NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • MacKayla Lane and Jericho Barrons return in the epic conclusion to the pulse-pounding Fever series, where a world thrown into chaos grows more treacherous at every turn.
As Mac, Barrons, Ryodan, and Jada struggle to restore control, enemies become allies, right and wrong cease to exist, and the lines between life and death, lust and love, disappear completely. Black holes loom menacingly over Dublin, threatening to destroy the earth, yet the greatest danger is the one MacKayla Lane has unleashed from within: The Sinsar Dubh—a sentient book of unthinkable evil—has possessed her body and will stop at nothing in its insatiable quest for power.
The fate of Man and Fae rests on destroying the book and recovering the long-lost Song of Making, the sole magic that can repair the fragile fabric of the earth. But to achieve these aims, sidhe-seers, the Nine, Seelie, and Unseelie must form unlikely alliances and make heart-wrenching choices. For Barrons and Jada, this means finding the Seelie queen, who alone can wield the mysterious song, negotiating with a lethal Unseelie prince hell-bent on ruling the Fae courts, and figuring out how to destroy the Sinsar Dubh while keeping Mac alive.
This time, there’s no gain without sacrifice, no pursuit without risk, no victory without irrevocable loss. In the battle for Mac’s soul, every decision exacts a tremendous price.
I had eagerly awaited the release of this book for a year, and in preparation, I reread book 7 and 8 to get back into the feel of a world where the veil between fairy and the human world had come down and where a staggering amount of perils faced the people of Dublin and the world.
Needless to say, I was sucked in from page one and when I looked again I was bleary eyed and exhausted from non stop reading. I functioned on 4 hours of sleep and coffee for 2 days. When it comes to this series, I race through it because I can’t pace myself, I am too eager for the story to unfold and to see what is going to happen to the people that I think about when I am busy with my daily life, that I have to do a second read in order to savour the story. A side note, one of my favourite “ships” is really what I think about, because Ms Moning has cleverly left everything unsaid and has us all trying to come up with our own scenarios. Well played Karen, well played.
Even though this was supposed to be the conclusion to the series, insert sad face here, there was talk of a spinoff series. Squeeeee. The fever arc centred around Mac and Barrons, has come to an end in a bizarre but totally satisfying way. I lie, not satisfying, because that would mean more Barrons for me, sigh, but I got everything I wanted for Mac and Barrons . This also means that all the loose ends surrounding our other characters will result in more books for us , so hey, I ain’t complaining.
I have to tell you I had to take a break halfway through this book, I have only had to do this twice before so this was weird for me, mainly because I have been part of this story for the last 4 years (that’s when I discovered this series) and each character is so vital in the piecing together of the story that I was completely blindsided. I won’t elaborate because you would have to read that for yourself. It just shows how masterfully written each character is, that they seem real, like you could almost hear their laughter and feel their tears.
Stars – 5
Heat – 2 it didn’t need it.
Kink – 0
Karen Marie Moning was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1964, the daughter of Anthony R. and Janet L. Moning. The family moved to a self-sustaining farm in Indiana when she was six years old, where she spent her youth raising cows, horses, tobacco, corn and other crops with her sisters and brother.
An alum of the Immaculate Conception Academy, at seventeen she attended Purdue University where she completed a BA in Society & Law, with minors in Philosophy, Creative Writing and Theatre, while working full time as a bartender and computer consultant. She intended to go to law school but after an internship with a firm of Criminal Attorneys, decided against it. For the next decade, she worked in insurance, where she wrote intercompany arbitrations and directed commercial litigation. At the age of thirty, she decided it was time to get serious and do what she’d always wanted to do: write fiction novels.
Beyond the Highland Mist was published in 1999 and nominated for two RITA awards. She then published six more novels in her award-winning HIGHLANDER series, and received the RITA Award in 2001 for The Highlander’s Touch.
In 2004, she began writing the #1 New York Times bestselling FEVER series. The books have been optioned twice for potential franchise development by Twentieth Century Fox and DreamWorks Studios, but the rights are currently held by Moning who has expressed a desire to one day see it as a television series. Her novels have been published in over thirty countries. She divides her time between Ohio and Florida and is working on two future projects for Random House Publishing.