American MacKayla Lane’s life underwent a dramatic change when she decided to fly to Ireland and investigate the death of her sister. Frustrated by the lack of progress being made by the Irish police and determined to clue them in to the desperate voice mail message Alina had left her, Mac inadvertently stumbled on a lot of things in Ireland.
Firstly, she can see through the glamour of the Unseelie Fae, down to what they really are. Secondly, she is a Null which means that she can sense Fae artifacts. Now she works with and for the mysterious Jericho Barrons attempting to find the Sinsar Dubh, an ancient book that Alina referenced in that last voice mail message. Mac also looks for vengeance – she wants her sister’s killer to be found and punished. She wants them to pay dearly.
Pursued by Fae that want to kill her, tracked by an Irish detective who thinks she has something to do with the brutal murder of the officer investigating Alina’s death and doing her best to convince her concerned father that she should stay in Ireland, Mac also finds herself torn between two very different men. One is V’lane, a Seelie Prince who can make her forget anything but the urge for him to have her, even though she doesn’t think these things willingly. The other is Barrons himself, a riddle wrapped in a mystery wrapped in enigma. She still doesn’t know precisely what he is, or what his motives are. The one thing she does know though is that Barrons will always save her. He might not be able to stop anything happening to her, but he will always come to her aid. He might just be the only one in her life that doesn’t want her to die.
Bloodfever is the second novel in Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series and it continues to be like book crack for me. I devoured this one (it’s not a large book, just under 300p) in very quick time and wanted nothing more than to jump straight into book 3. I thought that I’d better sit down and write this review first otherwise before I knew it, I’d have read all of the remaining books left and I won’t have a clue what happens in what book.
In this book, Mac begins to come into her own a little – she’s still a bit silly and a bit of an airhead but she also starts getting a bit smarter and a bit more determined. She and Barrons are still hunting the mysterious Sinsar Dubh with Mac’s unique abilities helping Barrons distinguish whenever it is near. Although still reticent with information, I feel that Barrons and Mac do kind of step their relationship up a gear in this installment. There’s an acknowledgement in one scene and quite a few hints. I don’t think Mac is asking the right questions and his reaction to when she disappears for a month, pulled to the realm of the fairy by V’lane should’ve been a hint to start being more careful with what she did choose to ask. She’s very trusting, even though she often wonders in her head what Barrons is and what he does when he’s not with her or at the bookstore, it’s more like an abstract thought. Like how you might vaguely wonder if it’s sunny in another city. You don’t really care about the answer, nor do you do much in order to find out. I think part of Mac doesn’t want to know, that she just wants to believe that he’s a wealthy 30 year old man who frightens her a little. She doesn’t want to test what may be lurking underneath because perhaps she’s not ready to see/hear the answer.
In this book Mac finds another girl like herself – a young teenager named Dani who is also a sidhe-seer. This leads to the discovery that there are a whole abbey filled with them and that it was their job to guard the Sinsar Dubh and were unable to prevent it from escaping. Part of Mac wants to rejoice in finding others like her, other parts of her are upset that they never helped her when she came to Dublin and that they never helped Alina. She also wants to continue keeping her own counsel and not bowing down to anyone so it doesn’t take her long to realise that the abbey isn’t the best fit for her. She needs to remain at the bookstore with Barrons and hunting with him, because he’s probably the best chance at keeping her safe until they find the book. He has the ability to find her, which comes in handy. A lot, as it turns out.
This series is so addictive, I can’t even remember the last time I devoured something this quickly. My only regret is that there’s just 5 books. I wish there were many more but on the other hand, with 5 it means that it won’t have time to disappoint me by dragging out so far. I just keep reading, hoping to find the answers to my many questions.
Book #173 of 2013