Book Review: Darkfever (Fever Series, Book 1) by Karen Marie Moning

Darkfever is the first book in the urban fantasy Fever series by New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning

The plot

Darkfever begins with twenty-two year old Georgia native MacKayla Lane learning of the death of her sister, Alina, who went to Ireland to study at Trinity College in Dublin. When the police can't find any leads and the case is closed, Mac decides to go to Ireland herself to pursue the one somewhat dubious clue her sister left: a cryptic message telling Mac that she had been deceived, there was something they needed to find, and that Mac didn't even know what she was.

Upon her arrival in Ireland, Mac discovers that what she is, is a Sidhe-seer - someone who can see faeries, both light (Seelie) and dark (Unseelie). As a Sidhe-seer, she's able to see through the glamours (disguises) that the Fae use to walk among regular people in the regular world. The object that needs to be found is the Sinsar Dubh or "Dark Book" - an ancient faerie hallow of immense power. When Mac encounters rich, mysterious Jericho Barrons, owner of Barrons Books and Baubles, and discovers that he too is a Sidhe-seer - and possibly more - the two work together to find the Sinsar Dubh before the Fae get their hands on it and create hell on earth.

What I thought of Darkfever

This book didn't quite live up to its potential in my opinion. The basic storyline is good, and the different kinds of Fae - not your typical fairytale faeries - are interesting and unique. Basically, there's no such thing as a good faerie, even the Seelie (the 'light' kind). What stops this book from reaching its potential is the main character, Mac. She's unambitious, with no goals in life other than to look pretty and stay tanned (which she talks about a lot through the entire book). She resents being compared to Barbie but with her long blond hair, big breasts, 'tanned shapely legs' (again, something she mentions a lot), the fact that almost everything she owns is pink, plus the fact that she's pretty much a ditz, it's hard not to make those comparisons.

One of her few redeeming qualities is that she obviously loved her sister very much, as evidenced by her willingness to leave her sheltered life in small-town Georgia and travel all the way to Ireland on her own to solve the mystery of her sister's murder. On the other hand, this also kind of proves her stupidity - traveling to a foreign country, alone, when she's never traveled before, and heading straight to the city where her sister was brutally murdered. If she had been a strong, independent, intelligent character, it would have been more believable.

There are also few redeeming qualities in Jericho Barrons. He's aggressive, obnoxious and even brutal. At first, his main way of dealing with Mac is grabbing her or shoving her around. Even after leaving her bruised from nearly crushing her ribs, this doesn't keep Mac away from him, or stop her from eventually developing a somewhat grudging attraction to him. His attitude toward her improves slightly near the end of the book, and he wants to keep her safe, but his reasons are self-serving. I'm sure that as the series continues, a romance will develop between the two, or if not a romance, at least a physical relationship.

Call me curious, or simply a bear for punishment, but I'm going to read the second book in the series, Bloodfever.  I want to find out what happens, and being the eternal optimist that I am, I'm hopeful that Ms. Moning has put a little more effort into developing her characters, and that Mac will mature and grow into the type of strong-willed, determined person she needs to be to deal with her sister's murderer and the Fae, who are threatening life as we know it.

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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

Great review, I will have to check this out...voted up


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SweetMarie83 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank you Cogerson!


Fay Paxton 5 years ago

SweetMarie you do excellent book reviews. up/useful


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SweetMarie83 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank you so much Fay, that means a lot to me!


Chasuk 5 years ago

I loved this series. Great review!


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SweetMarie83 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks Chasuk! I'm glad you liked the series, I have the next book on my ever-growing to-be-read pile.


KellyVial 5 years ago

I loved this series! The first book takes a little time in getting into but once you get into it, you understand Moning's style of writing is different and it's easier to follow along. I have the first 4 of the books in the series and became quite addicted to the story as a whole. I would have to read the last book to remember what the ending was, but hope that she continues writing about the different fae. Great review, I voted up on this one!


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SweetMarie83 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks for the comment KellyVial! I've heard that the series gets better and that it's quite addicting the farther you go. I have the rest of the books on my list, it's just sort of a matter of making time to read them!


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Keith Worth 5 years ago

I agree with you 100% on how annoying Mac is in the first book. The foreshadowing keeps hinting that she'll grow to be a force with which to be reckoned though, so I'm sure I'll eventually read the rest of the series.


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SweetMarie83 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Keith, a lot of people tell me that it gets much better and that Mac matures a lot and actually becomes a likable character. I think I'll try to read the next book for the paranormal reading challenge I'm hosting next month.


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katpetersdorf 4 years ago from Washington, USA

I think I automatically fell in love with Mac, because I own a tone of pink and look all frilly like Elle Woods but at the time same time I am a really strong, tough buisness woman. I read it and knew right away that Mac would turn into an Elle Woods (Legally Blonde) a pink barbie who is tough and can take on the world, in six inch heels no less.

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