I read this book because it was recommended under ... if you like fae. I wouldn't have bought it for sheer cover alone... the cover is in extreme need of a rehaul since Moning writes for romance readers and the book was mostly urban fantasy like rather than romance. In fact in the entire book, there was attraction there were two attempted "rapes" although I think I wouldn't call it that... it's rather strange when paranormal things get mixed in the stories, and one 'possible' kiss. (Although I recently saw the new covers and they were decidedly better than the ones that I saw. I realized I had passed Blood Fever a couple of times in the bookstore and didn't buy it becasue I thought it was a mystery)
Unlike Laurell K. Hamilron, Moning was actually writing about the sidhe as bad guys this time. Possibly closer to their real inclinations, Moning wrote the sidhe closer to what Christians would classify as denizens of Hell. It's written in the first perspective (as most of the urban fantasies that can be found nowadays) and isn't about a girl who is a necromancer, a vampire hunter, fae, witch or any generic paranormal resident.
I have some trouble with teh way the story is told. Unlike the usual present first person POV, the POV is entirely past first person. Which leads to strange transitory scenes and a lot of, in retrospect, "I didn't know what I was thinking at that time" types of phrases.
The primary character, Mac (short for MacKayla) has gone to Dublin, in search for her sister's murderer, where she finds herself thrust in an entire story which is close to impossible and something she's not quite equipped to handle. By sheer luck and utter stupidity, she stumbles on one of the characters who uses her as a dector, with questionable trustworthiness, but finds herself unable to leave anyway. In exchange he teaches her about the world she doesn't know about to find her sister's murderer and execute her last "wish" to find the Sinsar Dubh.
I like the book, and have already picked up the next in the Fever series BloodFever (and will be awaiting the next when I finish my entire rotation this April... ugh). Unlike most urban fantasies, you aren't thrust into a world where the lead character knows everything initially, she is just as ignorant as you are. And because of it, you learn along with her. Jericho Barrons, who plays mostly her cynical, mysterious and reluctant mentor is actually fun to read becuase of his dry humor. And honestly, he does get into a lot of verbal fights with almost everybody he meets, intentionally.
I am happy that this series will be continuing on for at least 7 more books, (but please no more than that), and am so far enjoying it. It has promises to have more substance than Laurell K. Hamilton's Meredith Gentry novels (although, I admit, I am more than addicted to taht series).edit
I found I liked Dark Fever
more than Blood Fever
, the second book in the installment, but not because Blood Fever was any less of a book than Dark Fever, but because Dark Fever was the book that was needed to set the characters in place. As with any book in series, the first is usually something to remember.
I guess this is mostly because the first book had mystery and getting to know you. The second book was just establishment of Barrons and Mac's relationship and what is going to be normal routine for the two of them, and, introduction of the characters on the other side of normal. Mostly it was about finding more OOPs, and there was no plot progression. (They didn't find clues to Mac's sister's death because she thinks she already has the murderer and they didn't find out more about the fae crossing over, because Mac missed an entire month off human world, and since Barron is closemouthed and we're seeing entirely through Mac's eyes, we missed an entire chunk of the developments in the Unseelie fae walking around). This book didn't even deal with any how or why's of the "Lord Master" and what the big game plan was. I think the only progression that happened plot wise is the 'relationship' between Barrons and Mac, if you call that progression.
The second book strives to introduce the major players in the field to us. Moning has decided to ditch the past first person POV and moved on to a present first person. The style still needs a bit retouching since there are sometimes gaps in the story. I find myself doing a figurative double take at the scenes (what? she's chained to a post? did I miss that?) becuase most of the story happens in dialogue than in Mac's narration she misses out on these explanations and gives them away in the conversation. Maybe it's because Mac isn't the most observant person in the book and therefore the book suffers for it (does that make sense?). To make up for the mostly dialogue scenes, the dialogue is witty and drily humorous.
The ending of the second book also had me wishing it was september. It dropped enough hints of what Barrons was to watn to read the next book in frustration without giving it away. Mostly I think the series is just going to give away pieces of himself. *sigh* no excerpts nor summaries for book 3 titled fae fever yet. Although I saw the republished covers in the site: http://www.karenmoning.com/novels/index.html
and the book site which lets you spray paint messages, leads you to her blog and her official site... I don't know what else it's supposed to do but that: http://www.sidhe-seersinc.com/
. I do hope there's more plot progression in the third book, although I really wouldn't complain. I usually don't notice these things until it ends, and why am I to complain about one more book.... of course there is the wait.
*Sigh* the first book I've read in a week. I blame Exams, but I also blame the WII. Please. I've been logging 5 hours per day in that console. :p