Darkfever: Fever Series Book 1 by Karen Marie MoningDarkfever: Fever Series Book 1 by Karen Marie Moning

Darkfever: Fever Series Book 1

byKaren Marie Moning

Mass Market Paperback | August 28, 2007

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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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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.
Title:Darkfever: Fever Series Book 1Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 6.87 × 4.14 × 0.98 inPublished:August 28, 2007Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0440240980

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Faeries gone bad The whole series by Karen Marie Moning is worth the read. She gets you hooked from the beginning. There are a lot of twists and turns in this story and the characters are likeable. A must read
Date published: 2018-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun read I love these books. They are the most fun to read. Just as fun as any trashy romance with no plot and just sexy action happening all the time. EXCEPT this one has a real plot for somethign found in the trashy romance section of the bookstore.
Date published: 2018-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So much fun I love Mac's character. We're told all the time that women should be confident in their looks and love themselves but then I've seen people criticize Mac for being "vain" and "too into her looks." But why can't she love pink and clothing without being seen as a bimbo? She's a tough and proactive heroine and I loved following her as she went to Ireland trying to find her sister's killer.
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! Loved this book and cant wait to read the rest of the series!
Date published: 2018-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great series This series is addicting and hard to put down. Once you read it you are hooked. There is so much detail in the world KMM created it leave you wanting more
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Please give this series a try If you are remotely interested in Urban Fantasy, this is a good series to start. I recommend the first 5 books (it is the original series, she then started spin offs which focuses on other characters, still good but the 5th book is the perfect ending). First book is good, but they keep getting better. This is also a good series to start if you like hot steamy romance, because Jericho Barrons, ladies, is in the place. That's all I will say.
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun Read The main character is MacKayla (Mac) Lane. Mac is a sidhe-seer, which is someone who can see the true nature of the Fae and are not fooled by Fae glamour or magic, but she can be hurt by them. Her life changes when her sister, Alina, is murdered in Ireland. Mac goes to Ireland despite her parent's disapproval to find out what happened to Alina. Once Mac gets there her whole life is turned upside down again. Alina left a message for Mac telling her to find the Sinsar Dubh and that a man who she thought loved her was one of them and out to get her. The problem with this is that Alina didn't tell her how to find the Sinsar Dubh or her boyfriend's name. Now the action starts. DARKFEVER is a fast paced, well written book. I liked the storyline, I like the paranormal suspense, and the characters are well developed. This is book one in the FEVER series and I look forward to reading book two, this was a fun read.
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great action/fantasy! I'm so happy I found this series. For fans of SJM's Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses, this will be right up your ally! I highly recommend this series. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good I started this series after finishing KMM's highlander series (ofc I fell in love with that series) and was hoping to start this series to stay connected to KMM's books as I loved her previous ones. I must say this book did not grasp me so much but I know the first book of a series is sometimes tough to begin as it has so much more explaining to do for the following ones. Also read reviews that mentioned once you get through the first one the others are much more interesting. So I'm looking forward to reading the following fever series and also to see how Mac and Barrons relationship grows
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! If you love fantasy and romance, you'll love the fae fever series. Not at all the typical romance novels you would expect from KMM. She transports you to a new world within our own, tying in characters from her highlander romance series and plenty of new characters to know and love. This is Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the new generation!
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Boooo!! I am having such a hard time getting into these books!! I like the concept and the story line but I cant make myself pick up the next one. I will eventually read it and I hope it gets better.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Start to a Series Worth Reading! This book sucks you in from day one. MacKayla Lane’s a strong character that you will cheer on from the first moment. She digs deep to find answers and strength in a world that is magical and powerful and she finds the power within her. The series to follow are page-turners. Worth the read!
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hooked! A great start to a series that will get better and better. Strong PNR storyline for an UF novel.
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay It was an easy read and somewhat interesting to hear about faeries and the other world. Not very captivating, however. Simple characters and weird sexual scenarios.
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good This story was quick and fun to read.
