Feverborn

Feverborn

by Karen Marie Moning

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ISBN-13: 9780440246435
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/29/2016
Series: Fever Series , #8
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 51,613
Product dimensions: 4.15(w) x 6.86(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Karen Marie Moning is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fever series, featuring MacKayla Lane, and the award-winning Highlander series. She has a bachelor’s degree in society and law from Purdue University.

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1

“It’s the end of the world as we know it . . .”

I grew up believing in rules, thanks to my parents, Jack and Rainey Lane. I didn’t always like them and I broke them when they didn’t work for me, but they were sturdy things I could rely on to shape the way I lived and keep me—­if not totally on the straight and narrow, at least aware there was a straight and narrow I could return to if I got to feeling lost.

Rules serve a purpose. I once told Rowena they were fences for sheep, but fences do more than merely keep sheep in a pasture where shepherds can guide them. They provide protection in the vast and frightening unknown. The night isn’t half as scary when you’re in the center of a fluffy-­butted herd, bumping rumps with other fluffy butts, not able to see too much, feeling secure and mostly normal.

Without fences of any kind, the dark night beyond is clearly visible. You stand alone in it. Without rules, you have to decide what you want and what you’re willing to do to get it. You must embrace the weapons with which you choose to arm yourself to survive.

What we achieve at our best moment doesn’t say much about who we are.

It all boils down to what we become at our worst moment.

What you find yourself capable of if . . . say . . .

You get stranded in the middle of the ocean with a lone piece of driftwood that will support one person’s weight and not a single ounce more—­while floating beside a nice person that needs it as badly as you do.

That’s the moment that defines you.

Will you relinquish your only hope of survival to save the stranger? Will it matter if the stranger is old and has lived a full life or young and not yet had the chance?

Will you try to make the driftwood support both of you, ensuring both your deaths?

Or will you battle savagely for the coveted float with full cognizance the argument could be made—­even if you merely take the driftwood away without hurting the stranger and swim off—­that you’re committing murder?

Is it murder in your book?

Would you cold-­bloodedly kill for it?

How do you feel as you swim away? Do you look back? Do tears sting your eyes? Or do you feel like a motherfucking winner?

Impending death has a funny way of popping the shiny, happy bubble of who we think we are. A lot of things do.

I live in a world with few fences. Lately, even those are damned rickety.

I resented that. There was no straight and narrow anymore. Only a circuitous route that required constant remapping to dodge IFPs, black holes, and monsters of every kind, along with the messy ethical potholes that mine the interstates of a postapocalyptic world.

I stared at the two-­way glass of Ryodan’s office, currently set to privacy—­floor transparent, walls and ceiling opaque—­and got briefly distracted by the reflection of the glossy black desk behind me, reflected in the darkened glass, reflected in the desk, reflected in the glass, receding into ever-­smaller tableaus, creating a disconcerting infinity-­mirror effect.

Although I stood squarely between the desk and the wall, I was invisible to the world, to myself. The Sinsar Dubh was still disconcertingly silent, and for whatever reason, still cloaking me.

I cocked my head, studying the spot where I should be.

Nothing looked back. It was bizarrely fitting.

That was me: tabula rasa—­the blank slate. I knew somewhere I had a pen but I seemed to have forgotten how to use it. Or maybe I’d just wised up enough to know what I held these days was no Easy-­Erase marker of my youth, scrubbed off by the gentle swipe of a moistened cloth, but a big, fat-­tipped Sharpie: black and bold and permanent.

Dani, stop running. I just want to talk to you . . .

Dani was gone. There was only Jada now. I couldn’t unwrite our fight. I couldn’t unwrite that Barrons and I moved those mirrors. I couldn’t unwrite the choice of mirrors Dani made that took her to the one place too dangerous to follow. I couldn’t change the terrible abusive childhood that fractured her, with which she dealt brilliantly and creatively in order to survive. Of them all, that was what I really wished I could erase.

