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There are no tides more treacherous than those of the heart. —Teek saying The great city of Tova is shattered. The sun is held within the smothering grip of the Crow God’s eclipse, but a comet that marks the death of a ruler and heralds the rise of a new order is imminent. The Meridian: a land where magic has been codified and the worship of gods suppressed. How do you live There are no tides more treacherous than those of the heart. —Teek saying The great city of Tova is shattered. The sun is held within the smothering grip of the Crow God’s eclipse, but a comet that marks the death of a ruler and heralds the rise of a new order is imminent. The Meridian: a land where magic has been codified and the worship of gods suppressed. How do you live when legends come to life, and the faith you had is rewarded? As sea captain Xiala is swept up in the chaos and currents of change, she finds an unexpected ally in the former Priest of Knives. For the Clan Matriarchs of Tova, tense alliances form as far-flung enemies gather and the war in the heavens is reflected upon the earth. And for Serapio and Naranpa, both now living avatars, the struggle for free will and personhood in the face of destiny rages. How will Serapio stay human when he is steeped in prophecy and surrounded by those who desire only his power? Is there a future for Naranpa in a transformed Tova without her total destruction?


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There are no tides more treacherous than those of the heart. —Teek saying The great city of Tova is shattered. The sun is held within the smothering grip of the Crow God’s eclipse, but a comet that marks the death of a ruler and heralds the rise of a new order is imminent. The Meridian: a land where magic has been codified and the worship of gods suppressed. How do you live There are no tides more treacherous than those of the heart. —Teek saying The great city of Tova is shattered. The sun is held within the smothering grip of the Crow God’s eclipse, but a comet that marks the death of a ruler and heralds the rise of a new order is imminent. The Meridian: a land where magic has been codified and the worship of gods suppressed. How do you live when legends come to life, and the faith you had is rewarded? As sea captain Xiala is swept up in the chaos and currents of change, she finds an unexpected ally in the former Priest of Knives. For the Clan Matriarchs of Tova, tense alliances form as far-flung enemies gather and the war in the heavens is reflected upon the earth. And for Serapio and Naranpa, both now living avatars, the struggle for free will and personhood in the face of destiny rages. How will Serapio stay human when he is steeped in prophecy and surrounded by those who desire only his power? Is there a future for Naranpa in a transformed Tova without her total destruction?

30 review for Fevered Star

  1. 4 out of 5

    mina reads™️

    I can’t wait to read this but also I hate this cover so much omg

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mara

    4.5 stars - It should be noted on the front end that BLACK SUN is one of my all time favorite books, period. So I'm kind of in the tank for this book coming into it. I will also concede that the pacing in this one is not as strong the first book. That said... I LOVED THIS SO MUCH AND IT WAS EXACTLY WHAT I NEEDED!! Ugh, I just love Rebecca Roanhorse's imagination and combined with her style of storytelling & the kind of tropes/character types she tends to write. It is so dark and twisty but still 4.5 stars - It should be noted on the front end that BLACK SUN is one of my all time favorite books, period. So I'm kind of in the tank for this book coming into it. I will also concede that the pacing in this one is not as strong the first book. That said... I LOVED THIS SO MUCH AND IT WAS EXACTLY WHAT I NEEDED!! Ugh, I just love Rebecca Roanhorse's imagination and combined with her style of storytelling & the kind of tropes/character types she tends to write. It is so dark and twisty but still has me so invested in the characters. So here are my non-spoiler thoughts on what I loved (can't get into details cuz... it is book 2 of a series so...): 1) I really loved Naranpa's journey in this one! Hers was probably my least favorite POV in the first book, and it was probably my second favorite in this one 2) I enjoyed the themes around complicated sibling dynamics, and the parallels between Naranpa & Okoa's journeys with their siblings who are kind of POSes but are also more nuanced than just bad people 3) I am always a sucker for "the gods walk among us" but that continues to be something I love in this series! I particularly love the exploration of what it means to have faith, and particularly with Serapio's journey, what it means to feel kind of chewed up & spit out by a god/religion you have committed your whole life to 4) Continue to love the political machinations & what we are learning about the overall world/the forces at work 5) This will be a Xiala/Serapio fan girl account forever more. I LOVE THEM AND I CONTINUE TO STAN 6) Xiala is one of my favorite characters in fantasy. Period. Love her backstory/situation, love her journey, love her personality

  3. 4 out of 5

    LIsa Noell "Rocking the Chutzpah!"

