I absolutely love-love-loved Black Sun, and so when I saw this pop up on Netgalley, I leapt upon it like a hungry animal.
So many thanks to the author, as well as Saga Press via NetGalley for the review copy!~
There are no tides more treacherous than those of the heart. —Teek saying
The great city of Tova is shattered. The sun is held within the smothering grip of the Crow God’s eclipse, but a comet that marks the death of a ruler and heralds the rise of a new order is imminent.
The Meridian: a land where magic has been codified and the worship of gods suppressed. How do you live when legends come to life, and the faith you had is rewarded?
As sea captain Xiala is swept up in the chaos and currents of change, she finds an unexpected ally in the former Priest of Knives. For the Clan Matriarchs of Tova, tense alliances form as far-flung enemies gather and the war in the heavens is reflected upon the earth.
And for Serapio and Naranpa, both now living avatars, the struggle for free will and personhood in the face of destiny rages. How will Serapio stay human when he is steeped in prophecy and surrounded by those who desire only his power? Is there a future for Naranpa in a transformed Tova without her total destruction?
This is the continuing story of the characters that were introduced in Black Sun, mainly Serapio, Xiala, and Naranpa. It is the middle book of a planned trilogy, and to me, it didn’t suffer at all from any sort of ‘middle book syndrome’ because while most of the plot was definitely setting things up for book three, it was still a fast-paced read with fantastic prose, and characters I never wanted to stop reading about.
Serapio and his struggle with being the living avatar of the Crow God was my favorite part of this one, as Serapio was also my favorite character in Black Sun, and since he was never actually intended to survive the events of Black Sun, seeing him at all was a little ‘yaaaaay!’ for me. Serapio’s struggle with being perceived as human despite being among people who worship him as a god, and being separated from the only person who ever treated him as just a person was really well done. I got kicked with a few of the feels for Serapio just like I did in book one. Naranpa and Xiala’s stories were also engaging and made this story hard to put down. It’s a quick read, and I read it in just two sittings.
All told, I thought that Fevered Star was a wonderful sequel to Black Sun. I can’t wait to read the third book in the series. This has been one of the best fantasy series I’ve read in a while. 4.5/5 stars!~
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