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Faefever (Fever, Book 3)
Karen Marie Moning
416 pages
July 2009
rated 3 of 5 possible stars

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Bloodfever and Darkfever were excellent reads that introduced readers to bubbly Georgian MacKayla Lane. While she's investigating her sister's death in Dublin, Ireland, she finds herself thrust into the middle of a whole new world. Mac has a special talent: she's a Sidhe-seer (one who can see the Sidhe), and more powerful than most sidhe-seers - she can also detect special fae objects and more. She finds herself working alongside enigmatic Jericho Barrons and trying to avoid the impossibly sexy fae prince V'Lane as she searches for a special dark Book, one that she can sense and one that Barrons wants.

Faefever starts where the previous story left off, with a quick summary of previous events for the new reader. There's an awful lot of history and terminology in the previous books, and it's doubtful that a new reader will be able to work out what's going on. The book then continues, but I found, after finishing it, that not a lot really happens. There are some interesting scenes between Barrons and Mac and V'Lane and Mac; there are some further developments with regard to  Barrons' and V'Lane's powers; but until the last chapter nothing overly significant to the plot occurs. The last chapter is very exciting as it takes a new direction to the plot, but all the content of the book prior to that feels transitional and not particularly necessary.

Karen Marie Moning has a real way with words; her prose is well-crafted, and the interactions between Mac and the various other characters are good fun. However, the fairly dark tone of this book coupled with its lack of significant plot development before the very end, makes it a less enjoyable a read. It also ends on a real cliffhanger after an upsetting scene and so once again feels overly transitional. Some readers may mistakenly think that this series is paranormal romance; it isn't. The romance element is minimal, but the plot and characterization are very good. For this reader, Faefever disappoints.= I hope that the next book wraps up some of the plot threads and is less dark in tone.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Helen Hancox, 2008

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