When MacKayla’s sister is murdered, she leaves a single clue to her death—a cryptic message on Mac’s cellphone. Journeying to Ireland in search of answers, Mac is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to master 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, while at the same time, the ruthless V’lane—an immortal Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women—closes in on her. 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 both worlds in their hands.
MacKayla, or Mac, lived a fairy tale life in the southern United States, until she gets a phone call that her sister’s mutilated body has been found. Her whole world has been turned upside down and she rushes to Dublin where her sister studied. The story is written in the first-person, form Mac’s perspective. Mac came across as quite superficial most of the time. Her thoughts focused a lot on her looks, her clothes, everyone else’s looks… It got a bit annoying, especially since you would think that after her sister’s death she would have more important things to worry about. Though it does leave room for character growth.
Initially, the story feels somewhat similar to a detective; Mac is trying to find out who killed her sister and retraces her sister’s steps in Dublin. It starts out a bit slow, until she sees one of the Fae and meets Jericho Barrons. Then the story really kicks off. Mac’s safe little world is suddenly a whole lot bigger and more dangerous than she ever knew. She quickly realizes that she is in over her head.
One of the things l like the most about this book is the world that Moning created. The Fae are both intriguing and repulsive and after finishing the book I couldn’t wait to read more about them. The whole setting of the story is amazing. It’s dangerous and mysterious and you very quickly get the feeling that Mac needs to toughen up if she wants to survive. Moning is particularly good at setting the mood for the city:
Though it was only supper time, rain and fog had turned day to dusk and those few streetlamps that hadn’t been broken out years ago began to flicker and glow. Night was falling and soon it would be as dark as pitch in those long shadowed stretches between the weak and infrequent pools of light.
The story opens up a world that I definitely wanted to read more about. So far I love where the plot is going and there are some very interesting characters in this book, but I won’t talk about them until my review of the second book in the series, so you can get to know them yourself first. This book has some issues, but the setting and characters of the story definitely make it worth reading. I for one couldn’t wait to get started with the second.
The Fever series hasn’t been finished yet, so far seven books have been published. On January 19th 2016 book eight of the series will be released. In the coming months I will review all the books in the series that are out so far, to conclude with the new book, Feverborn in January.
Karen Marie Moning
349 ǀ Dell Publishing Company ǀ August 2007