Jul 12, 2012

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Review: Fever Moon – The Fear Dorcha by Karen Marie Moning

Graphic Novel / Urban Fantasy
July 10 2012
144 pages
Del Rey
Received from publisher

Yummy Man – Barrons
Kick Ass Chick – Mac

From Goodreads –
An all-new Mac & Barrons story by #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning, marvelously adapted into a full-color graphic novel by writer David Lawrence and illustrator Al Rio

In Fever Moon, we meet the most ancient and deadly Unseelie ever created, the Fear Dorcha. For eons, he’s traveled worlds with the Unseelie king, leaving behind him a path of mutilation and destruction. Now he’s hunting Dublin, and no one Mac loves is safe.

Dublin is a war zone. The walls between humans and Fae are down. A third of the world’s population is dead and chaos reigns. Imprisoned over half a million years ago, the Unseelie are free and each one Mac meets is worse than the last. Human weapons don’t stand a chance against them.

With a blood moon hanging low over the city, something dark and sinister begins to hunt the streets of Temple Bar, choosing its victims by targeting those closest to Mac. Armed only with the Spear of Destiny and Jericho Barrons, she must face her most terrifying enemy yet.

When this book was announced, I didn’t know what to do.  Really, I didn’t know if I should read it or not.  You see, I have never read a graphic novel and I have never been into comics.  But it’s a Fever book and it’s about Mac and Barrons and it’s written by Karen Marie Moning!!!  So I decided to give Fever Moon a try.  And what did I think?  Well…

I enjoyed the story.  It takes place during Shadowfever, before Mac and Barrons um…let’s say come to terms with their feelings.  Meaning they are still being very protective of each other but not yet sucking face and there is still some excellent chemistry between them.  You don’t see it as much in this book because it’s an artsy book as opposed to a ‘use your imagination’ book but it’s still there.  The story revolves around a demon who is going around stealing parts of people’s faces and Mac is trying to track this thing down and destroy it.  I bet you are thinking ‘yum’…and you would be right.  Suddenly, the demon attacks people she is linked to so it becomes extra personal for her.  I didn’t quite understand why he was targeting her but *shrugs* whatever.  I also found the end came rather abruptly but I was told that is not uncommon in graphic novels since the story is shorter than a novella so there you go.

We see Dani and Rowena and V’Lane and other characters that we meet in the Fever books…and of course in this case I mean ‘see’ literally.  And what did I think of the way they all looked?  Dani was really well done…even though she’s a tween and has a big rack.  O-o  Mac was quite good.  I did pucture her a little ‘sweeter’ looking but she works.  Barrons…I’m still undecided.  lol  I guess he’s not terrible but not quite how I imagined him looking.  He’s Hulk big in this book and I never thought of him built like that.   To me he had almost a swimmers body but with slightly bigger arms.  And great abs.  And a perfect a** 😉  Dreamy-eyed guy was cool.  V’Lane and the other fae were great.  All the other characters worked too.  My only beef – if you can even call it that – was that Mac was extra sexual and I’m not really into looking at photos of Mac in tiny underwear or with boobs bigger than my head.  I know that is how graphic artwork often is but I just found it odd in a book that is geared for women – at least I assume it is since it’s a Mac and Barrons book.

Seeing that I am no expert, I showed the artwork to Jason, who is into comics and such, and he found the art to be just fantastic!  So it goes to show to each their own.  It was sort of neat to see “Karen’s version” of the characters though.  And there are a few extras in the book such as Karen sharing what it was like to write the Fever books and great description pages about the main characters of the series.  Those were neat to read.

Even though I wasn’t a huge fan of the artwork, I do see myself picking this book up from time to time to peek at the pictures and to possibly read the story when I need a quick Fever/Barrons fix.  That is why I am giving it 3.5 stars.  The story was good and the guy who drew the images really is talented, even though I wouldn’t necessarily hang one of his pictures on my wall.  All in all, I’m glad I picked it up but I don’t think I’d pick up another one.

3.5 stars

If you are curious about the artwork, Karen has posted some peeks on her Facebook page and you can go to her website here and find some sneak peeks.

  1. I’ve been debating about buying this one or not. A part of me really wants it, but another part knows I’ll have a hard time with tit, even if it is Barrons. :sigh:

  2. for me..no, I still haven’t read the series 😉

  3. I’ve been contemplating getting this, too, since I love the books. And just like you, I’ve never read a graphic novel. But I was a little turned off by the artwork Ms. Moning teased us with. Mac was way sexier than I ever pictured her and her eyebrows annoyed me. (I know, the little things…) I wonder if libraries will have it?

  4. Vicki Casso says:

    Don’t know if I want to spend the money. I think not! But then…

  5. I was very surprised when I read that Al Rio (R.I.P.) was chosen for Fever Moon. Sexy, very well-endowed women was what he was known best for and art that has more of an “old school” feel to it. It’s not something that would bother me since I’m familiar with Rio’s work, but it’s also not the best choice for this particular graphic novel, in my opinion.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Julie 😉

  6. One of the reasons I don’t like graphic novels (fancy word for comic books) of my favourite series, is that I want to keep seeing the characers in my head as I made them up. And not like that, often way too young and overendowed characters in a comic book.

  7. I think it’s always a little difficult with comics, there are good ones and less good ones. I confess I’m curious about this one but now anxious about Barron lol.

  8. Colette – Something tells me you’ll have a hard time with it too. lol

    blodeuedd – No. Definitely not for you then. Read the books!

    Liz – The eyebrows? *giggles* If you ask, maybe the library will get it. I think many people will want it through the library. 🙂

    Cat – Not the best choice, no. But if you know his style you know what to expect so it will be all good. 🙂

    aurian – Even after reading this, I will still be picturing the characters as I always saw them. That hasn’t changed for me…thank goodness. lol

    melliane – I don’t blame you. lol

  9. This one is on it’s way to me in the mail this week and I can’t wait to read it. LOVE this series. MORE JZB please!


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