    My thanks to Gallery/Saga Press, the fantabulous Rebecca Roanhorse and Netgalley. I've been sitting on this review and just thinking about the story for days. Simply, days! This is not a review. Anyone who reads my mumblings knows that I never review! I give thoughts or feelings. My first thought is that this second book doesn't suffer from the dreaded "middle book syndrome!" Heck! I loved this one as much as I did the first book. There are many character's to love, hate or feel ambiguous about. My thanks to Gallery/Saga Press, the fantabulous Rebecca Roanhorse and Netgalley. I've been sitting on this review and just thinking about the story for days. Simply, days! This is not a review. Anyone who reads my mumblings knows that I never review! I give thoughts or feelings. My first thought is that this second book doesn't suffer from the dreaded "middle book syndrome!" Heck! I loved this one as much as I did the first book. There are many character's to love, hate or feel ambiguous about. I actually like that in a story! This book moves along so quickly that "much like the first" I didn't want it to ever end! But,.. Even though I know that I will have to wait at least a year for the final book, this one has a definitive ending. Everyone in their place! All set to go and knock me for a loop at the end of this trilogy! Quite honestly? I just can't freaking wait! This is probably one of the best fantasy books that I've read in the last 5 years. I've come across some good stuff, and this is right up there with the best! Highly recommended!

  4. 5 out of 5

    K.J. Charles

    I was blown away by the first book in this series, but that was a while ago and I remembered very little of the highly complex world. building and interwoven plot strands except that it was complex. (Not the book's fault, I have the memory of a, you know, thingy these days.) So I was a bit daunted to embark on #2. Wow, did the author handle that. This is a masterclass in picking up a story. By 10% in I was pretty much completely clued in to the world again, remembered who everyone was and what h I was blown away by the first book in this series, but that was a while ago and I remembered very little of the highly complex world. building and interwoven plot strands except that it was complex. (Not the book's fault, I have the memory of a, you know, thingy these days.) So I was a bit daunted to embark on #2. Wow, did the author handle that. This is a masterclass in picking up a story. By 10% in I was pretty much completely clued in to the world again, remembered who everyone was and what had happened, and had all that fed to me so deftly that there was zero sense of infodumping or 'Previously on...'. This is a genuinely remarkable achievement and I kind of need to reread just to see how the author did it. As before the world (alt meso America) is strongly engaging and well developed, with fascinating characters and culture and a great complex story, one where heroes and villains are very much a matter of perspective. This installment is possibly a bit short on plot--we're mostly moving the characters around to get them in place for book 3--but the world and characters are so compelling that I was happy to spend my time there with them. Tremendously done, an outstanding series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    **4.5-stars** You know the opening credits of Game of Thrones where you are like flying over a map of all the different areas in the world and watching cities rise, gears turning, etc.? That's what this book was like. The game pieces are moving and I can't wait to see what's next for our four main characters! How am I possibly going to wait for third book!? It's going to be dreadfully anticipatory. Full review to come...stay tuned!!! Original: I just finished Black Sun; mind blown. It was such a stro **4.5-stars** You know the opening credits of Game of Thrones where you are like flying over a map of all the different areas in the world and watching cities rise, gears turning, etc.? That's what this book was like. The game pieces are moving and I can't wait to see what's next for our four main characters! How am I possibly going to wait for third book!? It's going to be dreadfully anticipatory. Full review to come...stay tuned!!! Original: I just finished Black Sun; mind blown. It was such a strong start for a new Epic Fantasy series. The fact that this second book releases in April makes me incredibly happy. I can't imagine having to have waited from 2020 until now to get the continuation of this story. I finished the first book literally hours ago and am already chomping at the bit to return to these characters and this world!!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    It was so great to be back in the world! I don't think Fevered Star is quite as strong a book as Black Sun, but I also think a lot of that has to do with how much this book is setting us up for book 3. A good chunk of the plot is moving pieces into place, both politically and in terms of physical location. It's more of a slow burn than book 1, and the pacing isn't ideal. HOWEVER, it's also a dark, twisty narrative that delivers excellent world-building and character development. All your favorit It was so great to be back in the world! I don't think Fevered Star is quite as strong a book as Black Sun, but I also think a lot of that has to do with how much this book is setting us up for book 3. A good chunk of the plot is moving pieces into place, both politically and in terms of physical location. It's more of a slow burn than book 1, and the pacing isn't ideal. HOWEVER, it's also a dark, twisty narrative that delivers excellent world-building and character development. All your favorite characters from book 1 are back, in addition to others. There is magic, betrayal, violence, pining, gods walking among us, and political traps. Not my favorite book in the series so far, but very good and one that leaves me anxious to see what might happen in book 3! I received an advance copy of this book for review, all opinions are my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lila

