I am a fan of the author for many years now. But this book was somehow a disappointment for me. Despite the fact, that some scenes were really good and that I found out some very interesting things about Mac and Dani. But the rest? Boring, without any pep and everything I am normally used to get when holding a Karen Marie Moning novel in my hands.  

by Karen Marie Moning
Fever Series #4
Publisher Bantam Dell on October 26, 2010
Genre Fantasy-Mystery
Pages 528
Format Paperback
Source Publisher* 

MacKayla Lane lies naked on the cold stone floor of a church, at the mercy of the Fae master she once swore to kill. Far from home, unable to control her sexual hungers, MacKayla is now fully under the Lord Master´s spell. He has stolen her past, but MacKayla will never allow her sister´s murderer to take her future. Yet even the uniquely gifted sidhe-seer is no match for the Lord Master, who has unleashed an insatiable sexual craving that consumes Mac´s every thought – and thrusts her into the seductive realm of two very dangerous men, both of whom she desires but dares not trust. As the enigmatic Jericho Barrons and the sensual Fae prince V´lane vie for her body and soul, as cryptic entries from her sister´s diary mysteriously appear and the power of the Dark Book weaves its annihilating path through the city. Mac´s greatest enemy delivers a final challenge. It´s an invitation Mac cannot refuse, one that sends her racing home to Georgia, where an even darker threat awaits. With her parents missing and the lives of her loved ones under siege, Mac is about to come face-to-face with a soul-shattering truth – about herself and her sister, about Jericho Barrons … and about the world, she thought she knew.
The difficult time has come for Mac. Her soul, her whole body scream for sex. She can´t and doesn´t want anything else, and the world and the fight for revenge for her dead sister Alina seem to be in a different universe. Mac, without a will, and with no memories, has become a Pri-ya. A fact that Jericho Barrons uses to the utmost the heal Mac. And his healing methods have it all! Mac is going through a very special change. Although she is still a Pri-ya, she is not one that the world normally knows and perceives. For Rowena, the abbess, this is unfortunately not a good thing, as she still sees the black sheep of the Sidhe-seers in Mac. It was only when the other Sidhe-seers cried out that Rowena and Mac decided to close a kind of ceasefire in the interests of the common cause and fight together, albeit with different methods, to save the world. 

Apart from some fairy beings, Karen Marie Moning has given her characters an absolutely direct and sometimes very obscene language in this volume – even if Mac loses this language for some time. The super-fast redhead Dani gives the reader an extremely interesting and fascinating insight into the plot. Mac is out of action in her lively and cheeky way. I found this extremely refreshing because it gave the plot a different perspective and the reader can see how Mac affects its surroundings. Later in the story, however, the reader also gets to know, again from Mac´s first-person perspective, how she experienced the time when Dani took over the scepter. This brought an interesting and very welcome move to the plot, which in the meantime lost a lot of pace and inventiveness and was unusually boring. The smoldering power struggle between Mac and Rowena, which is almost part of everyday life, is now breaking out completely and the reader is finding out, if only very hesitantly, where it has its roots. 

Dreamfever is divided into three parts. In the first part, the reader sees how Mac experiences her healing in an unusual way, in the second part how she absorbs the changes that have occurred in the meantime and in the third part how she struggles to save her world. 

This time her characters somehow lack the pep, that certain something. Mac emerges from what she has experienced and suffered stronger and changed, but nothing more. Jericho Barrons is as mysterious and taciturn as ever, the fairy creatures are as merciless, dangerous, and bored as in the other volumes before and even the world doesn´t seem to have really learned anything from what happened. But even if the figures, with the experience of Dani, are missing the icing on the cake, their actions and deeds seem realistic and convincing. Dani is the figure with the best charisma. It enlivens and gives color to the whole, linguistically, and as far as its action is concerned – only the action itself does not really save it. 

A lot happens and yet it doesn´t happen again. A very confusing book that ended up leaving me with a complete mystery and a feeling of amazement (was that all?). Somehow, I had hoped for a lot more of it. Really a shame, especially after the wonderful third volume (both in terms of character and action) of this series. Sad, but no recommendation here.

Happy reading

*I read the German edition published by Ullstein TB on December 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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