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Shadowfever: Fever Series Book 5 [Kindle Edition]

Karen Marie Moning
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (957 customer reviews)

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“Evil is a completely different creature, Mac. Evil is bad that believes it’s good.”

MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever. 

Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years. 

What follows is a shocking chain of events with devastating consequences, and now Mac struggles to cope with grief while continuing her mission to acquire and control the Sinsar Dubh—a book of dark, forbidden magic scribed by the mythical Unseelie King, containing the power to create and destroy worlds. 

In an epic battle between humans and Fae, the hunter becomes the hunted when the Sinsar Dubh turns on Mac and begins mowing a deadly path through those she loves. 
Who can she turn to? Who can she trust? Who is the woman haunting her dreams? More important, who is Mac herself and what is the destiny she glimpses in the black and crimson designs of an ancient tarot card? 
From the luxury of the Lord Master’s penthouse to the sordid depths of an Unseelie nightclub, from the erotic bed of her lover to the terrifying bed of the Unseelie King, Mac’s journey will force her to face the truth of her exile, and to make a choice that will either save the world . . . or destroy it.

BONUS: This edition contains a deleted scene from Shadowfever and an excerpt from Karen Marie Moning's Iced.

Editorial Reviews Review

A Letter from Author Karen Marie Moning

The Fever Series is all about seeing the truths beneath the illusions and figuring out how to deal with them—or die. While investigating her sister’s murder in Dublin, MacKayla Lane discovers that beneath the beautiful surfaces of nearly everyone and everything she encounters, there’s something else entirely. From the Fae with their deadly glamour, to the siren-call of the Unseelie king’s all-powerful book of dark magic, to Mac herself who starts out young, lovely and innocent only to end up—well, you’ll have to read Shadowfever to find that out—nothing is as it seems.

When I first saw the concept art for the cover of Shadowfever, I was thrilled with how well it encapsulated the entire series in a dual design. Lift the acetate cover of Shadowfever and there’s something else beneath it: a picture of a woman whose back is to the camera (for good reasons, she doesn’t even like to look in the mirror lately) staring off in the distance at something you can’t see (and probably wouldn’t want to anyway) with a tattoo on her back of black wings, like the Unseelie king. But Mac’s human. Isn’t she?


This book concludes the series fantastically and in ways I could never have predicted. A phenomenal book! This really is a must-read urban fantasy series. -- Carolyn Morgan BOOK CHICK CITY

Product Details

  • File Size: 4007 KB
  • Print Length: 689 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (January 18, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003EY7IRC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,540 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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295 of 312 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting end to an amazing series January 18, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book was very hard to review without spoiling anything. I can honestly say it was the most engrossing book I have ever read. From the beginning, until the very last words I was completely sucked in. In fact, I actually cried while reading the very first chapter, it was that emotional in such a short amount of time. All of the pressing issues are solved and the questions are answered. Only one major question remained at the end of the book, but the answer was something Mac decided she didn't really need to know. I don't have a problem with this as a little mystery makes things much more interesting in the end.

Mac is thoroughly tested over and over in this book, but just as she has in the past, she survives, she endures, and somehow comes out the other side stronger. She has grown so much from the girl that stepped off the plane, yet somehow never once lost who she really was at the core, despite being pulled in so many different directions. I understand now why everyone believed she only had a slim chance of choosing the "good" side of the prophecy. The odds against her were almost insurmountable, and a lesser person would have failed where she persevered. I truly admire her, and her willingness to stand up for what she believes in. I don't think a better person could have been picked for the fate of the world to rest on. Oh, and just as a little side note, she does finally kiss a man that she can't breathe without, and finds that breath is of little consequence. As far as who that man is, well you will just have to read Shadowfever yourself to find out. ;)

I'll admit, as much as I wanted this book, I also was a little hesitant to read it. I wasn't sure how just one book could tie up all of the issues and leave me with a sense of happiness and satisfaction.
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108 of 124 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Satisfying End to a Stellar Series! January 18, 2011
By Letitia
I received the book on Saturday, and am currently starting it again for a MUCH SLOWER reread...

Shadowfever does answer a lot of the questions readers have had through out the series. There is only one question that wasn't answered, that sticks out in my mind, but because of the circumstances surrounding the question and answer - and Mac's acceptance of the fact she may never know and no longer NEEDS to - I don't feel I need an answer either. Vague much? Yes, but the Q&A is too spoilery.

And there is one thing I will strongly caution all the reader's against: DO NOT SKIM THE BOOK. DO NOT GO LOOKING FOR ANSWERS AHEAD. If you must, go ahead and read the last page (front and back), you'll get enough of an answer to one question to keep you satisfied not to seek answers to the rest.

The way KMM has written this last book, with each turn of the page - the theories that we've all come up with are constantly challenged and evolving and half the fun is trying to figure it all out before it's finally revealed.

