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I Belong

Review: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning


Author: Karen Marie Moning

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Fever (Book 1)

Publication Date: August 28, 2007

Format: Paperback, 384 Pages

ISBN-10: 0440240980 (Bantam Dell)

ISBN-13: 978-0440240983 (Bantam Dell)

Synopsis (Product Description):

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.

Quick & Dirty: Suspense, intrigue, and danger make this a gripping page-turner.

Opening Sentence: My philosophy is pretty simple – any day nobody’s trying to kill me is a good day in my book.

Excerpt: Chapter 1

The Review:

MacKayla “Mac” Lane lives a very carefree life.  With seemingly no future, Mac cruises aimlessly through life focusing on her perfect manicure, pedicure and golden tan.  Her self-absorbed world comes crashing down when her sister, Alina, is murdered in Dublin, Ireland.  Hitting a dead end and having no clues to go on, the local authorities close Alina’s murder case.  Against her better judgment and her parents’ advice, Mac heads to Ireland to get answers and follow the one lead that she does have – a voicemail from her sister hours before she is murdered.

The danger begins from the moment Mac arrives in Dublin.  Braving dark and derelict streets, Mac stumbles upon Barrons Books & Baubles.  There, she meets the dangerous and mysterious Jericho Barrons.  Eventually, they set out on a quest to find the Sinsar Dubh, the powerful Dark Book.

It took me some time to warm up to Mac.  I started out thinking that she would be a weak an ineffectual urban fantasy heroine.  Having never left her small hometown of Ashford, Georgia, I didn’t think she would realistically be able to survive the mean and supernatural streets of Dublin.  While on her journey, Mac discovers a lot about herself.  She’s a Sidhe-seer, which gives her the ability to see through faerie glamours, and she has other talents as well.  Mac turns out to be more than a hapless southern belle.  Despite being out of her element and being exposed to things she never imagined could be real, Mac rises to the challenge.  She’s tough, smart and ultimately a very likable character.

Jericho Barrons is still very much a mystery.  He’s powerful, dark, sexy, and very secretive.  It’s apparent that there’s more to him than meets the eye, but it’s hard to tell if this poses a real danger to Mac.  Whatever the big reveal is, I’m sure it’s going to be worth the wait.  The attraction between him and Mac sizzles.  I can’t wait to see the dynamics of their relationship in the next installment.

The world of Darkfever is atmospheric, chilling and seductive.  I couldn’t seem to escape that air of danger and evil always lurking in the shadows.  The world-building is simply fantastic.  I really like the mythology and Ms. Moning has certainly laid the foundation for what promises to be intriguing supernatural politics, and a deadly power struggle.  The faeries in this book are completely terrifying.  The Unseelie fey are essentially what Nosferatu are to vampires.  Not-so-pretty and vicious killers.  The Seelie fey are of the “beautiful people” variety.  Still deadly in their own right, they’re sensual and seductive.

Overall, Darkfever is a wonderfully fulfilling read.  This is a great beginning to what promises to be a thrilling series.  The writing style is excellent.  The characterization is outstanding.  Its mythology is deftly woven with the supernatural, and has a delightfully deadly world that kept me captivated until the last page.

Notable Scene:

I opened my mouth to scream, but he clamped a hand over it.  He banded an arm beneath my breasts so tightly that I couldn’t inflate my lungs to breathe.  His body was far more powerful beneath that fine suit than I ever would have guessed, like reinforced steel.  In that instant, I understood that the open door had been nothing more than a mocking concession, a placebo he’d fed me that I’d swallowed whole.  Anytime he wanted, he could have snapped my neck and I wouldn’t have gotten off a single scream.  Or he could simply have suffocated me, as he was doing now.  His strength was astonishing, immense.  And he was only using a small fraction of it.  I could feel the restraint in his body; he was being very, very careful with me.

The Fever Series:

1. Darkfever

2. Bloodfever

3. Faefever

4. Dreamfever

5. Shadowfever

You can visit Karen around the web here: WebsiteBlog | Twitter | Facebook

FTC Advisory: Random House provided me with a copy of Darkfever.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.  In addition, I don’t receive affiliate fees for anything purchased via links from my site.

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5 Responses to “Review: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

  1. Elizabeth Jules MasonNo Gravatar

    Great review.

    I love this entire series and I can’t wait for the final book to be released! Barron’s is an amazing puzzle to be solved and a delightfully mysterious character that kept my attention all through the series.



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  2. BellaNo Gravatar

    This series is my absolute favourite!!! If you liked Darkfever, you’ll be blown away by the rest … KMM weaves a story so dark and complex, that raises more questions than it answers ALL of the time … as for Mac, she’s an incredible character who’s constantly evolving, she’s quite badass by the end of Dreamfever, yet there’s still that genteel Southern Belle underneath it all … I just love her! :D Also, don’t get me started on Barrons – I have never ever read about such an intriguing character, and still don’t know whether he’s the good or evil or neutral … AAAHHH! Can’t wait for Shadowfever! (“,)

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  3. KellyNo Gravatar

    Wow it really sounds like something I would die to read.
    I love it when the writing style is so expressive and descriptive but not repetitive or dull, but lively…
    This seems to fit the bill!

    Thanks for the review.

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  4. Tiffany DallNo Gravatar

    This is one of my favorite series! I can’t wait for the last book.

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  5. Lisa MunleyNo Gravatar

    Awesome review!!!!! Thanks so much for being on the tour. I’m really glad you enjoyed the book!

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