Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking those links, I will receive a small commission from the sale at no extra cost to you.Shadowfever (Fever, #5) by Karen Marie Moning
Published by Delacorte Press on January 18, 2011
Genres: Adult Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Format: eBook (689 pages)
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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.
Proceed With Caution:
This book contains death, violence, gore, thoughts of suicide, and mentions of rape.
Shadowfever is the fifth book of the Fever series, and yes, you need to read them all in order. And you’ll want to. Need to. This one picks up right where the fourth left off, which was the steepest cliffhanger of all time.
The only downside to reading Shadowfever was that I already knew who Mac killed, so that emotional punch was gone. But I was still fully invested because I remembered exactly zero other events! Part One holds no punches as this new Mac emerges. Rainbow Girl is truly gone and is teaming up with her mortal enemy?! What?! Don’t do it Mac! But also, yes do it, because I need to know more about them! The first quarter was a lot of introspection on Mac’s part, and a lot of learning about her enemy, who might actually not be so bad. I feel dirty thinking that, but it’s true. Things are truly never black or white in this new world.
Part two starts with a Christmas miracle! Well, it’s February, but it’s all that Mac ever wanted! Kind of. This is the longest section of Shadowfever at about one-third of the total book. It’s long and kind of slow but there’s no time to get bored! It’s jam-packed with information! We get to know the characters better, there’s world-building, Fae history and lore, plus everyone finally puts together a cohesive plan to trap the Sinsar Dubh! See what happens when you work together and share the knowledge?! There’s so much going on, and so much that can go wrong in the final third of the book.
Once you make it to part three of Shadowfever, things really take off! Little bits and pieces from all of the previous books starting coming together. The picture is nowhere near clear, but something is starting to form. Mac accepts who she is, or rather, who she never was. Barrons is…well, he’s Barrons, and it’s effing epic. Chapter 43 is still my favorite thing ever, and we get to stay there for quite some time before reentering the real world. Or at least what’s been left of it.
And part four is where things get real. All is revealed and my head was spinning! I can’t believe that I didn’t remember any of this, or put it together myself. Shadowfever is simply bonkers. It’s so detailed and mind-boggling. But don’t expect everything to wrap up with a nice, pretty bow. It’s all too messed up for that. Even with the adorable final chapters of part five we’re left with this sense of more to come. Mac’s adventures are far from over.
Quotes from Shadowfever:
Never underestimate a well-dressed bimbo.
Shadows are wonderful things. They hide pain and conceal motives.
“They’re called shortcuts for a reason. The shorter they are, the more they usually cut. Nothing is without price, Ms. Lane.”
“Just saying, things ain’t always bad just ’cause you don’t understand ”em or ain’t like ’em. That’s like thinking anybody who’s smarter or faster is dangerous just ’cause they got more brains or quicker feet. Ain’t fair. Peeps can’t help how they’re born.”
“I can’t get enough of life. I get off on waking up every day for infinity. I like being what I am. I got the best end of the deal. I’ll be here while it’s happening. I’ll be here when it ends. And I’ll stand up from the ashes and do it all over when it begins again.”
You can’t look at someone with your eyes and take their measure. You have to look with the heart.