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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Review: Burned (#7, Fever) by Karen Marie Moning

My Thoughts

Burned scorches with fierce intensity, suspense and sexiness

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My Thoughts

burned cover feverIt’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.

My Review

As first published on USA Today

Fever fans, get ready. Karen Marie Moning is back, delivering the kind of spellbinding, addictive, twisted tale we love to devour. Magic and madness, intrigue and illusion, passion and power, sexual tension and more sexual tension —  Burned represents everything I love about the series. Mac, Barrons, Ryodan, Christian, Dani, Lor, Kat and so many others weave this story together, picking up where Iced left off, with Dani and Mac at a much-anticipated impasse. In an instant, Moning propels the story in an unexpected direction, which is both scary and exciting. She also explores the complicated dynamic of past relationships and the ever-shifting landscape of Dublin, as the powerful battle for dominion.

“Fire purifies and distills … Fire transforms. You must remember that when the time comes it seems only to ravage and destroy.”

One of the aspects I love about Burned is that we see more Barrons and Mac together … more of their mega-intense, superhot, set-the-world-ablaze kind of dynamic. They are always so attuned to each other, despite their constant antagonism. It’s an undeniable, fever-inducing connection that many times burns beneath the surface, between the beast that Barrons is and his “rainbow girl,” Ms. Lane.

“She’s chiffon and satin ribbons. I’m raw meat and razor blades.”

Despite the destruction of the Sinsar Dubh, its hold on Mac intensifies. Mac is the primary narrator in the book (although we also have seven other POVs), and we experience her struggles as new demons chase her and insecurities haunt her. The city she loves is under siege, and she needs to step up and fight once more. She needs to overcome the turmoil in her head and heart if she’s to again become the fierce sidhe-seer we’ve come to know and love.

“… when you fight evil every day, stare it in the face, engage it, learn to think like it, you face a choice: Be defeated by the limits of your own morality, or summon a beast in yourself that obeys none.”

In addition, in the terrible aftermath of the Hoar Frost King, there are new mysteries to unravel and solve before the world is sucked into darkness. Villains who made me shudder with their sheer brutality and creepiness. And past evildoers who return to fuel widening unrest. All of this, of course, while battles for power escalate and new characters emerge to threaten the already volatile faction of badasses.

And yes, yes, yes, oh yes, we get some more of that thrilling, rousing sexual tension for which Moning is renowned — you’ll have to read it to see exactly what and whom I refer to!

“Two wolves stand in this room, with a complicated past and an uncertain future, their lips a breath apart, and I’m not sure if they’ll kiss or kill each other.”

All in all, Burned is a book that shouldn’t be missed. Thrilling, suspenseful, sexy — it has all the right stuff to delight the most ardent of Fever fans.

“… revenge is a devil you don’t want to worship. In destroying your enemy you become it.”

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Burned is the seventh book in the Fever series. Two more books are expected: Feverborn and Feversong.

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