Review: Fever Moon – The Fear Dorcha by Karen Marie Moning
Graphic Novel / Urban Fantasy
July 10 2012
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.