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Darkfever: Fever Series Book 1

by Karen Marie Moning

Random House Publishing Group | August 28, 2007 | Mass Market Paperbound

Darkfever: Fever Series Book 1 is rated 4 out of 5 by 39.
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….


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Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 384 pages, 6.87 × 4.18 × 1 in

Published: August 28, 2007

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0440240980

ISBN - 13: 9780440240983

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Concept. . . The novel is about a southern belle named MacKayla (or Mac for short) who’s sister is murdered in Ireland and after the Garda (Ireland’s police) stops there investigation into her sister’s murder, she goes off to Ireland to get them to reopen the case. When she arrives in Ireland her whole world goes to the dogs with some big surprises. I guess I should have read the genre for this novel before I read it. I guess adult theme means that there will be some pretty sexually imagery in the novel. I must say that I was quite surprised that the book grabbed me so fast. The thing I think I like the most about this novel was the way everything off the wall throughout the novel seemed so new to me but as if I knew already what the things were. It’s differently a thrill ride the whole way with so surprising graphic sexual images. I did find that the graphic sexually imagery could have been left out and this would have still been a really good novel. I did enjoy this novel, originally I was going to throw it in the category of a book I don’t normally read, which is true but I guess it’s got to go into the trilogy category because I’ve got four more books in the series to read.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really liked it. Mac is 22 years old and living with her parents in Georgia. Her sister, Alina, has gone to study for a year in Dublin, but when Mac gets a phone call that Alina has been murdered, her world changes forever. Mac heads to Ireland to find out what happened to Alina, and discovers things about herself, and the world, that she really never wanted to know. There is (literally) a world, a supernatural world, she knew nothing about. I really liked it. There were even some humorous bits, as Mac is really a girly girl, shoved into this dark supernatural world. Some of the most exciting parts for me were before Mac learned some of the supernatural stuff. Overall, though, I really did enjoy it. It did end on a bit of a cliffhanger, though. If I'm lucky, it won't be too long before I get to book two.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Urban Fantasy Series - thoroughly enjoyed Urban Fantasy series - Meet Mac (MacKayla) from the South (of USA). She and her family have grown up in southern US in a small town called Ashford, Georgia. Her sister, Alina, is currently in Dublin, Ireland on a scholarship at Trinity University. When all of a sudden her sister is murdered and the Garda (police) shut down her file way too quick. Mac decides to follow up with the police officer, while in Dublin, all the while she meets up with quite a few interesting characters (such as Jericho, Fiona, Rowena, V'Lane, etc). Unknown to her, she is of a special bloodline and there is a war going on. How was Alina involved and why? What does that phonecall she left mean to Mac?
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Was a recommedation from a co-worker... I was hooked after reading this book. I had to run out and get the rest of the series!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Escape. I've long been a huge fan of Karen Marie Moning, her Highlander series was the first taste of the romance genre I ever had and she's kept me hooked ever since that day. The beginning in the Fever series is completely up to the high standards I've set for her. I've been burning through this series since I picked up Darkfever 2 days ago. While this is different from the stories we've seen from KMM in the past it is equally as wonderful. The characters are wonderfully written and so well rounded they seem like people you've known for longer than a few hours. Mac as a heroine is amazing, I love that she is a pink and rainbow loving girlie girl who finds strength she never knew she had. Barrons is wonderfully frustrating, the whole time you read I just want to grab him by the shoulder and shake him screaming "WHO ARE YOU??!" The Fae lore is spread out evenly through the novel and at no time does it feel as if you're getting a history lecture. Basically I love it, I hope you read it and love it too. If you haven't read the Highlander series yet do that too, or do that first because several characters cross over.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Annoying start, but good towards the end I think my main issue with this book was how much the main character annoyed me. She was a little too full of herself, I mean really, what woman would describe herself as having plump or full breasts? If it had come from the male point of view, it would have been different. Also there were some inconsistencies that I am surprised the editors missed (for example, the last line of a paragraph was that she had a dreamless sleep, with the following paragraph describing a dream she had). It improved towards the end, as she seemed to mature a bit and care a little less about what she looked like. As far as the storyline, it is very interesting, and I would like to continue it. I think this book could have been much better if the main character didn't irritate me so much!