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Rough start, great series I'm currently re-reading this series. The world that Moning has created is rich, complex and fascinating. Her lead heroine is her most annoying in this book. I promise that the series get so much better as the character grows. Highly recommend that you make it through this book and stick with the series!
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved every pages! I loved it from the very first page. The pace of the story is "just right"---not too fast; not too slow. I loved all characters. The fantasy world is very well crafted and fascinating. If you like a good fantasy plus a "little bit of romance" novel, this is the one for you.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addicting series My friend recommended this book series to me and it has been amazing. I read the first 5 books in about a week or less each. The story draws you in and you root for the characters. I can't wait to read the next books in the series.
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fever I began this series and was instantly hooked! Incredible book, love the characters and mythology
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good series The beginning of a good series. Much different than her Highlander books.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a lovely start... A nice read to relax and enjoy :) A place in this book makes me think of Indigo store... ;)
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I loved the whole series! This author is amazing!
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it this is one of my favorite series by my favorite author. i highly recommend you give the series a try. some have said they don't identify with the main character however, she changes over the series to become one of the most believable, strong heroines i have read.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I really enjoyed this book, can't wait to read the next one!
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intense. Insane. Incredible <i>"But if there's one thing I've learned in life it's this: assume makes an ass out of 'u' and 'me.'"</i> 3 Ins: <b>Intense. Insane. Incredible</b>. I literally want to take a plane and fly all the way to Ireland, Dublin and explore the city; getting a clearer picture. It is overall a developing story of the dark world in Dublin. What I was somewhat disappointed about was that it does not really focus on the romance part of the story, however, I assume is probably still developing... So many secrets to uncover. So many questions that still needs answers!
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wish I read it sooner! I bought this book years ago and it sat on my shelf forever...I was just never in the mood for it. I finally read it earlier this year and can't believe I waited so long. I really liked it! I read the entire series this year and it's probably one of my favourites. Definitely recommend!
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyed Was a good book. It was fun and interesting. I am currently reading the second in the series and so far I am not disappointed. I can't wait to finish the series.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great I read this book and was instantly hooked to the series!
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good This was the first time I've read a book my Karen Marie Moning. I enjoyed it, I look forward to reading more books by her now!
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Really Enjoyed This Book "Darkfever" by Karen Marie Moning. Book 1 in the MacKayla Lane series. (aka The Fever series) I really enjoyed this book. I was a little surprised really because I thought this series was a paranormal romance series but it's not. It's more of an urban fantasy type book with romantic and erotic elements. The main characters are MacKayla (Mac) Lane and Jericho Barrons. Mac is just a normal 22 year old young woman trying to find out where she fits in in the world. But when she finds out her sister, Alina, was murdered while in Dublin, Ireland, she decides to go to Dublin herself to avenge her sister's death. The police have said the case is cold and nothing can be done. Mac is determined to find Alina's killer. She never expected to be shown a world she never thought existed. Paranormal creatures are everywhere she looks and she seems to be the only one who can see them. Until she meets the mysterious Jericho Barrons. What the heck did Alina get herself into? And is Mac now following the same path as her sister? This book is a great introductory novel in the MacKalya Lane series (aka The Fever series). Excellent world building. Super descriptive. The details in how something looks lets you "see" exactly what a creature looks like. Action mixed some humour keeps the story line from getting to dark at times. MacKayla is a great character. She's very spunky and determined. I can see great potential for growth in her character. Jericho (known as Barrons throughout the book) is a very mysterious character. He's a strong alpha male type character as well. There's a lot more to him than meets the eye and also has a lot of potential to be a very intriguing character in the next coming books. Mac and Barrons have an interesting relationship in this book. It's not a romantic relationship but you can feel the starting of chemistry between them. The only problem I had with this book is pronunciation of some of the words. I found myself stumbling over words that are not pronounced the way they are spelled. (ie: Sinsar Dubh is pronounced she-suh-do) There are other words as well but as least Ms. Moning tells you how to pronounce each word within the story and in a glossary of terms at the end of the book for reference. Overall, I really liked this first book of the series and I will definitely be reading the rest of the series as well.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am addicted to this series I've been listening to this series on CD while I drive, I just finished book 8 - it is so fun! This would make a wonderful HBO series, it would be better than True Blood :)
Date published: 2016-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from left me reeling Moning creates a completely and complexly developed world of man and fae. She does a great deal of world building, setting us up for the series as a whole. But this doesn’t hamper the story of this novel itself. The enticing plot had me quite entertained, while also leaving me wanting to come back and find out what happens next. I love Moning’s writing style. She paints pictures without hampering your imagination, takes you deep into the world that she’s built. The flow is simultaneously fun & elegant, creating something positively magical. I loved the feeling that the main character is telling us her story. It drew me further into the tale while also allowing me to get to know Mac better. The NA quickly growing up feeling was prevalent throughout. Moning also lets her characters’ true personalities shine through. They aren’t always proper, likeable individuals. They’re snarky when they feel like it, helpful when it works for them, and downright loveable throughout. Jericho Barrons is a perplexing mystery and a real treat in this novel. Who and what is he really? It’s one of those mysteries that I can’t wait to delve deeper into through the series. Moning left me reeling and dying for more at the end of the novel. This is definitely a series that I’ll be delving much deeper into.
