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)

my thoughts:

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.


Title: Bloodfever
Author: Karen Marie Moning
350 pages
genre: urban fantasy/paranormal romance


Staci said...

Thanks for the Facebook pages!! I have the last one waiting patiently for me to get to!!

Julie at Outlandish Dreaming said...

I love the Facebook pages, that is exactly how I imagine Mac! Hard to tell with Barron's and V'lane, but pretty close from what I can see. I'm listening to Shadowfever now, so I'm very much into the series at the moment. This one is by far the most surreal and hard to follow (IMO), a bit over the top and wordy, we'll see how I feel once I finish it.

Joanne said...

Staci -- I'm so glad we have the conclusion of the series in hand.

Hi, Julie -- I'll tread carefully around your review and just look for your basic reaction. I hope it was worth the wait for you!

~ames~ said...

Good review. I need to get my butt in gear and keep reading! LOL I re-read the first book but haven't had time to get to the second one. Soon I hope!

Also, thanks for those facebook pages. :P

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