Narrator: Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
Series: Fever Series #7, Dani O'Malley #2
Published by Delacorte Press, Brilliance Audio on January 20, 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 13 hours 9 minutes
Grrrr. Why? Perhaps I expected too much? Even after all the less than glowing reviews, I hoped that I would be that one person that loved Burned. I wasn’t. Though there were definitely moments of greatness, there were far too many moments in-between and they took to long to come. It wasn’t until the halfway point that things really started happening and I’m still not convinced that what did happen couldn’t have happened in just a few chapters.
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.
Burned was clearly a transitional novel and *hopefully* we’re all setup for great things now. And as much as I know these kinds of novels will happen in a series of any real length, I don’t expect them when I’ve waited so bloody long.
The crazy thing? My biggest complaint is the reverse of my complaint from Iced. I missed Dani and could have stood for a LOT less Mac! I love the Mac and Barrons of the Fever series before Iced – but this Mac and Barrons is hardly recognizable to me. They’re bickering, yes – but rather than the sexual heat from before these arguments feel contrived.
And I can’t blame Barrons for being fed up with Mac. I’m fed up with her! What happened to the woman who would potentially end the world because of her grief? Now she sits idly by for weeks?!?! Come on!
So I like Mac less and what do I get? Chapter after chapter of her, just waiting to get Dani’s POV. I think we had MAYBE three early chapters from Dani’s POV and that was it! Very frustrating, since a lot was going on there.
Thankfully, there were shining elements. There was a fair bit of pretty darn good action in the middle-end bits. And the developments in that last half are filled with possibilities and questions. And, of course, Natalie Ross and Phil Gigante delivered a flawless performance that made even the slowest bits a decent listen.
Am I disappointed? Yes. Am I done with the series? Hell no! I have lots of hope that we can only go up from here. And hopefully faster 🙂
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