The year is 1 AWC—After the Wall Crash. The Fae are free and hunting us. It’s a war zone out there, and no two days are alike. I’m Dani O’Malley, the chaos-filled streets of Dublin are my home, and there’s no place I’d rather be.
Dani “Mega” O’Malley plays by her own set of rules—and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the rare humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.
Dani’s ex–best friend, MacKayla Lane, wants her dead, the terrifying Unseelie princes have put a price on her head, and Inspector Jayne, the head of the police force, is after her sword and will stop at nothing to get it. What’s more, people are being mysteriously frozen to death all over the city, encased on the spot in sub-zero, icy tableaux.
When Dublin’s most seductive nightclub gets blanketed in hoarfrost, Dani finds herself at the mercy of Ryodan, the club’s ruthless, immortal owner. He needs her quick wit and exceptional skill to figure out what’s freezing Fae and humans dead in their tracks—and Ryodan will do anything to ensure her compliance.
Dodging bullets, fangs, and fists, Dani must strike treacherous bargains and make desperate alliances to save her beloved Dublin—before everything and everyone in it gets iced.
Dani is a young girl of extraordinary talents. She is forcibly recruited to work for Ryodan, a man of questionable background, when a mysterious force starts to freeze parts of post-apocalyptic Dublin.
I’m absolutely in love with this book. When I read Moning’s earlier Fever books, I’d always felt Dani was slightly annoying. I actually hesitated to read this because I thought I was going to hate having her as the lead protagonist. Wow, was I wrong. Dani absolutely leaps off the pages in this story. Her brashness in the other books is still there but somehow not as irritating when you’re in her head and get a better understanding of her.
Dani’s interplay with Ryodan is always entertaining and there’s a slew of other interesting secondary characters. This is a book you can really sink into. Moning’s world building in this series just keeps getting better.
If you follow my reviews, you’re probably sitting back and waiting for the big BUT. I don’t have any. I loved this book from cover to cover, well technically it was power on to power off. I’m such a fan, I want to defend some of the other criticisms I’ve seen written like the fact that she’s very young to be in some of the circumstances she’s placed in or the violence towards her. I won’t defend them even though I can understand other readers having issues. It didn’t bother me.