Book Review: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

Darkfever (Fever, #1)I finally jumped on the Fever train!

Book synopsis: “My name is MacKayla, Mac for short. I’m a sidhe-seer, one who sees the Fae, a fact I accepted only recently and very reluctantly. My philosophy is pretty simple – any day nobody’s trying to kill me is a good day in my book. I haven’t had many good days lately. Not since the walls between Man and Fae came down. But then, there’s not a sidhe-seer alive who’s had a good day since then.”

When MacKayla’s sister was murdered, she left a single clue to her death – a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone. Journeying to Ireland in search of answers, Mac is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to master 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…while at the same time, the ruthless V’lane – an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women – closes in on her. As the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: to 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 both worlds in their hands…

My review: After managing to secure copies of 2 through 4 I thought I’d finally pick up Darkfever and give it a read.  I owned Darkfever for approximately 2 years before I actually read it and I constantly ummed and ahhed over whether I should read it or not, I constantly read reviews and had articles involving the Fever series coming out of my ears on Facebook but I still couldn’t bring myself to read it.

I read a large amount of reviews all singing the praise of Darkfever and of the dynamic duo Mac and Barrons.  To be honest, I was slightly disappointed with Darkfever and I didn’t really get into the swing of the story until I was three-quarters of the way through at which point the story was pretty much over.

I am a huge fan of stories that involve the Tuatha Dé Danann or the Faehuge – I sniff them out like a bloodhound and yet I find so few that are actually any good.   I had hoped that Darkfever would be one of those stories that I could inhale and read over and over again but to be perfectly honest – Darkfever just didn’t do it for me.

I wasn’t much of a fan of MacKayla “Mac” Lane to be truthful – I found her to be slightly self-centered and obsessed with her appearance both at the beginning of the story and throughout although after she finds out about the murder of her sister she does redeem herself slightly though I still find her obsessed with her appearance.

Jericho Barrons on the other hand – give me a bit o’ that.  However, despite his being a tasty bit of man meat I still found his personality to be over-bearing and a tad chauvinistic for my tastes. He does have a little somethin’somethin’ though that makes his over-bearing attitude slightly less “I would smack you quite happily” and more “I think I can forgive you.  Maybe.”

V’lane – on the other hand – had such a small part in this book that I hungered for more of him.  I hope that in the next books we see more of V’lane and his “I’m so much better than you” attitude – then again, the man’s a prince.

The plotline itself was quite unique, in terms of the Sinsar Dubh and the other Hallows and not one that I have read before. It did leave much to be desired and I did want to know more about it including if Mac sniffs it out like the veritable bloodhound that she is.

The thing that put me off the most about Darkfever I think was how the prose jumped from being present to sounding like the future then back to the present – comments like “I wouldn’t know at the time what I know now” etc sort of gave me the idea that maybe the story was Mac’s journal rather than Mac telling the story now.

Despite this and my dislike of one of the main characters I did enjoy Darkfever a little bit and I will continue the story on.

Series: Fever

The Verdict: 3 stars

For: Lovers of Seelie and Unseelie Fae, mortals who get mixed up in what they shouldn’t and a love triangle that doesn’t involve love at all.

Publication details: October 31st, 2006

Format: Kindle, 382 pages

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