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I enjoyed it but... This series came highly recommended and although I enjoyed it I wasn't amazed. The beginning has a lot going on and yet it still felt a little sluggish to me. The last quarter was very good. I love suspense but there has to be some give and take between the reader and the author. There is a lot that that stays unsaid in the end. You think when you're reading it that you have been given info, then later you're told it was wrong but not given the correct info. I realize it is a series and more info will come as the series progresses but I felt a bit empty with how much was left out. Some loose ends are good, feeling like you read the book and still didn't know half of what was going on is a bit frustrating. That being said, I will read the next one to see if I am more fullfilled.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Karen's entire Fever Series is incredible. Completely believable, it pulled me in from the first page. It had a little bit of everything; murder-mystery, fantasy, romance. I literally could not put it down and when I was forced to, I would count down the minutes until I would be able to pick it back up again. Very suspenseful, there were times I would have to put the book down for a moment to take a breather (picking it back up immediately). The romance in these novels is not "fluff" its a dark, sexy, romance that will leave you begging for more. These books aren't a "light" read, however, they were so captivating I read all five books in six days. That's including working 11 hour days. If you can open your mind (which isn't hard to do with the way that Moning convinces you that what you are reading is real) you will surely be placed on a seductive ride that you will not want to get off of. DARKFEVER, BLOODFEVER, FAEFEVER, DREAMFEVER, SHADOWFEVER... After you are done the series... then comes WITHDRAWLFEVER. HIGHLY recommend this series. I doubt I will find another series that I will favor as much as this.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow ! I found this book was not at all what I expected based on the author's previous books. I was quite a few pages in and starting to get a little disappointed but I decided to keep reading (I'd already bought the book). By the end I was hooked and looking forward to the next one and they just keep getting better! So they're not really a romance novel exactly, although there are romance elements. But I find there aren't too many authors who can create a different world and make it believable and suck you into it - but she does it.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Surprise When a friend told me about this series I thought it wasn"t the type of book I usually read. Last week I bought the first in the series and a week later I am on the fourth book. Enough said.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Read the whole series, kept me on the edge and wanting more. What a great storyteller you are, clever.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Series! I've read the first three in this series and I love them. I've been avoiding reading anything that might spoil the future books so I won't say anything here except that if you like urban fantasy give this series a try. Don't be put off by the Romance designation (if you are afraid you'll be getting a "just" a romance) These books are mystery, suspense and violence. Fantastic!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I've Caught the Fever This was the first Karen Marie Moning book I'd ever read...it wasn't the last, the whole series is fantastic! I'm re-reading them before the final book in January. It's so well written. The characters have depth, there are a few twists, the story is pretty dramatic, there's that touch of humour that takes this book to another level. And then there's Barrons...if you've read the books, you know exactly what I mean, he seems to make the pages turn. I admit that it's not the best book in the series, but you'd be foolish to not read more.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Now THIS is a Fantastic Series! I first read this book in late 2009. I really enjoyed it then. The characters are just…well, Barrons is in this book. Need I say more? This series is very detailed and Darkfever, being book one in Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series, is especially thorough. Not to the point where you feel lost or anything but enough that you know this book is building up for one hell of a series. It’s setting the stage for some gruesome and brain tingling adventure. I found Darkfever was even better this time around. Just Wow. And I mean Wow! I found myself re-energized for this series with this re-read. And I found myself asking new questions (because apparently I didn’t have enough questions after the first time I read this…) MacKayla Lane’s (Mac) sister was recently murdered in Ireland. The day she was killed, Alina left some cryptic messages on Mac’s cell phone about a him and the Sinsar Dubh and how imperative it was that they don’t get it. After hearing these, Mac decides to leave her free-going fluffy life in Georgia and travel to Dublin to try to find Alina’s murderer…and to find the Sinsar Dubh. Problem is, Mac isn’t sure what that is or why it was so important to her sister. Once she arrives in Dublin, Mac discovers that she is a sidhe-seer, one who can see the Fae. Now, these aren’t fluffy little winged cutesy pootsy beings. Think about the creature from your worst nightmare and multiply it by 100. That is the fae folk in KMM’s world. Darkfever follows Mac as she travels to Ireland, discovers her heritage and her abilities and meets Barrons. Yes, THE Barrons. Barrons has to be one of, if not the, most popular book boyfriends on the planet. He’s my favorite ‘Paranormal Book’ boyfriend that’s for sure. He is power. He is strength. He is intelligence. He is man? When he introduces himself to Mac for the first time, simply saying his name, you *swoon*. Your knees go