Title: Darkfever, Bloodfever, Faefever & Dreamfever
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4 out of 5
The first book in the MacKayla Lane series, Darkfever, starts with the shocking news of the death of Mac’s sister in Ireland. After the police come up with nothing, Mac travels to Ireland herself in order to see if she can find out anything more about her sister’s murder. While there, Mac learns that she is a sidhe seer and can actually see the faery world that exists parallel to our own. Mac’s sister was also a sidhe seer and was looking for a legendary faery book, the Sinsar Dubh. Mac follows in her sister’s footsteps, trying to uncover the history of this book and what her sister got herself into.
It’s not often that I review four books in one fell swoop, but it seems to be the best strategy to deal with Karen Marie Moning’s MacKayla Lane series (though there will be no spoilers for any of the books in the following review). I read all four of them in such close succession in order to be caught up for the release of the fifth and final book in the series, Shadowfever, that they blend together in my mind. I will say right off the bat that this series has some major flaws, but to me, it didn’t matter. The storyline is so engrossing that readers will gladly overlook some of the more frustrating parts of the books, plunging ahead in order to discover what happens next.
Mac is an irritating character at the beginning of the series. I have to admit I didn’t warm to her easily. She had an interesting personality, but she had a tendency not to use common sense when it was staring her in the face, which predictably always led to trouble. But as the books progress, Mac really comes into her own, finding and drawing upon her inner strength. I appreciate how Moning painted Mac in shades of gray - she is willing to do what it takes to get things done. All I have to say is that if you find the story interesting, but Mac bothers you in the first book, stick with the series. You might be surprised at the turn of events.
Moning’s world-building is excellent in this series. She gives the reader enough information to sate curiosity, but there are always more questions. I found the mythology behind the books really interesting, and I appreciated the care that Moning took with Mac’s world.
Unfortunately, I can’t get more detailed in this review without giving away key plot points, so I will leave it at that. This is a riveting urban fantasy series that takes some great chances and the twists and turns will leave readers reeling. It’s pure fluff, but the most fun kind. Just as a warning, there is a lot of sex in the books, but it’s a creative part of the storyline (one that is easy to skim). I’ll be reviewing the final book in the series more fully, but in the meantime, I wanted to let you know about this great and fun series, if you haven’t heard of it already!