Join me and Octavia from Read.Sleep.Repeat. TONIGHT at 8:30 pm EST for a live discussion of books 3 and 4 (Faefever and Dreamfever) of the Fever series. The discussion will be held on my YouTube channel via Google Hangout. I hope you can join us!
Publisher: Dell Publishing Co / Brilliance Audio
Release Date: First published January 18, 2011
Format: Audio MP3
Pages: Mass Market Paperback: 671 pages/ Audio Length: Approx 20 hours
Narrator: Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante
Source: Library Borrow via Overdrive
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Date: October 29, 2014
Rating: 4 bookmarks
Synopsis: “Evil is a completely different creature, Mac. Evil is bad that believes it’s good.” — MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever. — Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.
What follows is a shocking chain of events with devastating consequences, and now Mac struggles to cope with grief while continuing her mission to acquire and control the Sinsar Dubh -- a book of dark, forbidden magic scribed by the mythical Unseelie King, containing the power to create and destroy worlds.
In an epic battle between humans and Fae, the hunter becomes the hunted when the Sinsar Dubh turns on Mac and begins mowing a deadly path through those she loves.
Who can she turn to? Who can she trust? Who is the woman haunting her dreams? More important, who is Mac herself and what is the destiny she glimpses in the black and crimson designs of an ancient tarot card?
From the luxury of the Lord Master’s penthouse to the sordid depths of an Unseelie nightclub, from the erotic bed of her lover to the terrifying bed of the Unseelie King, Mac’s journey will force her to face the truth of her exile, and to make a choice that will either save the world . . . or destroy it.
Shadowfever was longest installment of the series, which made sense because this was the end. Well, it was the end. Iced (book 6) was originally a spin off with Dani's character as the protagonist, yet still in the Fever world, but apparently following the release of Iced the plan changed. The next few books after Iced have Mac as the heroine again along with Barrons, Ryodan, Christian, and a few other familiar characters. Does that mean that Iced didn't do as well as she had hoped and she and the publisher changed the game to pull back in the fans? Will Dani and Mac share the lead? I don't know, that's a conversation for another day. I'll chime in on that after I'm finished with Iced. Check out Wikepidea for the details. Goodreads.com has also updated the previously tagged Dani O’Malley books and they are now labeled Fever books 6-10.
Back to the subject at hand. As you know, I listened to this series on audio, and I really enjoyed the last few books with Natalie Wood and Phil Gigante. They are both excellent and really lend something special to the story. I hope that both of them stay on for the remainder of the series.
While listening to this installment I found an inconsistency or two. Not enough to cause a big deal, but enough for me to notice. For example Mac tried to save Barrons with the last of the Rhino Unseely flesh in the baby food jars she had, but didn't she JUST give the last of it to Christian to save him prior that? Also didn't Christian throw the last few bits into the lake? I guess Mac can conjure up Unseely flesh whenever she needs it. Ultimately that's neither here or there, it didn't bother me too much.
There is another huge shocker or two or three in Shadowfever and they kept me on my toes. Someone dies, someone isn't who you think they are, someone admits to loving someone, someone goes undercover, Alina's death is finally sorted out, several someones die. With the Sinsar Dubh acting sporadically, nobody is safe from it's influence, not even the sidhe seers. Yes, that is all a bit vague, but trust me, you don't want to be spoiled. This story has so many twists and turns, highs and lows, dare I say that it was almost too much? I seriously wanted to reach through the audio recording and slap a few characters at one point or another. But frankly, all that drama makes it even more fun.
I just love how Mac has grown up. Yep, she still has moments of immaturity, but over all, she's not even close to the same character that she was at the beginning of this journey. It should also be mentioned that all five books took place over a 7 to 8 month period. So much has happened to Mac and her family in such a short time, that it's amazing that they managed to keep it together. Top that with the fact that Mac is only 22 years old at the end of this book, just astonishing. She seems 30 and she earned it honestly.
The ending took the cake. Moning did an outstanding job tying everything together, all of the puzzle pieces fell into place. After all the drama and traumatizing situations, it was nice to get a satisfying and well deserved ending for the characters. It was clear to me that this was a series ending.
If you don't recall, this series had sort of a rocky start for me. I didn't love the first book, but boy am I glad that it peeked my interest enough for me to continue on. These books were a joy to listen to, especially once the new narrators took over. I really got into these characters and I'm looking forward to listening to Iced on audio as well. I'm not sure what to expect, but I'm going into it with an open mind and I look forward to seeing MacKayla and Barrons again.
Happy Reading & Listening,