Karen Marie Moning, graphic novel

Review of Fever Moon by Karen Marie Moning, Adapted by David Lawrence and Illustrated by Al Rio

Why I Chose this Book

I think I was browsing through overdrive.com’s selection and decided to try a graphic novel. Up until then, I had never downloaded any ebooks from the website. I didn’t know anything about Karen Marie Moning beforehand or the fever series, but I ended up choosing to read Fever Moon. Why this one? Probably because it was available at the time and no Marvel or DC books were available.

Fever Moon

This story exists in the world of the Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning, and this book is number 5.5. The story is set in a world in which demons, humans, and other creatures exist. Mackayla Lane aka “Mac begins to hunt down an unknown entity after her friend Dani is found comatose with her literal mouth missing. Things only intensify as more people close to Mac are mysteriously attacked.

Helping her with her search for the attacker is a friend and “unintentional” lover Barrons, a shapeshifting monster/demon man. As the two search for the attacker, they learn that they must stop the attacker before all of Mac’s friends die and an ancient evil becomes more powerful.

The artwork is typical of your mainstream comic book brands and superhero characters. The art is sleek and professional, but there’s also not much variety in character design. The men have rippling eight packs, and the women are slender and busty unless it’s unrealistic for them to be as in the case of the old librarian lady.

Mild spoilers.

The story was fine enough. A woman must solve the mystery behind attacks on her friends before they are all lost. She figures it out in the nick of time. All is well. I could understand how someone might find the sexuality in the book a little discomforting at times though. Mac seemed to be in a bound sexual relationship that she wasn’t too happy to be in and even when we’re first introduced to Mac in the initial pages we learn that prior to this story she was gang-raped by a horde of demons and was psychologically manipulated to believe that she enjoyed it.


The book is a continuation in a series so, for the newcomer, the weight of the relationships between characters might not be apparent. People like Mac and Barrons seemed to have a relationship that was already established before this book although I think we got a brief explanation of the nature of their relationship. The story is still pretty self-contained though, and one could enjoy it without having read the other books. Overall, the plot and story were competent, but not the most thrilling.

Sidenote: Are seelie and fae the same thing?

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