I have almost finished this series in the last week. Something i always do if i love a book i cannot put it down and then at the end i am so mad that i did not take my time reading it slowly.
Lately i am a total escapist so fantasy,paranormal romance and suspense are my favorite.
These all end on a total cliffhanger the last book does not come out until Dec 28 so read them slow.
The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning.
Darkfever is the first novel in a sequence based around MacKayla Lane, a 22 year-old fluffy American from a small town in the Bible Belt. Mac tends bar, paints her nails, wears a lot of bright colours, and doesn’t think too deeply. Until her sister is murdered while studying in Dublin, Ireland. Despite rarely having travelled far outside of her locale, and knowing nothing about how to conduct an investigation, Mac decides that the Irish police have not tried hard enough to find the killer. Crossing the Atlantic, she checks in to a cheap boarding house, and sets about the daunting task of uncovering the truth about her sibling’s brutal demise. Almost immediately, she finds herself neck deep in a world where ancient and lethal magic is vying with other local parties to find a powerful, ancient tome, the Dark Book or Sinsar Dubh.
Bloodfever carries on directly from Darkfever, which was an excellent first novel in this series. The prologue of Bloodfever summarizes the events of the previous book, so this could be read as the first in the series if necessary, although it might be a little difficult to follow some of the threads. As the book starts, we find MacKayla talking to a policeman and discovering that he has begun to discover some information about the Dark Zone. For his safety, she wants him to drop it and tries to persuade him that she’s now satisfied with the investigation into her sister’s death. He takes note of the bruises on her face (from the big showdown at the end of the last book) and is clearly concerned about her. Jericho Barrens appears, MacKayla is banished to her room, and then things start going wrong again.
How is it that the shades are able to get into the Bookstore and the lights have gone out when Mac wakes up again? Who killed the policeman? How can she persuade her father that all is well? Can she and Barrons discover the evil book? Has she really gotten rid of Mallucé? Who are the other Sidhe-seers, and are they on her side? The story continues with the same quality of the first book in its excellent pacing, amusing side comments and descriptions from Mac, the narrator, and enigmas and confusion left, right and center.
A couple of new characters are introduced in this book, but most of the action is between Jericho Barrons and Mac, and between the various Seelie and Unseelie characters and Mac. Who is Jericho Barrens? And, more importantly, what is he? Mac is trying to find out, has various ideas, and doesn’t know whether to trust him, yet Barrons seems to be the one person who keeps rescuing her. It’s always a great read with some excellent characters and an interesting plot; Mac has clearly done a lot of growing up in this book, and she’s a more edgy and strong character now.
The setting in Ireland adds a great deal of interest, and the author has clearly done a lot of research. She is tripped up occasionally, such as the scene early on where a policeman looks at Jericho Barrons’ driving license, which apparently lists his height as 6’3″ and his weight as 245; unfortunately for the author, Irish driving licenses don’t have height and weight – and if they did, they would be given in metric units, not imperial. There’s also another example when a courier company is called Post Haste, Inc., whereas in the UK and Ireland companies aren’t Inc but Ltd or PLC.
Like the first book, Bloodfever doesn’t really reach a particular conclusion, and readers will want to get their hands on the next in the series as soon as possible. However, the reader doesn’t feel shortchanged that the story isn’t complete because it’s such an enjoyable read and there is plenty to think about. Events are clearly working toward more of a crescendo, with the Unseelie forces rapidly multiplying and apparently having an effect on violent and murderous tendencies in the human population of Dublin. It seems that Mac and Barrons, along with various other people, are a small army working to defeat these hordes, and I imagine this will be explored in further stories in the series.
While vengeance has driven MacKayla Lane’s actions since her sister’s murder, the discovery that the human race itself is in peril has forced Mac into dangers she never dreamed possible. The key seems to be the evil and deadly book called the Sinsar Dubh that both Seelie and Unseelie Fae are hunting. Mac’s mysterious ally Jericho Barrons also wants the book, but for what purpose? Mac has suspected for some time that Barrons is not entirely human, but what is he? Trusting no one, Mac decides to use whatever resources she can muster, whether they be human cop, lethally attractive Fae prince or fellow sidhe-seer. Halloween is rapidly approaching and all evidence is pointing toward an apocalyptic showdown.
MacKayla Lane lies naked on the cold stone floor of a church, at the mercy of the erotic Fae master she once swore to kill. Far from home, unable to control her sexual hungers, MacKayla is now fully under the Lord Master’s spell.…In New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning’s stunning new novel, the walls between human and Fae worlds have come crashing down. And as Mac fights for survival on Dublin’s battle-scarred streets, she will embark on the darkest—and most erotically charged—adventure of her life.He has stolen her past, but MacKayla will never allow her sister’s murderer to take her future. Yet even the uniquely gifted sidhe-seer is no match for the Lord Master, who has unleashed an insatiable sexual craving that consumes Mac’s every thought—and thrusts her into the seductive realm of two very dangerous men, both of whom she desires but dares not trust.As the enigmatic Jericho Barrons and the sensual Fae prince V’lane vie for her body and soul, as cryptic entries from her sister’s diary mysteriously appear and the power of the Dark Book weaves its annihilating path through the city, Mac’s greatest enemy delivers a final challenge.…
It’s an invitation Mac cannot refuse, one that sends her racing home to Georgia, where an even darker threat awaits. With her parents missing and the lives of her loved ones under siege, Mac is about to come face-to-face with a soul-shattering truth—about herself and her sister, about Jericho Barrons…and about the world she thought she knew.
The Fever books are dark, gritty, first-person mystery / suspense / thrillers with a healthy dose of eroticism, set in an urban fantasy world in Dublin, Ireland featuring sidhe seer MacKayla Lane.