In Karen Marie Moning’s latest installment of the epic #1 New York Times bestselling Fever series, Mac, Barrons, Ryodan, and Jada are back—and 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 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.
Published January 19th 2016 by Brilliance Audio
Three and a half stars: An improvement over the last book, but it still leaves too many storylines open, and it ends with another brutal cliffhanger.
Mac is still invisible thanks to the Sinsar-Dubh. As she flits about, she learns many secrets. She overhears Ryodan and Barrons discussing the Black Holes and how they might conquer them. Meanwhile, Danni, or Jada, is still struggling with the changes that have occurred since her return, and she hates that no one accepts her for who she is. The Fae are still threatening to destroy the world, and if someone doesn't act quickly, the Black Holes might swallow them all. Can Earth be saved?
What I Liked:
- Feverborn was a book I devoured, but once I finished, I really had to go back and examine what happened, and unfortunately, there isn't much movement as far as the main story arc of the world coming to an end. This however, is a book about relationships, and it explores the intricate and sometimes difficult relationships between all the characters. I appreciated gaining new insight into the characters, and I liked that there was finally some exploration into Mac's and Danni's conflicted relationship.
- There are some interesting developments in this one, and I won't go into too many details to avoid spoilers. I was most intrigued by the story angle concerning Alina. I am most curious about that story thread.
- I struggled with Mac in Burned. She was whiny and wimpy, and I didn't like her at all. Thankfully, this time out, she is more like herself, and I didn't have as many issues with her. She is much improved.
- Lor continues to make me laugh, and even though there wasn't as much of him as I had hoped in this book, he did manage to steal the scenes that he was in. I liked that we got a bit more depth to him, and that we learned that he is more than just sex and blondes. His relationship with Jo is a highlight for me, and I want more.
- Jada was troublesome in the last book, but in this book, there was a focus on peeling back the layers, and I had a better understanding of her. I miss the old Danni, but I am gaining a new appreciation for Jada. I am most interested in the relationship with Danni and Ryodan and Danni and Dancer.
- There is a lot going on in this book: multiple story lines, alternating view points, exciting new developments and old conflicts. I like that I am never bored, and that there is always so much to capture my attention.
- I listened to the audiobook. There has been a great deal of controversy surrounding the audiobook as the former narrators, Phil Gigante and his wife Natalie Ross are no longer narrating the series, due to Phil's arrest. I am not going to go into all the details, you can look up the drama yourself. Stepping in to do the narration this time were Luke Daniels and Jill Redfield. I am a huge fan of Luke Daniels, and I thought he did an excellent job with his narration. I also appreciated Jill's work as well. She did a good job with Mac's Southern accent, and Jada's Irish accent. The two had big shoes to fill, and I am certain it wasn't easy. Yes, it is an adjustment to get used to the change, but in the end, I was pleased with the narration, and I will continue to listen to the series on audio.
And The Not So Much:
- I am sick and tired of the cliffhangers with this series. It is becoming increasingly annoying to get slapped at the end with a brutal cliffhanger and then have to wait an ungodly amount of time in between books. This one ends on another jarring note, and I hated it.
- Even though I whipped through the book and enjoyed it, after I finished, I looked back to examine what happened, and found that I was disappointed. Really there isn't much development with the main story lines. Instead this book focuses on relationships. Nothing happens with Christian's uncle, there is no progress with the black holes, and there are several new story lines that are left dangling. Right now, there are so many different story threads left unfinished that it is getting to be a bit much. This series needs to stop spreading out and focus on what is going on.
- I have enjoyed the romances in the past, but this time around, I was disappointed that none of the other new romances were developed. There is a bunch of Mac and Barrons scenes with animal like sex, which got old. I wanted more of Lor and Jo, and Jada and Ryodan, and what about Kat and Kasteo? There was nothing with these two. I want more of the other romances. I have been there done that with Mac and Barrons.
- What was the deal with Alina? I need to know.
Feverborn is a hard book for me to review. On one hand, I liked it, and devoured it as I am so invested in the characters and their relationships, but then again, I was frustrated at the stagnate plot, and that there was practically no movement with the main story arc. I am also exasperated with the cliffhangers in this series. Will I read the next book? Yes, as I have to know what is going to happen. Was this better than Burned? Yes, it was a much better read. I continue to enjoy this series even though it gives me angst. If you are a longtime fan of the series, I am sure you will find something to appreciate with this book, but it is annoying that the story doesn't seem to be moving. Let's hope the wait for the next book isn't exceedingly long.
I purchased a copy of this book. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.