Series: Fever #7
Published by Random House Publishing Group on January 20, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
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 is 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.
(Warning: this post will be filled with spoilers and whining. Not that I didn’t highly enjoy the book but I just finished it and need to get some stuff off my chest. There. It’s said. Proceed knowing that I’m gonna talk about pretty much everything.)
First off, I was really hoping this would be more of a Dani-focused novel. A slightly older Dani but Dani nonetheless. Mac…she had her HEA. Sort of. Kind of hard to have a completely Happily Ever After with the Sinsar Dubh resting happily within her (well, more like restlessly, endlessly battling Mac for control over her mind, body and soul). Still, more of a Dani-focused story, like Iced.
But it wasn’t. It was a mostly-Mac story with too many other POVs thrown in at random moments (Kat, the Unseelie King, Jada, Lor and a sprinkling of Dani). And a rather sad-sack Mac at that (rhyme time!). She’s unable to fight or she’ll black out and awaken surrounded by blood and bodies; she hasn’t yet been able to forgive Dani for killing her sister; and she’s having flashbacks about the first time she met Barrons and he had wild monkey sex with her (then buried that memory from her, the bastard). She’s a mess.
After a particularly challenging meet-up with Dani — one where she practically kills the girl because the Book takes over her actions for a moment — she chases Dani into the Hall of All Days, and Dani disappears.
We’ve waited for this book for so long and, while I blazed through it (I would have read it in one night, if I could have stayed up but teaching high school students all day requires a solid 7-8 hours of sleep. I can’t function on less, even with a steady stream of Dr. Pepper running through my veins.), there were many parts that seemed thrown into the story, much like me attempting to fix a meal when I really should have gone to the grocery store (Seriously. My dinner tonight was some anchovy-stuffed olives, tater tots and a taco. Yummers.). It’s almost as if this series has lost direction…or that it doesn’t know in which direction to go next. Do we focus more on Dani or stick with Mac and her drama? Do we add in more about the Nine or focus on those gorgeous Keltar Highlanders or does Barrons lead the way? Now that the Fae are here to stay but the Song is missing, how do we knit the world back together in logical pieces? And what about Christian? Yeah, he’s getting his guts ripped out again and again by the Crimson Hag but then he’s rescued and what–is he a Keltar or is he an Unseelie Prince or is he both — and is he absolutely insane? And then what about his obsession with Dani? How’s that going to go over, once he’s rescued and fixed up? It’s a conundrum.
And Dani. Darling, annoying, full-of-pep, 14-year-old Dani disappeared into the Silvers only to reappear as Jada, a stone-cold, sociopathic killer without an ounce of feeling or remorse. Jada is out to balance a ledger she keeps in her precise brain, starting with taking over the Abby and the sidhe-seers, working her way through the Nine, and ending with Mac. I severely dislike Jada. I want Dani back. Jada and this fractured personality thing seems like a cop-out, an easy way to make Dani older without any fuss (I mean, she disappears into those mirrors and then just reappears in Dublin five years older and completely changed. I want to know what happened to her. WHAT HAPPENED?!?) and therefore acceptable for Ryodan to hook up with (this doesn’t happen, just so you know. Which is good, because I haven’t made my peace with this Jada chick yet. I might never.). And I miss Dancer, Dani’s smart and adorable human friend. He makes a brief appearance but is gone after that, and Jada doesn’t even acknowledge that she knows him. Humph.
Looking back at my rather ranty review, it seems like I should have absolutely hated this book but, really, I didn’t. I love Moning’s writing, the way she plays with words and gets deep into the psyche of her characters (even if I don’t like that psyche at the time). We got to know more about the Nine, those intriguing, massive alpha males who make my libido sit up and beg. We got to get some one-on-one smexytimes with Lor (dear, sweet Jesus. That man is sex on a stick.). He provided some much-needed levity in this story (and the only smexytimes we got the entire damn book! Besides Barrons getting it on with a still-rather-innocent Mac within her first 24 hours in Dublin the wiping her memory, Lor was the only one getting some!).
There’s also the time that Mac got stuck as an invisible chick and wound up tailing Ryodan around his club. By far, the best choice she could have ever made (hell, if I was invisible, I’d do the same thing). She got to hear some very juicy secrets, plus she got to see that scorchingly hot dude naked, and she took that opportunity to fully check him out. I wanted to high five her. A lot.
Now, *supposedly* Feverborn, the eighth book in this series, is coming out in October but I’m not holding my breath, especially considering how many times Burned got pushed off. I’m also hoping that this series picks a solid direction and goes with it, though I wouldn’t be opposed to some spin-offs featuring those gorgeous alpha males that are sprinkled through this series like delicious bon-bons. No matter when it comes out, I’m addicted so I’ll grab it and devour it, all the while hoping for a stronger, more cohesive storyline. And more naked men and smexytimes. Because that’s always a good thing.