Title: Darkfever
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Publisher: Dell
Publication Date: August 28, 2007
paperback, 342 pages
ISBN: 978-0-440-24098-3
Genre: Urban Fantasy 

MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens.
When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae….
As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane–an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women–closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book–because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands….

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning is the first book in the Fever Series. I picked up this book because I've heard a lot of positive buzz around the blogosphere for this series. I wanted to see for myself what all the fuss was about. I'm happy to report back that I really liked this first book. What I like most about it was it was not like I thought it would be. It was a lot darker. The story centers around Mac. Mac travels to Ireland after the brutal murder of her sister. The police have closed the case and Mac travels to the emerald island to change their mind. Mac's love and devotion towards her sister is heart breaking. Mac starts asking questions and seeing things that don't make any sense. Mac learns that she has a special ability to see Fae. As cool as that might sound it's anything but. You see the fairies in this story are nothing like Tinker Bell. The Fairies in this story are cruel and dangerous. However Mac stays on course to find out the truth behind her sisters death. Along the way she meets the tall, dark and mysterious stranger, Jericho Barrons. When Barrons hears her in a public place asking about things she shouldn't be asking about it sets him off. On top of that Barrons finds out that she can see Fae. He plans to use that to his advantage. I love Mac. She's a girly girl who is not afraid to kick a little butt. She is a strong female character but not in the obvious sense. I love her quirky sense of humor and her swear words. I was not so crazy about Jericho Barrons character in the beginning. He is too much of a jerk. However as the story progresses Karen Marie Moning lets us see a more relaxed side of Barrons. 
Overall I thought this story was great. It was not as I expected but it was more. I love the ancient myths and legends used in Darkfever. It is dark, enigmatic and formidable. I've got the fever! I definitely will continue reading this series. 

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*To the FTC with love: I bought this book.


  1. I only recently read this book and caught the fever too LOL. I agree, it was a lot darker than expected but I loved it. I'm reading the 2nd one atm and it's great so far

  2. Well if you LIKED it and if im not wrong and its the 1st book in the series, then you're gonna be fascinated by the rest of it!!

  3. Sounds good. Gotta love a book set in Ireland. I like those types of female characters too.

    Christy @ Love of Books

  4. I love this series too! Hello Jericho!! LOL!

  5. I'm glad you liked it. I definitely got the Fever too! It really was like a raging inferno of a fever, at that. I just finished the series 2 days ago and I miss it already. I started Darkfever on Monday and finished Shadowfever on Friday. *sigh* It was so good. I hope you love the rest of the series. Although, I'm totally warning you...there is a HUGE cliffhanger at the end of Dreamfever, so make sure you have Shadowfever in your hands before you finish it. It's so HUGE! Enjoy! *Jericho Barrons...YUM*

    In the Closet With a Bibliophile


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