Book Review: Burned by Karen Moning


Book Description:

It’s easy to walk away from lies. Power is another thing.

MacKayla Lane would do anything to save the home she loves. A gifted sidhe-seer, she’s already fought and defeated the deadly Sinsar Dubh—an ancient book of terrible evil—yet its hold on her has never been stronger.

When the wall that protected humans from the seductive, insatiable Fae was destroyed on Halloween, long-imprisoned immortals ravaged the planet. Now Dublin is a war zone with factions battling for control. As the city heats up and the ice left by the Hoar Frost King melts, tempers flare, passions run red-hot, and dangerous lines get crossed.

Seelie and Unseelie vie for power against nine ancient immortals who have governed Dublin for millennia; a rival band of sidhe-seers invades the city, determined to claim it for their own; Mac’s former protégé and best friend, Dani “Mega” O’Malley, is now her fierce enemy; and even more urgent, Highland druid Christian MacKeltar has been captured by the Crimson Hag and is being driven deeper into Unseelie madness with each passing day. The only one Mac can depend on is the powerful, dangerous immortal Jericho Barrons, but even their fiery bond is tested by betrayal.

It’s a world where staying alive is a constant struggle, the line between good and evil gets blurred, and every alliance comes at a price. In an epic battle against dark forces, Mac must decide who she can trust, and what her survival is ultimately worth.

Book Review:

I’ve been a long time reader of Karen Moning, all the way back to her highlander books. In my opinion, Iced was her finest work to date and one of my favorite books. I felt a great anticipation for Burned, which grew steadily in the two year wait. After all, if she could write Iced in a year, Burned had to be the end all be all of urban fantasy if it took her twice as long. Now, I’m feeling a bit singed myself.

Before I get into why I was disappointed, I still have to give Burned its due. The writing, the choice of words and the care put into every sentence, still sets Moning apart from the crowd. She’s a truly gifted wordsmith and this book was no different. My beef is with the plot. It wasn’t the concrete goal and conflict I’d come to expect from her. It almost seemed more of an after thought.

Another issue I had and this stems from my own personal tastes is, having so many point of views. When I read, I don’t like to get a taste of this and that, I want a main character I can feast upon. And the fact that the main point of view wasn’t Dani, like I’d been anticipating, didn’t help the matter. Yes, we do get some, but not nearly what I’d expected after coming off of Iced.

So how do I justify my four star rating? Because Moning, even at her worst, is much better than most.

4 Stars



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2 thoughts on “Book Review: Burned by Karen Moning”

  1. I’ve always wanted to read Moning’s work, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. The synopses are captivating, which I’m sure reads true in the actual novel. After reading your review and the quote ‘Because Moning, even at her worst, is much better than most.’ it is affirmed in my mind that she is a must have on my ‘to-read’ list!

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