla Lane would do anything to save the home she loves. A gifted sidhe-seer, she’s already fought and defeated the deadly Sinsar Dubh—an ancient book of terrible evil—yet its hold on her has never been stronger.
When the wall that protected humans from the seductive, insatiable Fae was destroyed on Halloween, long-imprisoned immortals ravaged the planet. Now Dublin is a war zone with factions battling for control. As the city heats up and the ice left by the Hoar Frost King melts, tempers flare, passions run red-hot, and dangerous lines get crossed.
Seelie and Unseelie vie for power against nine ancient immortals who have governed Dublin for millennia; a rival band of sidhe-seers invades the city, determined to claim it for their own; Mac’s former protégé and best friend, Dani “Mega” O’Malley, is now her fierce enemy; and even more urgent, Highland druid Christian MacKeltar has been captured by the Crimson Hag and is being driven deeper into Unseelie madness with each passing day. The only one Mac can depend on is the powerful, dangerous immortal Jericho Barrons, but even their fiery bond is tested by betrayal.
It’s a world where staying alive is a constant struggle, the line between good and evil gets blurred, and every alliance comes at a price. In an epic battle against dark forces, Mac must decide who she can trust, and what her survival is ultimately worth.Hardcover, 512 pages
Three and a half stars: Terrific narration, great alpha males, but little story movement.
Mac and Dani stand face to face. Their confrontation is at hand. Dani makes no apologies for her role in Alina's death, and Mac insists that she means no harm. Unfortunately, Dani doesn't believe her, and she runs straight into the Silvers. Barrons holds Mac back and assures her Dani will be fine. Meanwhile, Mac is struggling with the weight of the Unseelie King's book, which now resides inside her. She must find the Unseelie King and get it out of her, before it forces her to do something deadly. Ryodan is dealing with the aftermath of the Frost King, and he learns that the Earth is once again threatened to be destroyed. Will Mac, Barrons, Ryodan and Dani find a way to once again survive?
What I Liked:
- It is has been a long wait for Burned, and for the most part I was satisfied. I completely inhaled the audiobook. The story telling was good, the characters terrific, and the narration was brilliant. If you are a fan of this series, this latest installment is a must read, but expect to finish with more questions than answers.
- Can you say sexy, hot alpha males? If you adore bad boys who are the epitome of hot, you must meet the Nine. I long thought I was a Barrons girl, but once again, Ryodan has one me won over. I love that Ms. Morning gets the alpha male right. Her men are sexy, bad and sizzling hot. It is as if she channels her inner male when writing them. Trust me, there is nothing about these men that disappoints. I loved having Barrons back, even if his role is rather small. Ryodan makes up for his absence, and this time around, I got a peek at his leadership role, and it made him even more sexy. Lor returns, and his parts are steamy hot as he pretends to be Priya. He made me laugh. If you like sizzling sex scenes, Lor's parts will leave you satisfied. Two new members of the Nine are introduced, and I am anxious for more of them.
- The book is action packed and there is a lot going on. There are several new story lines introduced and a few old ones that are brought back. I appreciate that these books are never dull, and that the story lines are always complex and entertaining.
- Jo and Kat return and I like that both women are maturing and learning to stand on their own two feet. I am also interested in the possibility of new romances for both women. I am excited to see their stories evolve.
- One of the highlights for the book was when Mac ends up invisible and she has the chance to go about Chester's and spy on Ryodan. I loved this part of the book, and I loved learning all the secrets.
- I once again had the pleasure of listening to the audio book. Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross knock it out of the park. Both narrators are excellent, and I love that all the male voices are done by Phil and that Natalie handles all the female voices. There are never moments when one tries to do a voice of the opposite sex. This is the way all audiobooks should be narrated. If you have not listened to Phil Gigante, you really must check out his work. This man's voice is so sexy, and I think his words have the power to drop panties. Seriously, he is that good. He does some terrific Scottish accents as well. Natalie is the perfect counterpart. She also does some great accents, and I think her voices are fantastic. I would highly recommend this series on audiobook, and for those of you who read them, go back and listen. You must experience Natalie and Phil!
And The Not So Much:
- Where is Dani? When Ms. Moning announced that she was doing this series, it was supposed to be a spinoff series featuring Dani as the protagonist. I was disappointed that Dani had such a minimal role in this, and furthermore, something happens with Dani that I wasn't exactly thrilled with. While I can see why it needed to happen, I didn't like the way it played out. A Fever book isn't the same without the cocky teenager. I hated that she was absent for the majority of the book.
- What happened to Mac? At first, I was okay with Dani being out of the picture because Mac took over as the narrator. However, Mac begin to irritate me. She regressed from the kick butt girl she matured into to being whiney and difficult. I got so I was irritated with her. I still don't get why the narration has returned to Mac when these are supposed to be Dani's books.
- Not much happens. I was expecting a lot more from the overall story arc. A whole bunch of new story threads are introduced and practically none of them come to any type of resolution. The ending was another cliffhanger and I was frustrated with all the questions and little answers. The only story line that makes any progress is the one involving Christian and the Crimson Hag, and it takes the whole book to get there. This book felt like a middle book, a building block book. Don't get me wrong, I liked it but I expected better.
- The book opens from Barron's point of view as he recounts his first encounter with Mac, and it turns out there was more to the story than we knew. Later, the truth of what happened that night comes back to Mac, and then she starts acting like a big pain in the ass. I hated that this part was interjected into the story, it served no purpose other than to provide a sexy scene which later caused unnecessary conflict. I thought this story line was ridiculous. I also didn't like that after the opening scene, Barrons role was minimal.
- Instead of addressing the new conflicts that Iced presented, Burned revisits old threads from the Fever Series. I thought the whole thing with the book and the Unseelie King was taken care of, but nope, it is as if it is all undone. I didn't like that so much focus was spent on these old conflicts and so little time was spent on the damage done from the Frost King in Iced.
- This book utilizes a whole host of view points. While I enjoyed many of the narrations such as Lor, Ryodan, Kat and Jo, I grew irritated with the inclusion of many others. There are too many voices.
Burned was an audiobook that I completely devoured. I loved the characters and was invested in the story, but after it all, I was disappointed that the book had little story movement and instead revisited old, worn out threads. I didn't like Mac's regression, and I was frustrated with the lack of Dani. The book ends on another cliffhanger and it leaves far more questions than answers. However, the audiobook is fantastic and well worth the listen. If you are a fan of the series, this is a must read, but be warned this book is a bit of a building block book. I just hope that the next book does indeed release in Fall of 2015. I don't want to have to endure another two and a half year wait.
I purchased a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.