    YESSS! Let the AGE OF THE CROW begin! Looking forward to Xiala and Serapio being cute badasses. __________________ The blurb in short: -The comet cometh! -Xiala and xe will get along just fine, I presume. -"How will Serapio stay human when he is steeped in prophecy..." - well, remember how love challenged his thoughts about his predetermined role? YESSS! Let the AGE OF THE CROW begin! Looking forward to Xiala and Serapio being cute badasses. __________________ The blurb in short: -The comet cometh! -Xiala and xe will get along just fine, I presume. -"How will Serapio stay human when he is steeped in prophecy..." - well, remember how love challenged his thoughts about his predetermined role?

  8. 4 out of 5

    hiba

    3.5/5 just like with black sun, i have extremely mixed feelings for fevered star - some things i loved and others...not so much. pros: - the worldbuilding is as incredible as ever and i love the way it expands in this book - we get more insight into places outside of tova, namely cuecola and hokaia, and a more detailed history of what ties them all together, which i found fascinating. i'm especially intrigued by the spearmaidens of hokaia and i hope we get to see more of them in the future. - the po 3.5/5 just like with black sun, i have extremely mixed feelings for fevered star - some things i loved and others...not so much. pros: - the worldbuilding is as incredible as ever and i love the way it expands in this book - we get more insight into places outside of tova, namely cuecola and hokaia, and a more detailed history of what ties them all together, which i found fascinating. i'm especially intrigued by the spearmaidens of hokaia and i hope we get to see more of them in the future. - the political schemes are so well done - i was on the edge of my seat with the power struggles, the clan meetings and betrayals, all the different moving pieces, and the set up for some explosive upcoming conflicts. - naranpa's development was excellent here and propelled her from being my most disliked character to my absolute favorite. the fact that she literally had to claw her way up from rock bottom, her sheer will and determination to survive, making tough choices that would change her life forever - i loved it all. - the ending was badass!!! i can see some people being let down by it since it's not the big dramatic action climax that the book was seemingly building up to - but i liked that the author did something unusual and different. it made me love serapio even more and got me way hyped for the third book. cons: - not a fan of xiala's character arc - just like in black sun, she's simply going with the flow of the plot and being dragged along by different characters. her goals/motivations almost completely revolve around serapio and it's so frustrating to see. i really enjoyed their relationship in black sun but now seeing serapio take control of his destiny while xiala's role is reduced to being a spectator has soured me on their romance. i'm desperate for the author to give xiala more agency and something to connect her with the main plot outside of serapio. - similarly, okoa's character is mostly being an observer as well and i found him pretty boring. even though he's one of the main members of carrion crow, it felt like he was on the fringes of the plot and barely had anything significant to do. honestly, the only characters with depth and meaningful development are naranpa and serapio. - lack of strong character relationships - i love political intrigue but the fact that there isn't a single genuine well-developed relationship in this book is so irritating to me. the one interesting relationship with emotional depth gets cut off before it could develop to its full potential and i'm bitter about it. there are a couple of potentially compelling dynamics being set up towards the end but as of now, it's not enough for me. - once again, this book is pure build-up. a lot of it is fairly enjoyable and it's a surprisingly quick read but two entire books of just build-up is too much for me; i need some actual drama and major events and resolutions to feel fully invested. also, with such a massive amount of build-up, the expectations for book 3 are too high and i'm really hoping it can live up to them.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jess Owens

    3.5 Man, I’m sad. I didn’t love this. Black Sun ends so abruptly and this picks up where it ends. I wish that the beginning parts of Fevered Star were the end of Black Sun. Fevered Star really is just moving characters into place for book 3. Lines are being drawn, alliances formed, and people traveling to different places. It was fine. Not enough Serapio or Xiala. Too much Narampa. Sigh, I wonder if this is a trilogy ?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lucie

    ... now what? 😭😭

  11. 4 out of 5

    Toria (some what in hiatus)

    It's rare enough that I give the second book 5 stars but even more rare that I loved the audiobook on the second when I struggled with the audiobook on the first. But this one had me hooked. It was so emersive and I just wanted more. The characters where so well told and I never lost my interest in the plot. It's rare enough that I give the second book 5 stars but even more rare that I loved the audiobook on the second when I struggled with the audiobook on the first. But this one had me hooked. It was so emersive and I just wanted more. The characters where so well told and I never lost my interest in the plot.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)

