Narrator: Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante
Series: Fever Series #6, Dani O'Malley #1
Published by Brilliance Audio on October 30, 2012
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 14 hours 51 minutes
My Review (3/12/13):
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning comes the first book in her hotly anticipated new urban paranormal trilogy, set in the world of her blockbuster Fever series.
The year is 1 AWC—After the Wall Crash. The Fae are free and hunting us. It’s a war zone out there, and no two days are alike. I’m Dani O’Malley, the chaos-filled streets of Dublin are my home, and there’s no place I’d rather be.
Dani “Mega” O’Malley plays by her own set of rules—and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the rare humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.
Dani’s ex–best friend, MacKayla Lane, wants her dead, the terrifying Unseelie princes have put a price on her head, and Inspector Jayne, the head of the police force, is after her sword and will stop at nothing to get it. What’s more, people are being mysteriously frozen to death all over the city, encased on the spot in sub-zero, icy tableaux.
When Dublin’s most seductive nightclub gets blanketed in hoarfrost, Dani finds herself at the mercy of Ryodan, the club’s ruthless, immortal owner. He needs her quick wit and exceptional skill to figure out what’s freezing Fae and humans dead in their tracks—and Ryodan will do anything to ensure her compliance.
Dodging bullets, fangs, and fists, Dani must strike treacherous bargains and make desperate alliances to save her beloved Dublin—before everything and everyone in it gets iced.
As a continuation of the Fever series, the first book in the Dani O’Malley trilogy was a bit disappointing. I think this may simply be because I read it directly after finishing Shadowfever, easily one of the most intense books I’ve ever read; Iced had big shoes to fill and it just couldn’t. And I mean it when I say COULDN’T, because I don’t see how Moning could have made as exciting and intense of a novel with a 14-year-old protagonist. I enjoy young adult literature, but this was not young adult. It was a young adult in a very adult setting. She didn’t have the environment and challenges you need to make a young adult book really good and she didn’t have the maturity to make the adult environment and challenges she did face truly great either.
I say all this adoring Dani as a character and really wanting to love the book. The banter that I loved from Mac and Barrons is replaced by some creepy fascination that adult men have for a 14 year old girl – When they seem fatherly it’s great (and an angle I think she should have exploited more) but when it drifts into sexual fantasy it’s just creepy (though perhaps that’s the idea – maybe we’re seeing a character descend and that’s just one aspect of it). And while Dani’s POV was a welcome addition to the Fever books, the transitions to Christian and Kat felt jilting; they didn’t really add to the story in an enjoyable way for me.
I didn’t love it, but I did enjoy it. This book has the thrilling mystery that I’ve come to expect from Moning. I loved seeing what makes Dani tick and I’m excited for the next one. I also look forward to seeing more of Mac and Barrons (even if from Dani’s point of view) something the next books in the series promise to include. And once Dani grows up a bit, which I hear she will do in the next book, I think it will be much better. Overall a bit disappointing, but still enjoyable and worth reading if you’re committed to the Fever series like I am.