Saturday, June 23, 2012

Jen's review of "Shadowfever" by Karen Marie Moning

Shadowfever (Fever #5) by Karen Marie Moning
Publication date: January 18th, 2011
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Number of pages: 594
Format: Hardcover
Purchase: Amazon | The Book Depository
Description: “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.
In the final book to this series, Ms.Moning brings out all the stops that makes this conclusion to the series the best book yet. 

This story takes place right off the bat to where Dreamfever left off. Mac is trapped in the silvers, and amongst other things, she just helped kill the one person closest to her.
Not everything as it seems.
Mac should sure remember that. Just because something looks dead... it doesn't mean it really is. You can never tell these things.
Mac goes through so many emotions during the first part of the book. She has lost someone so valuable to her, and she didn't even realize her own feelings until it was too late. She could no longer do anything about it.
So she does the next best thing: Team up with the enemy, hunt the book and try to change what is done.

During this book, Mac goes through such a journey, and it's one I never could have expected. Always keep your perceptions open and clear, because when you start to think you know where something is going, or the truth, everything then goes to wack and you are back to step 1.

It's such a rollercoaster of a book. It's also far the best of the entire series. Every scene is important and crucial and you can't let the book down for a second.
We start to discover things about each of the characters. From Mac, and who she really is... Barrons and the million-dollar question and WHAT he is, and that is one I'm sure every one of us have been wanting to know the answer to for a long time.
Dani and the women at the abbey --- especially Rowena. Shock after shock. Just when you think she was some old woman.. think again.
There are revelations and shocking discoveries that will make you blink twice about what the hell is going on. Some things you never see coming a mile away, and reveals that go back to previous books in the series.

This book leaves you satisfied, while with an edge of wanting more. Good thing there is a spinoff which the first book is ICED with Dani as the protagonist this time around.
I look forward to see what adventures she will be up to in this 3-book series, not to mention Ryodan, Christian and anyone else who may appear.

If you loved the first 4 books of this series, then there is no doubt this book will blow your mind.. like it did for me.
During the journey of this book, I ran through so many emotions and thoughts that by the end... I needed to try to digest everything that went on.
There is a reason why this is my favourite series to date, and Karen is my favourite author. There is nothing this woman can't do.

                                                             Rating: 5/5

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