Saturday, November 24, 2012

Review: Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning

Shadowfever (Fever #5) by Karen Marie Moning
Publication Date: January 18, 2011
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Number of Pages: 594
Format: Hardback
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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.

The most anticipated book of 2011, with the publication date was pushed back several times. And since I read the series a few months after the release of Dreamfever, this was the first time I had to wait for the book in the series, which was a year. The year waiting about killed me, and I feel bad for those who had to wait the 16 months for it. The book met my expectations and then some.

As the last few books, it picks up immediately where the last one left off. After all the waiting we finally get to see who was the beast that Mac had killed. And at least to me, it was no surprised that it was Barrons. Mac experience grief all over again. And she finally admit her feelings that she herself had refuse to even acknowledge. Mac teams up with the unlikely in search for the book. Let's remember that Barrons has told Mac before to not to believe anything is dead until you burn the ashes and wait three days to see if it rises. And of course, Barrons refuse to stay dead.

Follow Mac on a whirl of a journey. Finally getting most of her answers. This book is full of twists and turns at every page. Who is Mac? What is Mac? We are taken through a few theories before finally discovering the truth. And for those of you who are familiar with Moning's Highlander series, those Keltar men finally show up, and we even get a small appearance from Adam Black. And as can expected those scenes were hilarious. We see more of Ryodan, and another one of the men we got to know a little, Lor.

Feelings are exposed. Characters are exposed. This book will take you on a very emotional trip. Not only is this the best book out of the series, it tops my list of favorite books of all time. Do not attempt to read this book with not a lot of reading time blocked out. You won't want to put it down.

If I could I would write this book a million stars. But I will have to settle for just five.

Rating: 5/5

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