weak because you know that you have just encountered greatness. A character who is larger than life and whom you want on your side. But it’s his slight vulnerabilities and tenderness that sneak through every once in a while that truly make him an intriguing man. (Or Fae or vampire or mob boss or a freakin’ ballerina or whatever the hell he is.) I’d forgotten how thought provoking this book is. Some of the passages just make you smile in their exactness. Such as: “I love books, by the way, way more than movies. Movies tell you what to think. A good book lets you choose a few thoughts for yourself. Movies show you the pink house. A good book tells you there’s a pink house and lets you paint some of the finishing touches, maybe choose the roof style, park your own car out front.” “She understood now why her friend Elizabeth, with her near-genius, analytical mind gave wide berth to murder mysteries, psychological thrillers, and horror stories, and read only romance novels. Because, by God, when a woman picked up one of those steamy books, she had a firm guarantee that there would be a Happily-Ever-After. That though the world outside those covers could bring such sorrow and disappointment and loneliness, between those covers, the world was a splendid place to be.” And other passages are almost philosophical, filled with life lessons we really should be paying attention to: “Barrons laughed again. ‘And there, my dear Fio, you make one of Womankind’s greatest mistakes: Falling in love with a man’s potential. We so rarely share the same view of it, and even more rarely care to achieve it. Stop pining for the man you think I could be — and take a good, long, hard look at the one I am.’” “’Lose the pessimism, Ms. Lane. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.’” In this series, Karen Marie Moning has an incredible voice. Her descriptions of the world she has created in this book are eerie but impressive. When Mac comes face to face with a Fae, you want to run and hide just as much as Mac does. Darkfever has it all. A heroine who is on her way to learning truths about herself and setting off on one hell of a journey that you want to take part in, a hero that makes you drool and shiver all at once, a villain who is impossible to pin down and a story that leaves you begging for more. You reach the last page wondering where the series will take you next…and having no idea where that could be. You are so filled with questions you must continue reading. And you want to continue reading, because you want to know if any of your theories are correct or if they are way off base. It’s the kind of book that you think about days after you are finished reading it and the kind of series that makes you glad that there are at least three more books out there already and a fifth one coming out January 18th 2011. I’m not going to focus on the fact that that is the final book in the series. Because that just makes me cry.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated out of 5 by from Worth a Second Chance After reading a lot of praise for Moning's Fever series, I decided to see what all the fuss was about a year and a half ago. However, my first attempt at Darkfever did not out turn out too well. I had to put the book back on the shelf halfway through because I was bored with it. I found Mac annoying and the lack of romance frustrating. However, I refused to let Darkfever become an official DNF and promised myself that I would give it another shot. So, with release of the new paperback versions of the Fever series (love the new covers btw), I decided to give Darkfever a re-read. Was Darkfever better the second time around? Yes. However, I approached the book with an entirely different mentality. In my first attempt at Darkfever, I wanted romance. I wanted Mac and Barrons to fall madly in love with each other and do the nasty several times over. Thus, I set myself up for disappointment right from the get go. This time, I took the book for what it was, an urban fantasy. In doing so, I discovered a far more interesting world where faeries are more than adorable little wood creatures. Moning's world-building in the book is wonderful. She perfectly intertwines both the realistic and fantasy elements of the novel. The Dublin she describes in the book is both dark and gritty, where you can walk into a pub and perhaps encounter an Unseelie. It made me want to hop on a plane and go experience Dublin for myself. Also, I appreciated that Moning included descriptions of Gaelic words right into the text. I hate when you have to flip back and forth to the glossary. Although Mac's narration of the story annoyed me in my first attempt at reading the book, I found her perspective to actually be quite amusing. She's feisty and fun. While she comes off in the beginning as being quite narcissistic, she is quick to admit her weaknesses. Also, her viewpoint brings a sense of lightness to the novel that would otherwise be bogged down by the seriousness of her situation. Despite her girly-girl attitude, you can also plainly see that Mac goes through a transformation in the book both physically and mentally. I'm eager to see what other changes Mac occurs in the rest of series. And then there is Jericho Barrons, sigh. What a mystery. I love Mac's description of Barrons when she first meets him: "He wasn’t handsome. That was too calm a word. He was intensely masculine. He was sexual. He attracted. There was an omnipresent carnality about him, in his dark eyes, in his full mouth, in the way he stood. He was the kind of man I wouldn’t flirt with in a million years." Wowza. Barrons definitely has my interests peeked. However, I'm still not sure what to think of him. I'm also wondering about this V'lane character and how he fits into the story. If I didn't like anything else about the novel, wanting to know more about Barrons and V'lane would certainly be enough for me to read the rest of the series. In reading Darkfever, do not expect a romance. However, do expect a story that just gets more addictive as you go along. Despite a slow start, the book has enough suspense and mystery to keep you interested until the end. I'm happy I gave this book a second shot and I'm eager to see what happens to Mac in her quest to find the Sinsar Dubh.