Series: Fever #7
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.
Oh, Burned, Burned, Burned…I waited for you for so long, dreamed of you, hungered for you, and now that I’ve consumed you, I want more!!
Karen Marie Moning’s seventh installment in the Fever series was busting at the seams with action, stories, and characters, and when it exploded, I was left with many, many pieces of a very enthralling puzzle, but no clear picture in sight.
I can’t say that I loved this one. I really, really liked it, and I’m not necessarily dissatisfied, but I’m in that furrowed brow state, head tilted to the side, as I try to make sense of what I just read. One thing is certain: I liked Burned more than I liked Iced. A lot more. But I think that because of Iced, I didn’t love Burned as much as I could’ve. That doesn’t make a lot of sense, so I’ll try to explain:
STOP READING IF YOU HAVEN’T READ ICED.
If you’ve read Iced, then you know that there were a lot of characters with their own storyline going on, with Dani O’Malley’s being the most prominent. A lot of shit happened, and there were many questions unanswered when it ended – which is completely understandable with a series. That story ended with Dani at 14-years-old, facing off with her nemesis, trying to figure out how to save an Unseelie Prince who’s in love with her, while confounded by the inhuman, ageless beast who is obsessed with her. Burned picked up exactly where Iced left off, with Dani and Mac having a showdown, but then everything got a little weird, and shall I say unbelievable? Maybe not unbelievable (this is fantasy after all), but definitely, to me, unconvincing. Without giving anything away, I’ll say that Dani’s age dilemma was solved (somewhat), and I wasn’t feeling it.
I’ll admit that I was a fan who was crying foul when I found out that Dani would get three books before the series returned to being more Mac and Barrons centric. Dani annoyed me, and I couldn’t deal with being in her head for three whole books. No way! I also didn’t like the fact that she was so young, and couldn’t imagine living through any more cringe-worthy scenes involving her and Ryoden and Christian. So I was overjoyed when KMM announced that she’d be condensing Dani’s story to fit along with Mac’s in three books. Right now, I feel like I need to apologize if my negative response added pressure to KMM and her publishers, which resulted in the twisted knot that was Burned.
In my opinion, Burned had too much going on, and at the same time, not enough. The vast amounts of storylines paralleled and intertwined with each other, causing the Fever plot to resemble a complex mess similar to the LA highway system. Lately, I haven’t had the most focused attention span, so the multiple POVs made it very easy for me to get distracted. I never became very invested in the story, because I don’t think I was given the time to. I loved catching up with Mac again, but at the same time, after Iced, I wasn’t ready to let go of Dani. I felt like in trying to give us what we wanted, she sacrificed too much of Dani’s story. I didn’t love her, but throughout most of Burned, I kept wondering what the hell happened to her, and it prevented me from enjoying the other stories. I felt the same about Mac’s story as well. Since the end of Shadowfever, Mac has been struggling to control the powerful Sinsar Dubh, and I couldn’t get enough of reading about her antics as she fought to contain the dark power. Yet, I wasn’t 100% there with her, because I was being pulled in so many directions.
I still loved each character, I mean, every POV was entertaining – particularly Lor’s (yum!), and I am still gaga over KMM’s writing style, and her sheer creative genius, but in the end, I felt like she made herself smaller in order to please her fans. Similar to the Unseelie King, her imagination is larger than the cosmos, but she had to fit it into something small enough for us to understand it.
Honestly, I had such high expectations with this one, and I knew exactly what I wanted. And I got exactly what I wanted, but then after reading Burned, I realized that maybe that wasn’t what I wanted at all. In essence, I am impossible to please. Seriously though, I’ll just trust the artist from now on, and go with how they envision their work. That being said, if this is what KMM wanted, then I’m rolling with it. I did love the story, and any Fever fan will enjoy catching up with our beloved characters, so I will recommend it to those who haven’t read it yet. I am definitely going to read the rest of the series (how could I not?), because in essence, my biggest gripe was that I wanted more, so I’m going to sit and wait for more.