I felt immobilized by the many ways I could screw things up, acutely aware of the butterfly effect, that the tiniest, most innocuous action could trigger unthinkable catastrophe, painfully evidenced by the result of my trying to confront Dani. Five and a half years of her life were gone, leaving a dispassionate killer where the exuberant, funny, emotional, and spectacularly uncontainable Mega had once stood.

Lately I’d taken some comfort in the thought that although Jericho Barrons and his men were way the hell out there on the fringes of humanity, they’d figured out a code to live by that benefited them while doing modest damage to our world. Like me, they had their inner beasts but had spawned a set of rules that kept their savage nature in check.

Mostly.

I’d settle for mostly.

I’d been telling myself I, too, could choose a code and stick to it, using them as my role models. I snorted, morbidly amused. The role models I had a year ago and the ones I had now were certainly polar opposites.

I glanced up at the monitor that revealed the half-­darkened stone chamber where, on the edge of that darkness, Barrons and Ryodan sat watching a figure in the shadows.

I held my breath waiting for the figure to once again lumber forward into the pallid light streaking the gloom. I wanted a second thorough look to confirm if what I suspected at first glance was true.

When it shuddered and stumbled to its feet, arms swinging wildly as if fighting off unseen attackers, Barrons and Ryodan uncoiled and assumed fighting posture.

The figure exploded from the shadows and lunged for Ryodan’s throat with enormous taloned hands. It was rippling, changing, fighting to hold form and failing, morphing before my eyes. In the low light cheetah-­gold irises turned crimson then blood-­smeared gold then crimson again. Long black hair fell back from a smooth forehead that abruptly rippled and sprouted a prehensile crest. Black fangs gleamed in the low light, then were white teeth, then fangs again.

I’d seen this morphing enough times to know what it was.

The Nine could no longer be called that.

There were ten of them now.

Barrons blocked the Highlander before he reached Ryodan, and suddenly all three were blurs as they moved in a manner similar to Dani’s freeze-­framing ability, only faster.

Make me like you, I’d said to Barrons recently. Though in all honesty I doubt I’d have gone through with it. At least not at the moment, in the state I was in, inhabited by a thing that terrified me.

Never ask me that, he’d growled. His terse reply had spoken volumes, confirming he could if he wanted to. And I’d known in that wordless way he and I understand each other that not only did he loathe the idea, it was one of their unbreakable rules. Once, he’d found me lying in a subterranean grotto on the verge of death, and I suspect he’d considered the idea. Perhaps a second time when his son had ripped out my throat. And been grateful he’d not had to make the choice.

Ryodan however did make that choice. And not for a woman, fueled by the single-­minded passion that drove the Unseelie king to birth his dark court, but for reasons unfathomable to me. For a Highlander he barely knew. The owner of Chester’s was once again an enigma. Why would he do such a thing? Dageus had died or at the very least was dying, lanced by the Crimson Hag, battered and broken by a horrific fall into the gorge.

People die.

Ryodan never gives a bloody damn.

Barrons was furious. I didn’t need sound—­although I sure would have liked it—­to know down in that stone chamber something primal was rattling in Barrons’s chest. Nostrils flared, eyes narrowed, his teeth flashed on a snarl as he spat words I couldn’t hear and they attempted to subdue the Highlander without using killing force. Which I suspected was more a damage-­control technique than a kindness, because if Dageus died he would come back at the same place they do when reborn. Then they’d have to go wherever that was to retrieve him, which would not only be a pain in the ass but make a tenth person who knew where the forbidden spot was—­a thing not even I knew.

I frowned. Then again maybe I was making assumptions that didn’t hold water. Maybe they came back wherever individually they died, which would put Dageus somewhere in a German mountain range.

Whatever.

Like Barrons, I was pissed.

If Ryodan broke rules with impunity, how was I supposed to figure out where to draw my own lines? What were lines really worth if you just crossed them whenever you felt like it?

My role models sucked.

