Darkfever

Darkfever

Book rating: 04 Paperback Bantam Books

By (author) Karen Marie Moning

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  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
  • Format: Paperback | 349 pages
  • Dimensions: 104mm x 170mm x 30mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0440240980
  • ISBN 13: 9780440240983
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 5,522

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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.... "From the Hardcover edition."

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Karen Marie Moning is the internationally bestselling author of the Highlander and Fever novels. Her books have appeared on the "New York Times, USA Today, " and "Publishers Weekly" bestseller lists, and have one numerous awards, including the prestigious Rita. She lives in Georgia and Florida with her husband Neil and the world-traveling cat, Moonshadow. "From the Hardcover edition."

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By Sarah Elizabeth 16 Sep 2012 4

(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Books4Reviews!)
22-year-old MacKayla just had the worse experience of her life - her sister was murdered and she had to go and identify her mangled body. But now the police over in Dublin want to put the case on a back-burner because they have no leads, and Mac can't bear to let that happen.

Quitting her job and taking every penny she has with her, Mac leaves her grieving parents and travels to Dublin where her sister was studying, intent on finding her sister's killer. What she doesn't expect though is the strange things that begin happening to her when she begins making enquires about something her sister said she was looking for in her last ever message to her - the Sinsar Dubh.

Suddenly pulled into a world where the fae are a strange and menacing reality, Mac must try and solve her sister's murder, whilst at the same time preventing her own. What was it that Alina was trying to tell her though? And will she fall into the same trap?


I enjoyed this book, although considering that it was set in Dublin, I didn't get much of an Irish vibe from the scene setting. I've been to Dublin and I can't say that the places that Mac visited reminded me of Ireland at all, and although she commented on people using the word 'Craic' (pronounced 'crack' and meaning fun) she didn't comment on the fact that Irish people also like to say 'that's grand' and 't'anks a million', so the whole Irish thing was kind of lacking.
Also, Mac commented on areas of the city that she called 'dark spots', abandoned areas where shades (lowest caste of unseelie fae) prey on humans and eat them! Mac says that these areas have been forgotten, and that they are not even on current maps! How bizarre is that? How can nobody notice a huge great chunk of space in a city like Dublin where nobody ever ventures? Bit odd.

Anyway, other than the Irish thing, and the dark zones thing, I liked the characters, I liked the storyline, it was a bit dull in places, but then action packed a few pages later. Mac reminded me a lot of Sookie Stackhouse, probably in part because she was southern too, but she had a lot of the same ideals about clothing and food and stuff, she also ended up dealing with supernaturals too!

This book did shock me in places though, mainly because it ran along in a very YA, PG13 sort of way, and then suddenly, some random fairy turns up and she starts talking about orgasms and touching herself inappropriately! It's not that I'm against sex in books, in fact quite the opposite, I love the black dagger brotherhood books, and I even enjoyed the first book in the fifty shades trilogy, but this was just so sudden, and totally out of the blue that I was just a bit stunned!

Anyway, I did enjoy this book, and I'm interested to see where the rest of the series goes.
7.5 out of 10.

By Dalene 08 Jul 2012 4

I read this book as it was the selection from my Kindle Shelf post. In the beginning, I wasn't sure if I was going to like it or not. It seemed like a lot was going on and I was getting confused. However, I persevered and I am glad that I did. As the pieces slowly came together, I was intrigued and wanted to keep reading. It was a quick read after that.

There are a lot of things that were going on that I don't want to give away, but were the best part of the book. I guess what I can say is that as you read, don't get discouraged with all that is going on. The pieces of the puzzle are not as cleanly put together and so getting through the rough areas can be tough.

I did like Patrick and Darina, the main characters. Patrick holds a lot of secrets and some he did not know himself. However, Darina's people also hold a lot of secrets as well, and as these are revealed this is when the story comes alive. The author has created some great characters besides Patrick and Darina, the two young boys grabbed my heart strings.

