Author: Karen Marie Moning (author website)
Release Date: Oct. 1st 2007 by Delacorte Press
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
In Darkfever Karen Moning brought us a world of secrets, lies, and psychopathic faeries. You know, the kind where the tooth fairy beats you up, then wears your molars around on a necklace made from your intestines... or, more accurately, where beautiful, ethereal princes take you to bed until you’re screaming for mercy and death. If you didn’t think it was possible, she ups the stakes even further in Bloodfever, and the pages are dripping with menace, action, and repressed sexual tension. Buckle your seatbelts. It’s gonna be one hell of a ride.
I used to think my sister and I were just two nice southern girls who'd get married in a few years and settle down to a quiet life. Then I discovered that Alina and I descend, not from good wholesome southern stock, but from an ancient Celtic bloodline of powerful sidhe-seers, people who can see the Fae. Not only can I see the terrifying otherworldly race, but I can sense the sacred Fae relics that hold the deadliest of their magic. When my sister was found dead in a trash-filled alley in Dublin, I came over to get answers. Now all I want is revenge. And after everything I've learned about myself, I know I have the power to get it...
MacKayla Lane's ordinary life underwent a complete makeover when she landed on Ireland's shores and was plunged into a world of deadly sorcery and ancient secrets. In her fight to stay alive, Mac must find the Sinsar Dubh-a million-year-old book of the blackest magic imaginable, which holds the key to power over both the worlds of the Fae and of Man. Pursued by Fae assassins, surrounded by mysterious figures she knows she cannot trust, Mac finds herself torn between two deadly and irresistible men: V'lane, the insatiable Fae who can turn sensual arousal into an obsession for any woman, and the ever-inscrutable Jericho Barrons, a man as alluring as he is mysterious.
For centuries the shadowy realm of the Fae has coexisted with that of humans. Now the walls between the two are coming down, and Mac is the only thing that stands between them
Mac’s back.She’s accepted what she is: a powerful sidhe-seer. After narrowly escaping death in Darkfever, she’s now waiting for inevitable backlash, in the form of a murderous fae, recovering from her injuries, and still bent on enacting bloody, violent revenge on her sister’s murderer... while she’s convinced she now has the murderer in her sights, she’s no closer to that revenge than before. Gone are the sunshine and rainbows, and sunny outlook the previously characterised Mac. They’re still there, to an extent, but they’re tempered with an edge of... well, let’s just say it can’t really be called ‘pessimism’, if it’s true. While Darkfever was about her discovering what she was, Bloodfever is more about discovering who she is at her core, what she’s capable of, and what she can live with... and deciding who to trust. A decision she still hasn’t come to by the book’s resolution, despite the so-far unflinching fidelity of a certain, infuriatingly cryptic ‘man’.
While Mac’s a little darker, she still carries an air of hope, and, for the sake of her own preservation, we hear Barrons remind her again that hope is essential to survival. Without it, you’re already defeated. I love that the series holds these surprising little insights and pieces of wisdom. Some occasional frustrations with Mac’s previous denial, current trust issues (however warranted they may be), and the numerous unanswered questions I was left with aside, there’s something I’m finding compulsively readable and utterly addictive about the Fever series. Though it is worth mentioning that, despite enjoying Bloodfever immensely, I was left feeling it hasn’t progressed the overall plot a great deal, and I’m desperate for answers to Darkfever's questions. Instead, I'm left with more than when I begun.
Bloody Barrons:Ah, but there’s one question I want answers for most of all. One particularly cryptic, compelling aspect of the series. The one that just may drive Mac and me to the brink of madness: Jericho Barrons. The man is dark, cryptic, seemingly omniscient, and utterly infuriating. Incapable of a straight answer, it’s Barrons that keeps me flicking pages ahead, hanging on his every word, and hungry for more... despite the fact that he scares the hell out of me. The repressed sexual tension he and Mac share is scorching-hot, and I can’t wait for the moment it consumes them both.
The Verdict:Where Darkfever built the theatre, set the scene, and positioned the players, Bloodfever is the dress rehearsal. We’re still building up to the main attraction, and the atmosphere is buzzing with foreboding, anticipation, the promise of action, and the absolute assurance of blood. People are beginning to take their places, and it’s getting (even more) interesting.
Blood fever is a book of questions: who is Mac, really? Who is the Lord Master? Who killed Alina? And O’Duffy? What on earth is going on with the Fae, and what do they really want? And perhaps the biggest question of all: what the hell is Jericho Barrons? Don’t expect answers. Yet Moning has a knack for making the journey every inch as exciting as the destination. the mystery thickens and deepens in Bloodfever, and it will leave you feverish for more.
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What's that, you say? Oh yes! The GIVEAWAY!I'll be publishing reviews for the rest of this series over the next few weeks, and to celebrate the fact that I'm feverishly addicted to the Fever series, I'm giving away 2 copies of the first book in the series, Darkfever. You know, share the addiction. If you've read Darkfever, but you're still waiting on a copy of another book in the series? Well, I could be convinced to send you a copy of Bloodfever, Faefever, Dreamfever, or Shadowfever instead ;)
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