Review: “Fevered Star” by Rebecca Roanhorse

Release Date: April 19, 2022
Publisher: Saga Press
Series: Between Earth and Sky #2
Genre: Epic fantasy


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?

My Thoughts

When we first return to our cast, Serapio is recovering from his injuries from the massacre at Sun Rock while Naranpa heals from her own emotional and physical trauma after the Watch­ers’ betrayal. With the powers of gods running through their veins and the futures they had planned for themselves dashed to ruins, there is nothing left for them to do but see where godhood takes them. Serapio and Naranpa see their roles as godly avatars very differently, so much so that any reconciliation or partnership between them may be impossible. Will they allow themselves to be pawns in an ancient game between two antagonists locked in endless battle? Will they stand aside as the Meridian rips itself apart? Or will they take control of their powers and remake the world?

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