“In her fight to stay alive, MacKayla must find the Sinsar Dubh–a million year old book of the blackest magic imaginable, which holds the key to power over the worlds of both Fae and Man. Pusued by assassins, surrounded by mysterious figures she knows she can’t trust, Mac finds herself torn between two deadly and powerful men: V’lane, the immortal Fae prince, and Jerricho Barrons, a man as irrisistable as he is dangerous.” (From Amazon.com)
Book Two in the Fever series starts up pretty much right where Book One left off. Mac is recovering from her confrontation with the Lord Master and we learn of a new inspector of the Garda snooping around in Mac’s business. Barrons uses Mac to hunt down more OOPs (objects of fae power) and Mac begins imagining the Grim Reaper come to see her every now and then. More questions are asked and left unanswered, action begins to take a front and center seat and we begin to see a bit more into Barrons’ and Mac’s relationship.
What I Thought:
Okay, I’m going to try not to include spoilers here so forgive me if it seems a bit choppy. Bloodfever, in my humble opinion is even better than it’s predecessor and definitely action packed. With many (almost all) books out there, an author follows a precise plot of “beginning, middle, climax, end” but with Moning’s Fever series, I always feel, “beginning, climax, climax, climax, climax, HOLY CLIMAX.” There’s no ending to the book because the story continues throughout three more after this one (and possibly more after that, or so I hear through the Moning grapevine!)
A couple of things happen in this book.
We meet Dani. Dani is a Sidhe-Seer like Mac, no more than fourteen years old. Through Dani, we meet Rowena, head of a Sidhe-Seer council of sorts. Rowena happens to be the little old lady from Darkfever. Remember her? We met her the first time during Mac’s first night in Dublin in the bar scene and the second time we met her she watched as Mac was almost raped by V’lane. Jury’s still out on whether or not we can trust her, even after Bloodfever. I like Dani as a character and will be interested to re-read how she evolves during books 3, 4, 5, and Iced.
We see Faery. Which means, we get to go to faery. V’lane takes Mac there at right about the middle of the book for a little “conversation” which lasts about a month in human time.
The shades are becoming more threatening. In Darkfever, I always felt that the Shades (the lowest caste of Unseelie) weren’t really all that scary. I mean, what’s there to be afraid of? Turn on a light and POOF, a buh-bye. But in Bloodfever we are able to see them getting larger, scarier, almost having a mind of their own. We also finally meet a hunter, the one caste of fae Mac is most afraid of.
Mac and Barrons. Need I say more for anybody that’s read this series? You can cut the sexual tension with a knife right from the beginning of the book, it’s so thick. Their relationship does evolve minutely in this second installment and it’s definitely fun to see that happen.
Without giving too much away, I’m going to stop there. I finished re-reading this one last night and am a few chapters into Faefever, book 3 of the Fever series so expect a review on that one soon.
Final Review: 5/5.