05 July 2011

Book Review Number 72: Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning

I had been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Shadowfever at my library, having read the previous 4 books in the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning (Darkfever, Bloodfever, Faefever and Dreamfever).  The series revolves around a Southern Belle by the name of MacKayla Lane.  She has traveled to Dublin to look into the death of her sister and best friend, Alina.  What she finds changes her - and the world - forever.  Through the previous 4 books, we follow Mac as she tries to find justice for her sister and avoid being used by the various factions within this Dublin world she's come to - the beautiful, sexy Fae, the dangerous Dark Fae, the stalwart Garda, the sheep-like Sidhe Seers and the enigmatic Barrons.  She changes from the fun-loving, pink-wearing girl to the woman who does whatever it takes to keep herself and those she cares about alive.

Shadowfever takes place directly after Dreamfever with MacKayla slowly breaking and reforming after Barron's death.  And it just gets more exciting from there.  Mac finally catches up with the Sinsar Dubh, the dark book of magic created by the Unseelie King millenia ago, but just like the rest of the series, things are never quite what they seem.

This was a very satisfying end to the Fever series, having all the questions answered and everything finally put right.  It was wonderful to see the journey that Mac had taken end and to see the different person she ended up being at the end.  I loved seeing Rowena (the leader of the sidhe seers and one of Mac's nemesis') finally get what was coming to her.  I loved watching the relationship between Mac and Barrons end up where we knew it would.  And I loved being surprised as Karen Marie Moning still found ways to surprise me with the truth behind it all.

If you've been reading the Fever series previously, then you'll want to pick up this book and finish out the series.  If you haven't but love stories involving the Fae (particularly the darker aspects), start at the beginning of the series rather than jumping in at the end.  Then finish the other three books and get to Shadowfever.  I don't think you'll regret it.