    4.0 Stars This was an engaging sequel with strong worldbuilding, character work and exciting plot developments. I did not love this quite as much as the first book, but still a strong continuation. I'm looking forward to the next book. 4.0 Stars This was an engaging sequel with strong worldbuilding, character work and exciting plot developments. I did not love this quite as much as the first book, but still a strong continuation. I'm looking forward to the next book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amara

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. You know I've said this before, and I'll likely keep saying this because I'm nothing if not a broken record, but the publishing industry's obsession with The Trilogy™ needs to die already. There are countless series I've read over the years that were done a disservice for being structured this way and I'm convinced the world would know true peace (and by the world, I mean me) if we could just embrace the narrative flow of a tightly woven duology or, better yet, an expanded four book saga. Fevere You know I've said this before, and I'll likely keep saying this because I'm nothing if not a broken record, but the publishing industry's obsession with The Trilogy™ needs to die already. There are countless series I've read over the years that were done a disservice for being structured this way and I'm convinced the world would know true peace (and by the world, I mean me) if we could just embrace the narrative flow of a tightly woven duology or, better yet, an expanded four book saga. Fevered Star perfectly illustrates what I'm talking about. In a nutshell my biggest issue with this book, and most second books, is events just don't unfold as organically as they do in the first one. We spend the bulk of Fevered Star treading water and just kind of meandering through Meridian as Roanhorse forcibly moves all her chess pieces into place in preparation for the final installment. Things often happen here just because without obeying any kind of discernible logic because the writer is sticking to her script. And while that's not necessarily a bad thing (okay outliner look at you) it makes me feel like character was often sacrificed for plot. For Example: Why the hell was Xiala compelled to follow Iktan... at all? They'd literally just met and this stranger being secretive was really none of her concern. Why did she care? And why would the assasin on a top secret mission let her live after being followed? And are any of these choices even in character for either of them? No, not really... but both Iktan and Xiala needed to be moved to Hokaia for plot reasons. This kind of thing happens over and over. Another issue for me is nothing happens here for roughly 70% of the damn book. Which I wouldn't mind...except there wasn't a lot of introspective character work happening either. And worse, by the time we time we get to the truly interesting parts of this story...it's abruptly over. You're killing me. How are we sacrificing character for plot when the plot is barely there. On to the the things I liked: • This world is genuinely interesting even divorced of its characters. Essentially the land of Meridian consists of 4 city-states that traditionally were ruled by different deities. They were at war at some point long ago (there was sorcery! And mayhem!) but struck a peace accord that's been tenuously held together ever since with a lot of lies and historical revisionism on the part of the rulers. So there's a lot of tension and long-held resentment there. • I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Balaam's POV and I love the magic here! I love that everything comes with heavy sacrifice and there are tangible consequences for sorcery including possible madness and disfigurement. • Genuinely happy with the amount of unhinged Denaochi in this book and also glad we got an entire book of fraught sibling dynamics. • Not to be rude but if you still don't like Naranpa that's a you problem. She had some of the best character development here and her chapters were more interesting imo than most of the other POV's. Possible unpopular opinions? • I know this character is a favorite but I cannot for the life of me figure out Iktan's motivations or xir place in this story. I actually can't even tell you a single character trait they have other than being kind of a prick. • Esa gets more characterization in the 4 pages we see her than Okoa does in 2 books despite the narrative pushing the reader to empathize with him specifically? I want to know more about HIM. It's very frustrating that he's a significant POV and I still feel like I don't know him. • Xiala had no place in this story until the last few chapters of it and to be frank she kind of got on my nerves. She exists here mostly as an observer and her chapters barely do that because we're living in her guilt-ridden mind. Girl get a grip, he's just a man. Also stop drinking. • What a cheap reveal for the reader to find out Xiala's biggest source of guilt was killing her mother...just to learn like a chapter later the woman isn't even dead. And worse! Xiala was never even banished. She just kind of ran away during a panic attack. Anyway, I've rambled on long enough. The TLDR is if you liked the first book I think there's likely something for you to enjoy here. I was personally a bit underwhelmed by the sequel but I'll definitely be reading the last book to see what happens

  14. 5 out of 5

    Fanna

    03.07.2021 i loved black sun so much, someone please get me to april next year right now, please. 03.07.2021 i loved black sun so much, someone please get me to april next year right now, please.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Candie

