Date read: 08-09 April 2015
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Hardback, viii, 184 pages
Published 2012 by Del Rey
Source: Deschutes Public Library LAWRENCE DAVID
I grabbed this off the shelf at the public library yesterday evening when we were early for librarian April Witteveen’s talk, “Manga: Japanese Comics Past and Present.” This event is part of this year’s A Novel Idea—Ruth Ozecki’s A Tale for the Time Being—events.
April’s talk was quite good, by the way. I learned a fair bit about manga and I saw several interesting looking books, whether manga themselves or mange resources. And, no, Fever Moon is not manga [see 1st paragraph].
- Introduction by Karen Marie Moning
- Chapter 1
- Chapter 2
- Chapter 3
- Chapter 4
- Behind the Scenes of the Fever Series
- Original Character Notes and Sketches
I began by reading the Introduction, the Behind the Scenes … and the Original Character Notes and Sketches. I did this because the graphic novel is an adaptation of a world created in five novels (more now), The Fever Series: Darkfever, Bloodfever, Faefever, Dreamfever, Shadowfever. I know nothing of these books or this world, so I read all the “extra” material first and I believe it probably helped the graphic novel make more sense. That said, the story is reasonably well self-contained. The author has also written many books in The Highlander Series.
Fever Moon is set in Dublin, Ireland (as is the series, I believe). [The book took about an hour to read, maybe. Forty-five minutes? I’m not doing a half hour of research to write this.]
It involves Fae and a battle between the evil Fae and humans (in Dublin, anyway) where the wall separating the worlds has been dropped.
I enjoyed the story well enough and gave it 4 of 5 stars but I’m not going to track down the novels. They might be great but too many more ideas out there. That is, it did not grab me like Manifest Destiny.
It seems Del Rey asked Moning if she would like to do a graphic novel set in her world (Intro). She also got to pick her own artist; she chose Al Rio, who died before the book was finished. The artwork was finished by Cliff Richards. I did not notice any difference in style, although I am not entirely sure what “finished” fully fleshes out to. Nor is my visual literacy in the world of graphic novels all that refined.
I enjoyed it. Very quick read. Recommended for fans of The Fever Series, fans of Fae and human struggles. Fairly mature: sex, rape, desire.