It’s no secret that Karen Marie Moning has been a busy, busy author. Not only did she just release the cover for her first graphic novel, a Dark Fever continuation, but also she’s been teasing readers with excerpts from Iced, her upcoming novel that will start her new Dani O'Malley series.
Moning’s popular MacKayla Lane books (aka the Dark Fever series) may have come to a close, but the author is not changing zip codes for her next novel. The first in the Deckle Edge books, Iced, will be set in the same world. And just a glance at the cover makes it clear that this is a transition novel. Moning fans will remember that Shadowfever, the Dark Fever series finale, had a predominantly red cover and a design around the edges that spotted the woman’s figure in the middle. Now we’ve got a cover that has some similar design principles, the border around the edge, the red — holla, ode to original Dark Fever covers — and a woman standing. But I think it’s worth noting that unlike the Shadowfever cover, in this artwork the heroine is far away. And I really like that we get a more removed look at this woman and her world because, hey, she's not MacKayla, who we knew for six books. Instead, this gal is more of a mystery; we aren’t all up close and personal with her yet.
That being said, we do know the woman who is “in ice.” The heroine is Dani O’Malley, a woman who fought by MacKayla’s side during the Fever books. And it turns out that we will get to know her pretty well, pretty quickly, because this story will be in first person. And whether you love first person POV or hate it, there’s no denying that it certainly speeds up the “getting to know you, getting to know all about you” process. I mean, you see the world through her eyes and come to know her intimately — her observations are literally the story!
Frankly, I’m not so sure if becoming the next KMM heroine is a mantel that I’d accept enthusiastically. This author is Teflon tough, capital T tough, on her heroines. These women go through real suffering, have to jump through a lot of hoops before they have any sort of clear Prince Charming and tend to lose their loved ones left and right. Tormented, that what these ladies are. Thankfully, it sounds like Dani is more than willing to take on whatever Moning sets ahead of her. On Moning’s Facebook page she shared this quote from Dani:
“I figure the folks that are the most interesting get to go to heaven. I mean, if I was God, that’s who I’d want there with me ... I’d rather be a superhero in hell than an angel in heaven. What the feck would I do all day if I wasn’t kicking demon ass?”
And it seems like the trade off of being put through the wringer by your author is that these heroines have a loyal fan base. Moning's leading ladies are positively beloved. Her latest heroine, MacKayla, was nominated for an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for protagonist of the year twice. So Dani is sure to inspire reader loyalty, and maybe she'll even win a Reviewers' Choice award!
What do you think of the cover of Iced? Let me know in the comments below. And don’t forget to mark your calendar for the book’s October 30 release date. For more genre coverage and news about the latest — and just-announced — releases, be sure to stop by RT’s Everything Paranormal & Urban Fantasy Page!