Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning (Fever #5)
January 18, 2011
Hardcover, 594 Pages
Reviewed by Mandi
Favorite Quote: Included at the end because it is a bit of a spoiler.
Note: I tried hard to write a spoiler-free review – however I failed. There are some small things that I do consider spoilers. (Especially whether Barrons and Mac get their HEA) Also the quotes at the very bottom are spoilers. I hope to do a big spoiler discussion post in a few weeks so we can discuss everything!!
It has come to an end. My most anticipated book of 2011 – I might not even feel this obsession for a book for a long time to come. Did we get answers? Oh yes. Are there still things to learn? Oh yes. Am I satisfied? More than I ever imagined I would be.
There is so much that happens in this book and I don’t want to give anything away. It feels like an impossible review to write. Mac is no longer Mackayla Lane. She is a new determined woman, ready to take on the world if that means she gets her Barrons back. Watching him die at the hands of her spear, almost threw her over the edge. But like Barrons always tells her – if you don’t spread the ashes and poke it around for three days, it doesn’t mean it is dead – and even that might not stop Barrons from coming back.
What Barrons is we don’t exactly find out, and I kind of liked that. We are not given a name to his kind. I assume in future books, this might be explored more. (Please Karen Moning write more in this world!) But we do learn about him, the things he is capable of and more about the eight men that resemble him. We learn the reason he seeks the book – and that reason very much shapes the man he is. It explains so much about his behavior throughout the series – and I never saw it coming.
We learn who and what Mac is (whoa baby!). We learn V’lane’s roll in all of this (seriously??). We learn more about Rowena, Darroc (I LOL’d at what happens to him) Alina, and Dani. At then end of the book, Dani is still unresolved. I hope to see her as an adult in a future book – she has a lot to give to this world. Christian is still a big mystery becoming someone or something he is not even sure of. I don’t think anyone is. I’ve heard rumors that Ryodan and Dani get a series, if that is true, I so hope that Christian plays a prominent role in those books.
And of course, I was rooting for Mac and Barrons – that Happily Ever After that everyone was a little (or a lot) nervous about. I was very pleased with the end. It is a very “Barron-esque HEA” in my opinion. Intense, wild, dark. He even tells her, “You’re upsetting my entire existence.” Ha! And of course my favorite quote stems from this scene:
“I was happy. I knew why you’d lied.” His dark gaze was ancient, inhuman, and uncharacteristically gentle. Because you love me.
I drew in a ragged breath.
“Let’s get out of here, Mac. There’s nothing for you down here.”
…..Barrons held out his hand. “Don’t leave me, Rainbow Girl.”
Shadowfever surpassed every expectation I had. For as many theories I have discussed, I was completely shocked at most of the outcomes. There was not a single aspect I was disappointed in. My favorite part is that Barrons and Mac stay so true to their characters. Barrons doesn’t change, or yield to Mac. And I think KMM does an excellent job with keeping him so consistent. He stays broody, and possessive, and mysterious. An excellent end to my favorite series. And this statement from Mac completely sums up the series:
The good guys and bad guys aren’t as easy to tell apart as I used to think they were.
This book gets an A++++++ from me. Thank you Karen Marie Moning for this extraordinary series.
One last quote? I have to end this review with Barrons being…Barrons.
“I watched you die. I need to fuck you, Mac.”
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