Review of Fevered Star
After reading Black Sun, I was pleased to get an advance copy of Fevered Star, which continues the story of a world on the edge of war after the arrival of the Crow God. Like the first novel, this one is full of power-hungry, morally corrupt characters.
The great eclipse and associated assassinations have left a huge power vacuum and everyone is plotting for control. In addition to the many plotters, there are the characters who captured some of my sympathy in Black Sun: Serapio, the Crow God assassin seems lost, with many vying for control of him and his powers. Xiala, who wanted only to re-connect with Serapio, is caught up with his enemies in a tenuous situation. Naranpa, the once and future Sun God, is both horrified and awed by her powers.
As fantasies goes, this series is highly original, basing mythologies on pre-Columbian American native cultures. It also features a matriarchal society, with religions that are being defined and re-defined in the aftermath of the convergence.
I found the constant lack of cooperation, goodness and friendships to be too reminiscent of many things going on the world today. For this reason, I had to put the book aside several times and read something lighter. I don’t think I will continue the series. But many will appreciate all the treachery and intrigue in a well-written story with a fresh approach to fantasy.
Through Netgalley, the publisher provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
About Fevered Star by Rebecca Roanhorse
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?
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