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Shadowfever [Hardcover]

Karen Marie Moning
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Book Description

18 Jan 2011 Fever
“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.

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  • Hardcover: 594 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Pr (18 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385341679
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385341677
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 15.8 x 4.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 455,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book concludes the series fantastically and in ways I could never have predicted. A phenomenal book! This really is a must-read urban fantasy series. (Carolyn Morgan BOOK CHICK CITY 20111227) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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'A wonderful dark fantasy...give yourself a treat and read outside the box' Charlaine Harris on DARKFEVER --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars Great End to the Series! 21 Jan 2011
Shadowfever picks up right where Dreamfever left off, and for me there was no surprise at all to the discovery of the identity of the beast. From there we have a very different Mac to anything we've seen from her yet. And she has already changed a huge amount of the course of the series. Watching Mac grow up and develop from this very superficial 'barbie-girl' into someone who can kick ass, take the pain thrown her way and make the tough decisions she has to has been a fantastic journey. Likewise the world building has been some of my favourite. It's a dark, complex world with so many layers and so easy to get lost in. That hasn't changed for this final book.

Shadowfever is long, much longer than all the books before it. And while I never really felt like it was dragging as such, I do think it could have done with being a bit shorter. I think certain aspects were drawn out too far so that when they finally happened/were revealed, there was much less impact than there could have been. I was also a little surprised to find myself disappointed by the very last twist. Just something that got very suddenly tied up all neat and nice. It wasn't the biggest plot or anything, but it was just there then over and glossed over some at that. For the first time since Darkfever, where Mac's sunshiny, shallow personality grated on me, she irritated me again. It's late on in the book after one of many reveals and I just got very annoyed with her reaction and partly wanted her back to the Mac she'd been earlier in the book and also wishing the story would move on so I didn't need to put up with that Mac anymore. There were a couple other things I found myself a little bit disappointed with, but talking about them would be spoiler territory so I won't.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 stars!!! 24 Jan 2011
By Elle L
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was eagerly waiting for the final instalment in the Fever series..and it did not disappoint. Karen Moning's dark urban fantasy world is so gripping i stayed late into the night finishing the books and was like a zombie for days after. Amazing character development, especially the heroine, Mac, as she discovers who she is in the final book. We find out about Barrons (finally!) and what motivated him to seek the Sinsar Duh. I won't give away any spoilers, but the ending met my expectations and resolved remaining issues. What a story! I feel in love with Moning's world, Dublin, the page-turning suspense and mystery and the great life lessons that Mac learns as she makes one mistake after the other. I wanted to throttle her and hug her at the same time, she was so real, so like normal people with their short-sightness, their insecurities, their suspicious side, that she had me on the edge from page one of the series, till the end of Shadowfever. Another amazing series goes to my all time favorites alongside Mead, Ward, Kenyon, Cole, Viehl and Singh, that I will read again and again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic 21 Jan 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I've been counting the days until this was released. The cliff hanger at the end of the previous book kept me awake at nights. So much so that I couldn't wait for the paperback and for the first time in ages bought the hardback. I don't think I've ever felt like that about a book before, and I've read a LOT of books in my time!

It's good. Very good. The most important plot lines are tied up, but there are enough left trailing to give me hope that another series of books is in the pipeline.

If you haven't read the first in this series, you must give it a go. This is an epic tale that will stay with you. And the best thing about it is that Moning has remained true to her characters right to the end. The description of Mac's grief was the most powerful thing that I've read in a long time, and the way the Barrons communicates his feelings to her was absolutely in keeping. You won't get cliches here. I love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant series and great ending 24 Oct 2012
By An avid reader. TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I dont know what more I can say about this series, other than I absolutely bloody loved it! Great prose, great world building, great characters and utterly suspenseful and riveting throughout. I am so glad I read this series and am now a huge fan of Karen's.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Thank God it's over! 29 Sep 2012
By Sarah
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Books4Reviews.)
This is the fifth and final book in the Fever Series, and picks up where book 4 - Dreamfever left off.
Mac is in the world within the silvers, and she has just killed a beast - who turns into a human who Mac is horrified to have killed.
Mac then eventually finds her way back to Dublin, and continues her battle against the Unseelie, and her quest to find and capture the Sinsar Dubh.

I really don't know what to say about this book other than `thank god it's over'. Reading it was like swimming through quicksand - tiring and pretty pointless. It's not even like the book was bad, it just dragged - painfully dragged. At times I wasn't even sure I could bring myself to keep reading I was so tired of it.
My speculation on the cliff hanger at the end of book 4 was proven right, although ultimately, due to the storyline, this event meant nothing anyway.
The only redeeming feature of this book was that Mac finally had consensual sex with Barrons! About time too! And it only took 1781 pages to get there (yes, I worked it out, I was that bored.)

Overall; this book just really didn't do it for me. The pace was too slow, and ultimately I really didn't care what happened to the characters, or if they completed their quest or not. I will definitely not be reading this series again.
5 out of 10.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
wow well what can i say i cryed and laughed and was shocked couldnt put this series down i also loved barrons the hot mystery man lots of twists and turns one of best paranormal i... Read more
Published 11 days ago by xterriex
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic almost-ending to an awesome series
90% of the plots are tied up here - but not all ;) - There are more books to come - three more I believe.

Fantastic not-ending to the series. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Pip
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Absolutely loved the Fever Series, and Shadowfever was without a doubt the best of the five. I was hooked from book one. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Shadow fever
Well the final book in Karen Moning's 'Fever Series' start off right were Dreamfever ended and Mac repeats history and finds a new deadly friend to help her find the book although... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Fantasy Fiction Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Read the Series
Just loved the whole series. Could not put any of the books down. Will probably read them all again and again. If you enjoy reading, just read these.
Published 5 months ago by Trish R
4.0 out of 5 stars KMM excels again
The final chapter and eagerly awaited.
Love the characters' development. Mac and Barrons finally have their true natures exposed, Danny has come into her own and so have the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by R.A.E
4.0 out of 5 stars to complete a set
Bought for my wife, the only 1 in the series that she had not read. she said it was a good book. arrived on time and in good condition.
Published 9 months ago by mohan
5.0 out of 5 stars My heart aches as do my eyes!!
What can i say what an epically good ending to an epic series, questions where answered players got played. Thing got twisted and turned upside down and it was amazing. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Hannie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
A wonderful and surprising ending to this series. I've lost way too much sleep over these books! Bewarned they are irresistible!
Published 11 months ago by K. J. Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG!
I'll start by saying I adore this series. The whole Barrons and Mac relationship and all the other creatures that roam the streets. It's a brilliant world. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Leanne Crabtree
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