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Darkfever: Fever Series Book 1 [Kindle Edition]

Karen Marie Moning
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Book Description

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Karen Marie Moning's Bloodfever.

MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens.

When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae….

As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane–an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women–closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book–because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands….

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Drawing on elements from the paranormal world that bestseller Moning (Spell of the Highlander) created in her earlier romances, this suspense novel takes readers on a darker journey, one dominated by the search for a powerful Faery magic and bereft of the romantic magic Moning's fans have come to expect. When MacKayla Lane, an ordinary young woman, travels to Ireland to track down her sister's murderer, she is sucked into an extraordinary world filled with ancient secrets, vampires, assorted Fae nasties and other tough-to-kill beings. In the process, Mac learns of her own unusual talents and finds an unlikely mentor in the wealthy and mysterious Jericho Barrons. Moning's newest foray contains suspense and plenty of setup. Indeed, this reads like a fragment of a larger story, an introduction to character and place that, while entertaining, skims the surface. But it's a compelling world filled with mystery and vivid characters, and this, combined with the hint of sparks between Jericho and Mac, will stoke readers' fervor for Bloodfever, the next installment. (Nov.)
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MacKayla "Mac" Lane is a small-town southern girl living a life of suntans and shopping. All that changes when her sister dies in Ireland and a cryptic message on Mac's cell phone raises disturbing questions about the nature of her sister's death. Mac follows the lead to Dublin and the strange life her sister led, on to the darkly dangerous book-dealer Jericho Barrons, and a burgeoning war with deadly Fae that humankind doesn't even realize has begun. Time-travel-romance maven Moning reshapes her Celtic lore for a radically different and engaging new dark fantasy series. Mac's first-person narrative is more than point of view; it's a true recounting of how a sheltered young girl grows to accept the role fate has dealt her. And while moments of sexual awareness hint that a relationship between Mac and Jericho could complicate matters in the future, wisely there is no full-blown romance here to distract from the complex introduction to Moning's new world. Nina Davis
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Product Details

  • File Size: 2498 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0575108495
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (October 31, 2006)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000MAH7SQ
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427 of 505 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It started to get better... November 2, 2006
By lwd
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...and then it stopped. Literally.

I knew going in that this was a five book series, in her blog Ms. Moning warned us of that fact. I did not realize this would be a classic cliffhanger with a "tune in next time..." last page. If this is the kind of thing that bugs you, as much as it does me, I suggest you wait until all five books are published before you start. In the past the author has taken up to a year or more between books, so it could be a long wait.

Back to our story - as much as was there, in any event. A young college student is murdered in Ireland. The local police are stumped, the family is devastated. A cryptic message from the victim is left on the voice mail of the younger sister's cell phone, and she comes to Ireland to try and find out what happened. The Dark Fae look to be responsible, and our characters need to deal with it. The story twists, turns, starts to come into focus - and then the cliffhanger.

The characters are... okay, awful. The heroine, sister of the murder victim, is supposedly a twenty-two year old sidhe-seer, and most of the time comes across like a twelve year old Junior Miss Pageant winner. She uses the word "pretty" a lot (you will learn to hate the word). She has pretty little tanned legs, pretty blond hair, pretty skin, pretty clothes, pretty little shoes, and (my personal bugaboo) pretty Ice Princess Pink Blush nail polish on her pretty little fingers and toes. Naïve and immature doesn't begin to describe MacKayla. We are expected to believe she is a product of her pretty little small town, and over protective background. Not buying it. If you are from a small town, and I am, you will be insulted by the inference.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of My Fav Urban Fantasy Series November 8, 2010
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This is one of my all time favorite Urban Fantasy series. I have a thing for faeries, whether they are good or bad faeries, I don't care bring them on! Moning, in her wonderful MacKayla Lane series, has created a world both entirely creepy and wonderfully compelling. She blends bare bones human emotion with fantastical and horrifying creatures. Her creations, Mac & Barrons are one of the most resonating characters that I have had the pleasure of reading. If you haven't partaken of this series...what is holding you back?

REVIEW: MacKayla Lane's ordinary world is suddenly thrust into the extraordinary with one phone call. A cryptic voice mail left by her sister right before she dies changes Mac's life forever. Desperate to find answers to her sister's murder and figure out the odd message, Mac journeys to Ireland. Immediately she realizes that something is not quite what it seems.

As her own life becomes threatened and creatures from her nightmares take shape into reality, Mac is thrust into the path of Jericho Barrons, another mystery. Not quite sure whether he is there to help or hinder, Mac must align herself with someone, because she can't do this on her own. The problem, Barrons has one focus and Mac seems like the ticket to that conclusion: Find the Sinsar Dubh - the object that will control both the mortal world and the world of the Fae. Just what will he use it for?

