Review–Shadowfever (Fever #5) by Karen Marie Moning

Shadowfever (Fever #5)
by Karen Marie Moning
Summary: “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.

Source: I purchased a Kindle copy.

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I thought the beginning of Dreamfever was intense, but I was wrong. The beginning of Shadowfever was the definition of intense. And heart breaking. I could have screamed. And the Mac that emerged after grieving was a Mac I didn’t recognize. This series played with my emotions and I swear I left fingerprints on the edges of my kindle from holding it so tightly. It was an emotional roller coaster I wasn’t sure I’d survive. I loved the plot, the constant conflict, the way Mac was being pulled by so many different sides. Who could she trust?

I loved Barrons. It took awhile for me to figure out that I wanted them together in some way. So much was revealed about both Barrons and Mac and I wanted them to be on the same side for once. Oh, the revelations in Shadowfever had me reeling. How could some of these people?! Who were some of them? What was Mac? I honestly didn’t know who to trust until the end. I’m glad I was suspicious about everyone.

The Fever series has been one of the most addicting series I’ve read in a very long time. It was fast paced. The plot was crazy and it wasn’t until I finished each book that I realized I still didn’t know anything at all. Not until the end of Shadowfever. I don’t know the author was able to give me so many pieces, yet fail to create a clue about the big picture until the end. I loved each moment. It was an incredible journey.

I thought Shadowfever was the last book of the series, but I am learning there are more novels. They seem to feature Dani as the main character, so I don’t think I’ll continue the series. I didn’t enjoy the parts of the first 5 novels that included Dani’s point of view very much. When I did, it was because it moved the Mac plot further and that was all that captured my interest. Though I am stopping, that in no way means that the first 5 books weren’t the best ever. Seriously, I could NOT put the books down. I don’t even know what happened this past week in my life because I’ve been so engrossed in the books. I don’t even know what to do with myself now. I’m going to have the biggest book hangover.

I highly recommend the series. It’s a must read if you like paranormal novels.
“Safety is a fence, and fences are for sheep. I would rather die at twenty-two, knowing the truth, than live in a cage of lies for a hundred years.”

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