Friday, December 5, 2014

Urban Fantasy Review: Darkfever (Fever #1) by Karen Marie Moning

Title: Darkfever (Fever #1)
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Source: Self-Purchased
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: Novel
Release Date: October 31, 2006
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 5
Sexual - 1

MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that
breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens.

When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle 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, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane–an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women–closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: 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 of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands….
So, yes, I am finally starting this series after looking at it on my selves for a couple years (I actually have the old covers).  The think that stood out the most to me was the world itself.  It is so incredibly well developed.  While it is based on our modern-world, the "dark areas" are taking over.  Now these are some pretty seriously scary places that I would never want to visit.  They were just so well written that I got chills any time someone had to go there.

The fae creatures themselves, both Seelie and Unseelie, were also very well developed.  I loved the scenes of Mac running into the Seelie prince.  They were humorous and a little frightening at the same time - it takes skill to write that mix well.  The various lesser "baddies" that Mac runs into were also given plenty of details - Moning didn't skimp on them just because they may not have been as important.  They were a vital part in setting the stage and atmosphere.

The story is a bit unpredictable - but it's in a good way.  I was constantly wonder what was going to happen next and then I was surprised to find out what it was.  There is  plenty of action and a bit of sleuthing and detective work that really drew me in.  I needed to know "who-dun-it".  There is a bit of resolution at the end, but not nearly enough to satisfy me.  I'm really glad I have more of the series ready to pick up as soon as I can.

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