Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning is the first in the MacKayla Lane fantasy/paranormal series and is a wild ride into the unseen aspects of our own world where the Fae live among us behind masks. Mackayla has a pretty carefree life in Georgia as a bartender and part-time college student living at home with her parents.  Her sister Alina lives in Ireland where she attends college full-time, but the sisters remain close and talk on the phone almost daily.

Unfortunately, this charmed life comes to an end when her sister is murdered in a foreign country, and it seems like the police simply give up on the case.  Haunted by the images of her sister’s mangled body and the deterioration of her family, Mac decides its time to go to Ireland and track down a killer.  Once there, she’s faced with startling images and a realization that she’s not as normal as she thought she was.

“It was gray and leprous from head to toe, covered with oozing open sores.  It was sort of human, by that I mean it had the basic parts:  arms, legs, head.  But that was where the resemblance ended.  It’s face was twice as tall as a human head and squished thin, no wider than my palm.  Its eyes were black with no irises or whites.”  (Page 94)

Moning’s writing is vivid, and MacKayla is a strong female lead in this suspenseful book that incorporates the paranormal.  Once in Ireland, Mac’s world is flung in many different directions and she has to determine which end is up and what the best route to take is.  She’s feisty — even when she’s in denial — particularly when faced with beings more powerful than herself and one’s that attempt to impose their will on her.  With additional characters, including some Fae and the imposing Jericho Barrons, there are plenty of twists and turns in this novel.

Readers will enjoy their introduction to the Fae world and to Mac.  Moning is a wonderful writer.  As a first introduction to this paranormal world, readers will find they can still be grounded in reality.  Darkfever provides just a taste of Mac’s new world and will leave readers wanting more.

About the Author:

Karen Marie Moning was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, one of four children. She graduated from Purdue University with a BA in Society and Law. After a decade of working with insurance litigation and arbitration, she quit her job to pursue her dream of a writing career. Four manuscripts and countless part-time jobs later, Beyond the Highland Mist was published by Bantam Dell and nominated for two prestigious RITA awards. Author of the beloved HIGHLANDER series and the thrilling new FEVER series, featuring MacKayla Lane, a sidhe seer. Her novels have appeared on The New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly bestsellers lists, and have received many industry awards, including the RITA.

Thanks to TLC Book Tours, Random House, and Karen Marie Moning for sending me a copy of Darkfever for review.

Giveaway for US/Canada only:

1 copy of Shadowfever, the newest book in the series that hits stores in December.

1.  Leave a comment about if you’ve read about the Fae or what you would like to know about the Fae.

2.  Tweet, Blog, Facebook, etc. and leave a link for a second entry.

Deadline:  Sept. 10, 2010, 11:59PM EST

Giveaway for International (outside US/Canada only):

1 copy of Darkfever, the first book in the series, gently used.

1.  Leave a comment about what part of my review intrigues you most.

2.  Tweet, Blog, Facebook, Etc. the giveaway and leave a link for a second entry.

Deadline is Sept. 10, 2010, 11:59PM EST


See the rest of the MacKayla Lane tour stops.

This is my 42nd book for the 2010 New Authors Reading Challenge.

This is my 14th book for the 2010 Thriller & Suspense Reading Challenge.


  1. Please enter me for Darkfever as I am overseas. Thanks for making it possible for overeas readers to enter. Much appreciated.

  2. Mette Jensen (Mysteriousrose) says

    I love the whole review I wanted to read the books so much but after reading your review I can not wait to get my hands on a copy and start reading.
    Thank you so much for the chance to win Darkfever and for making an international giveaway too.

  3. Since i’m an international reader, please enter me for Darkfever 🙂

    I love paranormal genre, and she’s a new for me author. i would really like to read this book.


  4. I would love to be entered for Shadowfever…I’ve heard all sorts of great things about the author but haven’t read any of her books! I’ve read a few books that involve the “old ones” in Ireland…Juliet Marillier’s Sevenwaters series & Bridei series are favorites.

  5. I’m entering for Shadowfever 🙂

    I’ve read a few books about Fae and I once did a school project (waaay back in middle school) about leprechauns, which was fun. It’s been a long time since I read a good Fae story, though, and this looks like a good place to start!


  6. heatherzilla says

    I am entering for Shadowfever. I have read a few books about the Fae and I loved them. Great review. I am looking forward to reading this series.

  7. I am entering for the new release book – Shadowfever…forgot to add that in earlier. Sorry.

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  9. Love all of Karen Marie Moning’s books! Can’t wait for Shadowfever to come out. I haven’t been very patient in waiting. I have read the previous books in the series and love them all.


  10. This is the only Fae-related series that I have been following. I would love to read Shadowfever too.

  11. This is my all time FAVORITE series. I am obsessed with Mac & Barrons and am dying to read Shadowfever. My friends and I often have debates about how this series will end. I absolutely love anything involving the Unseelie/Seelie and all that. Thanks for hosting the contest !

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  12. I loved this book and have since read them all….this series is pretty darn awesome!

  13. Kimberly C. says

    I’m entering to win Shadowfever.
    I wanted to scream when the last one ended with a cliffhanger!
    To the people who have never read about the fae,try Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series.
    Also,Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files,and Holly Black’s Tithe,etc.
    There’s also Need by Carrie Jones,but I didn’t really enjoy that one.
    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  14. Weng-Him C. says

    I haven’t read about the Fae. I would like to know what they are.

  15. Susan Helene Gottfried says

    No need to enter me, although I’m fully intending to start this series at the start (Bridget handed me a copy of Faefever I’d gotten for her from BookMooch, and you know that means I HAVE to read it).

    I’m mostly dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I’ve got this posted at Win a Book for you.

  16. Drollerie Press publishes a lot of books featuring the Fae. In David Sklar’s Shadow of the Antlered Bird a half-fae unwittingly releases a creature upon the world while performing a magic spell.

    Right now I’m reading a YA Romance series featuring banshees by Rachel Vincent. It’s nice to see so many different takes on the fae being published.

    I’d like to be entered into the Shadowfever giveaway.

  17. I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

  18. I read Barbara Bretton’s Casting Spells and really liked the magical world portrayed in that book. Please enter me for Shadowfever. 🙂

  19. I would love to have Shadowfever. I can’t wait to find out who is at Mac’s feet. I love that the fae in her books are scary and ugly (there are good looking ones too), but I think the fae should be hideous.

  20. jeanette8042 says

    I’ve read a couple different books/series concerning the Fae like Laurell K. Hamilton’s Merry Gentry series and one of my favorites is definitely Moning’s series! I’m entering to win Shadowfever and thanks for the giveaway!

  21. I wasn’t that crazy about the first (and only one I read) Highlander book but I do have these so I plan on getting to them eventually.

  22. Great review, Serena! I’m so pleased that you enjoyed Darkfever. Thanks so much for being on the tour!

  23. I have never read about the Fae, but I would really like to! I also think that judging from the excerpt that you posted I would have to agree that Moning’s writing is incredibly detailed and resonant! Thanks for hosting this giveaway as well, I would love to be entered!!


  24. I know there are quite a few books that incorporate Fae these days but I haven’t read any of them. Are all Fae good or are some evil?

  25. Glad to see you enjoyed it. I haven’t read any novels about Fae, so this sounds interesting. No need to enter me, though, but I posted the giveaway in my sidebar for you. 😉


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