Title - Darkfever
Author - Karen Marie Moning
Series or Standalone - #1 in the Fever Series
Genre - Urban Fantasy
Publication - October 1st 2006
(Goodreads) & (Amazon)
Rating 5 out of 5
MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens.
When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle 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, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane–an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women–closes in on her. And 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 the very fabric of both worlds in their hands….
For MacKayla (Mac) Lane hanging out by the pool, doing her nails, and working on her tan is all she has planned for the summer until she receives news that her older sister Aline has been brutally murdered while studying abroad. The local Dublin police can't find a suspect, and end up moving the case to the unsolved cases group. Mac wants to know the truth about her sister's murder, armed with a voice mail from before her sister died she sets out on a journey that will change her life forever.
Mac arrives in Dublin staying at a bed and breakfast just down the way from her sister's apartment as well as where her sister was found murdered. Her first night she finds herself in a pub seeing her first fey a beautiful man who is sucking the life from a woman but at second glace she can see who he really is a grey leprous monster. She's warned by an old woman to get away before she draws attention to herself, and betrays her own kind. Mac flees back to her room for the night but ventures out again in search of answers learning nothing new from the police because the detective on sister's case is on off. She wanders the streets for some time stumbling into a bookstore where she finds more then she bargained for.
The bookstores owner Jericho Barrons is dark mysterious and knows more then he's letting on but he also is the only who can help Mac on her journey. Her sister left her a message to find the Sinsar Dubh before he can get a hold of it so now Mac is on a mission to find it. Thankfully Mac isn't your normal human and she has a few gifts of her own in her bag of tricks. Armed with the knowledge that she can kill the fey and she has to save the humans she sets out to find her sisters killer as well as the Sinsar Dubh.
I purchased Darkfever years ago but I've never gotten around to reading it. I thought it sounded really interesting but it kept getting pushed to the back corner, then last week I decided it was time to read it for the Dark Fantasy shelf in the bingo game I'm part of. It was so much better than I expected I wish I'd started the series all those years ago because now I'm hooked and can't wait to read the rest of them. I really liked Mac as a character she's just so sweet and innocent not you're typical kick ass-heroine but she has so much potential to grow as a character which I really like. I found Mac easy to relate to, her character reminds me of a girl next door type, she's pretty but she's not a stuck up girl which I really liked makes her more real. I found the book very well written, the characters are well developed, and the story flows smoothly. I really liked the concept of the story, the whole world creation is great and it's a action packed story that I had a hard time putting down I just really loved Mac as a character.