Date published: 2015-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from left me reeling Moning creates a completely and complexly developed world of man and fae. She does a great deal of world building, setting us up for the series as a whole. But this doesn’t hamper the story of this novel itself. The enticing plot had me quite entertained, while also leaving me wanting to come back and find out what happens next. I love Moning’s writing style. She paints pictures without hampering your imagination, takes you deep into the world that she’s built. The flow is simultaneously fun & elegant, creating something positively magical. I loved the feeling that the main character is telling us her story. It drew me further into the tale while also allowing me to get to know Mac better. The NA quickly growing up feeling was prevalent throughout. Moning also lets her characters’ true personalities shine through. They aren’t always proper, likeable individuals. They’re snarky when they feel like it, helpful when it works for them, and downright loveable throughout. Jericho Barrons is a perplexing mystery and a real treat in this novel. Who and what is he really? It’s one of those mysteries that I can’t wait to delve deeper into through the series. Moning left me reeling and dying for more at the end of the novel. This is definitely a series that I’ll be delving much deeper into.
Date published: 2015-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark fever by Karen Marie moning This book s3ries has been by far one of my favorites As a avid reader I have found a few series I loved enough to reread, however the fever series has been the only series I have reread about five times. The characters are well done, likeable and leave you wanting more. Mackayla plays a great lead, not suffering from some of the person as of being too tough or too much the victim as many heroines seem to suffer from these days. This book leaves you curious of things it only glazed by, characters you wish to know more of and leaves you day dreaming possibilities and outcomes, leaving the reader to play with thier imagination o the would be's and could be's (which I can assure you are clarified though pit the series!) Every book leaves you wanting more and on the edge of your seat. Of all the books gone movies I see of today this is the only true series I would absolutely love to see go to film. So buckle up your seat belt grab a few flashlights and stay to the light my friends.
Date published: 2015-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it. Have read this book several times now and still really enjoy it. It is fast paced yet detailed enough to give you a good sense of the world and the adventures of Mac.
Date published: 2015-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read I enjoyed this book a lot, and am definitely looking forward to the sequels. Good thing i have it already!
Date published: 2014-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Absolutely loved this book! The attention to detail regarding history! Side note to the author!!!! OPI "I'm not really a waitress" is NOT pink.
Date published: 2014-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I have read this book (series) like 8 times. These are my favorite books ever! Great story line that is intriguing and easy to follow. This book will change your life... is that to much pressure to put on a book?
Date published: 2014-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book This is a great read
Date published: 2013-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intriguing A good read, definitely worth pursuing. Can't wait to read the next installment
Date published: 2013-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Books Best series I've ever read. You can re-read this as many times as you want without getting bored. This is my third time and I'm still obsessed with the Fever world. I just can't get enough. If you like strong female heroines Mac is going to become your new favourite. Enjoy!!
