Darkfever – Karen Marie Moning (Fever Series #1)

Urban Fantasy
Hastings Book Store
384 Pages
Publisher: Dell
August 28, 2007

(3 Stars)

Back of Book Description:
My name is MacKayla, Mac for short.  I’m a sidhe-seer, a person who can see the Fae, a fact I accepted only recently and very reluctantly.
My philosophy is pretty simple – any day nobody’s trying to kill me is a good day in my book, I haven’t had many good days lately.  Not since the walls between Man and Fae came down.  But then, there’s not a sidhe-seer alive who’s had a good day since then…
When MacKayla’s sister is murdered, she leaves a single clue to her death – a cryptic message on Mac’s cellphone.  Journeying to Ireland in search of answers, Mac is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to master 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, while at the same time, the ruthless V’lane – an immortal Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women – closes in on her.  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 both worlds in their hands.

This was a harder book to get into then I thought it was going to be.  I believe my downfall came from the fact that I had just finished Jeaniene Frost’s 6 books and then switched straight to this and they are completely different!  It was hard for my brain to catch up.  With that being said…

I really enjoyed how Karen Marie Moning used so much detail to explain the characters, the surroundings, and the feelings of the characters.  You still have leeway to use your imagination but she just helps make a clearer picture!  I also really enjoyed how she’d give you a little glimpse of what was going to happen later in the book.  I didn’t think I would enjoy books giving some things away at the beginning but when she would make a statement about the future and then explain in detail how it came to be. (I still don’t feel like I’m saying this correctly, but I don’t know how else to explain it.)

MacKayla Lane (AKA: Mac) is a small town simple girl who enjoys her life of bartending, listening to music and working on her tan.  That is until she gets the news of her sister’s murder, who was in Dublin, Ireland studying abroad.  That is when Mac’s life starts to crumble under her feet, and after she listens to a VM from her sister (4 days before her murder) who is panicked and speaking about things Mac has never heard of.  Mac decides that she needs to go to Dublin to find her sisters killer and get revenge.  The longer she is in Dublin the more information she unravels about her sisters cryptic VM and the more Mac tries to decide if the huge changes in her life are worth it or if she should just go back home and try to forget about it all.

Barrons is the tall, dark, handsome and dangerous man who Mac stumbles upon while looking for a book her sister had mentioned in a phone call, the Sinsar Dubh.  From the moment she mentioned the book Barrons has seemed to try to make her leave Dublin or accept what Mac truly is.  I know several people who are reading these books really like him but I absolutely hated him at first and it’s only slightly lessened by the end of the book.  We know that Barrons isn’t human but we don’t know what he is.  We really don’t know much about him except he has an attitude, he is very strong and feared by others, he is sexy (from what is said in the book), he has some very nice cars, and he is using Mac for his own benefit!  Not a fan…so we’ll see how I feel about him while I keep reading the books.

We meet several Fae in this book and start to unravel the history and information on all things Fae and just how powerful Mac is as a sidhe-seer.  I love how intricate Karen has made the information on the Fae with the two sides of the Seelie and the Unseelie (things youll understand when you read the book).

I did enjoy reading the book but, again, it was hard to get into this new theme after reading the Night huntress Novels.  I am excited about reading book #2 however, and I’m hoping to be on the book discussion on December 9th at Smexy Books.

2 responses to “Darkfever – Karen Marie Moning (Fever Series #1)

  1. Keep reading. You’ll notice with Urban Fantasy that book one tends to be the most tedious and book two tends to be the most ‘direction changing’ then after that they just explode! Lovely review Deanna! I hope you can read Bloodfever in time for the discussion on the 9th. It’s always nice to have the opinion of those who are reading the series for the first time. Those of us who have read it more than once tend to get a little obsessive about it. lol

  2. Julie – I am going to start reading Bloodfever tonight and since this week is truely dead week for me with my classes I don’t have to worry much so I should be able to get it read this week. I’m really crossing my fingers on that! 🙂 I will keep that in mind, yes this first book was a bit tedious and I must ask…did you have the same feelings about Barrons the first time you read this book before you knew all the other information?? He really just didn’t do anything for me besides knowing that he was very attractive, he just seems like an a$$ in this book. LOL.

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