Reviewed by Jen
The Fever series plunges to new levels of darkness in its third installment, Faefever
. It’s not until second (and third) readings of these books that I came to appreciate the masterful way Karen Marie Moning sets up each one with a present-day Mac looking back on events that have already occurred. This book begins with the line, “I’d die for him.” And as innocuous as it may seem before the events unfold, by the time you get to the end, the meaning is both wrenching and shocking.
In this book we really see the emergence of the other sidhe-seers as players in the game between humans and the Fae. Like Mac, they can see the Fae, but unlike her, they cannot sense their holy objects. They need Mac to help them find the powerful dark book that it seems everyone is looking for. Their leader distrusts Mac and influences most of the other women to feel the same. But Mac finds a friend in the young Dani. The teen becomes an important force in this story and the next –and a surrogate sister for the one Mac lost.
V’Lane, the Light Fae Prince, is back. And we see now, more than ever, that the animosity between him and Mac’s mentor, Barrons, runs deep. V’Lane is fascinating, but the real sex appeal continues to lie with the mysterious Barrons. After he and Mac (*spoiler*) nearly did the deed in the last book, you can cut the tension between them with a knife. He barely bothers to mask his attraction for her, his jealousy of V’Lane. It’s all coming to a head and I found myself holding my breath, turning the pages, to see what would happen between them next.
This book is a crossroads for the series –and a major event takes place that changes everything from here on out. And what happens at the end, makes Mac’s time with Malluce in Bloodfever
feel like a blip on the radar in comparison. It’s a shocking cliffhanger –the biggest yet– and I urge you to have Dreamfever
waiting nearby when you’re done. 5 stars.
P.S. Loved, loved, loved the mentions of more MacKeltars from the Highlander books. And the reveal of the Lord Master’s identity was an exciting twist (*spoiler*) for anyone who has read The Immortal Highlander. –If you haven’t read it.. you can check it out for his backstory. It’s not necessary for the Fever books, but it adds another rich layer for Moning fans
Labels: by Jen, Fae, Karen Marie Moning, Urban Fantasy