    This book has quite a different feel to it than the first book; it is less dark, much more character focused and is mostly based around the political scene. It really helps you get to know all of the major players better and sets the world up for what I'm predicting will be an explosive third book. Fingers crossed!! I ended up feeling for and understanding the characters so much more by the end. The only character that I liked less in this book was Xiala; she did start to get better at the very This book has quite a different feel to it than the first book; it is less dark, much more character focused and is mostly based around the political scene. It really helps you get to know all of the major players better and sets the world up for what I'm predicting will be an explosive third book. Fingers crossed!! I ended up feeling for and understanding the characters so much more by the end. The only character that I liked less in this book was Xiala; she did start to get better at the very end, but for most of the book she seemed to lose her personality completely. She lost all of her interesting characteristics and became nothing but a girl who cannot stop thinking about a boy. It was literally all she thought about or based all of her decisions on. It got old fast. I don't mind some romance, but I don't like when the female character totally loses herself in the process. I wish that wouldn't have happened but like I said, it did get better at the end so hopefully she will be back in book three. In my opinion this was not near as good as the first book, but, I did still really enjoy it and appreciate what it is hopefully doing for book three. I cannot wait for the next one!!!! Will 100% be reading it! I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    ash

    i wouldn't have minded if this book were 300 pages longer. it's an unexpectedly quick read! i love the characters so much idc what they do they're perfect to me. tbh one character gets a whole star just for existing. aside from my beloved charming characters, the ambitious political set up and atmospheric setting make for a good sequel. the worldbuilding is excellent, as expected, and i really enjoyed reading more about this world. it honestly couLd be a better sequel, but hey as long as i get to i wouldn't have minded if this book were 300 pages longer. it's an unexpectedly quick read! i love the characters so much idc what they do they're perfect to me. tbh one character gets a whole star just for existing. aside from my beloved charming characters, the ambitious political set up and atmospheric setting make for a good sequel. the worldbuilding is excellent, as expected, and i really enjoyed reading more about this world. it honestly couLd be a better sequel, but hey as long as i get to read about my favorite characters, i'm good! it was just over too soon :(

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Waworga

    “Peace cannot last forever. Time change, and it is better to be on top than to be crushed at the bottom” *Clutch my heart* now i finished the book the realization came: i need to wait for probably more than a year for the next installment aka the final book T___T Now let me start this review by saying “Black Sun” is one of my favorite read this year! Handsdown a 5 STARS quality read for me…. I love it from page 1 until the end, this sequel didn’t disappointed me but it feels like it suffers b “Peace cannot last forever. Time change, and it is better to be on top than to be crushed at the bottom” *Clutch my heart* now i finished the book the realization came: i need to wait for probably more than a year for the next installment aka the final book T___T Now let me start this review by saying “Black Sun” is one of my favorite read this year! Handsdown a 5 STARS quality read for me…. I love it from page 1 until the end, this sequel didn’t disappointed me but it feels like it suffers book 2 syndrom Fevered Star followed exactly the event that happened in the end of Black Sun, the book is still in the same POVs (plus Lord Balam) like in the Black Sun: Serapio, Xiala, Okoa & Naranpa and the story felt a bit slower than the first book, it’a still very enjoyable and easy to read and i literally flew through my read however i must tell i feel a bit bitter with the character development of my 2 favorite characters from book 1 Serapio and Xiala, i honestly scared and don’t like the direction of the story for them… but hey, that is just my personal opinion. Naranpa the only character i didn’t like in book 1 surprisingly got the most interesting story line in here, i’m glad to see she grew out from her naivete and became more stronger as a character. Xiala in this story is the most disappointing, like where is my strong sailor teek girlllll goooo ???? Like i said the book 2 felt suffered a bit of book 2 syndrom… you know the type of story that only became “the bridge” for the final book, all the characters and story line basically is just like a chess piece going on their places for a grander story which is completely understandable but also felt like this type of story did not create the tension and excitement i always craving for from an epic fantasy story, however i love i get to know more about the world building, the deeper political scheme and of course character development including some of the side characters i knew from book 1 (love IKTAN! So i happy i got more story from this nonbinary character) Fevered Star is still a great sequel of an epic fantasy story and i just canot wait for the final book cause man oh man i know it will be amazing

