**Review** ICED by Karen Marie Moning

Posted January 15, 2015 by Karen in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

**Review** ICED by Karen Marie MoningICED by Karen Marie Moning
Also by this author: Burned, Feverborn
Published by Delacorte Press, Random House Publishing LLC on October 30, 2012
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 512
Format: eBook
ISBN: 0385344406

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.

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 ~ Karen Ponders ~

First I want to confess that I love the FEVER novels by Karen Marie Moning, no it doesn’t have to do with sharing both first and middle name.  Moning is a thinking readers writer, she does tie up every loose end, she leave scenes for us to ponder and extrapolate on.  She writes like a fine wine tastes, with layers, nuances, undertones, overtones and flavor.  You breath in her books and with every reading you can take away even more depth from the story than you first thought.  I have been on these fevered wild ride since 2006, I didn’t realize that it’s been almost a decade until I looked up the date of the first Fever book, seems like only yesterday that along with Mac, I walked into Barrons Books and Baubles.

ICED by Karen Marie Moning is a solidly written urban fantasy novel. The world that Moning uses as the backdrop of this novel is the superb world she built in the Fever series.  It is a world where both dark (Unseelie) and light (Seelie)Fae now roam our reality; both see humans as toys and food.

The portangious of this book is fourteen year old Dani O’Malley secondary character in the previous Moning Fever books. Note to readers this is not a young adult book despite main character being chronologically a juvenile. Dani has not been a child since she was first caged, by her mother for her own good; or so her mother convinced herself.

The events of this book take place shortly after the end of Fever #5 ShadowFever. This is more than just Dani’s story as Moning also gives us both Kat and Christian’s point of view.  Dublin is not safe and doesn’t even get a chance to breath before more hell on earth breaks loose.

I feel like addressing the age difference between between Dani and the men in her life Christian, Ryodan and Dance. As I have read enough urban fantasy and for an immortal to want to wait for a girl to grow into a woman isn’t beyond belief.  Yes, Christian has inappropriate thoughts, but knows they are, is willing to protect Dani so she can grow up into a woman.  Ryodan’s motives are his own, and with any of the nine those could be sinister or benevolent depends on the day of the week.  He pretty much admits because of Dani’s definition of love, that he does in fact love her.  No the love is not defined, as Moning like the master writer she is will let the reader define that.   Dancer is an older teen and more age appropriate for Dani, but he has secrets of his own.  Nothing untoward takes place between any of these dudes and Dani. Cause dude, she is only fourteen.  A fourteen year old that has seen far too much of life in her short years.

As with all Moning’s books the Fae and their desires and destruction is weaved throughout the story, and the adventure that Dani is on during this book is a blast.  I will admit the first quarter of the book is a little slow, but not because it is written that way.  It’s because we the Fever readers are getting to know Dani, for her own unique character.  I highly recommend this book and can’t wait for BURNED

Note this is my second reading of ICED


About Karen Marie Moning

Karen Marie Moning (rhymes with ‘awning’) is a # 1 New York Times bestselling author of 15 novels, including the RITA award-winning Highlander novels and the internationally bestselling urban fantasy “Fever” series. Her books have been published in nearly 40 languages, and her events draw fans from all over the world.

Moning graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s degree in Society and Law. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a bartender, a computer consultant, and an insurance specialist.

Moning began her career writing paranormal romance set in Scotland but as she became increasingly fascinated with Celtic mythology, she switched genres to Urban Fantasy and location to Dublin, Ireland, so she could focus on the Tuatha de Danann, or Fae–an ancient race of immortal beings who have lived secretly among humans for millennia.

Moning recently completed a graphic novel for Del Rey, featuring an original story about MacKayla Lane and Jericho Barrons, and the first installment in a new Fever World trilogy, ICED. She is under contract with Random House Publishing for two additional books set in the Fever universe.

Photo Credit Brian Braun

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