Series: Fever, #1
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Pages: 382 (Kindle edition)
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: October 31, 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…
This is one of those series that I've heard you either love or hate. I went into it hoping to be on the love side. I came out somewhere in the middle. I really enjoyed the story and all of the Fae background and lore, but I wasn't blown away by anything.
The writing style is very conversational. I feel like we really get to know Mac, which was both good and bad. Good because...well, we get to know her and that's important. Bad because she's a little bit annoying, which is possibly part of her personality, and that's fine. We can't always love the main character, although that would be nice. She did grow on me by the end though. What's not fine was all of the "I didn't know it then, but..." and "Later I would find out that..." Thank you Captain Foreshadowing, but we don't need you every single time something is going to happen!
Darkfever seems like a good set up for an interesting series. I'm especially eager to read more about V'lane. How could I not after Mac's first reaction towards him:
"I was instantly wet, hot, and slippery in my panties, every cell ripe and swollen with need. My breast and loins plumped just from looking at it [...] Nothing else would stop my pain, nothing else would satisfy my sole purpose in life--to fuck."
And damn that ending cliffhanger!