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Addicting Joyride! Friends have been ranting and raving about this series to me for ages. So, unsure if I really wanted to hook myself into another series, I bided my time but, eventually happened to see it at the library and thought; "Oh well, why not?" Boy am I ever grateful I did. After reading a little bit of the beginning, I wasn't exactly really into it and the main character, MacKayla Lane, struck me as your typical dumb blond stereotype at first. Nonetheless, since I didn't pay for it, I trudged on through and found myself liking it more and more with every turn of the page. I finished reading it in a span of two days, which is saying something for a novel considered to be a "romance". The story begins with MacKayla Lane simply tanning in her backyard, too preoccupied with her life of being a fashionable girly-girl to really bat an eyelash at the mere notion of anything supernatural. That is, until she receives a phone call informing her that her sister, Alina who had gone to Ireland for her studies, was murdered. With the police unable to determine any leads, Mac takes it in her own hands to solve the mystery of her beloved sister's death and that is how her life does a complete 180. With nothing more than a foreboding message left on her cellphone just minutes before Alina was killed, Mac ventures to Ireland in order to exact revenge upon her sister's murderer. It is here that she is introduced to the very things that go bump in the night, the things she once thought were mere fairytales. But not only does she discover how dangerous the fae can be but also secrets about her own past and special abilities that impact her far worse than any creature she encounters. Not to mention her run-in with a highly shady (and handsome) European man by the name of Jericho Barrons, who decides to help her hone her new abilities and is her only chance for answers about the mysterious world of faeries. The consequence? He happens to be using her for the same abilities he is teaching her to discover and is therefore, as equally untrustworthy as any other shady character Mac meets in Dublin. Unfortunately for Mac, she must learn to co-operate with him because they both want the same thing; a powerful book called the Sinsar Dubh. Alina had mentioned it in her last desperate message to Mac and it is the only real clue that can lead her to her sister's murderer. Jericho Barrons happens to be one of the few who knows about it. But what starts off as a personal mission for the sake of family turns into a desperate search to save more than just a few lives, but perhaps the world. Although stacked in the romance section of Chapters, I would highly disagree; this novel definitely belongs more in the section of fantasy. Moning did her research and deserves to have her book put there. For those of you who thought faeries were little cute Tinkerbells, boy will this book blow your mind away. I will definitely be checking in for the next books, and more than likely will end up purchasing the series.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding! Loved this book. The author Karen Marie Moning (K.M.M) has a wicked sense of humor and an incredible imagination. The heroine MacKayla Lane is a bit of a ditzy 20ish woman, but you soon see the depth of her personality; especially when she meets Jericho Barrons. She's soon thrown into chaos and danger which complicates her life with mobsters, vampires, and faeries. These are not your normal tinkerbells either people! They're vicious, manipulative, and cunning beings. Mac soon learns she has paranormal abilities and has two alpha males fighting for her loyalty, but who can she trust? The domineering Barrons or the sexy fae L'Vane? Soon another man enters the picture and is none other than a MacKeltar! Have to read K.M.M Highlander series to understand my excitement. Uh huh!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Death by sex fay attack! Sexy, thrilling, exciting, addictive. Enjoyment guaranteed. Can get a bit dragged out but the heated moments and the suspense even that out.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Oh, this is good! Mac’s world is a simple and happy one, until the day that she found out that her sister and best friend died. That was the last day the world made any sense. The Dublin police close the case, and Mac goes to Ireland to find her sisters killer. In her search Mac thinks that the stress and jetlag are causing her to hallucinate, when she is actually seeing Fae. Mac does not realise how much danger she is in because she is a sidhe-seer. If the Fae find out they will either kill her or any other numerous bad things to her. A mysterious and un-chatty Barron allows her to stay in the back of his bookstore in order to keep her safe. In return she must help him. Mac can sense Fae objects, and Barron is looking for them especially the book of power the Sinsor Dubh. So is everyone else, including a Fae Prince V’Lane who oozes sex. Both men want the book, and both men are going to use Mac to get it. As Mac tires to figure out what is going on and come to terms with herself and the Fae, she is struck with another blow. Mac and her sister were adopted; they come from a long line of powerful sidhe-seer’s. The question becomes what happened to her family? Barron and Mac take trips around Dublin to find the different Fae items, and