And KMM has written and woven another magical Fever novel. And it does bring up new questions, which will probably be explored in the spin-off series... But the questions that pertain to Mac and Barrons and V'lane? The three main leads in this series? Those are the answers we get.

I thought this book was a bittersweet end to a much loved series. Steamy, erotic, dark, emotional, torturous, gripping, fantastical... A rollercoaster ride. One I'm already looking forward to revisiting after only finishing it three days ago.

Two thumbs way up, KMM!
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91 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A satisfying conclusion to an amazing story January 18, 2011
Before I started this book, there was a big part of me that believed there was no way I could be satisfied when I was done. There were simply too many questions to be answered, too many loose ends to ever tie up in a way that both made sense and appeased my need for a happily ever after. I was wrong.

There is so much packed into these pages that when I think back to the question, "Who is the beast?" it seems like a lifetime ago. It's no wonder you don't get much information from the summary, regarding what this book is about (it mostly recaps the series as a whole.) I find that even trying to talk about it in generalities reveals fantastic developments in the plot. So if you haven't read "Shadowfever" yet, I urge you to stop reading here, with my reassurance that it's a fantastic book that left me wholly satisfied and warm inside.


The first chapter of this book shredded me. When Mac thought she had killed Barrons, I cried for her. I ached. Then I watched her put herself together; to take the hard lessons he taught her and live so that his death was not in vain. This is not the Mac of Darkfever (Fever Series, Book 1). She is powerful, but hollow. She finally gets her showdown with the Lord Master with decidedly anticlimactic results.

Mac seemed to learn so much about herself and her feelings with Barrons' death. It was disappointing to see so much of it go out of the window when they were finally reunited. She was ready to end the world for him, yet suddenly, overhearing a phone call makes her regress utterly? It was one of the few parts of the book that left me frustrated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Amazing!
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This book is absolutely amazing! If you have not yet read this series, please do yourself a huge favor and start reading the first book, Darkfever, right away. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars The ending in Shadowfever blew me awa
The cliffhanger in the last book was so bad, I had to write myself a note that said, “I will NOT read the last chapter. I will not read the last chapter. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Megan Bedroom Bookworms
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love all her books!!!
Published 17 days ago by Momof5
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
This series was great.. I loved the suspense and how it kept me guessing. This is a good book by itself but I would recommend you read the whole series because it is so awesome. Read more
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Love this series
Published 20 days ago by Bally
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
I absolutely love Karen Moning's books. She is a great writer and it shows keeping her characters and the readers on edge.
Published 21 days ago by Joy Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get enough...
Fire and Ice....addiction guaranteed!! Now all we need is a movie..something to think about. I love the characters, I love everything about this series!!!
Published 25 days ago by babygurl36
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like paranormal, intrigue and a sprinkling of woman vs ...
If you like paranormal, intrigue and a sprinkling of woman vs man, you have to read this series. Absolutely love it.
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Karen Marie Moning is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the sizzling Urban Fantasy FEVER Novels set in Dublin, featuring MacKayla Lane and Jericho Barrons, and the paranormal romance HIGHLANDER Series, with fifteen books in print in thirty-six countries.

She is a winner of the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA award, and multiple RITA nominee. She graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Society & Law.

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How did Mac know?
I can't give you a page number for this because I read the book in e-format, but when Mac is flying on the Hunter looking for the Book and K'Vruck joins her and begins to talk in her head this is said:

"It calls itself K'Vruck. Humans have no word for it. It means a state beyond death.... Read More
Jan 29, 2011 by Lester |  See all 15 posts
The Final Fever Book
It always seems to take forever. I'll have to re-read the first four again! Darn! These are a real pleasure and I will be sorry to see the series end.
Mar 22, 2010 by Shy guy G |  See all 151 posts
Book covers
I love my Kindle. There are 2 things that I miss about paper books, the cover and being able to read the end of the book 1st. My IPad shows the cover and I can read my Kindle books on i,t but it does not have the back cover or the inside flaps. I am not bothered enough to go back to paper... Read More
Jan 16, 2011 by Sharon |  See all 7 posts
Oh hell NO!
Tanya the hardcover of SF which is 624 pages and much longer than Dreamfever is the same price as Dreamfever, at $26.00 with a 46% discount from Amazon, which brings it down to 14.04. The kindle price has actually gone down too, to $12.64. It was $14 originally. I'm a huge fan of KMM and the... Read More
Sep 6, 2010 by Looloo |  See all 64 posts
Discuss Shadowfever here *after* you have read it! SPOILERS ALERT!

I received my book early and to answer a few questions that I wanted to know:
- we never find out exactly what Barrons is (i.e. we don't get a name for it). He can't die, seems to feed on blood, can turn into the beast and is always reborn to the place he died when he first died.... Read More
Jan 17, 2011 by Ang |  See all 377 posts
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