Date published: 2013-02-14
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: 2012-04-09
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: 2012-01-07
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: 2011-11-28
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: 2011-06-07
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: 2011-05-23
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: 2011-05-03
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: 2011-04-28
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: 2011-03-31
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: 2011-02-17
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: 2011-01-31
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: 2010-12-20
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: 2010-12-03
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: 2010-08-09
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: 2010-06-15
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: 2010-03-30
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: 2010-02-24
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: 2010-01-10
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: 2010-01-06
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: 2009-11-17
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: 2009-08-11
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: 2009-07-28
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: 2009-06-25
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: 2009-04-15
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: 2009-03-11
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: 2008-10-06
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: 2008-08-20
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: 2008-06-25
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: 2008-01-31
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: 2008-01-20
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: 2007-10-29
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: 2007-08-22

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Chapter OneA 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 to hang out with, and maybe invite a few friends over.My iPod was tucked into my dad’s Bose sound dock on the patio table next to me, bopping cheerily through a playlist I’d put together specifically for poolside sunning, comprised of the top one hundred one-hit wonders from the past few decades, plus a few others that make me smile–happy mindless music to pass happy mindless time. It was currently playing an old Louis Armstrong song–“What a Wonderful World.” Born in a generation that thinks cynical and disenchanted is cool, sometimes I’m a little off the beaten track. Oh well.A tall glass of chilled sweet tea was at hand, and the phone was nearby in case Mom and Dad made ground sooner than expected. They weren’t due ashore the next island until tomorrow, but twice now they’d landed sooner than scheduled. Since I’d accidentally dropped my cell phone in the pool a few days ago, I’d been toting the cordless around so I wouldn’t miss a call.Fact was, I missed my parents like crazy.At first, when they left, I’d been elated by the prospect of time alone. I live at home and when my parents are there the house sometimes feels annoyingly like Grand Central Station, with Mom’s friends, Dad’s golf buddies, and ladies from the church popping in, punctuated by neighborhood kids stopping over with one excuse or another, conveniently clad in their swim trunks–gee, could they be angling for an invitation?But after two weeks of much longed for solitude, I’d begun choking on it. The rambling house seemed achingly quiet, especially in the evenings. Around supper time I’d been feeling downright lost. Hungry, too. Mom’s an amazing cook and I’d burned out fast on pizza, potato chips, and mac-’n’-cheese. I couldn’t wait for one of her fried chicken, mashed potatoes, fresh turnip greens, and peach pie with homemade whipped-cream dinners. I’d even done the grocery shopping in anticipation, stocking up on everything she needed.I love to eat. Fortunately, it doesn’t show. I’m healthy through the bust and bottom, but slim through the waist and thighs. I have good metabolism, though Mom says, Ha, wait until you’re thirty. Then forty, then fifty. Dad says, More to love, Rainey and gives Mom a look that makes me concentrate really hard on something else. Anything else. I adore my parents, but there’s such a thing as TMI. Too much information.All in all, I have a great life, short of missing my parents and counting the days until Alina gets home from Ireland, but both of those are temporary, soon to be rectified. My life will go back to being perfect again before much longer.Is there such a thing as tempting the Fates to slice one of the most important threads that holds your life together simply by being too happy?When the phone rang, I thought it was my parents.It wasn’t.It’s funny how such a tiny, insignificant, dozen-times-a-day action can become a line of demarcation.The picking up of a phone. The pressing of an on button.Before I pressed