Book Review: Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning

Title: Shadowfever (Fever series #5)
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Details: Hardcover, 594 pgs.
Published: Jan. 18, 2011 by Delacorte Press
isbn: 0385341679 (ISBN13: 9780385341677)
Reading Level: Adult
Source: Purchased

Description: Do Not read if you haven’t read the previous books!

“Evil is a completely different creature, Mac.
Evil is bad that believes it’s good.”

MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever.

Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals that have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.

What follows is a shocking chain of events with devastating consequences, and now Mac struggles to cope with grief, while continuing her mission to acquire and control the Sinsar Dubh–a book of dark, forbidden magic scribed by the mythical Unseelie King that contains the power to create and destroy worlds.
In an epic battle between humans and Fae, the hunter becomes the hunted when the Sinsar Dubh turns on Mac, and begins mowing a deadly path through those she loves.

Who can she turn to? Who can she trust? Who is the woman that haunts her dreams? More importantly, who is Mac and what is the destiny she glimpses in the black and crimson designs of an ancient tarot card?

From the luxury of the Lord Master’s penthouse, to the sordid depths of an Unseelie nightclub, from the erotic bed of her lover, to the terrifying bed of the Unseelie King, Mac’s journey will force her to face the truth of her exile, and make a choice that will either save the world…or destroy it.

My Thoughts with No Spoilers for any of the Fever series:

The Fever series is one of the most all consuming series I’ve ever read.  It sucks you in and has you analyzing every little thing that happens.  The author sends you on a roller coaster where you don’t know what is real and what isn’t.
The sexual tension in these books is one of the things that has women all over the world sucking them in like it’s their life force.  Seriously, I think Barrons (surely you’ve heard the name, even if you haven’t read the books) is the man that has the most people lusting after that are just characters from books.  We don’t know what he is, who he is, and even what he really, truly feels.  We just know we love him and we WANT him!
All I can say is this, if you have not read the Fever series and you are an adult, and you love urban fantasy then get on it already!  But, I do have to warn you, you will want all the books before hand because you’ve never read cliffhangers like these!  Be ready to read one and move onto the next immediately.

My real feelings on Shadowfever specifically (spoilers if you haven’t read the previous books):
This book was everything I expected, wanted, needed, craved… and so much more.  It sucked me and the first 100 pages were devoured before I could even stand up.  I was furious, I was speechless, I had to find out What?! the heck happened?!  Then I started to breath again only to be thrust into another crazy cycle and forgot to breath for another 100 pages…
This book was like being on some crazy drugs.  I thought the other books were crazy, this one was WAY crazier!  I seriously wanted to scream WTF?! and then Heck YEAH! and then WTF? again.  I mean it was nearly impossible to keep my feelings in and not scream to the world.
KMM did it.  I mean she seriously created something that is unbelievable.  I mean, that girl has CRAZY imagination.  CRAZY!  And she has the ability to twist your mind like you wouldn’t believe.  I just don’t see how she managed to keep all the secrets in for that long.  She had to have been dying!  Everyone was analyzing everything, begging her for more details and we got NOTHING!  Well, now it’s over.  And seriously, it’s surreal.  I waited YEARS to get answers and now that I know them it’s just… strange.  Don’t get me wrong, this book was freaking amazing, but I can’t believe I know.  I waited for this day for just so. freaking. long.

BUT it’s not necessarily the end.  Before I knew that (I’ve stayed away from her forum for awhile now, I couldn’t handle it anymore) I had a feeling that maybe she would do a spin off with Dani.  And it’s still just a guess but I really hope she does do one with Dani.  The thing is, we learn some things about Dani, and are almost, but not quite introduced to a new character.  This character was just mentioned.  Now why would he be there at all if it wasn’t to set something up? 

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