Book Reviews, Reviews by Diayll

Review: Shadowfever by: Karen M. Moning



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.

“Evil is a completely different creature, Mac. Evil is bad that believes it’s good.”


My Take on Shadowfever:

For all of you that were wondering what happened to the devastatingly handsome man/creature Barrons at the end of Dreamfever….you will just have to read Shadowfever to find out!  ((This is a spoiler free review, well as spoiler free as it can be))

I was very apprehensive (and extremely excited) to read the last installment in Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series.  The roller-coaster ride that Mac experienced in the previous 3 novels left me both on-the-edge of my chair crazy and what-the-heck just happened fearful.  I wanted to believe that this young, beautiful, and frightened young woman would stay the course in her fight against evil.  But from the very beginning of this novel Moning left us wondering, what in the world is Mac doing.  Be ready to shed plenty of tears in the first chapter.  I think this is the first book that ever evoked sadness in me (in the first chapter) to the point that it brought on a river of tears as the main character went bat s*** crazy shedding tears of her own.  The best thing about this series is how Moning can lead you down the wrong path the entire book making you believe something is going to happen, only to flip the script and allow the total opposite to occurs.

If you are dying to see where MacKayla Lane’s journey in Ireland takes her, here are a few of the questions you can expect to be answered in Shadowfever the (somewhat less epic) conclusion to an awesome series:

1)  Who killed her sister Alina and why?

2)  Who is the Unseelie King?

3)  Why has Barrons been pursuing the Sinsar Dubh?

4)  Who is Cruce?

5) Who was the dying boy in Barrons’ memory?

6)  What is under the garage?

7)  And who is the real villain in the story (one that I don’t believe I ever saw coming)?

What would the story be without new questions?  Some readers may be disappointed with the number of new questions that arise, but personally I do not feel that it hinders the main story arc in any way.  It reminds me of the series finale of LOST the TV show. Once a question is answered a new one is formed, all questions will not be summed up at the end, but the main story arc will come full circle if the reader invests the time to crank out the pages until the end.  Whether you like the ending or not will depend greatly on how you view the story. If a novel does not have to answer every single small question, then I think you will be very satisfied.  However, if you are a person who thrives on concrete answers to a conclusion in a series without the ambiguity, then you may be sadly disappointed.

I will leave that up to you!!

This book is a solid 3.5, not the best out of the series (simply because all of the internal monologues/whining by Mac which can get very tiring to read) but nonetheless a great read.

3.5 out of 5 Controllers

Check it out, Shadowfever by: Karen Marie Moning