  18. 5 out of 5

    Edward

    I love the world in which Between Earth and Sky is set. It's so colourful and it truly sweeps the reader along. The pacing wasn't quite as strong in this one but it sets up the last of the trilogy excellently. Characters have great arcs and there is a lot of satisfaction between the pages. I love the world in which Between Earth and Sky is set. It's so colourful and it truly sweeps the reader along. The pacing wasn't quite as strong in this one but it sets up the last of the trilogy excellently. Characters have great arcs and there is a lot of satisfaction between the pages.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Emma Cathryne

    There's been a lot of discussion of whether this novel suffers from second book syndrome. To me, second book syndrome comes from a weakness in plot, character, and pacing that result from a lack of advance planning. Fevered Star struggled with none of these things. In reality, this book represents a genre and tone shift that might not be for everyone, but to me is just as compelling and emotional as Black Sun. Black Sun was based in action and anticipation: Fevered Star introduces politics and c There's been a lot of discussion of whether this novel suffers from second book syndrome. To me, second book syndrome comes from a weakness in plot, character, and pacing that result from a lack of advance planning. Fevered Star struggled with none of these things. In reality, this book represents a genre and tone shift that might not be for everyone, but to me is just as compelling and emotional as Black Sun. Black Sun was based in action and anticipation: Fevered Star introduces politics and consequences. In the hands of another author, the events of Black Sun could have been a trilogy in of themselves, culminating in Serapio's prophesied destiny. Roanhoarse takes a crafty approach to revising this typical hero narrative, asking not how things can be brought to resolution, but how one person's "destiny" can be the first in a chain of dominoes leading to an even larger, ominous outcome. Separating Xiala and Serapio was emotionally tough for me, but really gave the characters room to breathe independent of each other. We see Serapio's complicated relationship with Okoa and the Odohaa, and Xiala's wary friendship was Iktan as she searches for new direction. To be honest, her narrative felt the most aimless of the three, guided more by circumstance than by personal growth (compared to Naranapa's journey to confidence and agency, and Serapio's unsteady adjustment godhood). I loved Naranapa's story the most, particularly how she learned to connect with her brother and her Maw roots outside of her sheltered life in the tower. I also LOVED getting to see outside of Tova: we only really caught a glimpse of Teek and Hokaia near the end but I look forward to understanding more about their society and politics as the narrative draws to a head in the next and final installment.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    Well, my body was not expecting that at all. I didn't like FEVERED STAR as much as its predecessor--there was so much going on and, I felt, not enough time spent on most of the things that needed time. I also think introducing new points of view bogged down the explosive pacing from the first book. But you bet I'll be there to see how it ends! ********************************* MY. BODY. IS. READY. Well, my body was not expecting that at all. I didn't like FEVERED STAR as much as its predecessor--there was so much going on and, I felt, not enough time spent on most of the things that needed time. I also think introducing new points of view bogged down the explosive pacing from the first book. But you bet I'll be there to see how it ends! ********************************* MY. BODY. IS. READY.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sheena

    I didn’t find this one as captivating as Black Sun, which by the way I can’t believe it already came out two years ago lol The world building is fantastic just like the first book and a lot of development with a few of characters I enjoyed. Some of the changes and development made me not care for some characters I had previously liked so I’m a little salty on that. A lot of this just felt like filler and build up for the next book. I needed something more so I feel like book three better be amaz I didn’t find this one as captivating as Black Sun, which by the way I can’t believe it already came out two years ago lol The world building is fantastic just like the first book and a lot of development with a few of characters I enjoyed. Some of the changes and development made me not care for some characters I had previously liked so I’m a little salty on that. A lot of this just felt like filler and build up for the next book. I needed something more so I feel like book three better be amazing. I still enjoyed this and look forward to the final chapter! Thank you to Netgalley and Gallery books/Saga Press for an advanced copy of this book!

