Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning (5/5 stars).

Title: Shadowfever (Fever #5)
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Date Published: 18 January 2011
Genre: Urban Fantasy 
E-book: 512 pages
Rating: 5/5 stars

“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 - 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. 

I'm a year late, but.. I'm happy that I started on the series after it was (almost) complete (since author Moning has revealed that she will be writing five more Fever books, a spin-off trilogy and two books going back to the Fever core story with Mac) because I could never have waited almost a year and a half for the fifth book to find out who the beast is! Although after that ending in Dreamfever, we all know who he is although some of us, like me, stayed in denial for a while before reading the fifth book.

The Fever series was masterfully plotted, by the end of Dreamfever, I had so many unanswered questions, what is Barrons? Can Mac really trust him or is he a mercenary to the core? What is in Barrons' basement? Did Darroc (Lord Master) really kill Alina? If he didn't, and even Barrons is unconvinced that he did, then who killed Alina and why? All of these questions laid down in the first four books, predicated the final events in Shadowfever that you know that from the time KMM finished writing Darkfever, she already had a vision of how it will all end and what a vision it was! 

In the first few chapters of Shadowfever, Mac had been swallowed by her grief, fiercely hungering for power, and will move worlds for the ones she lost - no more pink, Mac 5.0 only wears red, black and leather. I hate seeing her lose her rainbow self and allow herself to go to this dark path, then I remember KMM's note in Faefever: 

"In Bloodfever Mac says, 'Although it may not seem like it, this isn't a story about darkness. It's about light. Khalil Gibran says Your joy can fill you only as deeply as your sorrow has carved you. If you've never tasted bitterness, sweet is just another pleasant flavor on your tongue. One day I'm going to hold a lot of joy.' And she will. That was my promise in her words."

And she delivered her promise beautifully. There were so many times I wanted to  give up, put the book down and stop reading because I was grieving with Mac, and if you are having the same thoughts after finding out who the beast was, my advice is: keep on reading, it will get better, and don't read spoilers, it will ruin the moment when joy starts coming back to Mac's life.

WOW. What a journey it has been! Shadowfever is simply PERFECTION. Although at times I thought that there were a lot of rehashing of things that had just happened and Mac's internal dialogue were a little too much - I can't wait to re-read Shadowfever and re-experience that roller coaster of emotions that I went through especially for Mac and Barrons who are INTENSELY INCREDIBLE together.


“I'm the one who will never let you die. And that's more, Ms. Lane, than anyone in your life has ever been able to say to you.”  - Barrons

“One day you do meet a man who kisses you and you can’t breathe around it and you realize you don’t need air. Oxygen is trivial. Desire makes life happen. Makes it matter. Makes everything worth it. Desire is life. Hunger to see the next sunrise or sunset, to touch the one you love, to try again.”  - Mac

“Mac reflected on the Unseelie King and his concubine: 
He’d loved her for all time After he’d believed she was gone Sunshine to his ice. Frost to her fever. I wished them forever. You, too, beautiful girl.
 The Unseelie King was gone.”  

p.s. K'Vruck is awesome!

1 comment:

  1. I'm soo looking forward to a spin-off series! I love this series soo much!