I circled the desk and perched on Ryodan’s chair, staring up at the LED screens lining the perimeter on the opposite wall, wishing I could read lips.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love KMM and all her books but I feel the latest two (Burned & Feverborn) were slightly lacking in character and plot development. They seemed more like fillers that failed to answer many questions from the previous storylines and created new storylines with even more unanswered questions which left me frustrated!!! How about closing out some of the ongoing storylines before introducing anymore? Mac's story has become stale and I found myself skimming through her chapters with more than a few eyerolls. She seems to have become whiney and stagnant. I would love her to focus less on how she/ her life used to be, everything that has gone wrong, all the things that can potentially go wrong and just embrace all the change. If she stopped being so broody maybe she would be a stronger asset to the group trying to save the world. I also think Mac and Barron's story should be left in the background. Not sure why its still a main focus with whole chapters devoted to it. I get it...they like to have sex...a lot. Awesome now let's move on to other potential relationships like Ryodan, Dancer, Christian & Dani/Jada. Let's have more about Dani/Jada all around. She has become such an interesting character but sadly, not enough chapters have been given to her to allow her story to be told. Please focus more on Dani/Jada in future books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not a book, but an idea that should have been chapters in a book, it was seriously lacking and is not worth the cost. I am not sure if the author or the publishing company is making the decision to dumb down the storyline to extend the series or increase the profits. It is definitely a mistake, as I have read freebies and other self published authors who provided the entertainment that every reader wants. Charlaine Harris did the same thing with her Sookie Stackhouse books, the last few so bad that I would never read her again. I will not purchase future volumes as I feel the passion that drove the author is waning and I will be similarly disappointed. I like others like the story, but am unwilling to waste my time and money on less than from an author I enjoyed. A couple of the others in the series showed signs of this, but this one has been the worse. I know there will be fans who disagree, but anything is not better than nothing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a big KMM fan and I really wanted to love this book but I was so disappointed. The last book was not the best but this was worse. It was absolutely boring. Nothing happened until the end and then a cliffhanger. So many questions remain unanswered from the last book. I never thought I would say this but I doubt I will buy any more of these books. Maybe it's passed time for the series to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ugh. Loved diving headfirst back into the Fever world. As usual, another cliffhanger for an ending. Good gravy , we will have to wait another year for the conclusion. Some people will say Mac is whiny again in this book. I disagree. There's a point in the book where Mac describes herself. When you read it, youll find its a perfect analogy of why she can't do much but think. I give this book 4 and a half stars as I just wish there was more from Dani and more between Jada and Ryodan. Oh but there's at least 2 moments that I absolutely melt for Ryodan. I can't wait for the conclusion and I really hope that Jada/Dani gets her happy ever after (with Ryodan!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Completely awesome and in keeping with the rest of the books. This series has never fizzled for me. It definitely is a filler book though. It's a continuation of Burned and a cliffhanger to Feversong, so don't expect a standalone plot line. That being said, I was still completely entertained every word of the way. Can't wait for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it! Breathe it in and you will definitely be left wanting more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this series. I read the first 6 twice in anticipation of the last two books but I have to say I'm let down. This latest edition to the series, like the one before, feels half done. To be honest, I feel ripped off. It's like karen wrote a really amazing sequel and then decided to chop it up into mini episodes so it could be dragged out into 5 more books intead of one. This latest edition is only 300 pages and change because the last 50 pages are the same reference section at the end of every book. I dont mind a short read but it needs to have a plot. It doesnt work to have a year between episodes to tell a single story. In Iced there was an introduction of new story lines but there was a plot as the anchor. The Hoar Frost King was realized, fought, and defeated AND we had so many new characters developed and story lines introduced to draw us in for the next read. This last book felt like a prologue...wheres the story? There was a chapter shoved in the middle of the book with the Unseelie King and the Seelie Queen that just took up space. Did we really need to have another story line introduced just to see it, and all the others, left to hang for the next two years? Im so dissappointed. Maybe Ill give it 6-7 years and wait for the rest of the "serial" to come out before picking up another Fever Book and read them all in one sitting...or maybe not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite series. 