Review: Iced (Fever #6 / Dani O’Malley #1) by Karen Marie Moning

February 5, 2013 Fantasy, Review 8

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Iced (Fever #6 / Dani O’Malley #1)
by Karen Marie Moning

Blurb from Goodreads:
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.

My Review:
I pre-ordered Iced, but actually didn’t got around to read it until now. I also was a bit hesitant to start because I was afraid it wouldn’t be as good as the first 5 books of this series. After finishing this book I can say that there is no reason to not read this, it is just as good as the first 5 books and I was happy to be back in the world of Fever for a while. I am already looking forward to the next book.

The story picks up almost right after where Shadowfever ended. Only now Mac isn’t the narrator, but Dani. And there are some new problems that needs to be solved, the most prominently being Dublin slowly turning to ice. As soon as I started reading Iced I felt like I was back in the Fever world, the writing style is the same and it still has the Fever feeling that no other book can compare to. I really enjoyed the story, although there was one tiny part of the plot that I didn’t like. Also there were a few similarities to Darkfever, luckily there are also enough differences.

This story is mostly told from Dani’s point of view, but there are some parts of chapters that are narrated by different person. I did like seeing the different point of view, although it did bother me that there was no clear indication when a part was told by a different pov. Surprisingly in the first few sentences it is always made clear who’s pov it was, so it isn’t confusing, but I still would’ve preferred some clearer means of letting the reader know who’s pov it is.

I did like Dani in the first 5 Fever series book, although I couldn’t imagine how a whole book from her point of view would be. Throughout this book I really started to like Dani. She has such an original view of the world and I like how she thinks. This may also be in part of how different she is to me, she is so full of action, living life to the fullest and always looking forward to the next adventure. I think Dani is a great character and I can’t wait to read more books from her point of view. I wasn’t disappointed at all and actually was surprised how much I liked her.

There are also some new characters introduced and a few old characters about who we get much more information. Dani’s story is really different from Mac’s story and also the characters they interact with differ. I especially liked reading more about Christian, his story was really interesting. And I liked getting to know Dancer, he is such an awesome character. Also Ryodan really gets some character in this book, while in the books from Mac’s pov I never got a good sense of who he is, we do get to know him much better in this book. He did remind me on some points of Barrons, but he also is really different and has some unique personality quirks.

Iced takes place in the same world of the Fever series, so we do know already much about the world that doesn’t need explaining in this book. There are some new problems, which get new explanations and there especially is more attention for how Dublin is dealing now in the aftermath of all that happened in the books before this. So there isn’t much new world building, but I liked how it builds on what we already know of the world and expanded it bit by bit.

To conclude: Iced is just as good as the first 5 books of the Fever series. I really enjoyed it and couldn’t put it down. I started to really like Dani, she really is awesome and I liked reading from her point of view. There are a few new characters in this book, but mostly we get to see more of some characters that took a lesser role in the first 5 books. Iced is definitely a must read for fans of the Fever series and I can’t wait to read more about Dani and her adventures.

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8 Responses to “Review: Iced (Fever #6 / Dani O’Malley #1) by Karen Marie Moning”

  1. Emma - Boekenzee

    Ah glad to hear you ended up liking it 🙂 I know a lot of people have a problem with the whole age thing, guess I am just going to ignore that when I start Iced 😉

    • Lola R

      I actually thought the age thing wasn’t a big deal, but I will explain when you are reading it. Just pick it up and find out what you think of it. In my opinion it is just as good as Fever and Dani is an awesome narrator.

  2. Sharon Martin

    I love it when your start to read a bit unsure if your going to like it then it turns out awesome, theres nothing better. Popping over from the European Bloggers Linky, now following you xx

    • Lola R

      Indeed :). I always hate it when the opposite happen, that I am really looking forward to a book and it turns out disapointing. It is much better to have lower expectations and have the book turn out awesome!

    • Lola R

      Well I am not sure about the rest of the Dani books, but she doens’t have sex in this book. There are some people who like her and have some thoughts about it, but it isn’t as weird as I suspected. I don’t want to give away too much, but I should say, just pick it up and see what you think. If you don’t like it you can always put it down again.

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