Review: Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning (Audiobook) (Rating 4 Wine Glasses)

Posted March 30, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 0 Comments


From Goodreads: “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.

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Trying for spoiler free since not everyone has read it.  I am sure I will inadvertently give something away though so read at your own risk. 

What I Loved: In no particular order: Barrons and his Merry Men, V’Laine and The King, Danni and all the sidhe-seers, and Christian and his family.  I really did enjoy how this story weaved and flowed until the very end.  It was so much more than just a search for a book, for family, or for answers.  This book gave many answers and though some things were left unresolved you had the feeling that they would work themselves out eventually.  As you can tell, I really enjoyed the multitude of characters that told this story. Though I am sad to see it end, it was time to close the story.  I am excited to hear there will be a series about Danni, Christian, and R’yo! There was so much story left to tell about the side characters!

What I Liked: The world was described so well that I could almost visualize everything.  KMM was very good at describing characters, buildings, and environments in a way that you could visualize each thing as she meant it to be seen.  This did wonders for the story!

Audio Specific:  This was fantastically done! I would recommend the audio version of this book to anyone but keep in mind the first 3 books were done by someone different.  The last two were real winners! The Dual Narrators: Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante did such a fantastic job that it is hard to put into words.  I would listen to anything they narrated. 

Complaints:  (Sorry this will be Spoilery) I am giving this book a 4 but mostly that is because of all the characters that I grew to love.  However, I don’t love Mac.  In fact, I am not even sure I like her.  I thought the whole series, most of all in this book, she was hypocritical and overly judgmental. Though up to this book, I liked her and then this book she just kind of lost me. I think mostly because she never got out of her own head.  I also thought in most cases she was the problem not the solution. I kept reminding myself that she was only 22, just learned about this world, and had a lot thrown at her.  Then though, she would demand that she be given respect, a spot of importance, and be listened too.  If you are asking for that then there is a certain amount of character that you are expected to have.  I really don’t think Mac ever got there but she might over time.  The very last chapter gave me hope that in spin-offs I may think she deserves Barrons and the responsibility she wants to have in the world. 

Why I gave this a 4:  This was a satisfying end to this series and just like with Last Sacrifice, it left enough open that there can be spin-offs.  For that alone, it gets a 4.  

Who I would recommend it to: Fans of the series, you can’t start with this book.

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Other Books in this Series:
Darkfever (Fever, #1)
Bloodfever (Fever, #2)
Faefever (Fever, #3)
Dreamfever (Fever, #4)
Shadowfever (Fever, #5)


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