Author: Karen Marie Moning
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Fever (Book 3)
Publication Date: July 28, 2009
Format: Paperback, 416 Pages
Synopsis (Product Description):
He calls me his Queen of the Night. I’d die for him. I’d kill for him, too.
When MacKayla Lane receives a torn page from her dead sister’s journal, she is stunned by Alina’s desperate words. And now MacKayla knows that her sister’s killer is close. But evil is closer. And suddenly the sidhe-seer is on the hunt: For answers. For revenge. And for an ancient book of dark magic so evil, it corrupts anyone who touches it. Mac’s quest for the Sinsar Dubh takes her into the mean, shape-shifting streets of Dublin, with a suspicious cop on her tail. Forced into a dangerous triangle of alliance with V’lane, an insatiable Fae prince of lethally erotic tastes, and Jericho Barrons, a man of primal desires and untold secrets, Mac is soon locked in a battle for her body, mind, and soul.
Quick & Dirty: This is a first-rate series with fascinating characters, an incredibly compelling plot, and killer dialogue. You won’t be able to put this book down.
Opening Sentence: I’d die for him.
Excerpt: Chapter 1-3
The Fever series starts with Darkfever followed by Bloodfever. In Faefever, Ms. Moning continues with the captivating story about MacKayla “Mac” Lane and her quest for revenge against her sister’s killer, and to obtain the deadly Sinsar Dubh, a powerful Unseelie artifact. Tricks N’ Treats? Not so much. All Hallows Eve is upon the city of Dublin. Unfortunately, only one of two things will happen. Either the walls between the supernatural and mortal worlds will be reinforced, or they will be torn asunder. Naturally, the latter option isn’t so good.
Mac is a compelling character. Oddly enough, my feelings toward her snuck up on me. It was painful to read the ending of Faefever. Until I read the ending of this book, I didn’t realize how much I truly cared about what happened to Mac. I really appreciate that Ms. Moning isn’t afraid to take her beloved characters to dark and twisted places. Throughout this wonderful journey with Mac, I’ve often felt as if I was experiencing her every emotion. Many events in this book are powerful, yet devastating at the same time. Mac continues to be a sympathetic, intriguing and lovable character. I’m really saddened that her story will soon come to an end in Shadowfever.
Jericho Barrons, an enigmatic and sexy “otherworldly” being, and Prince V’lane, a “death-by-sex” fae continue to entice. While they definitely have their own agendas, it’s clear that they both care about Mac. I always thought V’lane only lusted after Mac and wanted to possess her because Barrons wanted her as well, but I got to see another side of him in Faefever. V’lane is more complicated than I anticipated. Many things are revealed about V’lane and he builds a deeper connection with Mac. One not solely based on his lust for her.
For the most part, Barrons remains a mystery. This is both titillating and frustrating. Barrons can be difficult at times, but he’s loyal and fiercely protective of Mac. They have such explosive chemistry and fight each other every step of the way. Mac doesn’t know it yet, but Barrons is the one for her. Barrons isn’t the warm and fuzzy type, but more of the down and dirty type. Nothing is subtle about him. Mac has taken him completely by surprise, and it’s great to see him struggle with wanting to strangle her or kiss her.
I’ve already read the next book in the series, Dreamfever, and I’m pleased to say that Ms. Moning doesn’t rely on any deus ex machinas to resolve impossible situations in which her characters find themselves.
Overall, this fast-paced adventure delivers many surprising twists, and will easily entice fans of the series to read the next installment, Dreamfever. Once again, Ms. Moning intricately weaves a riveting tale of lust, betrayal, survival, and sacrifice. Ms. Moning knows how to craft a gripping story, building intrigue, suspense and heart-pounding danger. Without a doubt, this is a MUST read series.
He slammed it so quickly that I nearly lost a finger. I was startled by his sudden violence. He crushed me back against the Viper, and touched my face. His eyes were razor sharp, hostile; his fingers feather-light. “Who bruised you?”
“I had a flight with some sidhe-seers. Quit crowding me.”
He traced a finger over my cheekbone, and the ache vanished. He dropped his hand to my rib cage and pain no longer spiked through me with each breath. When he slid his palm across my thigh, I felt the hemorrhaged blood drain from the contusion. He pressed his legs to mine and my shins were no linger bruised. My flesh burned in the wake of his touch.
He dropped his head forward, lips close to mine. “Offer me something in exchange for what you ask of me, MacKayla. I am a prince and we have our pride.” Though his touch was soft, I felt the rigidity in his body, and I knew I’d pushed him as far as he would go.
The length of V’lane’s body against mine was unhinging doors in my mind, showing me rooms I was better off not knowing existed.
The Fever Series:
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