Title: Shadowfever (Fever #5)
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Version Read: hardcover
Publication Date: January 18th, 20111
Categories: faeries, fantasy, irish-mythology, magic, paranormal, urban fantasy
Summary (Goodreads): MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever.
Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.
What follows is a shocking chain of events with devastating consequences, and now Mac struggles to cope with grief while continuing her mission to acquire and control the Sinsar Dubh—a book of dark, forbidden magic scribed by the mythical Unseelie King, containing the power to create and destroy worlds.
In an epic battle between humans and Fae, the hunter becomes the hunted when the Sinsar Dubh turns on Mac and begins mowing a deadly path through those she loves.
Who can she turn to? Who can she trust? Who is the woman haunting her dreams? More important, who is Mac herself and what is the destiny she glimpses in the black and crimson designs of an ancient tarot card?
Well holy cow! Shadowfever definitely packed several punches. Actually it packed all of the punches, and all of the feels! This review is not as in depth as some, because if you haven’t read it, it’s too hard to give away major plot spoilers.Talk about a twisty-turny plot though. I mean, I literally had all of the feelings! There was some crazy happenings in this books, and some surprises that whilst reading the book I didn’t really see coming. Upon further reflection I can now see quite a few hints and things scattered throughout Faefever and Dreamfever particularly that pointed to some of the events and revelations that occurred throughout Shadowfever.
We had interesting and game-changing things revealed about several characters – some for the good, and some for the bad. Mac grew herself an entire backbone and got majorly pissed off enough to kick some butt, and make some decisions that probably seemed out of place to those who knew her, but whom she didn’t let in on her plans.
The plot twists were handled quite well. There was a few I didn’t see coming during the reading, although now I can see where I was tipped off about some of them. Some you saw part of what was coming, but not the whole thing, which was good because it still left you trying to figure things out before they were revealed.
I can’t say much more about it without spoiling the book if you haven’t read it, so I’m not going to. But if you have enjoyed the last four, then you definitely have to read this one, and experience all of the feelings – anger, sorrow, happiness, lust, shock that Mac (and some of the others) experienced throughout Shadowfever.