Mac makes many more enemies than friends in the process. Since neither Barron nor V’Lane share much information with her, Mac returns the favour and sets out on her own. Mac stumbles upon The Master bringing many more evil Fae into the world, but before she can get out and get help Mac is discovered and engages in fight for her life. Mac finds that she is really quite good at inflicting pain but not quite good enough. ***SPOILIER*** Barron arrives just in time to save her, even though she does not quite remember how when she wakes up back at the book store bandaged and very hurt. Mac will live through her injuries, with a whole new darker Mac emerging. Mac has to become harder and more willing to make the hard choices if she is going to get her sister’s killer. This was the first book in Moning’s Fever series. It was a little slow for most of the book, but by the last couple of chapters I was fully into the storey. I have read the second book and now know that Moning had so much of detail and information to give the reader that it is well worth reading this and the next books. The storey arc is actually one storey over the five books in the series. This is going to be a great series.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thank God I Picked This Series Up! This story is way different from Karen’s Highlander series. Mac has a peaceful and stress free life while living in a small town. That is until her sister dies. Upon hearing this and finding a rather strange message on her cell phone left from her sister Mac rushes to the place where her sister died. Ireland isn’t the carefree place it seems to be. This is where Mac sees her first fairy. As the story continues things just get weirder and Jericho hopes in to save the day. I truly hated Jericho in this novel but as you read the series he warms up to you and you can’t help but love him. Oh yeah and a prince fae, being of sex is staking her. Enjoy!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! This was one of the first books I've ever read that focuses strictly on the fae. When I started I wasn't sure I was going to buy into this whole bad fairy business but by the middle I was hooked. I have now finished all 4 books that are currently published and recommend them to friends all the time. This series is actually one of my favourites and I will be re-reading them all for sure.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not to bad... This is a good start to the series, but feels like some things could of been left out, in saying that though, I could see that it may be relavent in the rest of the books. Mac is a great character and thinks her life is great until her sister is murdered in Ireland and when Mac goes there to find the murderer, her world is turned upside down when nothing is as it seems. One man, Jericho, helps her understand everything about her and what's really out there....well sort of....he likes to answer a question with a question and Mac is not sure what he is really after. I can't wait to see what the rest of the series will be like.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This book really took me my surprise. I'm not a huge fan of fairy books but this one was different. I love all the scenes with MacKayla and Barrons - they just crack me up. The story was overall really good. Looking forward to reading the rest of the books.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! I've been reading books on Vampires, witches and warewolves since I was a teenager. This is the first time I read anything on the Fae and can I tell you.....they are amazing! This is a great series. I couldn't put the books down. Yesterday I got the last installement of this series and I can't wait to start reading it!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent New Series Darkfever is the first book in a promising new series by Moning. Fans of Moning's Highlander series, if you are expecting to find a similar type book (a.k.a romance) you may be disappointed, but only if you are just looking for a romance. If you are looking for a great book with a spunky heroine, a sexy man of mystery, some action, some drama, some sexual tension, some wisecracks and a well told and engaging story, check this book out. MacKayla (Mac) Lane's life was irrevocably changed with a telephone call from Dublin. Her sister Alina murdered, her devastated parents withdraw into themselves leaving Mac alone to deal with her pain. Already reeling with the death, she is further rocked to find out that Alina tried to call her just hours beforehand. When Mac learns that the Dublin police have given up trying to solve Alina's murder she decides to fly to Dublin herself. Once in Dublin, things don't go as planned. The Garda (Dublin police) aren't willing to follow up on the new information in Alina's phone message and Mac soon finds herself in the midst of some rather strange happenings...is she seeing things or is she losing her mind? When Mac meets Jericho Barrons, the rich owner of a bookstore, she is forced to face up to some unwelcome new truths, most importantly, that her life is in danger. Seeing little other choice, Mac teams up with the mysterious Barrons in order to help him search for an ancient book. Barrons wants the book and since Alina was also looking for it, Mac hopes it will lead to her killer. Mac makes a great narrator for this story. She's spunky and amusing. A self-styled 'Barbie' she is willing to admit to her weaknesses, but doesn't let them stop her. Mac's take on the world can be great fun, even as she's facing dark and evil things beyond anything she has ever seen before. Well paced and well written you can really get a sense of Mac and what she is facing. Billed as a romance, there's almost no romance in this story although there is certainly some chemistry between Mac and the mysterious Barrons. The only real drawback of this book is that it doesn't reach any kind of a resolution. It just sets the scene and leaves you wanting more. Luckily, there are two more books already out and the fourth is due out in August 2009. Since this is actually a re-read for me, and I have read the other two books, I can tell you the series just keeps getting better and better. I can't wait for Dreamfever, the next release.