1-5 are amazing! I was really worried after reading Burned that the story was going in a direction that no longer held an interest for me. Honestly, I felt the novelty wear off and I wasn't as excited for Feversong. I have to say that I actually thoroghly enjoyed it even though the characters seem different than the first 5 books. Barrons is much softer. Mac is whiny and I felt like she was scatter brained or maybe I felt the whole book was a bit scattered (intentional?). Dani is dark, depressed, but still badass. I don't understand the Lor chapters. I never really felt he was integral to the story. And Dancer? I feel like he lost some cool points. He no longer seems like he's hiding secrets. He just seems, well, normal. The story line was good even with confusing transitions. The only thing that bugged me was the taboo from prior books seems to be okay in this one. However, I realize it was for a purpose. I'll always be a KMM fan. And the book was great but I'm over Mac/JBZ. I'm ready for Christians highlander book. And a Dani/Ryo.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So, I absolutely love these books. When people ask for recommendations, I ask them first if they like romance fiction. Then I direct them to the Highlander series but I always tell them that the Fever books are completely different. They are dark, gritty, urban fantasy. Feverborn is no different. We follow Mac's internal struggles, we feel her chaos and confusion. We also see Dani bleeding back into Jada, which, for those of us who missed the Mega, is a wonderful development. My only complaint is that the book is too short. Burned and Feverborn feel like one book not two. However, the ending is epic. It drops a bomb and leaves the reader hanging hard. Gobsmacked, that is what the ending left me...Gobsmacked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
5 stars- I absolutely LOVED it! I eagerly awaited the release of this book after Burned left me feeling a little disappointed. However, KMM upped her A-game, and I can say Feverborn is one of my favorite Fever books now. I devoured it! It does leave a few questions unanswered from previous books, and brought up a few more, but in all, I was 100% satisfied with it as several issues were resolved during the story. Yes, there is another cliffhanger ending, but it wouldn't be a KMM novel without one! I love books that leave me dying to know what comes next! Many of the characters we know and love are there, with the exception of Jo and Kat (who apparently have other things going on during this story), you'll find out a little more about the Nine (Ten?), and a glimpse at what happened to Dani/Jada in the Silvers, as well as watch events unfold from Mac's POV like in the first 5 fever novels. You'll get Christian, Lor, Dageus, Cruce, and the Keltars, plus learn more about the ZEWs and meet a new character that gives me the chills! What more can you ask for from a book in a series??? Maybe some answers, but I trust KMM will give us those before ending the series a few books out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I, like many others, waited as the release was pushed back repeatedly. This book was a let down. It lacked the intensity that her other books had, it didnt draw you in to the world of mac or danni. To be honast, i would have preferred more of danni/Jada. And the lack of interest by Christian in Jada/danni also was a deviation that wasnt explained. Will i read the next book, yes. But i wont be in a rush to get it on the day it is available.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE All KMM Books!
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Every time I think this series couldn't get any better a new book comes out and I'm blown away. Eagerly awaiting the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always a wild and turbulent ride. Laughter, tension, chemistry and wow...Dani my tears for you. I'm already dying for the next novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all these books and can't wait for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So good!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read for any KMM fan! Many twists and turns. Can't wait for the next one! You should read the books in order to really do the series justice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
FEVERBORN takes you deeper into the minds of Mac, Jada, and the Nine. We finally get to learn some of their secrets, but there's still so much we don't know. This book will take you for a ride full of twists and turns. Sometimes you'll want to close your eyes for fear of what's ahead, but instead you turn that next page, unable to look away. Another absolutely fantastic story by the incomparable Karen Marie Moning.
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TosaGirl More than 1 year ago
I loved it. Worth reading twice just to get all the info. Can't wait for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series! Well worth reading from the first novella, all the Highlander stories and into the Fever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all things Karen Marie Moning!! This book however beats them all. Great character development, raw grief and passion, not one but two climaxes!! Try the whole series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ended too soon, thank KMM for series that keep on giving!