Author: Karen Marie Moning
Series: Fever, #4
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Delacorte (Imprint of Random House)
Date Published: August 18th, 2009
They may have stolen my past, but I’ll never let them take my future.
When the walls between Man and Fae come crashing down, freeing the insatiable, immortal Unseelie from their icy prison, MacKayla Lane is caught in a deadly trap. Captured by the Fae Lord Master, she is left with no memory of who or what she is: the only sidhe-seer alive who can track the Sinsar Dubh, a book of arcane black magic that holds the key to controlling both worlds.
Clawing her way back from oblivion is only the first step Mac must take down a perilous path, from the battle-filled streets of Dublin to the treacherous politics of an ancient, secret sect, through the tangled lies of men who claim to be her allies into the illusory world of the Fae themselves, where nothing is as it seems—and Mac is forced to face a soul-shattering truth.
Alrighty then, I think I might just go off and be insane from that ending now since I don’t have Shadowfever on hand. A little advice I got a little too late — make sure you have Shadowfever on hand before you start this. This leaves off with a big cliffhanger so you’ll want to go straight into it. Unfortunately I don’t have that luxury, but hopefully I only have to wait a few days!
This book was phenomenal. This series is just awesome. Mac is a heroine that I continually love more and more. I love that she’s this positive thinking person but at the same time she’s not afraid to kick butt. I love that we get glimpses of her sarcastic and absolutely fearless nature. She’s not that stupidly fearless heroine that you can’t help but roll your eyes at when she gets herself into trouble we all saw coming a mile away. What I love about Mac’s character is that a lot of the decisions she makes I can truly sympathize with. If I were in her position I think I would make a lot of the same choices. But at the same time she does have this fearless nature that enables her to face danger head on when there is no other choice. I love her character. She’s definitely a favorite heroine for me.
The story and this incredible world is built up even farther in this book. When I’m reading it I feel like I’m there. I can picture everything, even the most unbelievable things. The biggest part of the story and the series in general is the questions and the mysteries though. Right along with Mac, we’re wondering who we should actually trust in this world, and what everyone’s true motives are. I don’t mind the questions though. Even when one is seemingly “answered”, it’s only answered to the point where there are just more questions because of the answer we’re given. But I love this. It intertwines everything and makes me so much more part of the world when I’m reading. It’s captivating and impossible to put down.
Now for Barrons. This book changed some things about my theories on him, so I’ll put those behind a spoiler tag. Don’t read unless you’ve read the first four books in the series and want to read what I THINK about who/what Barrons is:
Part of me still thinks he’s The Unseelie King. However, the fact that there were 8 others with him when they rescued Mac kind of confuses that theory so I don’t know. But, when him and Mac were talking about The Unseelie King’s concubine he was getting awfully defensive, and he also made a strong point that the Unseelie King is actually the Seelie King because that’s what he was born as. So that kind of reinforces my theory. The other confusing thing though are the memories of him in the desert. I’m not sure how those tie in. Obviously my theory is sort of confused at this point so I don’t know for sure. On a side note…the beginning of the book with Barrons helping to “rehabilitate” Mac. Hotness!
Overall, another incredible book in a one of a kind series. This is a series I think everyone should read. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a series that I WANT to read back-to-back. If you love anything paranormal, read this series, you’ll love it. If you didn’t LOVE Darkfever, keep going. Trust me. So now I must run off to be a crazy person since I can’t go right into Shadowfever!
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