Review: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning (Fever #1)
October 31 2006
Mass Market Paperback
Kick Ass Chick – MacKayla Lane
Yummy Man – Jericho Barrons (*Squee*)
“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…”
I first read this book in late 2009. I really enjoyed it then. The characters are just…well, Barrons is in this book. Need I say more? This series is very detailed and Darkfever, being book one in Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series, is especially thorough. Not to the point where you feel lost or anything but enough that you know this book is building up for one hell of a series. It’s setting the stage for some gruesome and brain tingling adventure. I found Darkfever was even better this time around. Just Wow. And I mean Wow! I found myself re-energized for this series with this re-read. And I found myself asking new questions (because apparently I didn’t have enough questions after the first time I read this…)
MacKayla Lane’s (Mac) sister was recently murdered in Ireland. The day she was killed, Alina left some cryptic messages on Mac’s cell phone about a him and the Sinsar Dubh and how imperative it was that they don’t get it. After hearing these, Mac decides to leave her free-going fluffy life in Georgia and travel to Dublin to try to find Alina’s murderer…and to find the Sinsar Dubh. Problem is, Mac isn’t sure what that is or why it was so important to her sister. Once she arrives in Dublin, Mac discovers that she is a sidhe-seer, one who can see the Fae. Now, these aren’t fluffy little winged cutesy pootsy beings. Think about the creature from your worst nightmare and multiply it by 100. That is the fae folk in KMM’s world. Darkfever follows Mac as she travels to Ireland, discovers her heritage and her abilities and meets Barrons. Yes, THE Barrons.
Barrons has to be one of, if not the, most popular book boyfriends on the planet. He’s my favorite ‘Paranormal Book’ boyfriend that’s for sure. He is power. He is strength. He is intelligence. He is man? When he introduces himself to Mac for the first time, simply saying his name, you *swoon*. Your knees go weak because you know that you have just encountered greatness. A character who is larger than life and whom you want on your side. But it’s his slight vulnerabilities and tenderness that sneak through every once in a while that truly make him an intriguing man. (Or Fae or vampire or mob boss or a freakin’ ballerina or whatever the hell he is.)
I’d forgotten how thought provoking this book is. Some of the passages just make you smile in their exactness. Such as:
“I love books, by the way, way more than movies. Movies tell you what to think. A good book lets you choose a few thoughts for yourself. Movies show you the pink house. A good book tells you there’s a pink house and lets you paint some of the finishing touches, maybe choose the roof style, park your own car out front.”
“She understood now why her friend Elizabeth, with her near-genius, analytical mind gave wide berth to murder mysteries, psychological thrillers, and horror stories, and read only romance novels. Because, by God, when a woman picked up one of those steamy books, she had a firm guarantee that there would be a Happily-Ever-After. That though the world outside those covers could bring such sorrow and disappointment and loneliness, between those covers, the world was a splendid place to be.”
And other passages are almost philosophical, filled with life lessons we really should be paying attention to:
“Barrons laughed again. ‘And there, my dear Fio, you make one of Womankind’s greatest mistakes: Falling in love with a man’s potential. We so rarely share the same view of it, and even more rarely care to achieve it. Stop pining for the man you think I could be — and take a good, long, hard look at the one I am.’”
“’Lose the pessimism, Ms. Lane. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.’”
In this series, Karen Marie Moning has an incredible voice. Her descriptions of the world she has created in this book are eerie but impressive. When Mac comes face to face with a Fae, you want to run and hide just as much as Mac does. Darkfever has it all. A heroine who is on her way to learning truths about herself and setting off on one hell of a journey that you want to take part in, a hero that makes you drool and shiver all at once, a villain who is impossible to pin down and a story that leaves you begging for more. You reach the last page wondering where the series will take you next…and having no idea where that could be. You are so filled with questions you must continue reading. And you want to continue reading, because you want to know if any of your theories are correct or if they are way off base. It’s the kind of book that you think about days after you are finished reading it and the kind of series that makes you glad that there are at least three more books out there already and a fifth one coming out January 18th 2011. I’m not going to focus on the fact that that is the final book in the series. Because that just makes me cry.
Swoon worthy quote
“’Do you remember what to do, Ms. Lane?’
‘Yes. If I start to feel sick I should ask to use the bathroom. You’ll escort me to it.’
‘Very good. And Ms Lane?’
I glanced at him questioningly.
‘Try to act like you like you.’
When he put his arm around me and pulled me close, the shiver went clear down to my toes.”
Books in the Fever series –
Shadowfever (January 2011)