Review: Bloodfever (Fever, #2) by Karen Marie Moning

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Review: Bloodfever (Fever, #2) by Karen Marie MoningBloodfever (Fever, #2) by Karen Marie Moning
Published by Delacorte Press on October 16, 2007
Genres: Adult Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Format: eBook (337 pages)
Source: Library
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I used to be your average, everyday girl but all that changed one night in Dublin when I saw my first Fae, and got dragged into a world of deadly immortals and ancient secrets. . . .

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.

three-half-stars

Proceed With Caution:

This book contains death, violence, gore, and mentions of rape and murder.

The Basics:

Bloodfever is the followup to Darkfever, so yes you must read these books in order. Our narrator is, once again, Mac as she continues her mission in Ireland to avenge her sister and save the human world from the evil fae.

My Thoughts:

Well, I don’t think I liked Bloodfever quite as much as the first time around, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. It picks up a bit after Darkfever left off. Mac is adjusting to her new darker life, while still longing for sunshine, pink dresses, and gold jewelry. She’s learning more and more about the Fae and herself as she and Barrons continue scouring Dublin for Fae relics.

In fact, the first half of Bloodfever is mostly world-building. Mac finally meets more sidhe-seers and learns that she’s barely scratched the surface of this world. She’s also being followed by some kind of specter. Is it real? Is it just her imagination? Who sent the Hunters into the city? Lots of questions, very few answers. We’re also introduced to a slew of new characters who may or may not survive.

However, the second half of Bloodfever really picks up. We finally find out what happened to Malluce, although there’s no word of the Lord Master. Mac is in a lot of trouble! Who can she trust? Barrons? V’lane? Rowena? The Dublin Garda? Who even knows! While a lot happens in the latter half of the book, Mac essentially ends exactly where she started at the start of the book. I think that’s why I liked it less this time. I hadn’t remembered anything that happened and expected something big! Oh well.

Quotes from Bloodfever:

On a dark Fae wind, I taste the metallic tang of a bloody and terrible war coming. In the distant air, I hear the thunderclap of sharp-bladed hooves as Fae stallions circle impatiently, ready to charge down on us in the ancient, forbidden Wild hunt. (page 3)

“One day you may kiss a man you can’t breathe without, and find breath is of little consequence.” (page 95)

There are some lines you just can’t let another person cross. They don’t always make sense, they might not always seem like the most important things, but only you can know what they are, and when you butt up against one, you have to defend it. (page 170)

“Gray is but another word for light black. Gray is never white. Only white is white. There are not shades of it.” (page 200)

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