By Karen Marie Moning
Book 2 in the Fever Series
Published by: Bantam Book by Dell Publishing, a Division of Random House Publishing Group, New York
First Printing: 2007
Concept: “In her fight to stay alive, MacKayla must find the Sinsar Dubh – a million-year-old book of the blackest magic imaginable, which holds the key to power over the worlds of both the Fae and Man. Pursued by assassins, surrounded by mysterious figures she knows she can’t trust, Mac finds herself torn between two deadly and powerful men: V’lane, the immortal Fae Prince, and Jericho Barrons, a man as irresistible as he is dangerous. For centuries, the shadowy realm of the Fae has coexisted with that of humans. Now the walls between the two are coming down, and Mac is the only thing that stands between them.”
Review: I’ve waited a while to pick up this second installment to the Fever Series and I’ll probably wait a while to pick up the third installment (although after that, I hear the cliffhangers come in to play so I may not be able to wait after that). I absolutely loved the first book and I love (although not absolutely) this book as well. I found it to be a little slow, but the ending made up for it.
We pick up with Mac continuing to grow up in Ireland, living in Barron’s Book Store and dealing with the Irish version of LAPD (bad joke about Los Angeles policemen, sorry). She is not talking about pink as much (although some people complained about that in the first book, I found it delightful and age appropriate and even more so now because Mac is growing up, she is forced to put away her childhood and it comes out in the form of her “pinkless” self) and she is still trying to figure out what Barrons is and who he is in her life. The story opens up with her trying to fend of some “bad guys” and turning to the oh-so-sexy V’lane to help her do so. He helps her, she escapes and the story starts.
From there we go with Mac and Barrons to these auctions on their quest to find the OOP (objects of protection) and ultimately the Sinsar Dubh. Barrons takes Mac to these auctions that I found really boring and sort of unnecessary to the story. They seemed like page filler to me. We did meet a few new people; Dani, a young and sparky sidhe-seer and Rowena, the leader of the same group. Dani, I absolutely fell in love with and hope to learn more about her and I’m hoping she’s not killed off because she IS so delightful. Rowena, the leader,is somewhat of a bitch and I would guess will turn into a good guy at some future point.
There is a scene, provided by V’lane, where Mac is reunited with a dream version of sister that is particularly touching. If you ever lost someone, you would be almost jealous of such an experience. I know I was. I loved the scene though. I felt the scene.
The ending was strong in my opinion. The bad guy was so gruesome that I literally had to put the book down and walk away from it for a few moments. That rarely happens to me. Gross he was. Gross. It was a good ending though. It wasn’t a satisfying ending because there are still many, many questions that are left open, but it was good.
What I liked: Although some people hate it, I love the first person narrative of this book. We find things out as Mac does and I like that. I loved the scene with Alina, her sister, as I talked about above and I loved the author’s sense of humor.
What I disliked: I found this book to be a little slow. It felt to me as if the auction scenes were page filler. I didn’t need it.
My rating: 4 feathers
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