Iced: A Dani O’Malley Novel (Fever Series)
by: Karen Marie Moning
Publshed by: Delacorte Press
Published: October 30, 2012
Reviewed by: Maria G.
Publisher’s Blurb: 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.
My Review: After reading Shadowfever I, like many others, thought, “Is this really the end to the series?”
For a couple of months, we held on to hope that Karen Marie Moning would just take a couple of years off and then give us a new chapter in this beloved series. That was not the case…
What we got was a novella that was based in the Highlander Series, but gave us some insight into the Unseelie King and what drives him. We also got to see our beloved Mac and Barrons in graphic novel form as they set off on a new adventure that revolved around the Fear Dorcha and finally we got the first in a trilogy that revolved around the diminutive powerhouse and once sidekick to Mac, Dani Mega O’Malley.
Wait, are you scratching your head at the choice of a new central character in this universe. Well, to tell you the truth… I had my doubts also. Yes, Dani is entertaining and her relationship with Mac and Barrons was a great plot point in the main Fever series, but is she enough to carry this series and help move it on to the next chapter? After reading this first book, I can honestly say yes.
I am trying to not give away too much of the plot… So, bear with me.
We follow Dani and her merry, well not so merry, band of so-called “Superheroes” as they attempt to save their beloved Dublin (and the world) from a dreaded creature that originates from faery.
As the story progresses, we learn more and more about Dani, the men that protect and own Chester’s, (which is the last remaining club that allows willing humans and the unseelie to interact), we see how humanity is surviving after the wall fell and we also get to learn more about two Unseelie Princes and the troubles of the humans they interact with.
Before I go on, I want you to know that even if Dani is the voice and is the main protagonist of Iced, there was a slew of characters that she encounters and interacts with that help make this book so enjoyable, like the men that refuse to leave her side: Ryodan (yes, Ryodan), Christian (yep… that Christian) and Dancer (her best friend).
Then there are the Sidhe-seers in the Abbey and their calamitous plight as they try to keep a certain someone in check. We also get to learn more about her friend Jo and one of Ryodan’s men named Lor… who, for all intense purposes, has become my new favorite in the series.
The best part of this story is Dani; she is this positive and determined ball of energy that has found a purpose in a world where hope is almost completely lost. In a lot of ways, she really is a superhero. But, it does not stem from her speed, it comes from her compassion. She sees herself as protector and no one will stop her from being that person. At times, you forget that she is a child, but then she says certain things and you realize that this adolescent has freely and willingly taken on all this burden that everyone else has shirked and as you shadow her on her journey all you can so is cheer her on and hope that she fulfills her destiny… whatever that is.
There are some horrific moments, some movie-quality action sequences and some moments that make you stop and fall off your chair laughing. There is this one chapter that encompasses all of the above and it had me on the edge of my seat and it alone is worth the price of purchasing this book.
By the way, that last chapter in the book will make you go, “Oh S*&@!”
Do I recommend this book? Yes, I give it five out of five stars. So, go to your local bookstore or hop on-line and pick Iced up.