Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Fae, Adult
What a great story! And it would have been even greater, if it weren't for Ms. Mackayla-call her Mac-Lane.
Allow me to explain by posing some questions.
1) You were warned that you are going to learn how to kill Fae. What do you wear?
a) Fabulous lavender shorts with matching top and high heels-oh my God is that blood on your clothes?
b)Something cozy you wouldn't mind throwing away later because, you know, mutilated bodies and stuff.
c) Does it even matter? Just give me the dagger!
2) You just realized your sister's killer may be hiding in the dark neighbourhood that is inhabited by a caste of Fae that suck your life force until the only thing left of you is dried skin. What do you do?
a) Head straight to darkness without telling anyone because you're so badass that Fae should be running away from you.
b) Run to the opposite direction.
c) Make a solid plan and get some help.
3) You found out that the world is in danger and for reasons unknown you are one of the few who can help. Put your priorities in order:
a) Pink nail-polish, hormones, fate of the world.
b) Hormones, fate of the world, pink nail-polish.
c) Fate of the world, hormones, pink nail-what?
Yeap, you guessed right. Dearest Mac's answers were solid A's. If you like your heroines Barbie-like, you're going to love her. She had her moments of course, but she was shallow, impulsive and self-centered to the core. I can understand her reservations to believe in the extraordinary, her reluctance to accept her destiny and her need for closure after her sister's murder, but that's it. I can't justify every single stupid decision she made (and trust me, they were many), and her fixation on her appearance when everything was falling apart, but hey! if you are killed in your sleep you should at least be fashionable, right?
I think, though, that I started off the wrong way. Because Darkfever was actually a deeply addictive, action-packed and ingenious story! As you can already tell, it follows the adventures of Mac, whose sister was brutally murdered in Ireland and so she decided to travel there and find the answers she was denied. But there is something ominous in the streets of Dublin, and she soon encounters creatures that came straight out of nightmares, she searches for objects of dark magic and gets in the middle of the ancient war between Men and Fae, a war that is about to be rekindled. She doesn't know who to trust. The most obvious choice is the sensual stranger who has saved her life a couple of times, but has many secrets and seems to use her for his own purposes. There is only one thing she knows for sure: the Mackayla Lane who first arrived in Ireland is not the same Mackayla Lane that will leave. If she leaves at all.
“There are two kinds of people in this world, Ms. Lane: those who survive no matter the cost, and those who are walking lambs.”
Fast-paced. Eerie. Other-worldly. And a little on the sexy side. That is Karen Marie Moning's Darkfever, and it deserves all the hype around it. Setting aside my huge dislike of Mac, I loved this wonderful and intricate world, with its rich mythology, its gothic vibe and its strong mystery element. The narration, with its ominous warnings, the foreshadowing and the way Mac talked to the reader made me even more curious about the events to come. Fae have always been fascinating, and this sinister version of them made Darkfever repulsing and seductive at the same time. And there was also Jericho Barrons.
This man is clouded in mystery, he oozes sexuality, and he's not scared of letting Mac know what he thinks about her. The tension between them is so thick you can cut it with a knife, and I am certain explosions and earthquakes will take place in the next books. Well, count me in!
“It's what you choose to believe that makes you the person you are.”
All in all, Darkfever is a page-turner, and I'm looking forward to returning to Dublin's dark streets!