Summary : No bull introduction to a sinister, irresistible series that commands attention.
Book one in the Fever series is the ultimate urban fantasy for lovers of the supernatural, mystery, adventure, and the beginnings of romance splattered with darkness. The writing is packed with verbiage that not only enhances the story, but also helps characters flourish. While world building is slow, and there are many instances of foreshadowing, they are perfectly done.
Mackayla Lane is beautiful, full of life, and perfectly ordinary. The most pressing decision she has ever been faced with is what to do with the rest of her life. At least it was, until she received a phone call that unequivocally alters the course of her life forever. Her sister’s strange voicemail coupled with her death, send Mac on a one-way flight to Ireland to uncover the events leading up to her sister’s death and to search for the Sinsar Dubh, whatever that may be, per her sister’s urgent and frantic pleas. Mac’s journey lands her at Jericho Barron’s doorstep where she soon finds herself thrust into the inconceivable world of the Fae, where nothing is as it seems and the light rivals the dark in their nefarious nature.
While the premise fascinates, it is the story telling that engrosses the audience. Darkfever is told from Mac’s point of view in retrospect. This fact alone allows the Fae realm to evolve the way that Mac discovers it. This is a clever way to build a fantasy world and ideal for character development. Mac is initially dainty, naïve, and pretty much a level headed airhead if there is such a thing. The telling of her journey fosters a deeper understanding of where she comes from, what she endures, and how it changes her at her core. This makes her a multidimensional character, and there is much to love about how she is presented, even if you do not love her.
Jericho Barron’s is a whole other animal. Really. He is a brute, but is refined. He is crass, but proper. He is an enigma. He makes it difficult to assess which team he plays for or what his intentions are… and that only makes him even more intriguing. He also happens to be and the epitome of sex and masculinity, a true Alpha’s Alpha. If you are looking for an earth shattering romance, this book will let you down severely. There is no romance, only a speckle of possibility.
As a person who has read the series, I highly suggest you hold on to that glimmer of what could be and run with it. The romance factor develops over the course of the series. As a stand-alone book, if you can live without romance, READ THIS and embrace it for what it brings to the UF world, I bet you read the rest of the series.