Author: Karen Marie Moning
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: January 18, 2011
Hardcover: 608 pages
Genre: Fiction, Paranormal, Romance
“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.
Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning is the fifth and final book in her McKayla Lane series and my struggle is to write a review which gives nothing away for those new to the series. For those who have followed my blog, I have reviewed the previous four books and enjoyed them immensely which surprised me, as this series is not a genre I typically enjoy. Moning writes with fluidity and continuity, which I appreciate, and while I will not broaden myself in this particular genre, Moning has proven to me that it can indeed be exciting. Shadowfever is a very dense book with quite a lot happening at a very fast pace which helps to keep the reader engaged and turning the pages. Up until now each book has left me with more questions than answers and Shadowfever answers all the questions I carried over from the previous books. Moning’s character development is brilliant, her imagery is spot on, and she delivers numerous well-placed plot twists throughout the book to continually keep the reader on their toes. Shadowfever is probably my favourite of the five books in the series and not simply because my questions were cleared up, but rather I felt the characters, especially Mac had finally matured. Finishing Shadowfever was bittersweet, I received the answers I was searching for and yet, unlike every other review for this series, I know there is not another book to be read, it is indeed over. To those who have read the other books in the series, do read Shadowfever, and for those who have never read any books in Moning’s series, give it a go, especially those, like myself who think this is not a genre you will enjoy, Moning just may surprise you, I certainly know I was.
Karen Marie Moning graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in Society & Law. Her novels have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists and have won numerous awards, including the prestigious RITA Award.
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