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23. Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

January 22, 2009
Title: Darkfever
Author: Karen Marie Moning
ISBN-10: 0-440-24098-0
ISBN-13: 978-0-440-24098-3
Paperback: 342 pages
Publisher: Dell, 2007

Darkfever tells the story of how MacKayla (Mac) finds out about the world of the Fae while seeking the truth behind her sister's death. Not only does she find out that the Fae actually exist in this world, she also finds out that she's one of a very few who have the power to see through their glamour, and can freeze them in place with a single touch. That's enough to make any grieving sister run screaming to the other end of the earth. Unfortunately for Mac, she doesn't...

While in Dublin, she meets Jericho Barrons, the tall, intensely masculine, mysterious, filthy-rich owner of Barrons Books and Baubles. Jericho also happens to be looking for the same thing that Mac's sister tells her to find - a very powerful book that's very much wanted, by good guys and bad alike. (Can I call them "guys"?) And Mac has to figure out if he's on the "good" side or not. While she's figuring that out, she meets V'lane, prince of the Tuatha De Danaan. Or, as I'd call him, Sex-on-Wheels. That would be the only reason Mac finds herself taking off her clothes in the middle of the street, in broad daylight. Right?

I guess Mac was okay as the "heroine" of this book. She flies across an ocean without any help from anyone. She gets lost in the streets of Dublin. At night. After she finds out that there are scary creepy things crawling around out there. She stares at the fae so hard that other sidhe-seers have to clock her upside the head to get her to stop. Sometimes it seemed like a smidgen more common sense would've been a good thing for Mac to have... 

I also had a hard time pronouncing some of the terms used, like Sinsar Dubh, even in my head. That's my own problem though - guess I'm not used to words that don't sound like they're spelled. =) However, it did put a little itty-bitty damper on my enjoyment of the story, because I kept stopping to think "how do I say that again?" while reading... Maybe by the time I get to Bloodfever I'll have figured it out. If you're a fan of Moning's Highlander series (which I figured out were romance novels), there's more fantasy than romance in this book (yes, even with mr. sex-on-wheels). If you're a fantasy buff, pick it up for the storytelling.

7 comments:

Dar said...

I saw another review of this and for me this book sounds great. I love anything paranormal.

You know what I do for names I can't pronounce or that just don't make sense to me-I make a nickname out of it and use that instead. Otherwise I get kind of distracted by them.

drey said...

Dar ~ I'll have to give that a try, I just picked up Bloodfever from the library... I'm actually re-reading Darkfever, just to make sure I have the story straight (so far) in my head. & to while away the time till I get Kitty & the Dead Man's Hand. =)

Marta said...

This sounds like a great book...gonna have to add it to the list :)

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drey said...

Marta ~ I enjoyed it, and am glad I picked it up last year. That Ban on Spending challenge I'm hosting is really putting a damper on my book-buying activities this year!! Aargh! =)

I'm halfway into Bloodfever right now, and the story gets better. *tease*

J. Kaye said...

I listened to the audio version and fell in love with the book. I plan to continue on with this series. I've never read anything by this author until this series.

Marg said...

I used to love her Highlander series, and I have to be honest and say that they are still my favourite. I like this series, but don't love it.

drey said...

This is my first from this author. I do have to admit I don't love it - it's just not on par with Carrie Vaughn, Patricia Briggs, or Michelle Sagara, in my view. But, it's entertaining, and I do want to find out how it all ends (which makes me a book addict, lol)...

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