Review: Faefever by Karen Marie Moning

13 Jan

Faefever by Karen Marie Moning
Hardback: $23.00 (On sale at B&N for 3.99)
Delacorte Press (October 2008)
ISBN: 978-0-385-34163-9

Favorite Lines: “Some essential component in them had been lost long ago, or perhaps frozen out of them by seven hundred thousand years of icy incarceration, or perhaps they’d come into being via the king’s imperfect Song, equally imperfect and empty. Whatever the cause, the most intensely they could feel was through sex. They were maestros of lust, eternally denied music in their realm, surrounded by others also void, without a human’s body to play the melody upon.” (p. 312)

When MacKayla Lane receives a torn page from her dead sister’s journal, she is stunned by Alina’s desperate words. And now MacKayla knows that her sister’s killer is close. But evil is closer. And suddenly the sidhe-seer is on the hunt: For answers. For revenge. And for an ancient book of dark magic so evil, it corrupts anyone who touches it.

Mac’s quest for the Sinsar Dubh takes her into the mean, shape-shifting streets of Dublin, with a suspicious cop on her tail. Forced into a dangerous triangle of alliance with V’lane, an insatiable Fae prince of lethally erotic tastes, and Jericho Barrons, a man of primal desires and untold secrets, Mac is soon locked in a battle for her body, mind, and soul.

Book three in Karen Marie Moning’s fever series burrows deeper into the evil permeating Ireland. Do not attempt to read this book unless you have read the first two books in the series: Darkfever and Bloodfever.

Faefever takes this urban fantasy series past the dark and into nightmare territory. In it, the Sinsar Dubh becomes much more than an item to be found. It becomes a character driven to accomplish some unknown goal. Its foulness and repulsive qualities are often hidden behind a bland exterior, just as the dark fae hide behind glamour. The destruction that these characters are capable of gives credence to the old adage “don’t judge a book by its cover.”

As far as the other characters are concerned, I still haven’t decided who I like more, V’lane or Barrons. I think they are both pompous asses at times. I don’t like not knowing what Barrons is and V’lane’s inability to put Mac first is a downer. Mac needs a supportive community, but I’m not certain the men are what she needs. But as this book shows, in the end everyone must face their darkest hour alone.

Imagine a book ending in the middle of a sentence. Wouldn’t you be pissed? Well that’s how I feel about Faefever. The ending is such a shock that if you don’t have the next book, you just might throw it in aggravation. I don’t know how anyone could wait a year to find out what happens. Thank God I was able to close the book and pick up book four, Dreamfever.

This series is awesome. If you like your urban fantasy sizzling hot, darker than night and with a clear ending in sight, you will be satisfied with Moning’s fever series.

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