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?
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts are my own.
This review will contain spoilers for book 1, Black Sun. Check out my review here.
We return to the Meridian in Fevered Star, sequel to one of my favorite books of 2020 Black Sun. Serapio is back (yes back, don’t worry) and forced to deal with the outcomes of Black Sun, while Xiala is forced to pick sides in conflict she has no part in and Naranpa works through her new-found confidence.
My favorite poor Crow God avatar, Serapio, is now forced to grapple with a godhood he wasn’t intended to survive. Thrust into the Crow clan for the first time and worshiped as the Crow God’s Avatar, I loved seeing Serapio conflict his desire to be perceived as human and his upbringing as a godly avatar. There was so much tension in his character, especially now that he’s been stripped away from the one person who always treated him as just a person.
I was so happy to see Iktan get so much focus in this book! Xe played shadow to Xiala’s character art in Black Sun, but now that they’re separated, I loved their personality of angst, snark, and jaded regret. Xe are probably the most politically savvy character of the cast right now and I absolutely can’t wait to see what they end up doing in book three.
As always, Roanhorse’s writing is so incredibly gripping. Book 2 really opens up the worldbuilding and starts linking the various group introduced in Black Sun together. The writing reads so so smoothly and while the book is on the shorter side, there’s much that happens I was extremely satisfied.
My one complaint is that Fevered Sun very much suffers from middle book syndrome. You’ll notice a lot of my praise is that I can’t wait to see what occurs in book three. Book two feels like a lot of setup for the upcoming conflict, characters moving into place and the right information being shared to get everything ready for the main event. While that’s not to say nothing happens in this book, it’s largely overshadowed by the events to come.
Overall, I rate this book a 4/5. I love Roanhorse’s writing and I’m so happy to return to this world. Serapio (as always) and Iktan were the two standout characters for me, and while book two suffers from middle book syndrome, the setup for book three builds so much hype.
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