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Review: Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning

12 Jan

Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning
Hardback: $22.00
Delacorte Press (November 2007)
ISBN: 978-0-385-33916-2

Favorite Line: “The worst of it was that now I was caught up in a deadly marathon, running for my life, desperate to stay one step ahead of all the monsters behind me, and there was no finish line in sight.” (p. 109)

Mackayla Lane’s ordinary life underwent a complete makeover when she landed on Ireland’s shores and was plunged into a dark, deadly realm unlike any she ever imagined. In her fight to stay alive, Mac must find the Sinsar Dubh—a million-year old book of the blackest magic imaginable that holds the key to power over both the worlds of Fae and Man.

Pursued by Fae assassins, surrounded by mysterious figures she knows she cannot trust, Mac finds herself torn between two deadly and irresistible men: V’lane, the insatiable Fae, who can turn sensual arousal into an obsession for any woman; and the ever-inscrutable Jericho Barrons, a man as alluring as he is mysterious.

Book two in the fever series picks up where the first ends, with Mac declaring war on the fae. She is gradually changing from the fluffy woman introduced in the first book, to a stronger, more determined woman. She still likes the idea of wearing light colored clothing, but is practical enough to know the need to change. Basically her outer appearance is beginning to change so it matches the internal change.

But to go to war Mac will need the help of two people, Jericho and V’lane. Both of the men are wild cards in my opinion. You don’t know how either will really react in any given situation because they both have a higher priority. V’lane (fae) is up front and makes it clear his queen comes first, but Jericho is more of a dark blob. I don’t know what his true intentions are or what truly motivates him. All I know is that he is sneaky, gruff and handsome as hell. Despite coming through in Darkfever, I wonder if something more important will arise and prevent him from aiding Mac.

Moning introduces several new characters in Bloodfever. My personal favorite is Dani, a young sidhe-seer. Dani is vital to the series and I loved her dynamic attitude. Another newbie to the series is the sidhe-seer group. It really bothered me. The members were of the mind that they should hide and pretend nothing is wrong. Like Mac, I didn’t get why they just stood by and watched the fae destroy their world. Their leader, Rowena, especially pissed me off.

Bloodfever is a nice follow-up to Darkfever. So far the books have felt like parts of one large book. It’s almost like they were the first two chapters in a five chapter book. The story ends with a bang and will have you racing out to pick up the next book in the series.

If you’re smart, you’ll pick up the entire series so you can set down book two and pick up book three. Happy reading!