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Fever Moon by Karen Marie Moning; Adapted by David Lawrence
Cover Artist: Al Rio and Cliff Richards
Review by Gayle Surrette
Del Rey Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780345525482
Date: 10 July 2012 List Price $25.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK

Links: Karen Moning's Website / Al Rio's Website / Show Official Info /

Dublin is a war zone. Magic is back in the world -- good and bad -- and also all the creatures of dreams and nightmares. Someone or something is stealing faces, or rather parts of faces. When it happens to a friend of Mac's, she's determined to find out what or who is at the bottom of this weird crime. And, more importantly, how to stop it.

I've never read any of the previous book in this universe by Karen Marie Moning so jumping into this graphic novel didn't upset any mental images that I'd formed of the characters and their world from the written descriptions in the books. Often readers get an image in their head of what the characters look like and when put into graphic form, even with the input of the author, they may differ from those formed by readers. I didn't have that problem -- so don't know how fans of the series will react to the depiction of their favorite characters.

The story is filled with action, and takes us throughout the Dublin of this universe as Mac tries to gather clues and understand what is happening to the victims, who or what is stealing their faces (or parts of faces), and why. But she's also got to find a way to heal the victims and stop the creature that is terrorizing the city.

The artwork is stunning and in full color throughout. Each character is strongly drawn and distinguishable from all the other characters -- which is handy when the action begins. The background of the city is harsh, dark, and dangerous and, as you'd expect of a book with magical creatures, most action takes place at night. This is not a world where the living is easy for anyone -- high or low. No one is safe and even the most powerful creatures of the night have to keep an eye out for danger.

Art and words work together to create an action packed story that is mostly a mystery where clues must be gathered and deductions made and the city and its people saved from more darkness.

The book also has some behind the scenes notes on the Fever series (some of which are spoilers) as well as some characters sketches. This is a great collector's item for fans of the series or new readers who prefer graphical story telling with stunning art and color.

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