Title: Darkfever - Book 1
Series: Fever (MacKayla Lane)
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Publication: November 2006
MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens.
When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae….
As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane–an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women–closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book–because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands….
I have to say this series, so far, is my favorite. I absolutely loved everything about it. Ev-ry-thing! It had me at the edge of my seat the entire time. I laughed, I cried, I scared my neighbors... I guess screaming OH MY GOD! NO! NO! NO! has that effect on the good samaritans of my neighborhood... Well, I feel safer!
When Shadowfever came out I stayed up all night to finish it. I mean, hearing the birds chirping and the sunlight blinding my eyes was the only way I realized what I had done! Where am I? What day is it?... And let me say, you cannot "swat" sunlight out of your eyes! I tried. Stop bothering me! doesn't work either. You must realize, Hey, wow, it's daylight. I should move. Or go to bed. But, by then I only had about 20 pages left. Can't-stop-now! I slept the entire next day, with pretty incredible dreams! (And this is what we call a reading induced coma, class.) It was perfect!
The story itself was extremely well written. Karen did an outstanding job creating such interesting characters. They were original and had believable qualities that made it easy to fall in love with them. I really enjoyed the chemistry between Mac and Barrons, and the sexual tension between the characters was severely intense. Their wordless conversations were real highlights in the dialogue and I enjoyed every minute of it.
There were just the right amounts of love and lust, twists and turns, humor and pain, light and dark... The plot flowed smoothly; slowing in places just long enough to let us think for ourselves, then picking back up with a BAM! Didn't see that one coming, did you?! Even with five books in this series, you never get bored with Alright already! Who's the bad guy?? Because the line between good and evil is very thin, and Mac even finds herself tiptoeing amongst both sides!
The setting for this series, Dublin, Ireland, was perfect for the plot. There is a lot of history with fey and mystical creatures of the night in this environment, and Moning did a superb job in her research and in her ability to create a new, original story with a good historical background in the folklore area. Her writing style made it easy for me to envision myself walking down the cobblestoned streets of Dublin, taking in all the culture and energy, and 'Craic.' As horrific as Mac's story is, even after all she went through in her Fever journey, Moning made me want nothing more than to go to Dublin and experience it all for myself! Every painful, sexy, hilarious, heartbreaking, terrifying detail!
I just can't say enough about this series as a whole, and Shadowfever was my favorite out of the bunch. I recommend it to everyone who is a true fan of PNR/UF. You will be pleased! This is not YA, be warned! :)