Review: Feversong by Karen Marie Moning

With Feversong, Karen Marie Moning dramatically drops the curtain on the Fever series. Bold and brilliantly layered, deeply emotive and all consuming, the story curves full circle as Mac and Dani try to save the world. Theirs has been a story of transformation, of finding the strength within to become who they’ve chosen to become, to wield the gifts they were given. No doubt fate has dealt them a bad hand, taken each to places dark and ugly. And in this final push, they must reach for the magic inside themselves to survive the world’s unmaking.

“Look back and you stay stuck in a lost, forever unattainable past. Look forward and you live.”

Black holes paint the skies, ripping humanity from their place, tearing the Earth open wide. Only the Song of Making can thread together its seams. The Sinsar Dubh has possessed Mac, leaving a bloody trail across Dublin in its obsessive quest for power. Ruthlessly evil and terrifying, the Sinsar Dubh does things that ought to shatter a person irrevocably.

“I am ceaseless, relentless, hungry as a tsunami.

My will is stronger, my aim unencumbered, my desires greater.

I always win.”

Trapped within the recesses of herself, Mac must fight its evil to regain control and recover the mysterious song. Her past, her insecurities, her strengths all tangle together begging to be unwound in a way where she can understand how to escape the confines of her cage.

“I’m ready. Only one of us is getting out alive. It’s going to be me.”

But even if Mac can best the Sinsar Dubh, the song remains a mystery, the Seelie Queen is nowhere to be found and Cruce is once again causing trouble.

As the clock begins to tick its final countdown, alliances between enemies must be forged and gambles must be taken despite the potential for great loss. Sacrifices for the greater good have never been felt so deeply.

The transformation of both Mac and Dani culminate in Feversong—understanding who they are, how they feel, the decisions they must make. I’ve always loved that although they are each incredibly powerful, they are also so relatable. Their sisterhood has seen tremendous ups and downs. From times of self-isolation to times they’ve stared down Death, they’ve made it out, heads held high.

And of course, who they’ve loved has shaped them in ways they never could have imagined. We’ve seen the love between Barrons and his Rainbow Girl evolve throughout the series. It’s never been clearer how powerful both of them are… both Alphas ready to do what must be done. But what I thought was so beautiful, so ingenious, was seeing how in understanding their own power, their own individual strengths and gifts, they were finally able be vulnerable to each other in a way they’ve never been before.

“I hold this man sacred and always will. He’s my sun, moon and stars.”

Loyal fans of the series, like me, will love every moment, every page. As one now expects from the incredibly talented Moning, gasp-inducing surprises await. Don’t forget the tissues too.

About Feversong

MacKayla Lane and Jericho Barrons return in the epic conclusion to the 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.

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