The most certain thing about Feversong by Karen Marie Moning for me is that I am truly uncertain how to feel about it. Even more so, how to express it. Well, that and the fact that I don’t think there has ever been a book I’ve been dying to read more than this one. Ever.
Good things coming to an end
See, the last Fever books were supposed to be the story of those who didn’t get theirs told in the first five books. Dani, sidhe-seers, Christian, The Nine. And we did get that in Iced. Then Burned happened and the story went back to Mac. And at first, I was — while still very much in love — feeling a bit of a “do we really need this”? Especially when things started to happen to Mac’s relationship with Barrons. You know, that One Stead Thing in her world.
The farther into the books we got, the more I was convinced that this wasn’t the story I needed. That Shadowfever was the perfect conclusion for the two of them.
Feversong convinced me otherwise. If there is one thing I can always trust in the Fever universe, it is Mac and Barrons. And I am glad, and so damn happy that they end up where they do in Feversong. That they challenge each other enough to get to that finish line that, of course, is merely the beginning.
(And with their story, just as epically, so does come to an end that of an Unseelie King and his Concubine. At long last, after an eternity, in a place where it all began.)
At the same time, however…
Feversong gives no resolution to all those other stories that started in Iced and were left hanging for so many future books. Which, admittedly, I would have been a lot more upset about if not for the fact that Karen Marie Moning, does, in fact, plan more books. Specifically, Dani.
Dani, who took over the story in Iced but got lost along the way. Only to be found, different. Feversong is as much Dani’s story as it is Mac’s. But it is a story that truly is a beginning, a prologue. Mac got nine books worth of development and change, until she finally found a version of herself that was ready and willing to fight for what she wants because now, finally, she knows what is is. And she is not going to give it up, not even for the world. It’s the Mac we came to love slowly. Looking at that final version of her, and remembering the Southern belle taking her first step in Dublin… It was the most satisfactory thing ever. I was proud, and I cried, and I was truly happy for her.
Dani, on the other hand, is innocence both lost and regained. Her story in Feversong is beautiful even when stomping all over my OTP with elephant weight. It may not be a story I wanted but… It is a story she needed to one day become the woman everyone knows she can and will be. And I honestly cannot wait to see that story, too. What marvellous grand adventures she will surely get into!
But alas, the magic is gone
Feversong was not a case of building my expectations too high. No, because the things for which I love and adore and worship Karen Marie Moning are still there. Such as the eternal questions about existence and values and Good and Evil. The awe-inspiring foreshadowing. The characters that make my head explode and my heart bleed.
It’s just that the magic is gone. Yes, Feversong did suck me in, completely, even if I had to split it into two sessions a month apart. Yes, it was still Fever Dublin, with its Barrons Books and Baubles standing like a bastion, like home. But it was also too big, too universal to be the Fever that is my ultimate number one series of all time. Good, but not good enough. Too vast, like the Unseelie King. And just not the same as the first five books.
Feversong by Karen Marie Moning
Published by Random House on January 17th 2017
Fae, Romance, Urban Fantasy
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning returns with the epic conclusion to her pulse-pounding Fever series, where a world thrown into chaos grows more treacherous at every turn. As Mac, Barrons, Ryodan, and Jada struggle to restore control, enemies become allies, right and wrong cease to exist, and the lines between life and death, lust and love, disappear completely.
Black holes loom menacingly over Dublin, threatening to destroy the Earth. Yet the greatest danger is the one MacKayla Lane has unleashed from within: the Sinsar Dubh—a sentient book of unthinkable evil—has possessed her body and will stop at nothing in its insatiable quest for power.
The fate of Man and Fae rests on destroying the book and recovering the long-lost Song of Making, the sole magic that can repair the fragile fabric of the Earth. But to achieve these aims, sidhe-seers, the Nine, Seelie, and Unseelie must form unlikely alliances and make heart-wrenching choices. For Barrons and Jada, this means finding the Seelie Queen who alone can wield the mysterious song, negotiating with a lethal Unseelie prince hell-bent on ruling the Fae courts, and figuring out how to destroy the Sinsar Dubh while keeping Mac alive.
This time, there’s no gain without sacrifice, no pursuit without risk, no victory without irrevocable loss. In the battle for Mac’s soul, every decision exacts a tremendous price.
How do you deal with your favourite series ending? Especially when the conclusion disappoints? Or isn’t as conclusive as you hoped it would be?