After reading the first book of the authors´ Fever series, you are kind of forced to read the second book and all the others as well *smile* It is THAT GREAT! You get everything: fun, excitement, thrill, tension, and above all the great mystery about Jericho Barrons. What more can a girl or woman wish for? And besides, the chemistry between Mac and Jericho is really one of a kind. So, jump right in and start reading. This series is absolutely worth your time!

by Karen Marie Moning
Fever Series #2
Publisher Bantam Dell on August 26, 2008
Genre Fantasy-Mystery
Pages 367
Format Paperback
Source Publisher

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. 
The search for the Sinsar Dubh, the book of black magic, continues. Mac has recovered from her injuries from the fight with Mallucé, Lord Master´s henchman, thanks to the healing skills of Jericho Barrons, and reads through everything she can find to develop her knowledge of vampires and fairies. But she does not have much time. Her enemies are still trying to kill her, and V´lane makes life difficult for her again with his unearthly passion. Jericho Barrons, for whom Mac now works in his bookstore, only gives away as much as he needs to take Mac to the most secret and sinister places to track down fairy artifacts and collect them. Finally, in a cave deep underground, it comes to a fateful and long overdue encounter.

The story seamlessly ties in with the events of book one and is written in the first-person perspective from Mac. As a result, the reader experiences the events more intensively and knows as much or as little as the protagonist herself. This leads to an unfamiliar and exciting perspective during reading. Karen Marie Moning has a very intriguing way to capture the reader´s interest. With visually stunning comparisons, she creates a wonderful atmosphere and forms a fantastic setting and landscape in the reader´s imagination. There isn´t one moment of boredom or where you are at risk to lose your fun while reading the book.

Jericho Barrons is mysterious and arcane. He only reveals what he thinks necessary and what concerns both Mac and the reader. And yet it is clearly noticeable that Mac is not indifferent to him and that he is by no means the villain that the Sidhe seer Rowena portrays him. The old aged woman Rowena is a mystery to Mac as well as the reader. On the one hand, she leaves Mac several times in the lurch, on the other hand, she tries, by all means, to get Mac under her wing. She shows herself to be as unyielding as she is stubborn when she realizes that Mac can neither be manipulated nor is she cooperative.

The author lets the reader know through her protagonist what the characters and creatures look like, using a few but apt words and the sometimes-disillusioned language of Mac. Mac has changed completely from the naïve Southern beauty to the illusionless fighter who has not only completely changed her appearance, but also her attitude to life and the things in itself.

Once again, Karen Marie Moning has written an exciting and guaranteed captivating vampire novel that easily ties in with the fascination of the first volume. Making the third part literally a must-have for all fans.

Happy reading

*This book was published in the German language by Ullstein on October 1, 2008

Karen Marie Moning
Karen Marie Moning ©Jonathan Gibson

Karen Marie Moning is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fever series, featuring MacKayla Lane, and the award-winning Highlander series. She has a bachelor´s degree in society and law from Purdue University. 


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