it–as far as I knew–my sister Alina was alive. At the moment of pressing, my life split into two distinct epochs: Before the call and After.Before the call, I had no use for a word like “demarcation,” one of those fifty-cent words I knew only because I was an avid reader. Before, I floated through life from one happy moment to the next. Before, I thought I knew everything. I thought I knew who I was, where I fit, and exactly what my future would bring.Before, I thought I knew I had a future.After, I began to discover that I’d never really known anything at all.I waited two weeks from the day that I learned my sister had been murdered for somebody to do something–anything–besides plant her in the ground after a closed-casket funeral, cover her with roses, and grieve.Grieving wasn’t going to bring her back, and it sure wasn’t going to make me feel better about whoever’d killed her walking around alive out there somewhere, happy in their sick little psychotic way, while my sister lay icy and white beneath six feet of dirt.Those weeks will remain forever foggy to me. I wept the entire time, vision and memory blurred by tears. My tears were involuntary. My soul was leaking. Alina wasn’t just my sister; she was my best friend. Though she’d-mailed incessantly and spoken weekly, sharing everything, keeping no secrets.Or so I thought. Boy was I ever wrong.We’d been planning to get an apartment together when she came home. We’d been planning to move to the city, where I was finally going to get serious about college, and Alina was going to work on her Ph.D at the same Atlanta University. It was no secret that my sister had gotten all the ambition in the family. Since graduating high school, I’d been perfectly content bartending at The Brickyard four or five nights a week, living at home, saving most of my money, and taking just enough college courses at the local po-dunk university (one or two a semester, and classes like How to Use the Internet and Travel Etiquette didn’t cut it with my folks) to keep Mom and Dad reasonably hopeful that I might one day graduate and get a Real Job in the Real World. Still, ambition or no, I’d been planning to really buckle down and make some big changes in my life when Alina returned.When I’d said good-bye to her months ago at the airport, the thought that I wouldn’t see her alive again had never crossed my mind. Alina was as certain as the sun rising and setting. She was charmed. She was twenty-four and I was twenty-two. We were going to live forever. Thirty was a million light-years away. Forty wasn’t even in the same galaxy. Death? Ha. Death happened to really old people.Not.After two weeks, my teary fog started to lift a little. I didn’t stop hurting. I think I just finally expelled the last drop of moisture from my body that wasn’t absolutely necessary to keep me alive. And rage watered my parched soul. I wanted answers. I wanted justice.I wanted revenge.I seemed to be the only one.I’d taken a Psych course a few years back that said people dealt with death by working their way through stages of grief. I hadn’t gotten to wallow in the numbness of denial that’s supposed to be the first phase. I’d flashed straight from numb to pain in the space of a heartbeat. With Mom and Dad away, I was the one who’d had to identify her body. It hadn’t been pretty and there’d been no way to deny Alina was dead.After two weeks, I was thick into the anger phase. Depression was supposed to be next. Then, if one was healthy, acceptance. Already I could see the beginning signs of acceptance in those around me, as if they’d moved directly from numbness to defeat. They talked of “random acts of violence.” They spoke about “getting on with life.” They said they were “sure things were in good hands with the police.”I was so not healthy. Nor was I remotely sure about the police in Ireland.Accept Alina’s death?Never.“You’re not going, Mac, and that’s final.” Mom stood at the kitchen counter, a towel draped over her shoulder, a cheery red, yellow, and white magnolia-printed apron tied at her waist, her hands dusted with flour.She’d been baking. And cooking. And cleaning. And baking some more. She’d become a veritable Tasmanian devil of domesticity. Born and raised in the Deep South, it was Mom’s way of trying to deal. Down here, women nest like mother hens when people die. It’s just what they do.We’d been arguing for the past hour. Last night the Dublin police had called to tell us that they were terribly sorry, but due to a lack of evidence, in light of the fact that they didn’t have a single lead or witness, there was nothing left to pursue. They were giving us official notice that they’d had no choice but to turn Alina’s case over to the unsolved division, which anyone with half a brain knew wasn’t a division at all but a filing cabinet in a dimly lit and largely forgotten basement storeroom somewhere. Despite assurances they would periodically re-examine the case for new evidence, that they would exercise utmost due diligence, the message was clear: Alina was dead, shipped back to her own country, and no longer their concern.They’d given up.Was that record time or what? Three weeks. A measly twenty-one days. It was inconceivable!