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Darkfever (Fever 1) [Paperback]

Karen Marie Moning
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8 Sep 2011 Fever 1

'My philosophy is pretty simple: any day nobody's

trying to kill me is a good day in my book.

I haven't had many good days lately.'

MacKayla Lane's life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that only breaks down every other week or so. In other words, she's your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman.

Or so she thinks . . . until something extraordinary happens.

When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death - a cryptic message on Mac's cell phone - Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister's killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed - a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae . . .

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (8 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575108495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575108493
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The #1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling series comes to the UK

About the Author

Karen Marie Moning is the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of 12 novels, including the Rita-award winning Highlander novels and the internationally bestselling urban fantasy Fever series. Her books have been published in 21 languages, and her events draw fans from all over the world.

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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Moning masterpiece 6 Nov 2006
By Voracious for Books VINE VOICE
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I just finished reading 'Darkfever',it's a great book, I was completely enthralled, all the usual elements from this author, a heroine you can really care about, humour, danger, a read that has a bit of everything.

The story - Mackayla Lane, Mac to friends and family, is an unambitious blonde, content to do the odd bit of bartending, listen to tunes on her iPod and just enjoy her quiet life in Georgia. While her parents are away celebrating their wedding anniversary, she gets a phone call informing her that her beloved sister who's away in Ireland studying, has been murdered. While her parents crumble into grief, Mac goes to Ireland to find out who murdered her sister and why.

Amongst the other strange goings on in Dublin, Mac meets the sexy and mysterious Barrons who is willing to give her some of the answers in exchange for help, when he finds out that she's a Shidhe-Seer (a human able to see the fae and see through their glamour). Mac is also able to sense powerful dark objects, such as a book which Mac's sister Alina hid before she died. Mac is unable to know who to trust, as it is apparent that Barrons is not human and keeping secrets. All manner of fae monsters are lose in Dublin's fair city and they are out to either kill or capture her. There's a hilarious scene in a museum where Mac has a second run-in with a fae prince who's sexually irresistible to mortals.

Before I was halfway through this book, I thought that compared to her last book, 'Spell of the Highlander' it was a lot shorter and it turns out that this book is the first in the 'Fever' series, so Mac's story continues in the next book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff 28 July 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I had never read Karen Marie Moning before so I didn't have anything to compare this to in terms of more purely romance books. Darkfever is less romance than faerie urban fantasy novel and Moning does that very well. The ditzy blonde heroine seems like an idiot until you get used to the idea of having someone unlikely and maybe for that more interesting as your action-packed heroine. Barrons is certainly not a boring and all-over-the-heroine romance hero but that just makes him more intriguing and maybe even sexier. The plot is very mystery based and we still don't know as much as we would like to by the end of the novel, but it's very much a doorway into the world.
Being Irish, some of the fetishisation of Dublin irked a bit, all seen from a very very Georgian American POV, but in the end I just kind of liked it being set in Ireland. It makes a lot more sense than having Irish fay in Georgia plus it works well characterisation-wise.
I would really recommend Darkfever if you are a bit older but like YA books like Wicked Lovely and Tithe, or if you like more adult urban fantasy books like Karen Chance or the more inventive paranormal romances like Kresley Cole's.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great start to a new series 25 Sep 2007
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Darkfever is a hugely enjoyable book with an engaging heroine, MacKayla Lane, who recounts the way in which her life changed irrevocably following a telephone call from Dublin to say that her sister had been murdered. Mac, as the narrator, is looking back to events which happened over a year ago so we occasionally are told things that she didn't know at the time as we follow her travelling from her small town in Georgia to Dublin to try and find out more about Alina's death.

Mac's investigations seem hopeless and yet she perseveres but her attention is soon taken by some very strange events - an odd woman accosting her, a strange vision of a handsome man turning into an evil monster, and some unusual shadows. When Mac meets Jericho Barrons, rich owner of a bookstore right next to a strangely dark and empty part of the city, she is forced to face up to some unwelcome new truths - that Mac has skills as a Sidhe-seer and that her life is in danger.

Mac and Barrons team up in order to search for an ancient book that Alina was pursuing in order to try to defeat the Unseelies who are flooding into Dublin. However Mac is given little information with which to work, Barrons being master of cryptic conversation, and her own mission to find Alina's killer is still important to her.

The writing style of this book is excellent with Mac, as narrator, a very amusing character whose take on the world can be great fun, even as she's facing evil and dark things worse than she's ever considered. Her descriptions of some of the Unseelie are very amusing and yet her sense of fear as her world falls apart is also very well written.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic fiction 29 July 2009
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I read the Highlander series about two years ago on the recommendation of a friend. At the time, I was looking for something light and sexy with a supernatural feel, so it certainly fulfilled all those requirements. However, the most suprising thing, after she put aside the formulaic sadomasochistic back and forth between the hero and the heroine and focused on the subplot - yes, actual plot - I was blown away. While the overdone erotic scenes that were characteristic of the Highlander series are absent, I'm glad to see that she's taken what I see as the best elements of those books and continued them in this series. Her heroine, MacKayla Lane (probably the most glamorous to date) is stronger, sassier and more likable than previous incarnations, and her hero (or anti-hero, depending on how you look at it), Jericho Barrons, is darker and more mysterious. She touched on the world of the Tuath De Danann in her previous series insofar as it was relevant to the lives of the characters; in this one she weaves her own mythologies.

As much as I'm looking forward to reading the next book to find out what happens next, and if I've only given this book four out of five instead of full marks, it's because I felt it was lacking. Perhaps it will be revealed at a later date why Karen Marie Moning chose to set the book in Dublin rather than an American city, but by the end of it, I was still wondering why she even bothered. Has she ever been to Dublin or talked with any Irish people? Her Dublin is a Dublin set in an alternate universe: the cityscapes, buildings and subcultures she described exist only in her imagination. (The police station might be the exception.) Any Irish characters, when they're allowed to speak, talk like Scots in a badly-made American production.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5...ok
A pretty middle of the road, all right read, marred by an extremely annoying heroine. I didn't hate her. She wasn't TSTL or anything, but she was Barbie. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Sadie Forsythe
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced and fabulous
Wow what a change having a heroine that actually tells the story and is more than a pushover, loved it downloading the next one now , enjoy this book I certainly did.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
looking forward to next series if there is one
Published 1 month ago by claremalley
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed, but not inlove
I did enjoy reading this book. I know the point of a series is to keep you wanting more but I rather wished for a better ending.
Published 1 month ago by sam
5.0 out of 5 stars Very unusual plot and great summer read
Loved it!
Published 2 months ago by G. Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Urban Fantasy books
I like the slow transformation with Mac or MacKayla Lane in this first book. She goes from a very innocent, pink ‘barbie’ type girl to one who has to deal with Fae. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Veawen
4.0 out of 5 stars Darkfever
Bought the book after reading a review on the Book Guru's website and reading the reviews on line. And I really loved the book in fact after writing the review I am going to... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Fantasy Fiction Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy the Series
Get over the fact there are fairies in it. It is a great read as is the entire series. Highly recommend to anyone who enjoys reading.
Published 10 months ago by Trish R
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy but so much better than I expected
Once you read a good book, you don't want it to end and that's exactly what happened with Darkfever. I didn't want it to end. I was (and still am) addicted. Read more
Published 11 months ago by DeedsE
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a good series
I thought that this book was ok! I have read better in this genre. I thought there would be more romance although there might be more as the series goes on. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Emma Wirral
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