As Winston Churchill once said: It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. I am, of course, referring to what exactly is happening in the Fever series. When last we left our intrepid heroine, Mac, she had become the consort/prisoner of the Unseelie Princes. Unfortunately, these gentlemen tend to sex their partners to death in an effort to gain what humans have in abundance and they totally lack – passion. Mac is saved by Dani, her sword wielding friend, but not before she is essentially lost to the state of Pri-ya, a person who wants sex, lots of it, and nothing else.
Enter Jericho Barons. He helps Mac crawl her way back from the edge of the abyss. But Mac is not sure she is grateful. Barons has betrayed her as much as he has helped her to her way of thinking. And new, savage Mac 4.0 lives only for vengeance. Vengeance against the Lord Master. Vengeance against the Fae. Vengeance against all who have caused her pain, brought the world to ruin and left the world in its current dark situation. And she’s not going to stop till she makes it all better.
Moning is most assuredly the mistress of the cliff hanger ending. I was rabid to get my hands on this book after what happened in the last one. And, yes, this one once more ends with a mystery and a mess. There aren’t many answers here for those looking for them, but there is plenty of action, angst and enigma. Mac, Barons, and company are all looking to resolve a multi thousand-year old problem with none of them willing to trust each other. It doesn’t exactly make for the best working conditions.
As usual, Mac is caught between the many men in her life. The lack of trust between all parties, the many secrets the men keep and give up only under extreme duress, and Mac’s own burgeoning rage over the whole darn issue keeps any romance from really heating up. There is no HEA in this novel, although I felt I got a glimpse of who the hero would be. Moning has promised an HEA for Mac so I am holding out for what happens next.
If you were lost by anything (or maybe everything) I said above, it’s probably because you haven’t read the other books in the series. I would strongly recommend doing that before you read this one. While the glossaries and quick catch-up conversations Moning includes help, they really don’t allow you to jump in mid-series. I think to really get an understanding of these books you need to read them in order. Just my $.02
My feelings on this one ranged from an A+ for Moning’s ability to keep me addicted to an F with boo-hisses for her tendency to string me along and not give me answers. One of the problems of writing a series this entangled, this dependent on the big reveals is that the final book can make you or break you. Personally, I feel the writing, plotting and characterization (which is where the B comes in) have been solid enough that we will get at least an acceptable solution in the worst case, and a brilliant one in the best. I, for one, can’t wait to find out what happens next.