“You can bet your butt if we lived over there, they’d never have given up so quickly,” I said bitterly.“You don’t know that, Mac.” Mom pushed ash-blonde bangs back from blue eyes that were red-rimmed from weeping, leaving a smudge of flour on her brow.“Give me the chance to find out.”Her lips compressed into a thin white-edged line. “Absolutely not. I’ve already lost one daughter to that country. I will not lose another.”Impasse. And here we’d been ever since breakfast when I’d announced my decision to take time off so I could go to Dublin and find out what the police had really been doing to solve Alina’s murder.I would demand a copy of the file, and do all in my power to motivate them to continue their investigation. I would give a face and a voice–a loud and hopefully highly persuasive one–to the victim’s family. I couldn’t shake the belief that if only my sister had a representative in Dublin, the investigation would be taken more seriously.I’d tried to get Dad to go, but there just wasn’t any reaching him right now. He was lost in grief. Though our faces and builds were very different, I have the same color hair and eyes as Alina, and the few times he’d actually looked at me lately, he’d gotten such an awful look on his face that it had made me wish I was invisible. Or brunette with brown eyes like him, instead of sunny blonde with green.Initially, after the funeral, he’d been a dynamo of determined action, making endless phone calls, contacting anyone and everyone. The embassy had been kind, but directed him to Interpol. Interpol had kept him busy for a few days “looking into things” before diplomatically referring him back to where he’d begun–the Dublin police. The Dublin police remained unwavering. No evidence. No leads. Nothing to investigate. If you have a problem with that, sir, contact your embassy.He called the Ashford police–no, they couldn’t go to Ireland and look into it. He called the Dublin police again–were they sure they’d interviewed every last one of Alina’s friends and fellow students and professors? I hadn’t needed to hear both sides of that conversation to know the Dublin police were getting testy.He’d finally placed a call to an old college friend of his that held some high-powered, hush-hush position in the government. Whatever that friend said had deflated him completely. He’d closed the door on us and not come out since.The climate was decidedly grim in the Lane house, with Mom a tornado in the kitchen, and Dad a black hole in the study. I couldn’t sit around forever waiting for them to snap out of it. Time was wasting and the trail was growing colder by the minute. If someone was going to do something, it had to be now, which meant it had to be me.I said, “I’m going and I don’t care if you like it or not.”Mom burst into tears. She slapped the dough she’d been kneading down on the counter and ran out of the room. After a moment, I heard the bedroom door slam down the hall.That’s one thing I can’t handle–my mom’s tears. As if she hadn’t been crying enough lately, I’d just made her cry again. I slunk from the kitchen and crept upstairs, feeling like the absolute lowest of the lowest scum on the face of the earth.I got out of my pajamas, showered, dried my hair and dressed, then stood at a complete loss for a while, staring blankly down the hall at Alina’s closed bedroom door.How many thousands of times had we called back and forth during the day, whispered back and forth during the night, woken each other up for comfort when we’d had bad dreams?I was on my own with bad dreams now.Get a grip, Mac. I shook myself and decided to head up to campus. If I stayed home, the black hole might get me, too. Even now I could feel its event horizon expanding exponentially.On the drive uptown, I recalled that I’d dropped my cell phone in the pool–God, had it really been all those weeks ago?–and decided I’d better stop at the mall to get a new one in case my parents needed to reach me while I was out.If they even noticed I was gone.I stopped at the store, bought the cheapest Nokia they had, got the old one deactivated, and powered up the replacement.I had fourteen new messages, which was probably a record for me. I’m hardly a social butterfly. I’m not one of those plugged-in people who are always hooked up to the latest greatest find-me service. The idea-messaging capability. I don’t have Internet service or satellite radio, just your basic account, thank you. The only other gadget I need is my trusty iPod–music is my great escape.I got back in my car, turned on the engine so the air conditioner could do battle with July’s relentless heat, and began listening to my messages. Most of them were weeks old, from friends at school or The Brickyard who I’d talked to since the funeral.I guess, somewhere in the back of my mind, I’d made the connection that I’d lost cell service a few days before Alina had died and was hoping I might have a message from her. Hoping she might have called, sounding happy before she died. Hoping she might have said something that would make me forget my grief, if only for a short while. I was desperate to hear her voice just one more time.When I did, I almost dropped the phone. Her voice burst from the tiny speaker, sounding frantic, terrified.