Rating (out of 5): 4 stars
I have heard friends, Goodreads pals and fellow bloggers opine on the wonders of Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series and how the Barrons character will make any woman weak in the knees. Then I was advised to wait to start the series until November, so I wouldn’t die in anticipation of the final book’s release (Shadowfever comes out in January). So, let’s just say I went into this one with very high expectations.
And, early on, I didn’t get the big deal. But I kept reading Darkfever, and before I knew it I was roped into Moning’s witty writing and engaging characters. I get it. (Though, the way people talk about Barrons I expected romance in the first book — there is none. He’s just really insanely alpha and sexy.)
In this urban fantasy page-turner, we meet MacKayla. She’s heading to Ireland from Georgia because her sister — who had been studying abroad — was murdered and the Dublin police aren’t doing a damn thing. Her plan is to find evidence to get them to open the case. She is determined to find her sister’s killer. Unfortunately, all she has to go on is a cryptic voicemail mentioning a phrase she doesn’t understand and a whole lot of panic.
What follows is her decent into the world of the fae. Not the pretty faeries of Disney movies, but cruel beings who think themselves better than humans. Mac is a sidhe seer, or one who can see though faery glamour, only she doesn’t understand it. This is where the brusque Jericho Barrons comes in. He’ll teach her about the fae, if she’ll help him in his own mission.
And she’s going to need his help, not only to find her sister’s murder, but to stay alive. Dark faeries are escaping an Unseelie prison and arriving in Dublin. People are dying and her sister may just have been the latest casualty.
The wry tone of our protagonist keeps the dark fantasy in Darkfever from weighing on the reader. With constant danger, overwhelming new experiences and a bold ‘other’ world, it is near impossible to put Darkfever down once you’re acquainted with MacKayla.
(And, yes, I plan to devour the whole Fever series before January. I can already see why it’s so addictive.)