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Complicated Fae This is the first book of the “Fever” series and was recommended to me by a trusted employee at my favourite book store. It’s a paranormal “romance” about the Fae. This was my first experience with a Fae novel and I’m wondering if this is what they are all like. I understand “Fae” is short for “Faery” (or fairy). And when I think of fairies I think of Tinkerbell. In Darkfever, the Fae are recognized as “Seelie” and “Unseelie” and basically they are a bunch of 8-foot tall aliens in human disguise. Weird? Well if this is what all Fae are, then no. But as I said, this is all new to me, so bare with me at my attempts to explain it. Mac Lane goes to Ireland to investigate the murder of her sister when the police throw in the towel. It’s not long before she runs into Jericho Barrons, and a couple of strange beings. Read more at: http://justkickinit.ca/2009/06/darkfever-by-karen-marie-moning/
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from This book was an ordeal I got this book on a friends recommendation and safe to say we are no longer friends (just kidding). I really did not enjoy this book. It was marked as paranormal romance. It was not, there was no romance in this book was so ever. Unless you call getting felt up by the faerie king romance and I do not. There was some sexual tension between Mac and Jerico, but it never went anywhere. And much like the romance there was not real story. I'm hoping that the next book will be better cause I already bought it, but I keep putting off reading it.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An Interesting Read It was an interesting book, although I had a bit of a time getting into it and found the main character hard to like, but did understand where she was coming from. The mc, Mac, just lost her sister and has traveled across the globe to find her sister's murderer. In the midst of this personal trauma, Mac finds herself a part of a completely different world than what she knows. I couldn't like Mac for the majority of the book, she wasn't someone I could relate too and she clung to the tiniest of things that to a critical eye would be deemed insignificant given the turn her life took. However, I could also understand why she did this and behaved the way she did. It was all she could hold on to to make her life seem just a little normal when everything else changed. Near the end of the book (in the last 50 pages) I think there was some true character growth. Even though there was some resistance still, I think Mac actually started to accept what she was and the changes that were occuring in her life. I was really happy to see this. Character growth makes a book for me, and because of this I'll definitely continue the series. I loved the premise of the story, and the story was told well. The only thing I was keen on, there was a lot of telling. The narrator (Mac) told us a lot throughout the book, rather than the author just having her show us what was happening, have us experience it all with the MC. I found the regularly placed "I would later understand.." or "I would later find out..." I would have prefered that not have been there. But that's my critical readers eye for you. 8^) Overall I enjoyed the book and would give it a 4/5. The cliffhanger-esque ending was cruel and with a book in hand that I must finish before the 10th (book club) I can't just go and pick up the next novel. It's left me hanging, unfinished and I'm excited to read more.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad This book wasn't entirely what I expected. It took a long time to start and the action seemed to only be during the last chapter. It was a much easier read then I usually like. The main character was too young, blonde and pink for my liking at first. Her reluctance to accept what she was when proof was under her very nose each darkened corner she took, annoyed me. It was a good beginning to a series, but I found that the book seemed almost pointless. One thing that I really didn't like was the lack of a strong leading man. I was very intrigued at the end of the book and am anticipating reading the next.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not A Romance Book i have no idea why this book was under the romance section...
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really great start After reading a couple of the highlander titles my expectations were low. I am so glad I gave this one a try. This book reads itself, I was so absorbed by the story and the characters. The first person did not annoy me and Mac was much better then Moning's previous ladies. I am hooked. If you are looking for a fluff romance (like the Highlander books) than this book is not for you. This book is NOT like the highlander stories and thank Moning for that.