Darkfever

Darkfever

Book - 2006
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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....
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2006
ISBN: 9780385339155
0385339151
Branch Call Number: SF MON
Characteristics: 309 p

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monakaufman
Aug 14, 2017

I read comments before I got and read the book. Some say its a book that is very slow and not much of a plot. I say the reader needs to put themselves in MacKayla's shoes. Imagine this isn't fantasy. What if Fae were real? And what if there really are Sidhe-seers? And how would you feel going from knowing nothing to discovering you are a sidhe-seer with gifts you didn't know you had before. Knowing next to nothing, I can't imagine you would do any better in real life going through everything the heroine does. This is a book of her discovery of who and what she is, the hard way, no nice people to train her if you think the character Barrons is nice.
I believe there was plenty of action and unsuspecting events that popped up to grab my attention over and over. I read the book in just over a day, it is so gripping. Into the 2nd book in Fever series and plan to read them all. If you like books on the Fae, folkfore in Ireland, etc. then you should likely love this book. Its the one that sets the stage for the others that follow.

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rnpudel
Mar 15, 2017

I didn't really care for the main character, but somehow this book was so incredibly addicting. I couldn't stop reading, had to know what would happen next. I'm definitely picking up the next book in the series.

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Persassy
Jul 27, 2016

This book gives me hope that one day, I too, may be a published author. All it takes is poor grammar & spelling, zero plot, pathetic, boring characters, yawn-inducing dialogue & the inevitable, unimaginative "happy" ending. On the upside, I now know what to get for a friend as a cure for insomnia. What a waste of trees.

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nidofito
Jan 05, 2016

Despite using the death of a family member as a launching pad for the story, Darkfever is surprisingly light (with the exception of the Fae definitions and such) and enjoyable. A little slapstick comedy thrown in also adds to that effect.

Monikan21 Feb 13, 2015

Book 1 of Fever series, followed by Bloodfever. Story of Mac (Mackayla Lane), a regular pretty girl from a small town in Georgia whose life is torn by the murder of her sister, Alina. The story is slow building and full of vivid descriptions. It is sad to see how a life can change due to tragedy and Mac's life is definitely changed. At the beginning of the story, she is happy with her small town life and no aspirations; she is lively and full of colour. And then life hits her hard and all rules go to hell. I like Mac from the beginning, she has "strength" which no doubt will develop even more in the books to come. I do not, however, like Barrons. He scares me and I doubt one can find a drop of feeling in his character. I hope I am wrong. This is a "dark" book and I am not expecting any lovey-dovey scenes, but I do hope some happiness comes to both of the main characters.

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Woodbridge
Mar 26, 2014

I absolutely LOVE this series. It's the standard I hold all urban fantasy/paranormal romance novels up to. It has a compelling heroine, outstanding world-building, multi-faceted characters you will grow to love/hate and is overall throughout all five books a fascinating story. It has more depth and complexity than most books in this crossover genre of UF/PNR. Darkfever starts a little slowly but with each book in the series you get drawn into an enchanting world and omg, just wait until you meet Jericho Barrons. He's one of my favorite alpha males of all time. This is a series I will (and have) read over and over again, it's that good and just keeps getting better with each book. Do yourself a huge favor and listen to the 4th book Dreamfever and the 5th, Shadowfever in audiobook form. The first three audiobooks are so-so as far as vocal talent but from the 4th book on - wow, when you are introduced to Phil Gigante as Barrons, why, it's like candy for the ears. I will agree with another comment that this leans more towards UF than PNR. In terms of sensuality think of this series as a slow boil that absolutely ignites in later books, but you have to be patient. It is so worth the wait. DO NOT miss this series!!! Check in: This is now a 9 book series. Woohoo! Look for book 6 Iced and book 7 Burned, out now. Book 8 Feverborn is due out in January 2016 and the forthcoming Feversong date TBD. Again, DO NOT miss the Audiobook versions from Dreamfever on narrated by the talented team of Natalie Ross and Phil Gigante. They elevate the books to a whole new level. Happy reading Fever fans!

forbesrachel Sep 08, 2013

Driven to find the murderer of her sister Alina, as well as find the answers to her mysterious message, Mackayla leaves for Dublin. There, she finds herself out of her element; the speech is difficult to understand, the people act in odd ways, there is no one to help her, and creatures of lore are walking among the normal citizens.
Mackayla starts off as a girl who had everything (fortunately she is not snobbish), but finds herself in a situation where she has nothing, and although she stumbles along the way, she does think things through, whether through her lists, or by making smart decisions on the spot. Upon reflection she often picks up on things she missed earlier too.
The first volume introduces all the players that want the Sinsar Dubh, a Fae book of great power. Mackayla only seeks this book because her sister's last message urged her to find it, but she comes to realize there is more to this than she thought, and that the ones that are seeking it are not to be trusted.
One of these is Barrons', a man she wavers between the idea of trusting or not. From their first encounter, Mackayla's and Barrons' relationship is tumultuous, they are both people that do not like to give in, they quarrel (actually it is more like they press all of each others wrong buttons), and they definitely only grudgingly work together.
Barrons is a mystery, he is reserved and his motives remain completely hidden. He does nothing to reveal his past and is secretive in his actions. Mackayla quickly picks up on how to read him, but it does nothing to illumine anything about him aside from his personality. Even her constant questions barely manage to get useful information from him.
Both keep their secrets and mistrust one another, which leads to the final act of the book. As Mac has no one she can trust, she sets off into the Dark Zone herself, following a clue her sister left behind. The conclusion gives us a peak into the future, for during the final battle we get a sense of what Mackayla will become, and finally some mysteries are solved. Even with all the revelations though, more questions appear.
As a narrator Mac often breaks the fourth wall, speaking directly to us about her thoughts, feelings, and the lessons she figured out later; the whole book is told from the perspective of her in the present, reflecting on the past. She is witty with her remarks, especially regarding Barrons, and reflects on her past to provides a clear contrast to her current state of affairs and mind. She continues to bring up what clothes she is wearing compared to what she used to wear, as the clothes are a reflection of her sense of self. There are a great many things that happen to her; meeting V'lane, a royal Seelie who pulls the basest desires out of women, and who she somehow manages to fend off, seeing the terrifying Unseelie, learning of her's and her sister Alina's origins, and more. All of these serve to change her into something more durable, a woman that can stand up to any man or thing. Slowly, she embraces the impossible and her nature as a sidhe-seer.
Darkfever is made of an exciting blend of urban fantasy, romance, and mystery, and this is only the beginning of things. The end is satisfying for the volume but many questions are left regarding the death of Alina, the plans of the Unseelie, and just about everything about Barrons. There is definitely the possibility of an interesting chemistry to arise between them, because they have the potential to be equals (Mackayla notes right away he does not seem used to someone not obeying him).
The whole time Mackayla has fought off the idea of fighting to save the world, but she no longer has a choice.

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dolphinwolf
Apr 13, 2013

Like the creepiness to this series with the dark faeries and lots of ongoing adventure/action. Definitely for adults.

MrDrProfessorPatrick Jan 28, 2013

I absolutely love this series. The story line is unique and the characters are hilarious. The books isn't QUITE as smutty as this cover makes it seems, though the few raunchy parts aren't done with much class. Still worth reading.

LaimaA Jan 03, 2013

This book is an amazing start to an incredible series. If you like paranormal/fantasy, you will love this. If you're expecting paranormal romance, sorry but you're out of luck. There's nary a kiss to be had in this novel. This is just a fascinating introduction to an imaginative and mysterious world. You learn so much along with the heroine and you feel truly immersed in it. I loved the first person narrative.

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