Review: Feverborn (#8, Fever) by Karen Marie Moning

My Thoughts

Karen Marie Moning is back, burning up the pages with
scorching tension, gasp-out-loud surprises, unshakable danger
and unexpected feels
. Feverborn is simply impossible to put down.

5stars

Synopsis

Jan-19In 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 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.

My Review

As first seen on USA Today HEA

Dublin has never been more dangerous. Shadowed streets hide dangerous atrocities, black holes gape and grow in the sky, and an Unseelie prince plots underground. Ancient magic sweeps through the city and inside those we’ve come to know so well. Barrons, Mac, Ryodan, Jada, Christian and Lor are back as their very existence hangs in the balance. When the veil between the human and the Fae world was destroyed, black vacuous holes sprawled throughout the sky, threatening to absorb the very Earth itself. Mac and her friends must call upon the Song of the Making—the only solution to this crescive problem.

Problems, however, are in abundance. Mac struggles to bridge the divide between her and Jada. No one knows what Jada lived through in the Silvers and her ice-cold demeanor effectively freezes everyone out.

In order to find the Song of the Making, Jada, Mac, Barrons and Ryodan must work together, but amongst these four, both betrayal and desire run deep, making it nearly impossible. To make matters worse, new enemies hunt them en masse, while old enemies plan to resurge.

Even as intensity and action pulse vigorously on the page, Moning centers the story on the two women we love so much—Mac and Jada—both the struggle between them and the struggle inside of them. Mac vacillates between caging and unleashing the magic that hides inside of her, all the while trying to find traces of the old Mac in the toughened edges of the new Mac. She also faces surprises that question everything she’s come to know. Only Jerricho Barrons can ease her constant stream of overthinking.

“Don’t be afraid of the monster, she knows what she’s doing.”

Meanwhile, Jada and Ryodan skirt stealthily around their emotions the only way they know how—an unyielding battle of words and wills. You can cut their tension with a knife.

“Heat was strength. It was resilience. She channeled it, shaped it into purpose, like everything else. Sexuality, too, was power.”

I’m not sure how after eight books Moning is able to do it, but each novel proves more exciting than its predecessor as she continues to raise the stakes in this ongoing, exhilarating saga. Feverborn is a fight between ancient magic and renewed determination, a duel between old wounds and deep-seated love. Once again, you won’t be able to put this book down.

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