This is one of the very few series, that fascinated me though it wasn´t the kind of genre I used to read back then. But sometimes the Fantasy and Mystery genre has exceptions that you just need to read and get involved with. The Fever series is one of those exceptions.

by Karen Marie Moning
Fever Series #3
Publisher Bantam Dell on September 16, 2008
Genre Fantasy-Mystery
Pages 409
Format Paperback
Source Publisher*

When MacKayla Lane receives a page torn 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 that it corrupts anyone who touches it. Mac´s quest for the Sinsar Dubh takes her into the mean, shapeshifting streets of Dublin, with a suspicious cop on her tail. Forced into a dangerous triangle of alliance with V´lane, a lethal Fae prince, and Jericho Barrons, a man of deadly secrets, Mac is soon locked in a battle for her body, mind, and soul.  
Mac continues to search for the Sinsar Dubh, the most powerful of all books, and seek answers to her questions regarding Jericho Barrons. She becomes more and more sophisticated in refining her abilities, even if she has to take one or the other setback through Barrons. She is forced to an alliance with V´lane, hoping to learn more about the events and history of the fairy world. An alliance that is not always easy, the prince´s charisma still represents an absolute sexual challenge for Mac that she does not want and certainly does not want to endure. But Mac must be painfully aware that she did not even have the slightest idea how overwhelming and maddening the fairies can be. 

Karen Marie Moning has remained true to her style. With beautiful visual comparisons, the reader learns more about the characters with whom the protagonist Mac has to do or in what environment she is currently, what she thinks, and feels. 

The story almost seamlessly ties in with the second volume of the Fever series, literally taking the reader into the silence before the storm. A silence that is anything but. It was absolutely clear to me that at some point it must come to a huge event, a storm of special kindness, the plot of the whole book, the whole series, is aiming for it. But what came here was – a hurricane. With brilliant words and very visually stunning, the author has lifted everything off the hook.

The former southern bleakness is finally a thing of the past. And Mac is clever and at times cunning to achieve what she wants and get where she needs to go. The fairy V´lane comes to the fore and is called by Mac as Death-by-sex fairies.

There is no doubt, that all her figures come from different worlds and that each and every one of them has their very own reason why they act the way they do.

Interesting and fascinating, despite the small weaknesses. I was sometimes a bit irritated, but all in all, I got curious to see how the story about Mac will unfold and if, when, and how she can take revenge for her sister. So, yes, I am going to keep reading this unique series.

Happy reading

*The German edition was published by Ullstein TB on February 1, 2010 

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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