Series: Fever #4.5
Published by Del Ray on 7/10/2012
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Graphic Novel
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An all-new Mac & Barrons story by #1 "New York Times" bestselling author Karen Marie Moning, marvelously adapted into a full-color graphic novel by writer David Lawrence and illustrator Al Rio\r\nIn "Fever Moon, " we meet the most ancient and deadly Unseelie ever created, the Fear Dorcha. For eons, he's traveled worlds with the Unseelie king, leaving behind him a path of mutilation and destruction. Now he's hunting Dublin, and no one Mac loves is safe.\r\nDublin is a war zone. The walls between humans and Fae are down. A third of the world's population is dead and chaos reigns. Imprisoned over half a million years ago, the Unseelie are free and each one Mac meets is worse than the last. Human weapons don't stand a chance against them.\r\nWith a blood moon hanging low over the city, something dark and sinister begins to hunt the streets of Temple Bar, choosing its victims by targeting those closest to Mac. Armed only with the Spear of Destiny and Jericho Barrons, she must face her most terrifying enemy yet.
If you’ve been following this blog for five minutes, you know my favorite author in the whole wide world is Karen Marie Moning, and that I’ve read the Fever Series a few times over. And oh yeah, that Jericho Z. Barrons is my book boyfriend. Because drool.
When Moning announced on her Facebook page that she would be releasing a graphic novel tied into the Fever Series, I thought, “Really?” I admit, I was a little, tiny bit skeptical. But as the release date drew closer and closer, and some of Al Rio’s artwork was teased on her page here and there, I began to desperately want a graphic novel for the first time ever. WTF was I, a 12-year-old boy?
And so I bought it. When I say I “bought it,” I really mean I tried to do a Barnes & Noble in-store pickup by ordering on the web, but got declined because of “no stock.” Impossible! I had to call them from work and make the sales guy hunt the books down. They weren’t even on display yet! WHAT’S UP WITH THAT, B&N? DON’T YOU KNOW WHO KAREN MARIE MONING IS OR WHAT THIS BOOK MEANS TO ME?!
It was everything I expected AND THEN SOME. In the Fever Series, Mac encounters the Fear Dorcha, an Unseelie Fae who rendered her speechless – and thoughtless – until the DEG* tells him she is not for him and to “look closer.” The Fear Dorcha backs away. Mac questions the DEG, wanting to know more about this Unseelie Fae she’s never seen before, and in true DEG fashion, she’s left with more riddles.
Fever Moon expounds upon that encounter and tells a nice side story of the Fear Dorcha and all it is capable of. It’s quite a satisfying story actually, because as in any other Fever novel, you begin with questions, but with Fever Moon, you actually leave with a lot of concrete answers. Mac and Barrons interact like usual, in the OMG-please-just-go-bone-right-now-and-get-it-over-with, and it’s of course exciting and, well, just thrilling!
The artwork…it’s phenomenal. Al Rio was truly blessed with an amazing gift. His ability to portray Moning’s world – the readers’ world, because surely now, it’s our world, too – was nothing short of amazing. Each sketch, each character, each page was a beautiful rendition of what I envisioned in my head, right now to the church and bedroom scenes. It was so awesome to see these characters come to life from the imaginations of the author and artists. Al Rio and Cliff Richards were able to capture the very heart of the series in that artwork, and it’s something I’m going to cherish forever. God damn, Al Rio, the world is going to miss you.
If you’re a fan of the series, even if you are unsure about graphic novels, you must get this one. It’s a super-fabulous addition to an already exciting series, and I don’t think you’ll regret it. It was nothing short of amazing.
Rest In Peace, Al Rio.
Disclaimers: This book was purchased with my hard-earned moolah but my review is still honest. Blurb and photo source courtesy of Goodreads. *Dreamy-eyed Guy