Shadowfever (Fever, #5)

The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire, #2)

Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning
Pub­lisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: Kindle Edition, 689 pages
Series: Fever
Pub­li­ca­tion date: January 18th 2011

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.

She warms his frost. He cools her fever.

That’s me every time I read the Fever series. Every. Fucking. Time.

Since I got used to giving you a song for each book, I guess I can do another one for Shadowfever as well. What comes in my mind that is perfect for describing Shadowfever is Porcupine Tree’s Sleep Together . I think my reasons are obvious. To the absolute joy of the female gender, Mac and Barrons couldn’t keep their hands off one another in this book. Get a room you guys!

The first time I’ve read Shadowfever, I thought it was the end of the series. I was expecting a shitload of answers and a decent conclusion to the series. Then something awesome and terrifying happened. Karen Marie Moning announced two more books. TWO BOOKS!

I mean. What? My world just fell off its axis. I am so happy and yet I’m so scared. What if they are worse than the other Fever books? What if Mac and Barrons’ romance gets shitty? What if the story goes to hell? So many what-ifs. Too many. I’m anxiously waiting and biting my nails while at it. Dani’s Iced is going to be out on October 30th, 2012. Patiently waiting. Or at least I’m trying to.

Back to Shadowfever. It’s been a while since I stressed myself as much as I did with this book. I had so many questions, so many theories. And they went to hell in a handcart with every chapter. Karen Marie Moning shamelessly played with my mind all along and I could not beat her until, say, 75% along the way. Very frustrating, but in the best of way. At least I was entertained. And shame on me, I forgot most of the stuff that happened. When I was reading Shadowfever for the second time, I couldn’t remember much. Except for Mac and Barrons’ hot scenes. Oh, brain, you have such a way of selecting relevant information.

I loved how the story evolved. Now that the future two Fever books are set in stone, I’m not so bothered by the ending anymore. At least I’m hoping that my questions will be answered.

Mac was great, even though she became a bit too suicidal for my taste. Yes, I do see her “fuck you I’m badass” attitude as suicidal. She had a death wish, that’s for sure.

Barrons was an ass 80% of the time and pissed me off constantly. He did make up for it at the end. Kind of. I used to have more positive feelings for him. The second time I went through the series they significantly decreased. I still admire the sonovabitch though.

V’lane. Haha. V’lane. How to put it nicely? I FUCKING TOLD YOU SO! Did you listen? No, of course you didn’t.

The Dreamy Eyed Guy (DEG) was one of my favorites. I had a suspicion that he was Click to view Spoiler but I wasn’t expecting him to be so – what’s the word? – pleasant. I’m curious to see if he’ll appear in the future books. I sure hope so.

Christian was also great. I hope he ends up hooking up with Dani. I really see this happening. But first, let Dani get a bit older. It’s kind of disturbing right now, when she’s so young.

Rowena got what she deserved. Ryodan was weird. Oh, and I also loved K’Vruck. And that’s about it.

Did I mention that I’m scared shitless about the upcoming Fever books?

My reviews for the other Fever books:

Darkfever (Fever #1)
Bloodfever (Fever #2)
Faefever (Fever #3)
Dreamfever (Fever #4)

View all my reviews


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