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 and what is the destiny she glimpses in the black and crimson designs of an ancient tarot card?
From the luxury of the Lord Master’s penthouse to the sordid depths of an Unseelie nightclub, from the erotic bed of her lover to the terrifying bed of the Unseelie King, Mac’s journey will force her to face the truth of her exile, and to make a choice that will either save the world... or destroy it.
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I can't listen fast enough...intense-deep-you have to pay attention - you can't get distracted or you will get lost - i don't want it to end
I did not like this book for reasons that I am mostly to blame for. (1) I did not know this was part of a series, and this book is not the beginning -- should have researched it better. (2) I bought it based on the reviews -- sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn't. (3) I wanted to try a new genre -- I like sci-fi, but this was crazy SCI-FI. (4) Lastly, I loved Paul Gigante (the male narrator) in 'John Adams' -- well, he's a long way from 1776 in this creation.
I realize now that most people reading (listening to) this book are already fans of the genre and understand the genre. I did not and that was probably the biggest problem for me.
I only made it through 30 minutes of the book. At about the 15 minute mark, I found myself talking outloud, mocking the characters. It was extremely confusing and the woman is absolutely hysterical (and not in a funny way). She whines! The entire time! The book opens with this woman trying to bring some man (? or creature -- it wasn't clear) back to life by doing really ridiculous things like "stuffing his entrails back in." I was ironing pants while listening, and soon, I started offering suggestions on how she could revive this man/creature. (My husband thought it was pretty funny.)
Since the first 30 minutes were spent with this obnoxious woman whining about why she couldn't bring this...thing back to life (a thing she had apparently just killed and a thing she apparently loved -- talk about cognitive dissonance) by the time I finished ironing my slacks, I had to kill "it."
So, if you are new to this genre, you might want to consider something else -- I wish I had.
Let me first say the narrators totally make this book. I really did not like the original narrator for this series but I was able to perserve. Ms. Ross put just enough southern accent in the lead without being overbearing and Mr. Gigante can purr in my ear anytime. Normally after so much sexual tension in a book it's gratifying to have the two antagonists finally put their petty differences aside and get down to business. This book left me drifting between loving it and feeling slightly cheated. After the explosive cliffhanger of Dreamfever, I so devasted by Barrens' death I was dying to know what Ms. Moning would do to make the story still as hot and interesting. The story was just as riveting as always but it just wrapped up so neat and tidy that I was left feeling... well, cheated. I still give five stars because I rarely find an audiobook I can get just as abosrbed in as a written text and the plot twists kept me guessing. I have listened to or read every Moning book and will continue to do so without hesitation. I'm waiting for my next highlander or another Jericho ;-)~
I am a fan of Karen Moning after reading her Highlander series. However, her fae series just falls short. I am disappointed as she knows how tell a great story with her ability to mix conversation with action and always makes me want to run into one of her great Scots.
After listening to all five books the first narrator's male voices were painful so acquiring Phil Gigante is what saved it for me. Most of the time I wanted to shove a sock down Mac's throat. I'm not sure if Mac's constant redundant internal mental whining was to stretch the series out but it certainly brought the quality of this series down.
Although this was not my favorite there are things that separately where fantastic. Jericho Barron's character is one of her best. I consistantly waited for him to show up on the page and at my house!. And, well...Mr Gigante...seriously I want you for my birthday. I have caught myself replaying a scene or two just to hear that rattle and the words that follow. You sir, have a gift.
I didn't want to detract from the rating this book already has, but, WHAT? I downloaded the book and for 20 minutes all I heard was whining and annoying dramatics. I don't think that in my early twenties or my teenage years would I have found this engaging. Because I bought it, I will listen to the rest of it, maybe it will pull me back from annoyance. If that is the case, I will rewrite this. So far, though, making no sense.
This book was amazing! It wrapped up all of the questions from the previous 4 books. I loved this book! I have already read it twice!!!! Great narrators. Do not start with this book....but if you've read the first 4, this one will knock your socks off!!!
I prefer urban/para romance right now for the fantasy aspect, but I listen to other genres as well.
This book is incredible. The way the author finishes out this series is FANTASTIC. The beginning of the series started out slow, but quickly gained momentum. I would suggest the Shadow series to anyone who likes fantasy romance. I would suggest you read (listen) to her Highlander series first. It introduces you to some of the characters mentioned in the book and makes you feel like you know something others may not know when they listen to this. Great story telling and the narration between Natalie Ross and Phil Gigante really makes this even better.
Karen's final masterstroke in her Fever series is check and mate with a resounding crack that reverberates long after the final page is read!
Barons and MacKayla are finally brought to their knees with the overwhelming depth of their feelings and passion for one another.
All is revealed, yet the drama and mystery builds to combustion level before the final curtain...
Absolutely fabulous dramatic narration and interpretation, by the most talented and gifted artists, Natalie Ross and Phil Gigante! Winning combination! They put you in the moment and shattered you or captivated, making the tale come alive from start to finish!
Brilliant work Karen. Completely and wonderfully different from your Highlander series and far more satisfying!
I don't think there are enough CAPITAL LETTERS and exclamation points for me to use to express my enthusiasm for this series and this hopefully-not-final book!!
I LOVED every minute of this terrific story, these great characters and the absolute drop-dead gorgeous voice of Phil Gigante, who, unbeknownst to him, is MY BOYFRIEND.
I must gush and genuflect at Ms. Moning's literary feet for creating such wonderful characters along with an involving plot with twists and turns and such mystery that all I could think about for days was getting to my ipod.
And all this plus the most beautifully erotic scenes ever!! I'm sorry, but I admit to not getting enough of Jericho and Mac. I've fallen and I can't get up.
Wait there's more! I totally melted when I heard that song at the end!! OMG!! I had to replay it a dozen times. Excuse me while I go listen to it again and then order it.
In conclusion: READ THIS SERIES!!
must read: darynda jones, Karen moning, Ilona Andrews, kim harrison, gena showalter, Karen chance,patricia briggs,jeaniene frost ,L taylor,
I love love love this series! The narration is fantastic. Phil Gigante is soooo good! I really don't want this series to end!
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