Release Date: First published October 16, 2007
Format: Audio MP3
Pages: Mass Market Paperback: 296 pages/ Audio Length: Approx 9 hours
Narrator: Joyce Bean
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Date: September 4, 2014
Rating: 4 bookmarks
Synopsis: I used to think my sister and I were just two nice southern girls who’d get married in a few years and settle down to a quiet life. Then I discovered that Alina and I descend, not from good wholesome southern stock, but from an ancient Celtic bloodline of powerful sidhe-seers, people who can see the Fae. Not only can I see the terrifying otherworldly race, but I can sense the sacred Fae relics that hold the deadliest of their magic.
When my sister was found dead in a trash-filled alley in Dublin, I came over to get answers. Now all I want is revenge. And after everything I’ve learned about myself, I know I have the power to get it….
MacKayla Lane’s ordinary life underwent a complete makeover when she landed on Ireland’s shores and was plunged into a world of deadly sorcery and ancient secrets.
In her fight to stay alive, Mac must find the Sinsar Dubh–a million-year-old book of the blackest magic imaginable, which holds the key to power over both the worlds of the Fae and of Man. Pursued by Fae assassins, surrounded by mysterious figures she knows she cannot trust, Mac finds herself torn between two deadly and irresistible men: V’lane, the insatiable Fae who can turn sensual arousal into an obsession for any woman, and the ever-inscrutable Jericho Barrons, a man as alluring as he is mysterious.
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.…
Mac is still talking to us, the audience, through her journal. It's a unique twist on how we get the story and it does take some getting used to, but I think I like it. Mac is stronger, witty-er, and she's a force to be reckoned with. I didn't like how air-brained she was in Darkfever, thankfully she's now maturing at a rapid speed and I like that about her character. At times I had forgotten that Mac is only 22 years old. She's learning more about herself, her abilities, and the enemy; dark Fae and possible light Fae as well. She's handling Barron's with finesse and she's standing up to his overbearing ways, which I can certainly appreciate.
Even though Barrons is a tad more likable this go around, he's still abrasive as ever, and I doubt he can be trusted completely. I do feel that he has Mac's best interest at heart, even if its for selfish reasons. I seriously want to know what Barrons is. He's not a vampire, he's not Fae, he's not a sidhe-seers...but still we are left hanging without a clue. V'lane on the other hand is not any more likable that he was before. He's the same death by sex Fae that he was in Darkfever. He still acts the same and there isn't much character growth if at all. I liked that Mac may have a possible love interest outside of Barrons and V'lane, because they both selfish and manipulative. Hopefully our heroine will get a little relationship bliss on the side of fighting Fae and saving the world.
I enjoyed seeing more sidhe-seers in the mix, especially Dani. She's hilarious. I'm pretty sure we'll get more of her and I look forward to it. I'm sure the local sidhe-seers will bring a whole other level to drama to the mix. On a side note, I hear that the sixth book in the series is a spin off that focuses on Dani...we'll have to see if I continue that far. The end of the story arc with these characters is book 5.
In this installment, the Lord Master, aka the main villain, is all about getting the book and he'll do anything to get it as will V'lane, Barrons, and the sidhe-seers. In addition to that drama, there is another Unseely Fae out to get Mac and he almost does. Mac nearly dies, and it was very violent and brutal, but very necessary to get Mac to the point where she can find out how to become strong like the Fae without being Fae. See? Things are getting interesting!
Overall, again and same as before, I didn't love the narrator, but I found her much more tolerable this time around. I think the fake southern twang for Mac was a little milder, which was good.
Honestly, the jury is still out on if I'd recommend this series. Have you read it? If so, did you get through book 5? What did you think of it?
Happy Reading & Listening,