Length: 9 hours
Series: Fever #1
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Setting: Dublin, Ireland
Narrator: Joyce Bean
Also in this series: Darkfever
Also by this author: Darkfever
8 Compact Discs / 9 hours
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...
As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister's death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane - an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women - closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac's true mission becomes clear: 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 of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands...
So, I don’t know how I missed these books years ago when I first really got back into reading, but I got the the first book in the Fever series, Darkfever, on audio in an audible sale. It sat unlistened to on my phone for a while. Then, one day I figured I would give it a go!
This is a paranormal/urban fantasy story about fae and Faery clashing with humans in Dublin. Mackayla Lane, our heroine, comes to Dublin to find out who killed her sister. She ends up discovering she isn’t who she thought she was, and the world is not at all what she thought! She meets Jerico Barrons, a bookstore owner who isn’t quite human, V’lane, a Fae Prince, and a whole bunch of women like herself who can see the fae. The Fever series continues through 5 books, so expect cliffhangers at each one!
I was intrigued by book one for sure! I was swept into the world created in Dublin, and I actually liked Mac. In the beginning she is a sweet southern belle who just cannot get on board with all the weirdness. It felt realistic to me. As the story goes you, you can’t figure out who to trust because everyone seems to have an alterior motive. Then, then end of book 3, Faefever, is a HUGE cliffhanger and it really changes the story. Mac experiences something that is horrific so check the trigger warnings if that is your thing. Books 4 and 5 give us a different Mac than books 1-3. But, everyone is different after the walls between Faery and the world come down. Moning manages to create an even more unique world.
Overall, I thought this was a great series. Moning blends known lore with her own twists and creates a heroine you can believe in. There really isn’t a “love” or romance until the later books, but that wasn never the focus anyway.
- POV: 1st (Mackayla)
- Trope: Fae, supernatural, demons
- Triggers: View Spoiler »at the end of book 3 Mac is raped by 4 Fae princes « Hide Spoiler
- Series/Standalone: series (must be read in order)
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »at the end of each book until the end of book 5; while not everything is solved, you do get a conclusion. The series continues on, but Shadowfever presents a conclusion. « Hide Spoiler