High Voltage by Karen Marie Moning

Posted on 04/12/2018 in Book Review / 0 Comments

High Voltage by Karen Marie MoningHigh Voltage (Fever #10) by Karen Marie Moning
Series: Fever Series #10
Published by Random House on 03/06/2018
Genres: Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Romance
Format: eBook, Hardcover
Source: Purchased

There is no action without consequence…
Dani O’Malley was nine years old when the delusional, sadistic Rowena transformed her into a ruthless killer. Years later, she’s tough, hardened, yet achingly vulnerable and fiercely compassionate, living alone by her own exacting code. Despite the scars on her body, driven by deeper ones carved into her soul, no one is more committed to protecting Dublin. By day, she ensures the safety of those she rescues, by night she hunts evil, dispensing justice swiftly and without mercy, determined to give those she cares for the peace she has never known.
There is no power without price…
When the Faerie Queen used the dangerously powerful Song of Making to heal the world from the damage done by the Hoar Frost King, catastrophic magic seeped deep into the earth, giving rise to horrifying, unforeseen consequences–and now deadly enemies plot in the darkness, preparing to enslave the human race and unleash an ancient reign of hell on Earth.
There is no future without sacrifice…
With the lethal, immortal Ryodan at her side, armed with the epic Sword of Light, Dani once again battles to save the world but her past comes back to haunt her with a vengeance, demanding an unspeakable price for the power she needs to save the human race and no one—not even Ryodan who’d move the very stars for her—can save her this time…

I’m not certain how I feel about the ending to HiVo. I liked the book a lot for about the first two-thirds, but it’s much different from the rest of the Fever series. In HiVo, the story is very much focused on Dani’s character arc, which is great because I love her, but the style format is more similar to Moning’s Highlander books, where each wraps in an “ending”. So for me, even though HiVo ends very satisfactorily (if a little too cleanly for this series), I do wonder where she’s going to take it for book 11 (because according to Goodreads, there is one). And because it ends neatly, I’m not exactly chomping at the bit for the next one.  Hate ’em or love ’em, Moning is known for her cliffhangers, so usually I am dying to get to the next book.  Not the case here.

But let’s hit the highlights:

  • Lots of Dani and finding out about her past.  It is heartbreaking and at the same time, hopeful.
  • Lots of Ryodan and finding out about his past although I am disappointed in how she handles Ryo’s personality.  He is so strong in the other novels and then becomes kind of this– well I don’t want to ruin it for you, but let’s just say he’s very much in touch with his emotions.  Which I am fine with as a rule, but it deviates from his personality in the last nine books.
  • Outstanding questions get answered, finally.  Like Ryodan and Barron’s relationship.
  • Shazam!!  Oh my gosh, Shazam.  What a wise Hel-cat.

The book introduces more elements into the history of the Fae and how they ended up on earth. KMM is delving into Greek and Roman mythology here, so it’s interesting where it all comes together with her fantasy.
She is still one of my favorite authors, but the story is starting to get stale for me, and I never thought I’d say that. I hope the next one is grittier. The last thing I want is for this series to drag on like Laurell K. Hamilton’s Merry Gentry series.

Still though, I think fans will enjoy High Voltage a lot, maybe, possibly.  Look, the book was a little too clean for this series.  People love it because of its grit. But… It’s easy to focus on the bad, the book is sexy, fast-paced and answers those questions you might still have lingering.  I just want to know, where is book 11 going?  More of the 9 and the Gods?

High voltage by karen marie moning book review

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Jennifer is both a book nerd and professional photographer. That means she lives in the fantasy world all the time, whether of her making, or someone else's. She collects books like the Duggar family collects kids, and began waiting for her Hogwarts letter at the tender age of 33.


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