The Fever King by Victoria Lee

Political commentary? Dystopian fiction? A story about people with magic skills? The Fever King is all those, and some more…


The Fever King by Victoria Lee

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, LGBT
Published: 1st March, 2019
Series: Feverwake #1
Rating: 4

In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.
The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his life fighting for the rights of refugees fleeing magical outbreaks—refugees Carolinia routinely deports with vicious efficiency. Sensing a way to make change, Noam accepts the minister’s offer to teach him the science behind his magic, secretly planning to use it against the government. But then he meets the minister’s son—cruel, dangerous, and achingly beautiful—and the way forward becomes less clear.
Caught between his purpose and his heart, Noam must decide who he can trust and how far he’s willing to go in pursuit of the greater good.

You know me… I love books that are just a little bit crazy, full of twists and I feel like I can bond with the characters. Well, I got just that from Victoria Lee’s story.

In an alternate version of the US, where one can get infected by a virus that causes magical abilities (if you are in that tiny percentage that actually survives, that is), Noam is a sixteen year old teenager, living in a refugee camp. Yes, there’s a quite lot going on there.

Refugees are not welcome, or can’t leave, not quite sure, but nevertheless, their life is full of unpleasantness and hardship. When a virus outbreak pretty much wipes out the whole neighbourhood where Noam Álvaro lives, he’s the only one who survives… and wakes up with strange powers he doesn’t understand. I feel ya, dude. Took me a while to get my head around some stuff too.

Calix Lehrer, the minister of Carolinia takes him under his wings and while helping him catch up on school work, because even kids with superpowers need to study, becomes a quasi father figure to Noam. I absolutely loved this aspect of the magic skills. To use them their full advantage, witchings (people with magic) had to learn the actual science behind their powers. Noam, a technopath knew quite a bit about hacking and computers, but who would have thought that maths and physics will be the real deal!

Noam is such a cool guy. Mature, sweet, perhaps a bit naive, but also passionate. Rather than fighting against the government as a rebel, he takes this opportunity to take down the system from within. He’s a compelling narrator, but that’s also what makes the story confusing sometimes. We only know what he knows, and that’s not a lot. He’s basically the guy who haven’t heard of most people and basically goes around saying “who dis?” a lot.

Dara, the Brooding Guy with A Past is quite the enigma. The adopted son of Calix is not the friendlies dude around, but as they get to know each other with Noam, a very special relationship blooms between them. Noam is clearly fond of him, but can he be trusted? What’s behind all the secrecy?

Guys, this book was intense. I was changing my mind about certain people literally every chapter, guessing and then second guessing just what exactly they are up to. Bit by bit, I managed to draw some conclusions from diary entries and classified documents… only to start doubting everything again.

While I didn’t get a real feel about the world, I was immersed in all the plotting, double crossing and political intrigue. The story touched upon some topics that are quite relevant to us nowadays: refugee crisis, xenophobia were just a few of these.

With a sprinkle of sci-fi and a dash of dystopia, The Fever King was a great opening to a promising new series.


Who is Victoria Lee?
Victoria Lee grew up in Durham, North Carolina, where she spent twelve ascetic years as a vegetarian before discovering spicy chicken wings are, in fact, a delicacy. She’s been a state finalist competitive pianist, a hitchhiker, a pizza connoisseur, an EMT, an expat in China and Sweden, and a science doctoral student. She’s also a bit of a snob about fancy whisky.

Victoria writes early in the morning, then spends the rest of the day trying to impress her border collie puppy and make her experiments work.

She is represented by Holly Root and Taylor Haggerty at Root Literary.

Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram


This tour was organized by The Fantastic Flying Book Club, and you can follow it >> here <<


  1. Hmmm … intriguing sounding premise, and an analogy for the refugee situation in the US at the mo? Maybe don’t get rid of people who might, in the end, save you? Certainly sounds interesting.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. It also reminded me of the refugee situation in europe. I think it’s been two years now, but yea, similarly, in Hungary they wanted to build a wall to keep them out, and they had something similar here too.
      It was pretty interesting, for me anyway, with all the little science bits behind the magic.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. What? Hungry wanted to build a wall too? Holy cow, okay, I knew there were also problems in Europe, but we didn’t hear that over here at least, not that I remember. So many people seem to be scared of anyone coming into their country and what, stealing their jobs? The jobs they don’t want to do?

        Meanwhile, yes, I like the idea that a virus unleashes some sort of magic. I might try find this one. 😀


  2. Lovely review, Norrie! I’m so happy to hear you liked this one, I recently read it and also loved it, I loved how it always made me second-guess everything and everyone, too 😀


  3. Sounds good, Norrie. I especially like the relevance of the themes and the fact they seemed to have been presented really well in the story. Hopefully the world building will be better in book 2. Great review!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.