Release date: 17th March 2020
Series: Feverwake #2
Price: $16.99 USD
Blurb: In the sequel to The Fever King, Noam Álvaro seeks to end tyranny before he becomes a tyrant himself.
Six months after Noam Álvaro helped overthrow the despotic government of Carolinia, the Atlantians have gained citizenship, and Lehrer is chancellor. But despite Lehrer’s image as a progressive humanitarian leader, Noam has finally remembered the truth that Lehrer forced him to forget—that Lehrer is responsible for the deadly magic infection that ravaged Carolinia.
Now that Noam remembers the full extent of Lehrer’s crimes, he’s determined to use his influence with Lehrer to bring him down for good. If Lehrer realizes Noam has evaded his control—and that Noam is plotting against him—Noam’s dead. So, he must keep playing the role of Lehrer’s protégé until he can steal enough vaccine to stop the virus.
Meanwhile Dara Shirazi returns to Carolinia, his magic stripped by the same vaccine that saved his life. But Dara’s attempts to ally himself with Noam prove that their methods for defeating Lehrer are violently misaligned. Dara fears Noam has only gotten himself more deeply entangled in Lehrer’s web. Sooner or later, playing double agent might cost Noam his life.
So, this is going to be a short one because I feel very meh about the whole thing. First off, I feel that I need to say that I thoroughly adored The Fever King. It was punchy and full of action; something was always happening, and all that intrigue was just *chef kiss*. I think I gave it a 4.5 of 5, only due to the fact that some parts of it were hella clunky (it’s a debut novel, you can’t expect perfection IMO).
With The Electric Heir, I felt rather differently. Having read Fever King last year, I thought maybe I had remembered incorrectly how I felt about it as we all tend to do while reminiscing. So, I read it again for posterity. And I once again loved it. Heading into TEH, I felt it was kind of slow to start. It opens six months after Dara’s exit with Lehrer and Noam having made a happy little home for themselves. Quite quickly there came a big reveal – it got me excited for the series again and I had such high hopes. Alas I was disappointed, and it feels like nothing particularly interesting happens until the final 50 pages. Yes, there is scheming and adorable relationships but it all kind of just felt like a recycled storyline with different characters taking on the main roles.
Now, I’m not saying this was irredeemable. It still had the little bit of romance from The Fever King and plenty of manipulation, it just didn’t have the soul of its predecessor. To be brutally honest, it felt sort of like one book had been chopped into 2 and then The Electric Heir had to be grossly padded out to hit word limit.
Lee’s style of writing once again shone through with its verbose quality and interesting syntax – it is blatantly obvious that this is a person who is very interested in the underlying psychological aspects of dystopian mechanics. Through the writing and publication of this piece, it feels a little like their own personal middle finger to the (current as of writing this) US government and its treatment of those who are ‘different’. I feel that, should I stumble across an academic paper written by Lee, it would keep me engrossed regardless of content. The Electric Heir, however, took me 3 weeks plus 6 filler books to finish because I just couldn’t get into it.
Overall, it’s not a ‘bad’ novel, nor is it poorly written. It contains all the aspects that I loved from the first instalment, but they just weren’t as emphatically interesting as in the Fever King. I will however say that The Electric Heir rounded everything off and tied it all into a neat little bow. I would definitely recommend you give it a go if you are after a novel that is extremely political in its undertones and also if you adore the dystopian genre.
Until next time lovelies xo