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Fever Series #5

"Shadowfever" book 5 in the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning is a rollercoaster ride of thrilling excitement, passionate desires and shockingly twisted outcomes.

The novel picks up moments after the last page of “Dreamfever”. Mac has been on a long journey of discovery and some of the revelations to her origins are a little hard to swallow, but oh! What an exciting turn if events. In Mac’s world nothing is as simple as it appears as she is forced to deal with so many reality checks; her sister’s death, her encounter with the four princes, the betrayal of the sidhe-seer and her own mistakes. I must admit I was shocked and dumbfounded by the turn of events in the first few chapters.

The beginning will rock the foundation of a reader’s perception of the series. Nothing is as it appears and there will be many revelations before the turn of the last page. Ms. Moning's creativity escalates in its intensity as the ramifications of Mac's actions unfold. The novel really imparts the severity of Mac’s anguish as she pontificates over her stupidity, fears and overall guilt. Her fevered, frantic soliloquy is a stark note to the deep seated realization of her loss, grief and despair. I found myself deeply touched and cried right along with her.

Ms. Moning's outstanding character and story-line development over the series has fashioned many incarnations of MacKayla Lane; naive southern girl, fey killer, lust crazed priya and avenging angel. I really love how with each adversity Mac is able to reconstruct the fragments of her life in order to cope and move forward.

Oh! Barrons is so intense and primal. I listened to the audio-book of the novel and the narration is to die for. I particularly loved the intense sexual energy between Mac and Barrons. Their barely contained desire for each other coupled with a healthy dose of sarcastic antagonism really sizzles throughout the novel. “Shadowfever” pierces the surface of Barrons' facade and unleashes a floodgate of animalistic desires and urges that sweeps both Mac and a reader into frenzy haze of hot, steamy and irresistible pleasure. The novel also skillfully unravels a few of Barron’s well hid secrets.

“Shadowfever” is so multiple-layered that some of the references to past events, situations or even encounters maybe lost in the reading. Ms. Moning cleverly weaves a series of insignificant or seemingly minor event into the story that ultimately play a pivotal role in story-line.

One mainstay throughout most of the novel is the masterfully profound "Conversation with the Sinsar Dubh ". The complexity of these segments really resonates if you have the fortune to listen to the audiobook. The conversations are chilling and engaging; the Sinsar Dubh is portrayed almost like a mentor or a child depending on the conversation of the moment.

“Shadowfever” also spends a bit of time unveiling The Lord Master’s ultimate plans and the role he sees Mac participating in. What a startling turn of events; I was anticipating a little bit more and although the entire scene was satisfying I did feel a bit disappointed.

Overall “Shadowfever” delivers an outstanding conclusion to a fabulous series. I highly recommend it.

Book Blurb for Shadowfever

“Evil is a completely different creature, Mac. Evil is bad that believes it’s good.”
MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever.

Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.

What follows is a shocking chain of events with devastating consequences, and now Mac struggles to cope with grief while continuing her mission to acquire and control the Sinsar Dubh—a book of dark, forbidden magic scribed by the mythical Unseelie King, containing the power to create and destroy worlds.

In an epic battle between humans and Fae, the hunter becomes the hunted when the Sinsar Dubh turns on Mac and begins mowing a deadly path through those she loves.
Who can she turn to? Who can she trust? Who is the woman haunting her dreams? More important, who is Mac herself and what is the destiny she glimpses in the black and crimson designs of an ancient tarot card?
From the luxury of the Lord Master’s penthouse to the sordid depths of an Unseelie nightclub, from the erotic bed of her lover to the terrifying bed of the Unseelie King, Mac’s journey will force her to face the truth of her exile, and to make a choice that will either save the world . . . or destroy it.

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2011 5.00