My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Karen Marie Moning’s newest book, Iced, is still based in the world of her Fever series. While the Fever series focused on Mac and Jericho Barrons, this new series heroine is Dani O’Malley, a fourteen year old sidhe-seer with super powers and the Sword of Light which can kill Seelie and Unseelie.
This series picks up right where Fever left off. Even though Mac and Dani are on the outs (if you haven’t read the Fever series Iced will explain why), she is not alone. Dani is still the smart-mouth teenager we know and love but she gains a whole list of new sidekicks. In this new series she is surrounded a by smart man (Dancer), a powerful man (Ryodan), and a Highlander (Christian). Each man has his reasons for wanting to protect Dani from herself and the dangers of the world in year 1 AWC (After the Wall Crash).
Iced is filled with plenty of creepy Unseelie monsters that we know from the Fever series and a few new and inventive monsters that Moning is so wonderful at creating. There is plenty of action in Iced to keep you on the edge of your seat.
This story is told from three points of view: Dani’s, filled with her classic “feck” floating throughout her speech; Kat, the reluctant new leader of the sidhe-seers; and Christian, the Highlander trying to adjust to his changing world. These three voices add an interesting flavor to the story, as Dani is all youthful enthusiasm, Kat is weighed down by worry, and Christian is consumed with his single-minded vision. It makes for a rich tapestry in storytelling.
I highly recommend this fey story. Moning doesn’t disappoint. I found this first Dani O’Malley story to be as good as the first Fever story. I’m looking forward to a long – dare, I say – fun-filled story. I hope we get to see plenty adventures before Dani is grown up and truly understands everything around her.