Published: August 28 2007
Number of pages: 342
Format: mass market paperback
Genre: paranormal, horror, thriller and suspense, fantasy, occult
Audience: adult fiction
Rating: 3/5 owl hoots
When MacKayla’s sister is murdered, she leaves a single clue for her to find on Mac’s cellphone. Mac travels to Ireland searching for answers until she is faced with a greater mystery, and a gift that allows her to see through the world of Man and into the world of the Fae. As Mac travels deeper into the mystery behind her sister’s death, she meets Jericho Barrons, and V’lane an immortal fae who makes sex an addiction for human women. Mac’s mission: to find the Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the powerful Dark Book that will give them complete control over both worlds.
After hearing how Lainey from GingerLainey fell in love with this series and recommended it for urban fantasy fans, I decided to pick up the first book, Darkfever, without realizing that I too, have jumped on this bandwagon with GingerLainey and everyone else who thought this series is addicting, because in all seriousness, it is!
Mac, portrayed as a blond Barbie doll that has a favorite shade of pink and loves wearing rainbow colored skirts, finds herself home away from home, after she travels to Dublin to find her sister’s killer and put her vengeance to rest. What she doesn’t anticipate in Dublin is the horde of fae that disguise themselves as humans and the living dark shadows. But after finding out who she really is and owning up to her new fate, Mac becomes the epic heroine of the story, impressing even her mentor, Jericho Barrons. I really enjoyed observing how Mac grows up in Dublin and finally embracing the truth that she isn’t the normal Southern girl she was, but a new girl with a bigger destiny that involves the fate of mankind against a mysterious villain.
I’ll be honest that it took me a while to like Mac’s character as she started out whiny and naïve, while complaining about why Dubliners aren’t as gracious as Southerners (you’re in a different country for crying out loud!) But then she started to grow on me, right after she finally proved to everyone that she wasn’t afraid to get her hands and her perfectly manicured nails dirty. By the time she took actions in her own hands and decided to own up to her new destiny, while demanding answers and being sly about it, I slowly began to respect her.
But one of the big problems I had were the men in the story, particularly with Jericho Barrons who is your typical Alpha male who wears expensive suits, rides expensive cars, and he treats Mac like shit. He looks down at her with little respect, always giving her commands and bossing her around. I was getting really frustrated with Jericho, but it wasn’t just him, most of the other men treated their women the same way that it totally pissed me off.
The story started off really interesting and the intensity slowly escalated by the time Mac arrived in Dublin and started her investigation. But by the time Jericho made an appearance, it was hard for me to control my anger just watching him treat Mac like crap. This book could have been a DNF (did not finish) because I did not like any of the males in the story who are either jerks, aloof, or have no personality. Mac seems to have a lot of growing potential in the series, and she’s the only character that I liked that made me keep reading. Just watching her fighting and freezing fae and other fae monsters made me appreciate her character more. Speaking of faeries, these aren’t your Tinkerbells, they prey on women for sex and are the most glamorous men you’ve ever met in person. The only fae Mac meets is V’lane, and although he is pictured as the perfect man with a sculpted body, he didn’t impress me; he just seemed so bland and unemotional, but so are all the other male characters.
So if you like reading urban fantasy and stories with a kick ass heroine who isn’t afraid to show men a brief lesson in feminism, then this is the right book for you. I’ve already read Bloodfever and Faefever and will post reviews for those two shortly!