“Mac! Oh God, Mac, where are you? I need to talk to you! It rolled straight into your voice mail! What are you doing with your cell phone turned off? You’ve got to call me the minute you get this! I mean, the very instant!”Despite the oppressive summer heat, I was suddenly icy, my skin clammy.“Oh, Mac, everything has gone so wrong! I thought I knew what I was doing. I thought he was helping me, but–God, I can’t believe I was so stupid! I thought I was in love with him and he’s one of them, Mac! He’s one of them!”I blinked uncomprehendingly. One of who? For that matter, who was this “he” that was one of “them” in the first place? Alina–in love? No way! Alina and I told each other everything. Aside from a few guys she’d dated casually her first months in Dublin, she’d not mentioned any other guy in her life. And certainly not one she was in love with!Her voice caught on a sob. My hand tightened to a death grip on the phone, as if maybe I could hold onto my sister through it. Keep this Alina alive and safe from harm. I got a few seconds of static, then, when she spoke again she’d lowered her voice, as if fearful of being overheard.“We’ve got to talk, Mac! There’s so much you don’t know. My God, you don’t even know what you are! There are so many things I should have told you, but I thought I could keep you out of it until things were safer for us. I’m going to try to make it home”–she broke off and laughed bitterly, a caustic sound totally unlike Alina–“but I don’t think he’ll let me out of the country. I’ll call you as soon–” More static. A gasp. “Oh, Mac, he’s coming!” Her voice dropped to an urgent whisper. “Listen to me! We’ve got to find the”–her next word sounded garbled or foreign, something like shi-sadu, I thought. “Everything depends on it. We can’t let them have it! We’ve got to get to it first! He’s been lying to me all along. I know what it is now and I know where–”Dead air.The call had been terminated.I sat stunned, trying to make sense of what I’d just heard. I thought I must have a split personality and there were two Macs: one that had a clue about what was going on in the world around her, and one that could barely track reality well enough to get dressed in the morning and put her shoes on the right feet. Mac-that-had-a-clue must have died when Alina did, because this Mac obviously didn’t know the first thing about her sister.She’d been in love and never mentioned it to me! Not once. And now it seemed that was the least of the things she’d not told me. I was flabbergasted. I was betrayed. There was a whole, huge part of my sister’s life that she’d been withholding from me for months.What kind of danger had she been in? What had she been trying to keep me out of? Until what was safer for us? What did we have to find? Had it been the man she’d thought she was in love with that had killed her? Why–oh why–hadn’t she told me his name?I checked the date and time on the call–the afternoon after I’d dropped my cell phone in the pool. I felt sick to my stomach. She’d needed me and I hadn’t been there for her. At the moment Alina had been so frantically trying to reach me, I’d been sunning lazily in the backyard, listening to my top one hundred mindless happy songs, my cell phone lying short-circuited and forgotten on the dining-room table.I carefully pressed the save key then listened to the rest of the messages, hoping she might have called back, but there was nothing else. According to the police, she’d died approximately four hours after she’d tried reaching me, although they hadn’t found her body in an alley for nearly two days.That was a visual I always worked real hard to block.I closed my eyes and tried not to dwell on the thought that I’d missed my last chance to talk to her, tried not to think that maybe I could have done something to save her if only I’d answered. Those thoughts could make me crazy.I replayed the message again. What was a shi-sadu? And what was the deal with her cryptic, You don’t even know what you are? What could Alina possibly have meant by that?By my third run-through, I knew the message by heart.I also knew that there was no way I could play it for Mom and Dad. Not only would it drive them further off the deep end (if there was a deeper end than the one they were currently off), but they’d probably lock me in my room and throw away the key. I couldn’t see them taking any chances with their remaining child.But . . . if I went to Dublin and played it for the police, they’d have to reopen her case, wouldn’t they? This was a bona fide lead. If Alina had been in love with someone, she would have been seen with him at some point, somewhere. At school, at her apartment, at work, somewhere. Somebody would know who he was.And if the mystery man wasn’t her killer, surely he was the key to discovering who was. After all, he was “one of them.”I frowned.Whoever or whatever “they” were.

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 TimesFrom the Hardcover edition.