Review: Burned

Burned by Karen Marie Moning
Series: Fever #7
Release Date: November 24, 2015
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

It’s easy to walk away from lies. Power is another thing.

MacKayla Lane would do anything to save the home she loves. A gifted sidhe-seer, she’s already fought and defeated the deadly Sinsar Dubh—an ancient book of terrible evil—yet its hold on her has never been stronger.

When the wall that protected humans from the seductive, insatiable Fae was destroyed on Halloween, long-imprisoned immortals ravaged the planet. Now Dublin is a war zone with factions battling for control. As the city heats up and the ice left by the Hoar Frost King melts, tempers flare, passions run red-hot, and dangerous lines get crossed. Seelie and Unseelie vie for power against nine ancient immortals who have governed Dublin for millennia; a rival band of sidhe-seers invades the city, determined to claim it for their own; Mac’s former protégé and best friend, Dani “Mega” O’Malley, is now her fierce enemy; and even more urgent, Highland druid Christian MacKeltar has been captured by the Crimson Hag and is being driven deeper into Unseelie madness with each passing day. The only one Mac can depend on is the powerful, dangerous immortal Jericho Barrons, but even their fiery bond is tested by betrayal.

It’s a world where staying alive is a constant struggle, the line between good and evil is blurred, and every alliance comes at a price. In an epic battle against dark forces, Mac must decide who she can trust, and what her survival is ultimately worth.

“Temptation isn’t a sin that you triumph over once, completely and then you’re free. Temptation slips into bed with you each night and helps you say your prayers. It wakes you in the morning with a friendly cup of coffee, and knows exactly how you take it.”

Unpopular opinion time: I really liked this book. I liked it a lot more than Iced anyway. Honestly, I don’t see why so many people didn’t like it. It feels a lot like her previous books in the series (even if this one has more romance than usual).

I really love that we’re back in Mac’s POV (mostly) again. While she may be a bit clueless or silly, I still love her. What can I say? I find her charming and amusing, even if she is frustrating at times.

We’re also learning more about the Nine, as a group and individually. So that was a nice surprise. It was great to see Barrons again and see more of Ryodan. But Lor was what brought some much needed humor and he such a great character to read about.

While not a lot happened in the overall story arc and feels a lot like a middle book, Burned did not disappoint. I’m hoping the next book answers more questions than this one did. (view spoiler) And I’m happy to say KMM’s writing is still fantastic.

Overall, Burned was an entertaining read and if you liked Moning’s previous books you’ll enjoy catching up with all your favorite characters. Also the ending was awesome.

4 stars

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