I loved the paranormal action going on. This is what I think the other books are hinged on. This book definitely leaves you hanging. Several things have not been resolved, in fact several avenues are left unfulfilled. I am intrigued enough to want to continue on with the series.

What to Read Next?

If you enjoyed this but want less confusion, try Julie Garwood's The Secret. Definitely very similar in feel.

By Kristianne Bucknall 14 May 2009 5

Darkfever is a sexy, enthralling read that grabs you by the throat from page 1. I keep trying to analyse what it was about this book that just worked and I think the answer is everything! It's like the fiction novels version of a great piece of music - occasionally you notice and appreciate the piano solo but for the most part you just recognise that you're listening to a damned good song.

I am not the kind of reader who is easily impressed by a heroine - normally I just settle into their skin and they fail to make a lasting impression on me. However there are always exceptions and MacKayla Lane, heroine of Darkfever, is definitely one of them. At 22 ydeeply affected by grief in the aftermath of her sister's brutal murder. Most of us can pinpoint significant events in our life that caused a transformation in the way we view the world and Karen Marie Moning uses Mac to articulate those feelings with surprising poignancy. Mac experiences an extreme paradigm shift that is amplified by her discovery of her ability to see the Fae and she never fails to handle herself in a completely human, often-flawed way. Many readers, myself included, will relate to Mac's resistance to accept her life now has a 'before' and 'after' point. Thankfully she has a whole cast of fascinating characters to guide her through her new awareness.

But let's start with the sexiest - Jerricho Barrons.


If MacKayla Lane is the piano solo then Barrons is the electric guitar. He is an intelligent, gorgeous, mysterious European jerk. And I just love to love him. He is such an enigma! I still don't feel like I've unlocked anything more about his motivations then I had from the first few chapters. I know he must have some sort of dark past because otherwise why would he be so afraid of emotion? Only a man who has been seriously broken could try to make a soldier of a naive young woman to try and save her life. I seriously want to know what makes him tick! He sometimes shows moments of such tenderness that make me wonder if his cool detachment is really just a mask for his emotions. Or is he so afraid of losing Mac that it he has constructed an impenetrable facade of uncaring? He keeps telling Mac to judge him by his actions - considering the number of times he's saved her life I very much doubt he has no affection for her. I just so wish those two would get it on and he would spill all his secrets to her!


But Barrons is also competing with V'lane, Prince of the Fae for MacKayla's loyalty. V'lane literally drives a woman insane with lust to the point that she is writhing on the floor at his feet, begging for release, begging him to have sex with her until she dies. And they often do die from it. It may sound a bit far-fetched if you're reading it in a review but it doesn't seem unbelievable in Moning's world. A fan video of Moning's Fever series had V'lane cast as the guy who plays Smith in Sex and the City. I think that is probably a pretty accurate translation of Moning's description. Although she occasionally finds herself unwittingly removing her clothing in front of him, MacKayla seems to have the fortitude to clear the fog of lust before things go too far. All that sex appeal makes it hard to work out which side the Fae Prince really is on. I'm still unsure whether he's a good guy or a bad guy but I'm glad Mac doesn't trust him!


I could go on for another paragraph or two here describing for you the concept behind the Fever series but I don't think it's the concept itself that keeps you rapidly reading through this story. It's the characters, the fast-paced plot, the tight writing, the rich Irish setting and the sexual tension. Just trust me when I say that lovers of urban fantasy will get a real kick out of this read. Plus, it makes a good change from the vampire and werewolf overload!


Readers of Moning's highlander novels should be warned that this series is very different. There are some great references to the Tuatha de Dunaan that make it feel as though these novels belong to an obscure branch of the same family tree however the style is very removed from her earlier work. In short, expect it to be much gutsier and don't expect a romantic resolution at the end of book one. Moning will keep you guessing for much longer than that!
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" A seductive mix of Celtic mythology and dark, sexy danger. " -- Chicago Tribune From the Hardcover edition.