Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Happy (Snowy) Hump Day....KMM's Shadowfever!

Helloooo out there fellow Moning Maniacs. For those of you who have already discovered the genius of Karen Marie Moning, either in her Highlander series or her Fever series, join me in the ghetto booty dance of joy for the fifth and final installment of her Fever series....Shadowfever! I have to admit a personal obession with this series. (I will admit to having a JZB mark tattooed on my person, in case he ever needs to find me!) Take a gander at some JZB eye candy - guaranteed to warm the winter chill away (see me fan myself and reach for some ice water please!)

Shadowfever, Karen Marie Moning, Bantam Dell, January 2011

"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 that 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 that contains the power to create and destroy worlds.

Shadowfever is the culmination of events in the wild roller coaster of MacKayla Lane's life. For those familiar with the series, Mac is the ultimate heroine and her transformation from naive, sunny Georgia transplant to hard core, ass kickin Sidhe Seer. She survives the loss of her sister, the betrayal of her fellow Sidhe seers and the constant machinations of Barrons, the Fae, V'lane and others. Her sense of strength and perseverance over the near destruction of the world inspire and drive the reader to push for answers to the never-ending supply of questions each book in the series raises. As much as I'd like to discuss particulars, there are too many of my acquaintances who haven't finished this capstone piece and I don't want to give anything away. (I will say, I cried all through chapter one with Mac in her greatest grief!)

Karen Marie Moning seems to have found a niche - incorporating fantasy, romance and highly intricate drama. Her characters are truly multi-dimensional, displaying the duality of good and evil. Exploring themes that are often graphic, emotional, by far more gritty and real than her previous series with their slight paranormal bent (Fae-light, if you will), her Fever series may not be for the faint of heart. Mac Lane defines survivor. Jericho embodies mystery and pain in a sexy package that leaves readers panting for more. Her greatest gifts drive the mystery from book to book, answering tidbits and leaving more questions than answers. Thankfully, Shadowfever manages to answer the greatest mysteries with some satisfaction. The tension, having built over the last four installments, continues to wind tighter and tighter until the fevered (no pun intended) pitch at the end. The final showdown with the Sinsar Dubh, the Seelie and Unseelie, the Keltar and the Sidhe Seers explodes on the page and leaves the reader exhausted, sated and hopefully finding some peace.

I happily give this frustrating, angst provoking, sexy dark epic tale a delish 5 chocolate covered strawberries and will always bank on KMM for her fabulosity!
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