Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

MacKayla Lane is a twenty-something southern girl taking just enough college classes to ease her parents’ concerns about her future.  Unlike her older sister, Alina, Mac is content to put off adulthood for a bit longer, floating from one happy moment to the next.  Everything changes when she learns that her sister has been murdered while studying abroad in Ireland.  Due to a lack of evidence, the police have turned the case over to the Unsolved Division and Mac decides to  investigate Alina’s murder herself.

Soon after her arrival, Mac worries about her sanity as she suddenly finds herself seeing things.  As it turns out, she’s a sidhe-seer:  someone capable of seeing past the illusions cast by Fae.  As it also turns out, Ireland is full of assorted Fae nasties and at least one vampire, not to mention ancient relics which can impact the burgeoning Fae war.  Mysterious Jericho Barnes becomes a mentor of sorts as she tries to make sense of this strange world but is he friend or foe?

Intriguing premise.  Mac’s obsession with the perfect suntan, nail polish and accessorized outfit is annoying as are the scenes with Vlane (Vlane is a Fae prince who can apparently will human women to take off their clothes without realizing what they’re doing).  Ugh.  Once you get past that though, the mystery surrounding Jericho Barnes is interesting:  I personally think he’s either a Fae or a druid.  The mystery surrounding Alina is interesting too but it seems like Mac is a bit slow here; for example, it takes her forever to think of looking for her sister’s diary even though she comments often about how her sister always kept one.

All in all, an okay read.  The Fae aspect of the storyline is intriguing but I don’t think I like Mac enough to continue with the series.  Somewhat reminiscent of Sookie Stackhouse although Sookie seemed sharper and much less shallow, at least in the early books.

For more about the series, check out Moning’s website.


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