Thursday, May 19, 2011

Review: "Shadowfever" by Karen Marie Moning


From Goodreads: 
MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever. Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.
What follows is a shocking chain of events with devastating consequences, and now Mac struggles to cope with grief while continuing her mission to acquire and control the Sinsar Dubh—a book of dark, forbidden magic scribed by the mythical Unseelie King, containing the power to create and destroy worlds.
In an epic battle between humans and Fae, the hunter becomes the hunted when the Sinsar Dubh turns on Mac and begins mowing a deadly path through those she loves.
Who can she turn to? Who can she trust? Who is the woman haunting her dreams? More important, who is Mac herself and what is the destiny she glimpses in the black and crimson designs of an ancient tarot card?

From the luxury of the Lord Master’s penthouse to the sordid depths of an Unseelie nightclub, from the erotic bed of her lover to the terrifying bed of the Unseelie King, Mac’s journey will force her to face the truth of her exile, and to make a choice that will either save the world . . . or destroy it.

My Thoughts:  Let me start out by saying that I normally do not read books in the paranormal romance genre but every now and then a book (or group of books) comes along that completely changes my mind about that genre.  The Fever series by Karen Marie Moning did just that.  Shadowfever is the fifth, and final book, in the series and in my opinion, it is the best.  The story was action packed with some major plot twists that I was definitely not expecting and the whole thing just cemented MacKayla Lane and Jericho Barrons as two of my favorite fictional characters.  Jericho Barrons now rivals Jamie Fraser (Outlander) for my affections as best, and sexiest, male character EVER.

I was concerned because this book was the longest of all five but I hardly noticed the length.  I could not put it down until I knew how everyone was going to end  up.  I must say I am pretty pleased with how Ms. Moning ended the series; I can't think of one thing that I would want to be different.  I also need to praise the dialogue in this book; there are quotes that had me running for my notebook to write down and keep because they were so powerful.  If you have not read the Fever series, you should most definitely do so!  5 stars.

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