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Publisher's Summary

Return to The Meridian with New York Times best-selling author Rebecca Roanhorse’s sequel to the most critically hailed epic fantasy of 2020 Black Sun - finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Lambda, and Locus awards.

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?

Welcome back to the fantasy series of the decade in Fevered Star - book two of Between Earth and Sky.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2022 Rebecca Roanhorse. All rights reserved. (P)2022 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Frustrating! Apparently Just a Bridge to Book 3...

As I mentioned in earlier reviews of Roanhorse's original novels, I was blown away by Trail of Lightning and Storm of Locusts. I had VERY high expectations for Black Sun, but was immensely disappointed by the abrupt ending--simply the marketing opportunity for a series. Then, after waiting 18 months to learn what happened, I feel like someone dropped a box of brightly colored puzzle pieces in my lap! Results? Not very much happens in Fevered Star.

And do I care any longer? Not enough for another credit. These unique people, places, and situations would have evolved into a magnificent single epic (with adequate editing). Unfortunately, at the end of this second book, I feel like the author is squeezing extremely hard to create a trilogy. Along the way, casual American profanity sneaks into an imaginary ancient world with its own original curses: "Skies & stars," "Seven hells," "Mother waters," etc.--so what is the point of so many f-bombs and phrases such as, "You look like shit." Really??

Amidst the jumbled scenes and multiple narrators, it takes almost half the book to coordinate the plot: rich and powerful people travel to discuss war plans with other rich and powerful people. "Ordinary" characters who go along for the ride actually have even greater magical powers that they have been repressing. The two truly powerful people who are afflicted by prophesied godhoods inflict lots of damage and watch many gruesome, bloody deaths--then ask, basically, can't we just be friends? No. Not possible, because part three of the trilogy is supposed to happen. And do we have to wait another 18 months to find out whether dark or light triumphs? Sorry, but I am finished. The End.

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Two book series forced into a watered down Trilogy

This book felt entirely unnecessary and a waste of my time.

I feel like the entire book could have been cut and it's content put into the last chapters of book 1 and the early chapters of the expected upcoming book 3.

Very little happens in this book other then some standard moving around of chess pieces and some basic bare minimum character building. All stuff that doesn't really excuse the need for an entire book to stuff it into. Felt very wasteful of my time with just how little to nothing happens for nearly the whole book. I just kept waiting for some plot line to start back up or at least some mini appetizer plot in the middle of all this.

Honestly I learned and received very little from this that if I wanted to spoil what happens in this book I could probably summarize the entirety of all the 'major' narrative moments in three sentences. In fact, thinking about it, i could probably do it now, there literally is nothing spoiled because so little happens.

'Xiala flees being a target now to use against the crow God and allies herself with a new faction behind the scenes who has a goal to get back into relevance. Meanwhile sun priestess discoveres powers and allies herself with her criminal brothers underworld allies to stand against crow God who is discovered to have survived and also found his own new powers while still being weakened from prior events. New leaders in charge also now try and face the new reality of religious fervor around the crow God and dealing with understanding that the prior leader was murdered not a suicide.'

That's it that the entire important bits. While interesting in its movement it all felt very stuffed to create an entire book like this for it. I honestly felt like the movement was so slow that if any care about pacing was given this book could have just been scrapped in favor of speeding it up and including this content in the prior book or along with book 3.

If this was a planned trilogy it could have a duology instead. Every authors goal to create a trilogy out of their series really ruins that series by creating watered down books like this to force the series into a trilogy.

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Boulder took awhile to move

The first 1/2 of the book felt empty. The author had a plan and the exposition in that portion felt forced to put the plan in motion, but I believe the boulder could've been guided with less brute force. The second 1/2 and especially the final 1/3 are where the author's natural voice and style flourished.

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Astounding, heartbreaking and inspiring

If you’re not listening to these books, start. Roanhorse weaves expertly the themes of war, loyalty, grief and love, light and dark, death and rebirth—all through the complex and expertly performed cast of compelling characters. The portrait of humanity painted against this landscape of magic, treaty and ancestral history is at once breathtaking and fresh as well as timelessly resonant and relevant to our experience of today. This is also technically one of the loveliest productions of an audiobook I have ever experienced. Great readers who are skilled, emotive and consistent. I can’t wait for the next installment!

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beautifully complex story

The narration is great. the story is so intriguing and intricately woven. I can't wait until the next book in the series.

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Narrator is too expressive.

The initial narrator's angst is pulling me out of the book. I can't engage in the story when it sounds like the narrator wants to make it all about him and his presentation.

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Couldn’t put down

The action mainly lies in politics and cunning but kept me guessing/unable to predict what comes next Xiala (sp) seemed a bit less powerful than in the last book but there was a reason for it so can’t really count that as a negative. I like that Roanhorse makes you care for all the characters which makes taking sides sometimes difficult. Really looking forward to the next book!

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  • 04-26-22

Great sequel

Though some parts,fights and deaths were anticlimactic,Fevered Star is entertaining and suspenseful enough to keep me wanting more .

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  • Gijs de laat
  • 05-10-22

A gem of a book

loved it! great performances and interesting story
can't recommend it enough.
picked up this one right after the first one

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  • 04-24-22

Amazing sequel

This didn't disappoint. Suspensful, great writing, emotional. The preformance of narrators was also great and the hours passed by.