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.
[I received a digital arc for an honest review]
The Electric Heir is the sequel to The Fever King by Victoria Lee. This one picks up shortly after the end of the first so you have to have read the first book to understand this one.
The Electric Heir comes with a whole slew of trigger warnings because it is full of serious tribulations. You can find a complete content warning and explanation on the authors’ website <<here>>. The characters face violence, abuse, attempted rape, mental health and suicide, victim-blaming, and addiction…that’s just to name a few of the many heartbreaking mountains they have to climb.
“God, how had Noam lived these past months without this – without him?”
So much has changed since we last saw Dara and Noam in the six months since the end of The Fever King. Noam is alive but no longer has magic flowing through his veins and is left with a lot of time to reflect on his past and try to fix the future. Dara thought Noam was gone and has found himself becoming someone he doesn’t recognize. So much has changed between them and their connection has become so fragile that it’s distressing to watch them try to mend it. Dara will do whatever it takes to take down Lehrer even if that means self-sacrifice.
“A storm of magic, crackling with too much – everything. Fire, electricity, the threat of imminent pain.”
The Electric Heir was wonderfully written. You feel the characters emotions as if they are your own. You hurt for them and fear for them, you want to hug them and shake them and just want them to find peace. I was legit pacing back and forth at times because I didn’t want to read what was about to happen but I couldn’t stop and it had my anxiety through the roof.
“Dara couldn’t imagine a world that didn’t have Noam in it.”
Feverwake is a five star, must read YA fantasy series. It has great character diversity and main LGBT characters. The Electric Heir was the perfect follow to The Fever King and completely exceeded all my expectations!