Sara's Review: Feverborn (Fever #8) by Karen Marie Moning
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Released: January 19, 2016
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: 512 pages
Format: ebook , hardcover, Audiobook
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In Karen Marie Moning’s latest installment of the epic #1 New York Times bestselling Fever series, 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 race of the 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 all life itself—can save the planet. But those who seek the mythic Song—Mac, Barrons, Ryodan and Jada—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 in those war-torn streets, Mac will come face to face with her most savage enemy yet: herself.
Three Boundless Stars (2.5 stars)
I have been a fan of this series since I first discovered it years ago, and have devoured the stories as they have come out. For the first time, I have been disappointed, and I am saddened by that tremendously.
I will be honest; from the opening in the Prologue “The night was wild, electric, stormy, unwritten.” I thought to myself “uh oh”. I don’t remember any of her other works starting out well, frankly, so cheesy. I was a bit leery to continue. I was right to be leery.
Feverborn was an entire novel devoted to character development; it didn’t progress the story at all. If anything, we now have more problems to deal with, and we’re left with a major cliffhanger. Mac, who I use to love, got on my nerves with all of her self-doubt and inner dialog, At one point I found myself reading, but tuned out, it was like the adults from Charlie Brown were going off in my head “waaa waahh waahh.” Yes, it got that bad! The only time I really seemed to enjoy her, was when she was interacting with someone else, but specially Barrons. I still very much enjoy their chemistry and relationship.
I enjoyed that we learned more about Barrons, and the Nine, even though they are still shrouded in mystery. Then there is Dani/Jada, the issue from Burned when she arrived back on scene, 5 years older, are starting to resolve themselves in Feverborn, and we are learning the answers to lots of questions we had; so again, character development.
I think my main issue is, that I am getting tired of Mac rambling on and on and constantly doubting herself, I want the Mac, who kicks ass, back! It will be interesting to see where the next story goes; I would also like to see the story actually progress. As much as I like to know about the characters, I prefer to learn about them as the story is moving along. Sadly Feverborn is getting a 2.5 Boundless stars from me, it really could have been better, but it was still enjoyable at certain points. I’m not giving up on the series yet, and I really hope the next book is better!