Author: Karen Marie Moning
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Release Date: Out Now!!!
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One can’t help but feel bereft when turning that last final page of Shadowfever. Didn’t Moning give us what we wanted? Aren’t we resolved on so many fronts? And Barrons??!! There was plenty enough moaning and groaning over him on Goodreads, and book clubs everywhere…just as much chatter about him as there was about Terrible (Stacia Kane’s Downside series). We as readers agonized over Barrons.
Moning’s supreme gift is that she can write men well. That, and of course, she’s a great writer. But her smoking hot males, all in the prime of life, are alphas everyone of them, lip-bitingly, teeth-gnashingly good, indelible and unforgettable. I’d thought Dageus was hot-and even Cian. But Barron’s tops them all. This primordial throwback is the best male character she’s written so far. She’s ruined me for all other male leads.
I’d read Shadowfever much more for Barron’s than I did for Mac, but the evolution of Mac blew me away in this potentially final chapter of the Fever series. Mac 5.0, grownup, rawer, and methodically aligned with the LM was a coup. It was amazing reading that metamorphosis.
Initially when I started the series, the change in voice was off-putting so used to her third-person magic in her Highlander series, but the story hooked me and next thing I knew I was on the Mac rollercoaster ride. Moning has a way of taking something existing…this idea of faery and successfully wielding it into a thing of substance, solid, impactful. And her characters and plot are not trite or retread…The Fever series is epic and entirely her baby.
Shadowfever is the book we’ve hungered for-for over a year, and I loved it. Some bits not so much (Mac’s inner monologue speculating whether she was the Concubine or the King) and other bits. But overall this book had a cohesion that the others didn’t, something more resembling the tightness of her Highlander’s series, less angst and more action. Mac threw me for a loop, surprised me as a character as did V’Lane who has a nasty, nasty secret. And the verbally challenged Barron’s intimately showed us who he was, what he was. We found out something tragic about Dani, we were taken on an amazing excursion of Faery through the silvers, to the White Mansion, to the Unseelie King’s castle, embraced its tattered and violent history. And the Sinsar Dubh…well it was fantastically evil. Loved the K’Vruck/Darroc scene!
It’s like Moning had a resolution tick list and resolved each and every question for us by going down the list. I felt well-fed, fat and happy after the whole experience. All I know is that when I finished I wanted to read it again. I wanted more. I wanted to hear more about the sexy transformation of Christian MacKeltar, Ryodan, Lor, the Unseelie King and Dani. There are tales to be told and all I can say regarding this is…get cracking on the next book Ms. Moning, your fans rabidly await the next fantastic story!
A Fiendishly Bookish Review (and one grumpy cat)