Release Date: January 20, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: Urban Fantasy
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 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.
Sex either blows your fucking mind or it's not good enough. - Barrons
You only know who you are in opposition to something, what you choose to fight for and against. The rest doesn't matter. -Barrons
Love. You can only be broken without it. So long as the smallest spark of love, pure, protective, and good, exists within you, that which is Keltar in you will survive. You will return. -Dageus
You have a problem with Mac, you work it out with me, I am her shield, I am her second fucking skin. (SQUEE) -Barrons to Ryodan
Some crimes are so personal, blood-vengeance belongs only to the one who suffered them. -Ryodan
The currency of life is passion, and as with any coin, it has two sides: pleasure, pain, joy, sorrow. Impossible to slip a single side of that coin into your pocket. You take it all or nothing. -Ryodan
Welcome to war games, Mac, where the terrain never stops changing and he who adapts fastest wins. -Ryodan
After being made to wait for so long Fever fans finally got their hands on BURNED. I loved it but I'm not head over heels in love with the book nor do I feel giddy about the progression of the story. Once again Karen Marie Moning managed to split her fandom asunder because of the events that transpired here, not to be spoilery but I think it's the tepid romance that did it. I'll expound more below.
What I Loved
- Mac's BURNED's main narrator and I'm happy about that because I've missed her so much! She's changed but still the same in some way in that her "Rainbow Girl" side has never truly gone away.
- Barrons has his own chapter!
- We get to know more about the Nine and the way things are lining up, I won't be surprised if moving forward each of them get their HEA and their respective love stories will be included in the coming books. Aside from Ryodan and Barrons, I can see two more are on their way to meeting their mates for life!
- As expected, the action is non-stop.
- There are new characters and a few game changers.
- New story threads are opened giving me more reasons to look forward to the eighth book.
- There were a few scenes that were truly hilarious! The bickering between the characters in the most inopportune time had me LOL-ing.
- I love the chunky index in the end because so many things have already happened and given that it's been over two years since the last book, it's very thoughtful of KMM to refresh us with certain important events.
Look out for
- I saw Dani's storyline in BURNED from the first handful of pages. I guess it wasn't easy to guess that it'll go down that road to make her fit Ryodan.
- Speaking of Dani, I thought I loved her in Dreamfever, hated her in Shadowfever, liked her in Iced, now I just don't know what to make of her. She's one of those ambiguous characters IMO.
- There were hilarious scenes but BURNED wasn't as funny as snarky as the previous novels.
- BURNED isn't thick with sexual tension like Iced was nor was it hot like the previous Fever novels. I didn't mind the lack of it but I felt it's absence inconsistent with the flow of things.
- In addition, as BURNED is more Mac's book. I was hoping we'll see more of her relationship with Barrons and how it progressed since Shadowfever but I felt like it regressed. Oh there were some touching moments but I didn't feel their intimacy leap off the pages the same way it did in the first book.
- Someone dies, it was shocking, but there's another surprise in the end.
- The fae storyline didn't move forward too much.
- Lastly, and this is a personal issue, I'm not a big fan of multiple POV's! To be fair, KMM did it well but for me, it's more like speed bumps than something than enhances the story. The way I see it, if some of the minor characters' POV's were removed, the main plot could've gotten farther.
Overall, I still love BURNED even if it wasn't as great as I expected it to be. I can't discount how awesome Karen Marie Moning's unique dystopic world is and its addictive characters. BURNED just felt like it's not in harmony with the rest of the books? I don't even know if that's the right way to describe it, in on itself, BURNED kicked ass but if I line it up with the rest of the series, it felt like *gasp* as filler book or a volume that sets up the stage for another turn in the story. I don't want to critique it too much at this point because I'm hoping Fever 8 will help up make sense of this. So for now, read it. Go with the flow. Savor it. It's going to be another long wait til the next one.
If you would like to read more Fever-like books, I have a few recommendations here.