Monday, February 7, 2011
Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning
"In her fight to stay alive, MacKayla must find the Sinsar Dubh --a million-year-old book of the blackest magic imaginable, which holds the key to power over the worlds of both the Fae and Man. Pursued by assassins, surrounded by mysterious figures she knows she can't trust, Mac finds herself torn between two deadly and powerful men: V'lane, the immortal Fae Prince, and Jericho Barrons, a man as irresistible as he is dangerous.
For centuries the shadowy realm of the Fae has coexisted with that of humans. Now the walls between the two are coming down, and Mac is the only thing that stands between them."
(from the publisher)
Bloodfever, Book 2 in the dark and sexy Fever series, continues Mac's quest to discover more about the world of Fae and the objects of power and leads her into more terrifying danger as she seeks revenge for her sister's murder.
The Unseelie, or dark forces, are being released by the Lord Master through a portal into the human world causing an increase in the amount of murders, rapes, and crime in the city of Dublin. Mac is in constant danger from the dark forces, but is protected by both Jericho Barrons (who is he? what is he?) and the relative security of his cozy bookstore. (I love this aspect of the story -- Mac is now spending her days working at the bookstore, snug by a warm fire in the evenings, reading and writing in her journal, safe from the Dark outside.) JB is such an enigma...disappearing for long stretches of time, evading Mac's questions, and offering little information about himself. It is evident, though, the Barrons needs Mac's ability to sense the objects of power and will do anything to protect her. But why does HE want these objects of power? What will he do with them when he possesses them? Barrons constantly surprises Mac by seeming to have inside knowledge and taking her to places where the Fae world's magical objects are hidden...but an unbelievable climatic event at the end almost ends Mac's life. It's a gruesome scene, quite shocking and not for the faint hearted, but this Unseelie world that Mac is fighting against is the vilest, most base of all creatures.
Mac is a much more mature character in Bloodfever, gaining knowledge and confidence in her ability to survive in this hideous world of dark creatures and the Fae. She's still not quite sure which of her companions to trust (V'lane gives her a glimpse of bittersweet memories with her sister) and Barrons has revealed his sexual desire for Mac (yay!), but no one is above suspicion and everyone's motives are questionable.
On to Faefever!
And just for fun, I found that the characters in the Fever series have official Facebook pages! The photos are spot-on for the way I imagine the characters of MacKayla, Barrons, and V'lane. Click here for Mac's page, here for Barron's page, and here for V'lane's page.
Author: Karen Marie Moning
genre: urban fantasy/paranormal romance