Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

This entry is part [part not set] of 6 in the series Fever Series

Book Review: 3 Treasure Boxes
Fever Series, Book 1
Publisher: Delacorte Press (October 31, 2006), Hardcover: 320 pages, Language: English, ISBN-10: 0739474235, ISBN-13: 978-0739474235

Do frightful, thrilling and mysterious journeys intrigue you? If so, then stay tuned for this series. Darkfever grabbed my interest from the first page.  The main protagonist Mac (MacKayla Lane) is quirky and cute and fun to read. She was a simple, party girl who worked as a bartender in Ashford, Georgia until she learned of her sister’s brutal murder in Dublin, Ireland.  After she decides to fly to Ireland to investigate what really happened she found a whole new world that she did not know even existed, the realm of the Fae. She also discovered that she has unique powers which help her fight against the deadly and dangerous creatures. This book continues her story and journey through this dangerous new world.

Darkfever is the first book in the Fever Series. To date there are a total of four books in the series with book five, Shadowfever,  to be released January 18, 2011. This book is a contemporary fantasy book, also known as Urban Fantasy.  The story is told in a first person narrative with MacKayla Lane’s voice and thoughts as we follow her around.

This series is great because it deals with seelie and unseelie faeries rather that vampires and werewolves. There are some interesting characters in this book, like death-by-sex fae and an extremely sexy and mystery man, who may not be human, named Jerico Barrons.  Some of the scenes between Mac and these characters are also quite intense. As the story unfolds, so do Mac’s abilities. We learn that she is a Null, she can null the effects of the fae by touching them and she can sense OOPS (Fae objects of power.) The story progressed along uncovering some of the mystery and some of what is happening, but it did not have any conclusions and was really more like the end of a chapture than of a book. 

I look forward to reading the next book in the series to see what happens next. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading contempory fantasy with a female protagonist who is cute and quirky.  There is also great sexual tension between Mac and Barrons.  If you enjoy books that include some sex in them, then you will enjoy this book. However, if you are looking for a stand alone story, then stay away or wait until all the books have been written and read them all at once.  Every book in the series ends with a cliff-hanger.

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