Favorite Lines: “So I noticed his backside first, and as I’m scoping it out with a connoisseur’s eye (trouble or not, he was serious eye-candy), he goes straight to the bar, leans over t, and filches a bottle of top-shelf-whiskey. Not a soul seemed to notice.” (p. 22)
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…
Darkfever is book one in Karen Marie Moning’s fever series. It introduces Mac, a 22-year-old woman who loves painting her nails and wearing pink. She has great manners, but she’s really a slacker. She has no real goals and is content to float under the radar. That is until her best friend/older sister is murdered in Ireland. Within weeks Mac has packed her bags and left her safe home in Ashford, Georgia, in route to Ireland determined to solve her sister’s murder.
Not long after she arrives in Ireland, Mac begins seeing things that aren’t there. And we are introduced to the world of the fae. Moning’s fae are not the cutesy Disney fairies. They are dangerous, rapacious creatures. They use glamour to look human. They are predators.
Darkfever is a dark, urban fantasy. It reminds me a little bit of the early Laurel K. Hamilton books. It draws you in and makes you want to linger in the dirty and dangerous world. There is a hidden beauty to the story because it makes you work to find the light in all the filth surrounding Mac.
Conclusion: I borrowed this book from the library, read it over night and immediately put the next three books on hold. I’ll be buying the entire set and putting it on my keeper shelf. Nuff said.