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 cel 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.
I’m not a reader who notices right away what tense or voice a book is written in. It’s not because I don’t know the difference. Honestly, I think it’s because I don’t really have a preference. On the off chance that it does matter to you, Darkfever is written in 1st person from MacKayla’s POV. Half way through the book I not only realized the POV, but I also realized that it worked. The flow was more dialogue than the simple telling of a story. The events were relayed as they were remembered, not as they happened. It was a unique kind of perspective and although it took me by surprise the first couple of times I noticed it, I enjoyed the change of pace. Although MacKayla was not a character that I could even come close to relating to, I didn’t mind. Whether I related to her or not, the story that Karen Marie Moning wove through her voice was a good one – and one I can’t wait to continue.
At first MacKayla wasn’t my favorite heroine. She never turned into someone I would seek out as a friend, but she did grow on me. She started out as superficial and naive, but her love and devotion to her sister and determination to fight whatever got in her way to seek her sister’s killer was what kept me from disliking her totally. By the end of the book she had actually gained some of my respect.
I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about Jericho. I think I trusted him more than MacKayla did, but just marginally. He was mysterious and definitely not quite normal. What he is was left a mystery, but I’m hoping that that is revealed later in the series.
Then there was V’lane. The scenes with him an Mac were priceless – for a lot of reasons. Where he fits into all of this is even more a mystery than Jericho.
Basically, this was a perfect set up for the beginning of the series. The scenario has been set, the players have been introduced and the readers have been left wanting more. I can’t wait to get my hands on Bloodfever to see what happens next.