DARKFEVER
by Karen Marie Moning

November 2006
ISBN: 0-385-33915-1
Reviewer Graphic Button Delacorte Press
Hardcover
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MacKayla Lane leads a conventional twenty-two year oldís life. Sheís pretty, bubbly, likes her job as a bartender, and hasnít seriously thought about her future yet. Everything changes when her older sister Alina is brutally murdered in Ireland, where she had been studying abroad. Suddenly, the world is not the safe place Mac has known and loved.


An obscure message on her cell phone from Alina leads Mac on a quest for justice. Fueled by rage, Mac flies over to Ireland in order to pursue any and all possible leads on her sisterís case. Unfortunately, there are no leads. Mac isnít giving up though. However, there are many surprises in store for Mac as she explores Ireland. Namely, the unwelcome discovery that she is a sidhe-seer. Mac can see the Fae.


With help from the enigmatic Jericho Barrons, Mac begins a search for the Sinsar Dubh, a powerful book that could spell the end of the world if in the wrong hands. Her quest is just beginning and along the way, more challenges, unpleasant surprises, and talents will be discovered.


Karen Marie Moningís latest book, Darkfever, is a definite departure from the sensual romance stories readers have come to expect from her. In fact, it is not really a romance at all. However, this is not a bad thing! Darkfever is a complex and conflicted story that combines the best facets of storytelling: mystery, magic, otherworldly creatures, a likable protagonist, and a mysterious but sexy man.


Ms. Moning has created a character that is tough, hard-headed, romantic, snotty, and all too human. The mission she faces is an eye-opening experience to say the least. Though afraid, Mac has the reminder of her sisterís death to help guide her. Added to the cryptic journey Mac is on is the interaction between her and Barrons. He remains just as much a mystery at the beginning of the book as at the end.


Encounters with the Fae, learning about Macís powers, and attempts to find the Sinsar Dubh all add to the suspense and tenseness of this story. With attraction simmering between Barrons and Mac, one must wonder what the future has in store for them.


Kudos to Ms. Moning for writing outside her safety zone and creating a tale that is a gripping paranormal sensation from start to finish.


Reviewed in October 2006 by Sarah.

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