Review: Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning

(Fever #5)
by Karen Marie Moning
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Publication date: Jan. 18, 2011
Genre: Urban Fantasy

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.


This book is what we’ve been waiting for since Mac landed in Dublin. While we still do not have the answers to everything, so much is discovered and concluded in this book. I really enjoyed seeing Mac grow as a character as well as getting a deeper glimpse into the world that the author created.

So, I don’t want to go into too much detail and give anything away, but let’s just say the author throws a lot of twists and turns at us in this book. We find out things about the book we didn’t know, as well as learn some new developments about some of our beloved characters. There was just always something happening in this book that it was hard to put down.

Not only did the author take the time to really dive deep into the characters and their backstories a bit more, but we also got more world building. I mean, for the 5th book, how is that even possible? The author just kept adding more and more layers to this world and it really made it into its own reality.

Gah! It’s killing me to not to go into details on this one but since it’s kind of a semi-conclusion, I don’t want to give any of the surprises away. Just know, that if you are looking to read a fantasy series with a slow burning romance that takes EONS to actually happen, then you should really give this series a read. It has the fae, creatures of all sorts, and just so much deep history in the fae that I don’t even know where to start.


Favorite quote…

“I had to be ripped in half to stop feeling so torn in two.”



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One Thought on “Review: Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning

  1. It can be hard to review a book that you really liked because you want to tell everyone all the reasons that it was so good. I love finding a book like that.

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