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THE FEVER KING

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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.


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“Outbreaks of magic started all kinds of ways.”

looking for some TROPEY GOODNESS? good, you’re set. The Fever King is full of it.

alternate history &

dual timelines &

magic is literally a virus &

complicated sibling relationships &

queer enemies-to-lovers &

ambitious fuckups &

boys who read Nabokov and Wittgenstein &

morally grey protagonists &

charismatic villains &

genius bastards &

past trauma &

political intrigue &

slow slooow burn &

unreliable narrators &

questionable decisions &

psychological manipulation &

love interests on opposite sides of an ideological conflict &

divided loyalties &

trying very very very hard not to get a crush on the much-older might-be-villain.

You’ll like this story if you like complicated emotional journeys where the Right Side of the Conflict is ambiguous and the narrator may or may not be extremely unreliable.


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