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Feel the heat, ride the fever... Dark and sexy new Fever series by Karen Marie Moning, filled with mystery and suspense and no, no sex (yet) though it promises... lots. This is definitely a keeper and promises to blow. your. mind. No, really. MacKayla Lane's life was great: she had a decent job, a great tan and her cosmetics compact that she never left the house without. She was even planning on returning to school once her sister Alina returned from Ireland. Everything was perfect and planned. Until Alina was murdered. Brutally. But the thing that really set her off? The Irish Garda just didn't care. They closed her sister's case. Just. Like. That. It was time somebody cared. Like Mac. What she didn't know was, she was heading into trouble. Way in over her head. Enter the Shadows, Death-by-sex Fae, vampires (maybe?), Berserkers (maybe?), Dark Unseelies and other foul creatures. Enter Jericho Barrons, the carnal, mysterious "man with no past and only mockery for a future" who sets out to help her... for his own obscure designs. Could she trust him? When her life seems in danger everywhere she turns, she has no choice but to begrudgingly accept his help to find the Sinsar Dubh, the all-powerful Dark Book. But she still has to know who killed her sister. Alina did NOT die in vain.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from She does it again Okay, so I was disappointed to find out that this was not an extension of the Highlander novels, but wait, this is great! We have all of the elements that drew me in to the Highlander series, but this one is more dramatic, not so romantic, but still awesome. Ms. Moning knows how to write, knows how to draw you in. Her characters have life and depth. Can't wait to read Blood Fever.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed I am a big Fan of Karen. But, I was very disappointed with this book. The characters in my opinion both lack substance. Except from Book two is not too promising either. Total let down from the Highlander Series. Cannot recommend this book to serious readers, especially if you’re looking for a strong story with rich characters.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from K.M. Moning, Did it again! I could go on and on about Darkfever or other K.M. Moning titles, let me sum up... I loved it all. All her books are Hot! Hot! Hot! I could make myself sound more intelligent but why bother, I read to relax and escape. If you have a few moment to read, go for any of the above mentioned author. Her books have imagination, great story, steamy scenes and more. I can't wait for the sequel, Blood Fever!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart stopping I couldn't for the life of me put it down. It got to the point were I was getting in trouble with my teachers about not paying attention. I felt my heart rate speed up and clench. I was so into the book I also found myself laughing out loud at certain parts. It's definitely one of my favorite novels and definitely one of best of hers I have read. It was a fabulous novel and I’m eagerly awaiting the next one in the new fever series.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't let yourself miss this one! O.K before I get right into it I want anyone reading this with an interest in reading the book to know; KEEP AN OPEN MIND! I Have read every book by Karen and I can honestly say this IS different but different in one of the best ways possible. If, as a reader you enjoyed the mystery behind the fae, and you loved the magic behind our Mackelter druids than this may be the book for you. If , I think like most romance readers, you are looking for something new and juicy to keep you up late at night this may not be it. As a die hard reader/writer myself I absolutely love the way Karen has managed to capture a characters' personality change that is this dramatic! There is no way for me to describe how much fun it is to read along with Mackayla and try and relate with what it is like for her to go through her emotional ups and downs in a completely different world; and trust me when I say DARKFEVER gives you a small yet detailed insight on what the next fever book will bring to the 'human' world. Darkfever is first person so be prepared for a few dry parts in the novel. Like I said if you want something juicy RIGHT NOW then maybe you should hold off until the next few books are published. Ireland is a magical place and I think that going from Highland lovers to mysterious killers is a great way to turn into the real magic of the dark and light seelie. LIFE is not as easy as the everyday romance novel and I think this new book will give readers the fantasy world of the fae PLUS the romance of real life, If people are willing to give it a chance. Anyway I guess you'll only know if you read it yourself. HAPPY HUNTING MAC I CAN'T WAIT!!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from TOTAL LET DOWN It was a good murder/mystery story, but nothing like the "highlander" series - no love, romance, and way too short - it seems that it was written in a rush , but not completed - at the end you're left hanging - I don't know if it is a publisher's ploy to buy the next book - but it seemed uncomplete I read all of her books and re-read them, but this one I do not recommend, unless you can read the next one immediately. Very dissapointed... especially since I was looking so forward to the next book after the Spell...
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC!!! This book was a huge suprise coming from Karen Marie Moning, as her highlander series, although enjoyable, is a bit predictable, ie. they meet, resist each other, fall in love and the end. The story in this book is great and the lead up to the romance leaves you wanting more. We were warned in advance that this book was not a romance so no one can complain. If anything it's more realistic, nobody falls madly in love in one week. My only complaint is that I have to wait to long for the next one.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from awful I found this book a mystery and having read all her other books a total let down where is the passion , where is the chase , it boasts a good read but up against her other books I found it boring and a drag. I was really let down by this book I do not intend to buy the next in this series I have enough mysterys.
Date published: 2013-10-24

