Darkfever (Fever, #1) by Karen Marie Moning

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MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens.

When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae….

As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless V’lane–an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women–closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book–because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands….

I started this series thinking I was going to get something similar to her Highlander series.  I was very wrong.  The title of the first book should have been a clue because this is one of the “darkest,” most depressing series I have ever read.  Nothing good ever happens.

Having said that, the books suck you in.  Yes, there is quite a bit of world building, but the story still grabs you from the start.

I really liked the setting in Dublin, Ireland.  With rare exceptions, the entire series takes place there.  Mac, however, is from south Georgia and since that is where I am from too, I felt a real connection.

All I can say is don’t go into these expecting a romance.  There is NO romance.  There are suggestions of possible romances in the future, but no promises.

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