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Publisher's Summary

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 21st-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 Vlane - 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.

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©2006 Karen Marie Moning; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio

Critic Reviews

"It's a compelling world filled with mystery and vivid characters, and this, combined with the hint of sparks between Jericho and Mac, will stoke readers' fervor." (Publishers Weekly)
"Joyce Bean captures the beauty, fear, and otherworldliness of Moning's characters." (AudioFile)

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  • crbrlrsn
  • West Jordan, UT, United States
  • 02-18-14

Can't leave the book alone

If you could sum up Darkfever in three words, what would they be?

Suspenseful, riveting, entertaining

What was one of the most memorable moments of Darkfever?

Mac's first experience with the Sealy and Un Sealy

Which scene was your favorite?

I don't know if I have a favorite. This was told very well and just keeps you going

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The sadness of losing her sister and going through her apartment where everything is destroyed

Any additional comments?

All of the series of books have been phenomenal - I can't stop listening. I'm going to hate when they are finished. The narrator is wonderful in the first three books and then she switches to another person - that's a little hard to deal with but you get over it maybe mid chapter. I'm also not the kind of person who usually will listen to a fictional book like this - romance yes - monsters... no but this is honestly riveting. I have my daughter listening to them and she can't stop either. Relax and get ready for a great listening experience!

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Bad choice for voice actress

How could the performance have been better?

The voice actress herself was good, but it was obvious she was a middle-aged woman, or at the very least far older than Mac, the main character, who is 22, so it kind of ruined the story for me. I've read this book and absolutely loved it - which is why I bought the audiobook (I prefer audiobooks of books I've already read), and the difference of how the old the voice sounded with how old Mac is actually supposed to be pretty much ruined the whole thing for me.

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Have to read to fully enjoy the rest of the series

This is not my favorite fever book, but it is necessary to listen to in order. All in all this is one of my favorite series and this book is a lot of background information and story development.

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  • T
  • 12-01-13

love this story! Narrator not so much.

This story is one of my all time favorites and after reading it twice I decided to buy the audible book. I can't stand to hear this narrators version of jzb, she makes him sound like a cranky old woman and I physically wince evertime I hear her version of his voice.

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Gripping from the start!

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I have read this series before and am going back to listen again. It just doesn't get old for me. Joyce Bean brings Mac to life like no other and I just wish she could have finished out the series. This story introduces us to the world of the Fae in Dublin just as Mac is thrust into this crazy and terrifying world her older sister was murdered in. The characters are intriguing and the story-line never grows stale. I will probably read this one again in another year or so. Love it!

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  • Tamara
  • DURHAM, NC, United States
  • 07-08-13

i'm hooked

What did you love best about Darkfever?

The characters and the story line pull you in and make you want to continue with the series.

What did you like best about this story?

BARRONS!!!!

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I love Karen Marie Moning.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mac and Jericho are my favorite characters. Even after reading all the books books I still have many questions about Jericho. I hope as the books continue more of his past will be revealed. Mac is very nieve at the start of the series, but her character grows throughout the books.

What does Joyce Bean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think she did well with the female characters, but Jericho sound more like an old woman. I wish Phil Giganti did his voice in all the books. She did a nice southern accent and Irish accent.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

At the end when Mac is hurt and Jericho takes care of her.

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  • Lauren
  • Ceres, CA, United States
  • 06-28-13

Very Tragical Mirth, Indeed

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A completely different author would have made this experience much more enjoyable.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I will certainly not proceed to the second or third book in this series. Honestly, I would cheerfully listen to someone read the encyclopedia or acid-base reactions in solution rather than ever subject myself to this author's work again.

What aspect of Joyce Bean’s performance would you have changed?

Joyce Bean was quite adequate as a performer, and I would certainly listen to her read other books. She managed to portray Darkfever's main character's insipid, vain, and holier-than-thou qualities so vividly, that I was more than willing to reach through my headphones and strangle her. Repeatedly. In the most polite Southern manner, of course.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger, sadness, disappointment? Yes. All of the above.<br/>I alarmed my workmates repeatedly with my sudden fits of absolutely flabbergasted shouts whenever Mac and her supreme idiocy became too much to bear. I was greatly disappointed with the recurring theme of forced sexual attraction and the regurgitation of overly-sugared (and thoroughly condescending), preachy stereotype of Southern values, etc. Now, the "origins" of the Fae... Well, that had me absolutely incoherent with anger. Do not mess with my mythology. It makes me cranky.

Any additional comments?

I would gladly buy a physical copy of this book in order to systematically destroy it, as it did not suit my reading tastes at all. While the original premise sounded quite promising, the actual execution fell far too short of my expectations. In my opinion, the main character started off as a vapid, ethnocentric hypocrite and did not make much of a character progression beyond changing her wardrobe and hair color. <br/>To my shame and horror, I must admit that I listened right down to the bitter, un-realistic end, since I had hoped that the story would improve. Nine hours, folks. Nine hours of my life that I will never get back.

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  • Cindy
  • Dripping Springs, TX, United States
  • 06-19-13

With so many reviews I was expecting better...

At this point, there is momentum created with so many reviews, that people like me get sucked in, and so on... But I frankly did not see what the big deal is.

I like that the story was a bit different in some ways, but was surprised at what a blatant RIPOFF the main character was from Sookie and Buffy. Except I did not find "Mac's" obsession with pink, fashion and mani/pedicures to be cute in the slightest. She was DENSE and FRIVOLOUS. She is dangerously close to being in the "too stupid to live" category. I frankly don't care much about what happens to her at this point. Which is probably not a good recommendation for continuing with the series.

But then I look at all the reviews... And I love a good series... And the plot was just left hanging with no resolution what-so-ever. (Yes, this was all set up and no conclusion.) So I'm torn.

BTW - The narrator drags down an already ridiculous character. Her southern accent is over the top and matronly. It also sounds fake as it slips at times. Her rendition of the "Pict/Irish" male lead is also pretty bad. He sounds like a little old leprechaun with a head cold. I just cannot imagine tall, dark and mysterious with that croak!

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  • Dea
  • United States
  • 06-13-13

Loving This Story Line

I found this a very good series, can't wait to get to the next one. Keeping my interest.