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3.0 out of 5 stars Third in great series but rather weak on its own, 10 Nov. 2008
This review is from: Faefever (Hardcover)
'Bloodfever' and 'Darkfever' were excellent reads, introducing us to bubbly Georgian MacKayla Lane who, when investigating her sister's death in Dublin, Ireland, finds herself thrust into the middle of a whole new world. Mac has a special talent, she's a Sidhe-seer (one who can see the Sidhe); however she is more powerful that most sidhe-seers as she can also detect special fae objects and more. She's found herself working alongside the enigmatic Jericho Barrens, as well as trying to avoid the impossibly sexy fae Prince V'Lane, as she searches for a special dark Book, one that she can sense and one that Barrons wants.

'Faefever' starts where the previous story left off, with a quick summary of previous events for the new reader. However there's an awful lot of history and terminology in the previous books and I doubt that a new reader to this one would be able to work out what's going on. The book then continues but I found, after finishing it, that not a lot really happened. There were some interesting scenes between Barrons and Mac and V'Lane and Mac; there are some further developments with regard to the baddies, Barrons' and V'Lane's powers; but until the last chapter nothing overly significant to the plot occurred. The last chapter was very exciting with a new direction to the plot but all the content of the book prior to that felt rather transitional and not particularly necessary.

Karen Marie Moning's writing style is very good. She has a real way with words, her prose is well crafted and the interactions between Mac and the various other characters are good fun. However the fairly dark tone of this book, and its lack of significant plot development before the very end, meant that it was less enjoyable a read. It also ends on a real cliffhanger after a rather upsetting scene and so once again feels very transitional. Some readers may mistakenly think that this series is paranormal romance; it isn't, the romance element is minimal, but the plot and characterisation are very good. However for this reader 'Faefever' was a disappointment and I hope that the next book wraps up some of the plot threads and is less dark in tone.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2008
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