I completed this book well over a month ago. I'm not sure why it's taken me so long to actually write the review. Not only did the holidays keep me preoccupied, it could possibly be that I was waiting to get closer to the release date of book 7, Burned, which comes out in a few short weeks.
Release Date: October 30, 2012 | First published January 1, 2012
Format: Audio MP3
Pages: Mass Market Paperback: 495 pages/ Audio Length: Approx 15 hours
Narrator: Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Date: January 7, 2015
Rating: 4 bookmarks
Synopsis: 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.
Iced picks up one year after the wall between the worlds crashed on all Hallow's Eve. A third of the human race was wiped out that night. There's no official human government, the whole world it's a war zone between Seely and Unseely Fae, humans, and tons of things that do more than go bump in the night. In addition to all of that, various locations all across Dublin are getting iced over then blown to bits without any clear cause.
Fourteen year old Dani is out on her own. The Sidhre Seers leader, Rowena, is dead. She and Mac are on the outs. Cruce, a War Prince is frozen below the abbey.... and part of the Sihre SeDubh book inside Vlane's body along with the War Prince. Yes, all hell has officially broken loose and it's only getting worse. How does Dani fit into all of the drama? Simply put, she's got a new job.
Moning not only tells a whirlwind of a story with tons of characters, she keeps the plot interesting. I never can figure out exactly what's is coming, and I like that. Moning also delves into Dani's past and it was necessary to learn about where she came from and why she is what she is. Learning more about Barrons men was interesting as well. Ryodan is just as rude and crude as Barrons (if not worse)...and a whole lot less likable. I didn't like Barrons at first, so it's entirely possible that Ryodan can redeem himself. Christian McKelter is another one to watch. He was originally on the "good guy" side of things, but now that he's turning into an Unseely King, I don't know what to make of him except that he's a bit crazy.
I had a issue with how Ryodan and Christian were acting about Dani. I have a hard time believing that a twenty-two year old and a man is old as dirt are both fighting over a fourteen year old girl. So strange and creepy! What's so amazing or rather enraging about the situation is the fact that the whole time you clearly know intentions of Christian & Ryodan, but Dani's clearly oblivious! Thank goodness for Dancer to balance things out. Dancer is a fun new character and he's a age appropriate choice for Dani as he's seventeen years old. He's got lots of strong points and is a very likable character.
My biggest issue with this installment was the cliff hanger. It was okay at best. There wasn't a huge shocker like some of the other books. While I felt a little slighted because of that, I still enjoyed the story.
I'm looking forward to listening to Burned on audio. The narrators that I so enjoy in this series are back again. There's no other way to do these audiobooks justice other than having both male and female narrators.
Have you been keeping up with the Fever series? Did you enjoy Iced? If you've read through book five, and you're fans of Mac and Barrons, you should continue on with Iced. The series is going in a different direction and Mac and Barrons are back in the next book, Burned. I don't know in what capacity exactly, but it should be interesting. Moning is really keeping us on toes with the redirection of the series.
Happy Reading & Listening,