THE FEVER SERIES (5 Books)
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Format: EBook, Print
Release Date: October 2006 – January 2011
Recommended Reading: AGE 21+ (Explicit language, Sexual Situations etc.)
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OVERALL THOUGHTS: I am a vampire girl. Always have been, always will be. My love affair with vampires started in high school when I read Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles. I have tried really hard to get into other paranormal beings..werewolves, ghosts, fairies, but nothing captured my attention…until I started reading The Fever Series. Now I am hooked and I think you will be too.
When her sister is murdered, MacKayla Lane journeys to Ireland in search of answers. There, she makes a startling discovery: She’s a sidhe-seer, which gives her the rare power to glimpse beyond the realm of Man, and into the dangerous realm of the Fae. As the boundary between the worlds begins to crumble, Mac becomes a target. But her mission is clear: Find the Sinsar Dubh, an ancient book that contains the key to controlling mortals and Fae alike, before the enemy seizes it.
In her fight to stay alive, Mac must hunt the Sinsar Dubh—a book of the blackest magic imaginable. Pursued by assassins and surrounded by mysterious figures she knows she cannot trust, Mac finds herself torn between two powerful men: V’lane, the ancient, immortal Fae Prince, and Jericho Barrons, a man as seductive as he is dangerous.
When Mac receives a page torn from her sister’s journal, she is stunned by its desperate contents. Now that Mac knows her sister’s killer is close, she’s on the hunt for revenge. Forced into a precarious alliance with V’lane, the lethal Fae prince, and Jericho Barrons, a man of deadly secrets, Mac is soon locked in a battle for her body, mind, and soul.
When the walls between Man and Fae come crashing down, Mac is caught in a lethal trap. Captured by the Fae Lord Master, she is left with no memory of who or what she is: the only sidhe-seer alive who can track the Sinsar Dubh. Clawing her way back from oblivion is only the first step Mac must take down a perilous path, from the battle-filled streets of Dublin into the realm of the Fae, where nothing is as it seems.
In an epic battle between humans and Fae, the Sinsar Dubh turns on Mac, and begins to mow a deadly path through those she loves. Who can she trust? But more important, who is Mac? Does an ancient prophecy reveal her destiny? Mac’s journey will force her to face the truth, and to make a choice that will either save the world . . . or destroy it.
THE LOWDOWN: I have so much respect for authors who write paranormal books. The amount of detail, imagination and creativity is brilliant and this author does not disappoint. This is an older series, and as a result I was able to breeze through all 5 books without feeling the disappointment of having to have to wait for the next one to be released. The books are very fast paced, but heavily detailed. So much so that I will admit I skipped some pages, which can be a bad thing due to the pace of the books. Regardless, I couldn’t put them down and was left wanting more, especially since each book leaves you with a cliffhanger. Even the last book of the series has a small cliffhanger, which was very smart on the author’s part because it opened up the doors for new a new series starring supporting characters.
As I said in my overall thoughts, I have not enjoyed any other paranormal beings, things…whatever you want to call them. I can’t even tell you what a Fae is, but the beauty of it all is that it doesn’t matter. These books are about MacKayla Lane and her journey of having her life come completely undone and how she handles it, how she fights and how it molds her into the woman she becomes. I enjoy strong female leads and MacKayla Lane is definitely in my top 20. Every single emotion that the human body feels, I experienced with her. The supporting characters are incredibly written and have pivotal roles in all 5 books. Jericho Barrons becomes one of the other main characters and I have no words for that man except WOW, WOW and another WOW.
I was happy the author kept the series to only 5 books. It was perfect because quite honestly, I feel the integrity of the writing starts to go south with the longer series. Best example I can give you is Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series. Really, 12 freaking books? COME ON! Sorry, digressing here.
So why didn’t I give it 5 stars? The author, at times, overloads on details, especially in Book 5, SHADOWFEVER. I could not keep up because the amount of detail literally became too much for my little brain. I can usually visualize the scenes I read, but there were a lot of scenes, in every single book, that were completely unfathomable and that bothered me. Further, I felt Shadowfever got a little TOO crazy. I understand this is paranormal, so it automatically has some cray-cray in it…but, Shadowfever went a little too far. At least the overtly ridiculous parts were mostly in the series finale…and at that point, I was already hooked. Well played Miss Moning, well-played.
FINAL THOUGHTS: With that being said, I highly recommend reading all 5 books and please leave me a comment to tell me if you liked them! Stay tuned because my next review will be the 1st book in the author’s subsequent series to The Fever Series called ICED, The Dani O’Malley Trilogy.