Author: Karen Marie Moning
Number of Pages: 370 (Paperback)
Published: November 10th 2011 by Gollancz
Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
He calls me his Queen of the Night. I’d die for him. I’d kill for him, too.
When MacKayla Lane receives a page torn from her dead sister’s journal, she is stunned by Alina’s desperate words. And now MacKayla knows that her sister’s killer is close. But evil is closer. And suddenly the sidhe-seer is on the hunt: For answers. For revenge. And for an ancient book of dark magic so evil that it corrupts anyone who touches it.
Mac’s quest for the Sinsar Dubh takes her into the mean, shapeshifting streets of Dublin, with a suspicious cop on her tail. Forced into a dangerous triangle of alliance with V’lane, a lethal Fae prince, and Jericho Barrons, a man of deadly secrets, Mac is soon locked in a battle for her body, mind, and soul. – from Goodreads
As this book is part of a series I may refer briefly to events from previous books, so please be aware of minor spoilers for earlier books in the series.
I loved Darkfever, and adored each and every page of Bloodfever almost to the point of believing that 5 stars wasn’t a high enough rating. Inevitably, when the predecessors wowed me so much, there was going to come a time when things took a turn, and that’s what happened with the first few chapters of Faefever. That’s not to say I’m not still loving this series, because I am (it’s great!), but that pace/intensity/certain ‘I don’t know what’ that I experienced on the books so far would be difficult to maintain constantly; there are going to be lulls in the awesomeness, and that’s what I found at first with Faefever. I didn’t feel as if there was a great deal of progression, although it did have some highlights, including a great revelation about the Book and the manner in which it is moving around the city. I loved that scene.
As always, the characters are compelling and complicated and strongly written. We’re introduced in more detail to various interested parties, who all know about the threat to humanity and have vested interests and motivations, some of which are not immediately clear, so we watch Mac decide who to trust, who to side with, and this keeps you on edge, never certain that Mac has made the right choice, because who can she truly trust, beyond her own self?
I really like the way Mac is adapting to this dark new world, and the way she still holds on to her past and more innocent self whilst all the while going ahead into danger.
I loved the group of sidhe seers, including young Dani, and their leader Rowena. It’s not clear yet what her motivations are or where her loyalties will lie, which creates tension between her and Mac. I can’t wait to find out more about this group later on in the series. I would have loved a little more from their viewpoint during the closing stages of the book, when everything really started heating up and the stakes were raised.
Another character furthered developed in this book is Christian MacKeltar, who apparently has his own role to play in the upcoming battle between good and evil. But can Mac trust him, and believe what he says?
Barrons remains as much of an intriguing mystery as ever. I can’t wait for the final reveal about Barrons and who or what he is because like Mac, I’ve probably guessed at every option, from Unseelie to Seelie and everything in between and still have no idea who he is or what his endgame is.
V’Lane provides some much-welcomed light relief, truly living up to the fairytale prince in parts, whisking Mac away from the darkness and danger and off to fantasy locations, sunny islands, tranquillity and peace, but there’s always an edge of excitement and danger attached to him. I love V’Lane.
The second half of the book is back to that high-intensity, high-stakes thrilling pace that I’ve come to love in the Fever series. It is a great read, and as darkness draws in and it looks like the end of humanity might become reality it’s a real page turner.
There are alliances where you wouldn’t anticipate them, and apparent betrayals that leave you clamouring for the next book because you just HAVE to know if things really are as they seem. There’s a definite cliff-hanger for Mac, so once again, I’m glad that the next book is already out there in the world and waiting for this eager reader.