Review: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

The Maze Runner by James DashnerDarkfever

Author: Karen Marie Moning

Series: Fever #1

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Delacorte Press | October 31st, 2006

Pages: 309

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“My name is MacKayla, Mac for short. I’m a sidhe-seer, one who sees 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 was murdered, she left a single clue to her death, a cryptic message on Mac’s cel phone. 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, mysteriou Jericho…while at the same time, the ruthless V’lane – an alpha 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: to 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 both worlds in their hands.

“Sometimes, Ms. Lane,” he said, “one must break with one’s past to embrace one’s future. It is never an easy thing to do. It is one of the distinguishing characteristics between survivors and victims. Letting go of what was, to survive what is.”

So, what’s it about ~ Another day, another faerie book. Don’t worry this one’s actually pretty rockin’, much like Mac’s sense of style and humor. Darkfever opens up a world that deals with the Fae, and the evil Unseelie and not as evil Seelie. If you like faeries and mystery, then I suggest picking up the first book in the Fever series.

The characters ~ I was not expecting MacKayla Lane’s character to be the girly, well-dressed, and Southern humored twenty-two year old. I guess I expected her to be more serious but she’s not and I love it. Mac and Jericho had some pretty good interactions and it brought out a few laughs.

As for Jericho Barrons, I didn’t really know what to think of him. Moning didn’t really give us much to go on for him and I hope we see more of his character and find out what he is in the second book.

Buzz worthy mentions ~ I loved how Mac carried the spear thingy in her purse. That was hilarious.

Wait, what?? ~ I was kinda thrown for a loop with the point of view. Mac would say something before she’d go into a situation looking back on it. You knew going in at the end that she was going to come out alright so I was kinda scratching my head at that.

The Buzz

Darkfever is a short and entertaining read. It wasn’t mind-blowing but I’m pretty sure it’s cause Moning is creating this whole world world in order to set up bigger and better things for the rest of the series. I have high hopes for Bloodfever and I can’t wait to dive into the rest of Mac’s story.




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