After the shocking ending of the last book and the way I felt during most of the book, I picked up this one a tad hesitant, but determined to find out what came next. This is the eighth book in the Fever series and things are in an interesting place with the world set to literally unravel, the appearance of Jada, the new issue with the Highlanders, and Mac in flux with all that is going on with her.
The story opens with Mac attacked at her store after someone prints a newsflyer with all her secrets in the open about her killing of the Guard officer, her possession of the book, and that she is invisible. Well she was invisible, but the book decided to reveal her again. Others are placed in the public’s crosshairs as well when further flyers implicate Jada and the Nine. Suddenly, Mac encounters her dead sister Alina on the streets of Dublin. But is it really Alina? Meanwhile, Christian figures out that the family is not burying his uncle’s remains and goes on the hunt for Ryodan and the truth. And that truth, whew, does it have huge implications on the future or what? A motley crew of people come together to figure out how to solve the black holes that are steadily tearing apart their world and consuming everything in their path. They need the Song of Making that was lost eons in the past. Are the clues in the black book inside Mac and dare she test it to check. Ryodan and Barrons think she should. Mac acquires a new enemy in The Sweeper which the Unseelie King had warned her to fear. But through it all, she has Barrons at her back and they are as strong together as ever.
Jada is hurt and frustrated by the way most react to her. She lived five and a half years in the Silvers and yet they act like those years didn’t happen and reject who she is. It would be logical not to care she decides, but feelings have a way of encroaching no matter how badly she rejects them. Only Dancer sees her and accepts her. Ryodan challenges her and both he and Dancer are dangerous to her need for control and logic only. But she has a job to do- protect her Sidhe Seer sisters, the Abbey, and help stop the danger to the humans. The Unseelee Prince in her basement grows stronger and has acquired a new ally who is willing to follow his instructions for the promise of future power. His treacherous work might succeed while the others are occupied with other matters.
Well, well, this one was a refreshing surprise after the last book. Things are finally back in motion and that includes Mac. I loved this large cast of characters and pursuing each of their story lines. There is complexity with plots inside plots. Things aren’t always what they seem and at other times they are exactly what they seem. Once again, I was challenged and engaged by the story of this world and the characters. I wanted to know what was next and how things fit together. The story started slowly and built momentum as it went until yes, ugh, another cliffie. This time, I am eager to have at it.
Mac is more herself though also evolving into someone new again. Mac and Barrons are back to their furious fighting and passion. Mac is coming to an understanding with Jada/Dani and there are little cracks in the icy Jada facade. More comes out about how Dani became Jada and a twist about her that may or may not be reality. I liked seeing those peek through the cracks as the author trickles out a bit more about The Nine. The Sweeper, Alina, and more from Cruces makes things gain in intensity with this one. It is still building for what is to come and carrying me along with the excitement.
And speaking of excitement. There are some good action and intrigues going on. Even what seemed liketoss away elements have meaning. I really enjoy where the new story arc is taking things. Ongoing threads are still dangling with nothing resolved, but it was told in such a way that I can be patient about that.
In summation, this was a ‘glad I kept reading’ story as the last one disappointed me. This one restored interest and all sorts of Fever world elements that I enjoy. Jada/Dani and Mac share the limelight and I liked that. I’m back to a can’t wait feeling for the next book and would recommend this one easily though don’t grab it out of order or little will make sense.
Romance Roundabout #238 UF