I’m late to the game on this one, but it is what I’m reading and I’m nothing if not literal! I don’t know what made me finally pick up Darkfever, the first book in Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series, but I’ve been meaning to read them, and so I started last Tuesday, and I’ve been chewing through them ever since, now just over halfway through Shadowfever, Book 5.
I love it when a series grabs me by the short and curlies and makes me obsessively have to read the next one, and the next, and the next. It doesn’t happen often, but like the series title, it’s like you have a fever and can’t get much else done, you’re so immersed in the world.
And what a world! Here’s the blurb for Book 1:
When MacKayla’s sister was murdered, she left a single clue to her death – a cryptic message on Mac’s cel phone. Journeying to Ireland in search of answers, Ma is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to master 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…while at the same time, the ruthless V’lane – an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women – closes in on her. As the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: to 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 both worlds in their hands….
The worldbuilding is incredible, but so are the well-drawn and intriguing characters, the suspense, the twists, and, oh my, the sexual tension between Mac and Jericho! Written in first person point of view, the reader is in the dark as much as Mac is, and we learn the secrets and machinations along with her. She’s also got an incredible character arc that unfolds throughout each book.
At times I want to shake these two characters, but the conflict is not fabricated that’s keeping them apart, it all stems from character and emotion and plot and makes for one riveting read.
Be warned though– make sure you have the next book handy when you start. I began with library e-copies, and when I’d finish one, I’d download the next from my phone to my Kindle, but then I pulled up short when the next wasn’t available and I unhesitatingly skipped over to Amazon and bought it. Also, she’s the master of cliffhanger endings. Last night I finished Book 4 while I was in bed and was like NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Luckily I’d bought Book 5 months ago when I came across a used copy, so I ran through the house to my TBR pile and grabbed it, almost scared to open it up. No. Actually I was scared to. I hesitated, afraid that once I did open it, I’d know the truth, and it was a truth I was afraid to know. No spoilers here, so I’m trying to keep it vague, but if you’ve read it, you know what I’m talking about. I grieved, I cried, but I was also up way past my bedtime, so after a while, I had to tuck in and only got to sleep by reminding myself what Moning had reminded us in earlier books, that this was a story about Light, not Dark, and that only through being carved by darkness could incredible joy fill the spaces, and that Mac does know joy in the end.
I also wondered how people stood it if they’d read this when it first came out and had to WAIT for Book 5!! I saw some complaints on Goodreads about it, and it made me start thinking about this–we always here it’s a no-no to have cliffhangers in series. But why is that? Why is it allowed for TV series, but not for books? In fact, fans of TV shows are disappointed if the season doesn’t end on an awesome cliffhanger. But if a book wraps up the main plot, but leaves on a cliffhanger, why is that unacceptable? I guess it’s all a matter of expectations of the medium. And now that her fans know this of her, I’ve seen some say they don’t dare start Iced, which is Book 6 in the series, but Book 1 of the Dani series, until all of them are out. But I’m torn, as I want to know what happens next. I guess I’ll know when I finish Book 5 whether I can wait…
What do you think? Have you read the Fever series? Don’t tell me how it ends! Are you a fan of cliffhangers in books and/or TV?