Review: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

(Fever, #1)
By: Karen Marie Moning
Publisher: Delecorte Press
Published: Oct. 31, 2006
Genre: Urban Fantasy

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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.

When Mac’s sister is murdered, she decides to head out to Ireland to track down the killer herself. However, when she gets there she has no idea what she just stepped into. She spent her whole life not knowing what she is, a sidhe-seer, one who can see the Fae. Oh and not just any sidhe-seer, this action Barbie is a Null, which means that she can freeze the Fae with a touch. So when she comes across Barrons who just happens to be looking for a book that only a sidhe-seer can find, he decides to put up with her pink painted nails and her brightly colored Barbie clothes in order to get his hands on the book.

I really couldn’t handle Mac at first. She walks around with a juicy purse and wears pastels… and she is blonde! Not that I have a thing against blondes but the description of her takes me back to my childhood when I would play Barbies. However, you have to push through her naivety and superficial ways in the beginning because by the end of the book you start to see her get serious a little. I still think there is a lot more growing left for her but at least it is a start.

Barrons… where do I start with him. He is dark, mysterious and can be quite overpowering. You would think that would be bad but some reason it works for him. He is as Alpha as it can get. From the second he is introduced into the story he screams predator. He threatens Mac and even chokes her, but I didn’t hate him… because it suits him. He knows the danger that the world is in with the the unseelie Fae being released from their realm into ours and he isn’t about to let some pampered American come bouncing in and screwing up everything. I mean, if the world was about to end as we know it, wouldn’t you get a little hyped up over things and want to smack dumb people upside their heads? Heck, there isn’t the danger of Unseelie Fae over running the earth and I still want to hit some of the stupid people I come across on a daily basis.

I think my favorite thing about this book besides Barrons is the world and character building. Moning put a great deal of detail in her story to paint the reader a picture of everything that she has created. You understand the reasoning behind what makes the characters tick and even though I sometimes have a hard time envisioning creatures outside the box, I was able to picture the Gray Man with no problem.

“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.” -Mac


4 Thoughts on “Review: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

  1. *squeal* whenever someone starts with this series I have to squeal! I am suuuuuccch a huge and crazy fangirl!! Yes ,Mac is the typical Barbie but she will grow in this series, oh so much! It was important to start they way she was in order to fully understand all the changes Mac will go through …

    and don’t get me started on Barrons.. I might faint! He’s the most awesome character EVER…

    I could talk forever about this series, but all I’m saying now is: read on! If you liked this one you will LOVE the next books!!

    • This is one of the best series out there. I haven’t started the spin-off with Danny yet. That’s mainly due to the fact that she annoyed me in Mac’s books. We shall see though.

  2. “…but I didn’t hate him… because it suits him.”

    This. A thousand times this.

    Barrons is my ALL TIME favorite male character in a series. Oh I can’t wait for you to read more of the series!

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