Faefever by Karen Marie Moning

Fever, #3

Source: Purchased

He calls me his Queen of the Night. I’d die for him. I’d kill for him, too. When MacKayla Lane receives a torn page from her dead sister’s journal, she is stunned by Alina’s desperate words. And now MacKayla knows that her sister’s killer is close. But evil is closer. And suddenly the sidhe-seer is on the hunt: For answers. For revenge. And for an ancient book of dark magic so evil, it corrupts anyone who touches it.

Mac’s quest for the Sinsar Dubh takes her into the mean, shape-shifting streets of Dublin, with a suspicious cop on her tail. Forced into a dangerous triangle of alliance with V’lane, an insatiable Fae prince of lethally erotic tastes, and Jericho Barrons, a man of primal desires and untold secrets, Mac is soon locked in a battle for her body, mind, and soul.

As All Hallows’ Eve approaches and the city descends into chaos, as a shocking truth about the Dark Book is uncovered, not even Mac can prevent a deadly race of immortals from shattering the walls between worlds—with devastating consequences.…

“Nobody looks good in their darkest hours. But it's those hours that make us what we are.”

Based on a re-read.

Out of the first four, this one was probably my favorite plot-wise. It would have been a five star rating if it weren’t for Mac’s trust issues starting to annoy me. I can get it though, since the other characters like Barrons and V’Lane are frustrating with their secrecy and duplicity. I wouldn’t fully trust them either, but sometimes I still wanted to shake her. She’s learned to stand on her own two feet and that her survival depends on getting stronger and not accepting any weaknesses in herself. While there are secrets being kept against her, I can’t fault some of the other characters for not trusting her yet more either, since she’s playing so many angles and sides that it could compromise everything.

Like the first two books, this focuses on the progression of the overall story but still holds a lot of punches back. It’s slow moving to solve the big mystery but there are so many fascinating tidbits along the way that I didn’t care much. So much still by this point I don’t know and wonder about, but that kept me glued.

You finally get a little more on the personal relationship with Barrons as well, even though he is still being frustrating at times. The MacHalo scene is one of the funniest in the history of the series. The Birthday Cake a turning point? We finally get resolution of a sort with a certain OOP. There's a lot more V'lane in this one than previous books but I find the fae less likable with this re-read. You see a condescending attitude and annoying disregard for life. Dani actually isn't that annoying right now, but Rowena is still reigning as queen Biotch.

The shades have always been one of the creepiest things in the series, and they definitely get front-seat horrific action with this one. We finally see answers on how Barrons gets away with certain persuasions (such as Mac's father last book).

The ending is a twisted, heart-wrenching cliffhanger that shows it definitely gets darker before the dawn.

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