by Karen Marie MoningPublished by: Delacorte Press Publish Date: October 30, 2012 Genre: Urban Fantasy Series: Dani O’Malley #1, Fever Series #6 Source: Personal audiobook from Audible
Blurb from Goodreads:
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.
First, let me start by saying that Shadowfever is STILL at the top of my “Favorite Books EVER” list. I am a die hard Fever series fan, which means that I am quite attached to Mac and Barrons… and the MacKeltars… but I digress. I was very hopeful when I learned that Ms Moning was doing a spin-off Fever series. However, when I learned that Dani O’Malley would be the protagonist, I began to have some reservations. I am not the biggest fan of Young Adult books. Reason being, I’ve already been through the coming-of-age lessons, I’d rather just skip to adulthood. Dani is only 14, very young with many life lessons and maturity to learn. I grabbed the audio book and began listening, and I will admit, despite my reservations, I was completely hooked on this story.
Iced picks up where Shadowfever ended. Except now, Dani is the focus of the story. Dani is young, immature, and has much to learn, but the story deals with very adult issues. In true teenage fashion, Dani thinks the world revolves around her (she has superpowers after-all), and she never thinks or truly comes to terms with the consequences of her actions. Throughout the book, Dani does begin to grow, but she still has a ways to go. Meanwhile, certain males are keeping an eye on Dani, eagerly waiting for her to be of age. That part is kind of creepy to me. Having super-old Ryoden, Christian MacKeltar (who is on the verge of becoming an unseelie prince), and Dancer (a young man/genius) all circling Dani and being possessive of her feels weird. The girl is only 14! Yes, once she grows up, she will be an awesome woman and heroine, but she still has so much immaturity. The whole “men who prey on younger women” vibe just doesn’t sit well with me and never has.
Age issues aside, the story was full of action, otherworldly monsters and fae, and well, Ryoden. There is a mysterious monster freezing parts of Dublin and Ryoden tasks Dani to help find the culprit. Dani does not like feeling controlled and does her best to rebel, which forces Ryoden to get tough with her. While Ryoden’s actions are somewhat questionable, I understood that Dani needed someone to put her in her place and give her more perspective (that whole “think about the consequences” thing).
Ryoden. Ryoden intrigues me. He has big, undisclosed plans for Dani. But, Ryoden is disillusioned by humanity and is often taken off-guard by Dani. Dani’s humor, spunk, and stubbornness are a challenge to the big bad beasty and provides for quality entertainment reading. Having said that, the whole issue with Jo threw me off. I didn’t get it or the purpose behind it, and that whole situation had me scratching my head.
I could discuss this book for forever it seems. Karen Marie Moning is such an awesome author. Iced is a compelling story, full of action and intriguing characters. I have no idea where Karen Marie Moning will take this story, how she will resolve Dani’s age to the story, and what all the endgames are. Despite my reservations, I did love this book and I know that I will be picking up the next installment as soon as I possibly can.
*Note on the Audio* The narrators for this audiobook are Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross. Both narrators do a fantastic job narrating this story. Phil Gigante nailed the accent of Christian MacKeltar and the deep timbre of Ryoden’s voice. The narration made this story come alive for me, and I really hope that they narrate the next book as well.
So, Fever fans and Moning Maniacs, what did you think? Are you okay with the age thing? What are your thoughts about the “Jo Situation” (as I call it)?