  22. 4 out of 5

    thea ♡

    second book syndrome? we do not know that bitch and we don’t associate with her here. black sun was dark brilliance — a heady rush into this fantastical, magnificent, and immersive world of old gods and strange power whilst knowing something terrible was coming. and this one was more of a steady, forward march towards inevitable, difficult outcomes with clear eyes. the plot twists made me lose my mind. people can say all they want about this one, but i fucking loved it. sorry (not sorry) if you d second book syndrome? we do not know that bitch and we don’t associate with her here. black sun was dark brilliance — a heady rush into this fantastical, magnificent, and immersive world of old gods and strange power whilst knowing something terrible was coming. and this one was more of a steady, forward march towards inevitable, difficult outcomes with clear eyes. the plot twists made me lose my mind. people can say all they want about this one, but i fucking loved it. sorry (not sorry) if you didn’t! this was a surprise! arc physically delivered to me that almost caused me a heart attack. i did not expect to get an arc at all? i don’t even remember requesting one? but does that diminish my excitement at all? nope! i’m still on cloud 9 and forever grateful i got to read this book before it was published because wow did this book break my heart and shatter my mind (in all the best ways). beyond 5 stars if you haven’t guessed yet. the combination of characters coupled with the fast-paced plot was the most satisfying thing to read. the way they clashed together to weave the deepening complexities and dynamics of the story met and exceeded my expectations. you yearn for certain characters to see each other again, yet the author knows when the perfect timing is and provides you with an unexpected pairing you never knew you needed. i love it when stories mix and mash different characters together, so you get to see where the edges of their personalities fit and how they work together as a team. and i am so fucking lucky i got it in this book. even though the settings and character dynamics are new, the same dark tone is still present throughout the book and it still keeps me on my toes. even though xiala’s journey was my favorite to read about, i still adored the other povs. serapio’s journey was heartbreaking, groundbreaking, and dark. he taught me how closely connected reputation and fate were. how it’s human to want others to see you as human. naranpa’s journey was admirable, honest, and sad. she taught me grace in the aftermath of tragedy. how that’s when it’s most critical to ask for help and you must allow vulnerability to make you stronger. xiala’s journey was hysterical, shocking, and tragic. she taught me that there’s a difference between being a coward and being weak. how being at your lowest is the opportunity for greatest change. iktan’s journey was melancholic, devastating, and hilarious. xe taught me to keep going, despite everything. and how that is one of the purest forms of strength. the plot was fucking brilliant. no matter how much i tried to predict plot twists and developments, this book laughed in my face and threw me into another plot line that left no room in my head to analyze — it told me to enjoy the ride and i did, from beginning to end. i have no complaints. truly none. and even if i did try to, i don’t want to. i had the best reading experience with this book. i can’t wait for others to be there with me. thank you to the publishing company for giving me an advanced reader’s copy of this phenomenal, intense book!

  23. 4 out of 5

    sol

    COVER after the beauty that was the cover of black sun, I'm disappointed by this cover :((((((((((((((((((( COVER after the beauty that was the cover of black sun, I'm disappointed by this cover :(((((((((((((((((((

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    Fevered Star is the middle novel of the trilogy and thus is neither a beginning nor an explosive conclusion. It features no great battle and rather is concerned with moving the pieces on the chessboard and setting them up for the conclusion. It is at root a fantasy novel, set in a world of many clans, living in an uneasy truce, of blood, of power, and of the magic of gods reborn.
Three main characters populate the story with a few other narratives as well. The main three though, Serapio, Xiala, Fevered Star is the middle novel of the trilogy and thus is neither a beginning nor an explosive conclusion. It features no great battle and rather is concerned with moving the pieces on the chessboard and setting them up for the conclusion. It is at root a fantasy novel, set in a world of many clans, living in an uneasy truce, of blood, of power, and of the magic of gods reborn.
Three main characters populate the story with a few other narratives as well. The main three though, Serapio, Xiala, and Naranpa, all are persons of extraordinary powers but who are so unlike others that they are almost always alone and apart. Serapio is the Crow God reborn. He is blind but can see through the eyes of crows and can turn into one or many. He can when angered take out while plazas filed with people. Worshipped as a deity, he knows the clans are using him for power and fail to even glimpse his human side. The firebird, Naranpa, has the wings if an angel and the power of fire. She is a priestess of the sun god, but is apart from the other priests, and was spared by Serapio. She belongs nowhere. Xiala is the major character we come to know best, an exiled Teek, a sea captain, a wanderer who can never go home and is bound by love to the Crow God Serapio, who she knows as a person.
While these three try to find their ways alone and burdened with power and magic, clans and matrons and lords plot and plot, each weaving plots within plots. War is coming and it may be the Crow God alone against all or the alliances may all fall. We are now set up and ready for the final novel in the trilogy.

