Karen Marie Moning
Published 2009 416 pages
Reviewed by Ania Tyburska
Summary (from the book jacket)
“He calls me his Queen of the Night. I'd die for him. I'd kill for him, too.”
When Mac receives a page torn from her dead sister’s journal, she is stunned by Alina’s words. Mac knows her sister’s killer is near. The sidhe-seer is on the hunt: for answers, for revenge. And for an ancient book of magic so twisted and dark that it corrupts anyone who touches it.
Faefever is the only part of the Fever series after which I had to pause before picking up the next volume. The reason for that was the seriously sad ending. It was a kind of cliffhanger that, instead of leaving you hanging on the edge of your seat, makes you dread the next part. How does the author untangles that knot? How can she continue the story after that? So be warned, dear reader, Faefever is no fairytale.
I probably shouldn't even mention it, but here it comes anyway: read the books in order! They make no sense otherwise.
These were my two initial messages to all unsuspecting Fever fans, now comes the proper review. We left Mac on the streets of Dublin with a terrible headache caused by the sudden encounter with Sinsar Dubh. The evil magic book that everyone in this story want to get their hands on. I really like the idea of making the book into a sentinent entity. And an evil one to that. It's so simple, yet completely surprising. It makes you wonder who is the real villian in the story and how the last stand-off is gonna happen.
Faefever brings also some new positive characters into focus. Mac strenghtens her realtionship with Dani, a teenage sidhe-seer with some amazing abilities. She becomes even a kind of a substitute sister. It's a character worth closer scrutiny, because Karen Moning already revealed that Dani is going to have her own set of books in the future. As it is, the impresionable kid, has all the annoing traits of her age: foul mouth, indecisevness and arrogance. And a crush both on V'lane and Barrons.
Having mentioned V'lane, I especially enjoyed parts of the book dedicated to the Fae prince. He endavours to understand more about humanity, mostly in order to get closer to Mac. Strange how the character, who was obnoxious in Darkfever, now seems almost charming. Also, as pretty much opposed to Barrons, Mac and him are actually having conversations, not just shouting matches. We finally get to see a confrontation between V'lane and Barrons and it's one of the rare funny moments in the story.
On the sober note: I still take issue with the lenghty descriptions in this novel. It always makes me think about moving stariways in Hogwarts. It seemed such a wonderfull invention in the book and proved to be a completely pointless contraption in the movie version. My point? Leave some things to the imagination of the reader. Especially if you state in the first paragraph that the said thing, or person is virtually impossible to describe. Less is more on such an occasion.
Faefever suffers from another affliction we often encounter in the aforeplanned series. The first book (in this case both first and the second) is fresh and unexpected as we come to explore the series' universe. The last part is epic. But the middle always has this slight aftertaste of a filler. It's a cleverly written and a very entertaining filler, but still only a step to the better things. I was tempted to scan through less exciting parts, but than in Karen Moning series forgotten details come back to bite you in the ass. Take it from me and pay attention to “who is who” that book offers, before carring on with the series.
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