Reviewed by JustJen
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Series: Fever #8
Genre: MF Paranormal
Length: 436 Pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: January 19, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: 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.
Review: The gang is all back (mostly) and trying to save Dublin. Mac is still trying to fight the book and Dani/Jada (DJ) is trying to save the world she fought so hard to come back to. Dancer is back and all grown up trying to help DJ and win her affections.
Ryo and the 9 are also trying to solve the mystery of the black holes, but they have quite a bit of other stuff going on as well. We really only get to see Barrons/Ryo and a little bit of Lor this time around. Barrons and Ryo are dealing with Daegus and the potential ramifications of his transformation while Christian is hot on their heels about what was done to his uncle. They come to a sort of truce on the issue and decide to work together.
As with the previous books, some questions are answered, but twice as many pop up. There are instances where you just don’t know if things are real or the people involved are indeed just crazy (i.e. Mac/Alina, DJ/Shazam). There is also a lot going on with the book that isn’t a book, the song of making, Cruce trying to make a comeback, etc. I’m exhausted just thinking of everything they all have to go through.
The best thing about this series for me has just about everything to do with the 9. They are so mysterious, and I gobble up every detail we are given. Some we know better than others, yet it feels as though we haven’t begun to scratch their surface. Barrons and Ryodan remain the strongest leaders, with Lor (freaking love him – his brain explanations were hilarious!) and the others having less page time. I really wish we would get more of each of their stories, as opposed to the whole story being about the black holes and fae taking over, etc. It doesn’t seem like much headway is being made in that regard, and I’m ready for it to play out.
This story jumps POVs from Mac to DJ, etc. Some of it felt a bit repetitious at times – Mac’s overwhelming guilt about everything from her sister to Dani and lots in between; Dani’s not being Dani anymore and why and what she went through but won’t tell about. I was so ready for them to get a few steps past some of these things, but it hardly happened, if at all.
Another thing I love is the world that has been created. Although it seems like ages since I’ve read the last one, I was immersed right back into things in vivid detail. To be honest, this story is now more about the adventure than any romance possibilities, because with Mac/Barrons basically mated (they don’t really have much of a relationship) and DJ and whoever she might potentially end up with (I actually like Dancer for her at this point), there really isn’t much of anything else brewing.
While this installment felt more like the original few in the beginning (before Dani became a bigger player), it didn’t have quite the power as those others. It is fast-paced and had me turning pages through to the end. I still look forward to getting more answers and seeing Dublin restored as best as it can be and will eagerly run when the next book is available.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I purchased my own copy of this book for this review.*