  25. 5 out of 5

    laurel [the suspected bibliophile]

    Ooof this was a slog. I'm disappointed, since Black Sun was one of my favorite reads of 2020. This felt more like an elaborate set up for book 3, as characters are maneuvered or maneuvering into position instead of completing their own arcs within the book. The worldbuilding was truly spectacular, as was the opening of the world to show the aftermath of the Ending and what comes next, but again, the plotline was mostly a movement of people into various positions and them trying to figure out what Ooof this was a slog. I'm disappointed, since Black Sun was one of my favorite reads of 2020. This felt more like an elaborate set up for book 3, as characters are maneuvered or maneuvering into position instead of completing their own arcs within the book. The worldbuilding was truly spectacular, as was the opening of the world to show the aftermath of the Ending and what comes next, but again, the plotline was mostly a movement of people into various positions and them trying to figure out what comes next, and it was kinda...boring? But I still think I might stick around for book 3.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sarmat Chowdhury

    *ARC was provided by Saga Press as an employee of Barnes & Noble* The second book in the Between Earth and Sky series by the powerhouse Rebecca Roanhorse, "Fevered Star" picks up right at the end of Black Sun, with Serapio having partially completed his quest, and the Watchers, the Priests of the Sky Made having been broken. As our titular characters are spread out across Tova, we once again are treated to the beautiful prose of Roanhorse, and her unique take on high fantasy. Without giving too *ARC was provided by Saga Press as an employee of Barnes & Noble* The second book in the Between Earth and Sky series by the powerhouse Rebecca Roanhorse, "Fevered Star" picks up right at the end of Black Sun, with Serapio having partially completed his quest, and the Watchers, the Priests of the Sky Made having been broken. As our titular characters are spread out across Tova, we once again are treated to the beautiful prose of Roanhorse, and her unique take on high fantasy. Without giving too much away, Roanhorse is able to take the best elements of high fantasy, and incorporate her #OwnVoices elements of the indigenous cultures of the Americas to create a unique world that has technology and magic unlike those seen on the literary landscape. There is also a strong diverse presence on sexuality and gender, with Roanhorse being one of the only authors consistently using neopronouns for her characters, and working that into the gender politics of the novel. While a part of me does regret getting the ARC (because not only do I have to wait for 2022 to have the completed hardcover, but also now another year for the third and final book to come out), but this was an amazing read, and I encourage all of you to read this amazing American high fantasy!

  27. 5 out of 5

    CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian

    A truly remarkable follow up to the excellent first book in this epic fantasy series. I love the unique, in depth world-building and the nuanced characters. They're all neither hero nor villain -- although some of their fellow characters see them that way. There is a lot political scheming and assassination in this installment! I especially loved the direction Naranpa's character took. And I loved the unexpected pairing of Ichtan and Xiala as travelling partners. This book is amazing in audio! E A truly remarkable follow up to the excellent first book in this epic fantasy series. I love the unique, in depth world-building and the nuanced characters. They're all neither hero nor villain -- although some of their fellow characters see them that way. There is a lot political scheming and assassination in this installment! I especially loved the direction Naranpa's character took. And I loved the unexpected pairing of Ichtan and Xiala as travelling partners. This book is amazing in audio! Each character is voiced by a different (Indigneous or Black) actor. Cara Gee is truly incredible as Naranpa, as is Nicole Lewis as Xiala.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lee (the Book Butcher)

    The middle book of the between earth and sky series. I will admit i spent most of the Black sun novel enthralled with trying to figure out what was going on. Well After reading fevered star which was mostly background worldbuilding. I feel well set to go into the last book where battle will breakout between the city of Tova clans' and the other Meridian cities. The middle book of the between earth and sky series. I will admit i spent most of the Black sun novel enthralled with trying to figure out what was going on. Well After reading fevered star which was mostly background worldbuilding. I feel well set to go into the last book where battle will breakout between the city of Tova clans' and the other Meridian cities.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~

    The writing is still strong; the characters are still interesting and complex, and unapologetically queer; and the world still vividly detailed and engaging. The plot, however, was lacking. This is very much the middle book of a trilogy. It was more concerned with wrapping up the threads of the first book and setting up the last book than in having an internal arc of its own. It does have a couple of unexpected reveals, but I was bored a lot of the time in the second half while I was wondering w The writing is still strong; the characters are still interesting and complex, and unapologetically queer; and the world still vividly detailed and engaging. The plot, however, was lacking. This is very much the middle book of a trilogy. It was more concerned with wrapping up the threads of the first book and setting up the last book than in having an internal arc of its own. It does have a couple of unexpected reveals, but I was bored a lot of the time in the second half while I was wondering where this was going. It does leave everyone in an interesting place for the next book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Juliano Dutra

    2 stars the first half - 4 star the second. Putting aside the pace and choices of the book, I thought the quality of the prose dropped a lot from the first book to this one. More predictable and cliché...

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