A very intricate plot with twists and turns that left me breathless. I rooted for Mac every step of the way and as she got deeper and deeper the intrigue only worsened. The relationships Mac had with all her side characters were so in depth that I felt I knew them all personally. A well constructed novel, by far - with excellent dialogue that made me feel like I was a part of the conversation.
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84 of 98 people found the following review helpful
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Let me start out by saying I've been reading romance novels for ever 10 years now. I'm always on the the hunt for a new exciting story/author. I was delighted to to find both of these in darkfever. To say this story is simply a romance would be wrong. It's a mystery, thriller, suspense with a healthy dash of romance. All of this adds up to a wonderful story. Tried of reading romance novels with predictable endings? This is what you've been waiting for. Darkfever in a nutshell is the story of Mac and her journey to avenge her sister. This story does contain a lot of paranormal elements, however it does not overpower the plot. You find yourself caring for the characters and falling in love with them. Ms. Moning does such a good job, that you don't care if they're human/fae/devel, you root for them anyway. I loved them this book. There are five books in this series. There are cliffhangers at the end but it makes you actively think about the story and it only adds to the fun. Honestely what book have you read and you're still thinking about weeks/months later?? Trust me, challenge yourself if this is not your usual 'cup of tea'. Pick up this book, take a chance, you will NOT regret it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Beginning September 9, 2010
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I basically picked up this book becasue all of my book resources recommend this series as a standout. I am not ready to agree to that yet but I did like this book and I will read the rest of the series.

Our heroine Mac has received flack online for being 'too stupid to live' or too involved with make up and fashion. I didn't find her too stupid at all. Any mistakes she made could have been made by anyone thrust into this crazy new world. Mac goes to Dublin to investigate her sister's murder and learns what she believes led to her sister's death...both of the sisters can see the fae. Somehow the dark and evil fae are coming into our world in larger numbers. One of them, or something involved with them, has killed Mac's sister.

Mac does go on sometimes about make up and such. Its not a lot compared to some paranormal chick lit on shelves now, but for this type of book it did stand out. maybe it will be toned down as the series progresses.

I like the character of Barrons. The man is rude and mean but I was never sure if he was all good or all bad. That kept him entertaining. I also like Moning's writing. I wasn't fond of the idea of the relics and the quest for them. I personally usually find that type of story tedious. The plot could get old with this fast.

Moning does a great job of ending the story in a way that isn't frusterating but still leaves things open and the reader wanting answers. As long as the rest of the books in this series are at least this good they should be worth reading.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkfever
I really liked this book. Can't wait to start number 2. Lots of action and a bit of surprise theme.
Published 3 days ago by Diane Harmon
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book.
This book is really good. There are several books in this series and they are all so good. The story is great.
Published 10 days ago by connieNreno
4.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling and seductive!
The first and biggest heads up I can give is that the books all end on cliffhangers. I would highly recommend getting all five and making a marathon session of it, or you might... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Jennifer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
After being told to read this series by tons of my friends, I decided to give it a shot. I have to say even though Jerricho AKA Barron's is a little bit of a weirdo! Read more
Published 17 days ago by WriterWordWench
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 stars
3 1/2 stars

I really wanted to like this book more. I've read and love Moning's first 4 books in her Highlander series and can't praise them high enough. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Leah Weller
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book while not caring for the protagonist
Mac the Legally Blonde Barbie was not my cup of tea, but I did like her spirit. Jericho Barrons on the other hand is exactly the type of male lead I love! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Janet
3.0 out of 5 stars I hope to love this series later...
Writing this review makes so very sad. I am a big fan of KMM and the bloggers/reviewers whose opinions I respect and have read this book all seem to have enjoyed this book so much... Read more
Published 1 month ago by monlatable
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome!!!!!
I was shocked I LOVED this book... the series up until told from Dani's point of view- good but not great at this story turn...
Published 1 month ago by amber v
4.0 out of 5 stars new
I am really loving this series. It was well written, though you can tell she is a romance writer at heart, lots of miss understandings that need to be resolved.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
Its an amazing book makes you want to know what keeps happening. Would so recommend this boom for anyone to read.
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Karen Marie Moning is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Urban Fantasy FEVER Novels set in Dublin, featuring MacKayla Lane and Jericho Barrons, and the paranormal romance HIGHLANDER Series. She is a winner of the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA award, and multiple RITA nominee, with fifteen books in print in 40 countries. She graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Society & Law.

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Highlander vs. Darkfever series
I like the Highlander books MUCH better. I seriously wish she would return to those! I read all of the Fever books, but I didn't enjoy them half as much .....
Dec 26, 2011 by Connie |  See all 5 posts
Any other authors of KMM's caliber?
I'd consider her Fever series to be Urban Fantasy, but most lovers of UF tend to read some PNR as well.

You might want to check out either the Urban Fantasy or Paranormal Romance forums on Amazon. The people over there will drop massive lists on you. UF is more paranormal action with the sex... Read more
Jul 25, 2010 by Stacia |  See all 16 posts
Matthew Bomer as Jericho??
I was think of Joe Manganiello (Alcide on TrueBlood) for Barrons. He's tall, dark and handsome. I could see Kristen Bell as Mac or maybe Diana Agron ( blonde on Glee).
Aug 5, 2010 by jessica Hueftle |  See all 9 posts
Just when did Jericho become smitten with Mac?
Claudia, I Absolutely agree with you! I loved "Darkfever", and cannot wait for "Bloodfever". I was enthralled by the "growth" of their relationship, and laughed out loud when Mac was suspended in the air by her hair, and Jericho said "Out of all of the... Read more
Jul 1, 2007 by Susiq2/Linda Sedlak |  See all 6 posts
Romance killed by erotic and paranormal, etc
Personally I think the "traditional romance" books are boring. I mean there is only so many times you can write the same scene over and over again. I think the new paranormal romance novels are really creative and they give you something differnt than the typical "he ravaged... Read more
Jun 3, 2007 by Faith |  See all 11 posts
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