Review: Bloodfever & Faefever by Karen Marie Moning

by Karen Marie Moning
Series: Fever series, Book 2
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Delacorte Press, 2007
E-book, Purchased
303 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: In her fight to stay alive, MacKayla must find the Sinsar Dubh—a million-year-old book of the blackest magic imaginable, which holds the key to power over the worlds of both the Fae and Man. Pursued by assassins, surrounded by mysterious figures she knows she can’t trust, Mac finds herself torn between two deadly and powerful men: V’lane, the immortal Fae Prince, and Jericho Barrons, a man as irresistible as he is dangerous.

For centuries the shadowy realm of the Fae has coexisted with that of humans. Now the walls between the two are coming down, and Mac is the only thing that stands between them.

by Karen Marie Moning
Series: Fever series, Book 3
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Delacorte Press, 2008
E-book, Purchased
327 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: He calls me his Queen of the Night. I’d die for him. I’d kill for him, too. When MacKayla Lane receives a torn page from her dead sister’s journal, she is stunned by Alina’s desperate words. And now MacKayla knows that her sister’s killer is close. But evil is closer. And suddenly the sidhe-seer is on the hunt: For answers. For revenge. And for an ancient book of dark magic so evil, it corrupts anyone who touches it.

Mac’s quest for the Sinsar Dubh takes her into the mean, shape-shifting streets of Dublin, with a suspicious cop on her tail. Forced into a dangerous triangle of alliance with V’lane, an insatiable Fae prince of lethally erotic tastes, and Jericho Barrons, a man of primal desires and untold secrets, Mac is soon locked in a battle for her body, mind, and soul.

As All Hallows’ Eve approaches and the city descends into chaos, as a shocking truth about the Dark Book is uncovered, not even Mac can prevent a deadly race of immortals from shattering the walls between worlds—with devastating consequences.…

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The walls between the human world and Faery are coming down–and I hate to break it to you, but these fairies are so not Tinkerbells.  …from Bloodfever


I was nothing if not determined; at least twice a week I would wear bright, pretty clothes. I was afraid if I didn’t, I’d forget who I was. I’d turn into what I felt like: a grungy, weapon-bearing, pissy, resentful vengeance-hungry bitch.   …from Faefever


“What are you?” I said irritably.
“In the Serengeti, Ms. Lane, I would be the cheetah. I’m stronger, smarter, faster, and hungrier than everything else out there. And I don’t apologize to the gazelle when I take it down.”   …from Faefever

What worked for me:

  • I read the first three books in the series one after the other. I reviewed the first book–Darkfever–in May, but didn’t review these books until now.
  • Each book is darker than the last. Ms. Moning creates an atmosphere of building intensity.
  • However, there’s still some humor and Mac is still self-deprecating. And she’s determined not to lose herself entirely in this new dark world she finds herself in.
  • No one is safe in the world Karen Marie Moning has created–just when I think I understand what’s going on things change.

What didn’t work:

  • I’m not entirely clear if the Faery walls are coming down just in Ireland. Does this affect the rest of the world?
  • I had to stop reading after book 3, because I needed to digest what was happening. Also I wanted something a little lighter. I haven’t gotten back to read the last two books yet.

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My thoughts:

This is a very good series. I’m planning to read the final two books in the Fever series early in 2014. Then I’m hoping to start the Dani O’Malley series set in the same world. Dani has appeared as a character in these books so I think the books about her as the central character will be fun to read.

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Have you already read this series? What do you think of it?

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

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