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Darkfever: Fever Series Book 1

by Karen Marie Moning

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 384 pages, 6.87 × 4.18 × 1 in

Published: August 28, 2007

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0440240980

ISBN - 13: 9780440240983

About the Book

The quest to find her sister's killer draws MacKayla Lane into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems. 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 into the dangerous realm of the Fae.

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Chapter One A year earlier . . . July 9. Ashford, Georgia. Ninety–four degrees. Ninety–seven percent humidity. It gets crazy hot in the South in the summer, but it’s worth it to have such short, mild winters. I like most all seasons and climes. I can get into an overcast drizzly autumn day–great for curling up with a good book–every bit as much as a cloudless blue summer sky, but I’ve never cared much for snow and ice. I don’t know how northerners put up with it. Or why. But I guess it’s a good thing they do, otherwise they’d all be down here crowding us out. Native to the sultry southern heat, I was lounging by the pool in the backyard of my parents’ house, wearing my favorite pink polka–dotted bikini that went perfectly with my new I’m-not-really-a-waitress-pink manicure and pedicure. I was sprawled in a cushion-topped chaise soaking up the sun, my long blonde hair twisted up in a spiky knot on top of my head in one of those hairdos you really hope nobody ever catches you wearing. Mom and Dad were away on vacation, celebrating their thirtieth wedding anniversary with a twenty-one day island-hopping cruise through the tropics, which had begun two weeks ago in Maui and ended next weekend in Miami. I’d been working devotedly on my tan in their absence, taking quick dips in the cool sparkling blue, then stretching out to let the sun toast drops of water from my skin, wishing my sister Alina was around
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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….


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About the Author

Karen Marie Moning is the internationally bestselling author of the Highlander and Fever novels. Her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists, and have one numerous awards, including the prestigious Rita. She lives in Georgia and Florida with her husband Neil and the world-traveling cat, Moonshadow.


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Editorial Reviews

“A seductive mix of Celtic mythology and dark, sexy danger.”—Chicago Tribune

“A wonderful dark fantasy…give yourself a treat and read outside the box.” —Charlaine Harris

“A compelling world filled with mystery and vivid characters…will stoke readers’ fervor for Bloodfever, the next installment.” —Publishers Weekly

“Clear off space on your keeper shelf—this sharp series looks to be amazing.” —Romantic Times


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