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Once Upon A Bookshelf

Where Fiction and Reality Meet


Author: Karen Marie Moning
Originally Published: 2007
Courtney’s Edition: 2010
Publisher: Bantam Books, an imprint of Random House
Source: Purchased

The Story

The second book in Moning’s Fever series starts up very soon after the first finished. From the back of the book:

“I used to be your average, everyday girl, but all that changed one night in Dublin when I saw my first Fae and got dragged into a world of deadly immortals and ancient secrets. . .”

In her fight to stay alive, MacKayla must find the Sinsar Dubh – a million-year-old book of the blackest magic imaginable, which holds the key to power over the worlds of both the Fae and Man. Pursued by assassins, surrounded by mysterious figures she knows she can’t trust, Mac finds herself torn between two deadly and powerful men: V’lane, the immortal Fae Prince, and Jericho Barrons, a man as irresistible as he is dangerous.

For centuries the shadowy realm of the Fae has coexisted with that of humans. Now the walls between the two are coming down, and Mac is the only thing that stands between them.

The Response

Oh my. Barrons makes me SWOON. I haven’t SWOONED over a fictional character since… perhaps Miles Caverleigh in Heyer’s Black Sheep… or maybe even as long ago as first discovering Rochester in Jane Eyre five or six years ago! Oh! He is utterly deliciously dangerous and deep and OH SO SEXY.

He alone makes these books worth reading.

But, that’s not the only good stuff in this book, don’t you worry your lovely little self about that. Because there was action! Magic! Danger! Fae! Unresolved Sexual Tension! And lots of other lovely stuff that made this book nearly impossible to put down.

Normally I don’t like it when books leave me with all sorts of unanswered questions, but I have to say that in this case, I’m enjoying the series so much that I’m okay with not needing to start the third installment immediately. I have it, but I want to savour the series, so will probably put off reading it for a couple of months. I really DO NOT want this to be over too soon.

I’m still having a little bit of a problem with dealing with the fact that Mac is a bit of a flake, but she really has gotten much better in this novel. Character development! Growth! Huzzah! Some of my favouritest of favourite stuff to read in books – hopefully by the end of the series, I can count her as a serious kick butt heroine. Oh, please!

But the rest of the characters (especially Barrons, sigh!) are all quite well developed. I have to say that I am QUITE looking forward to getting to know some of the new ones that were introduced in this installment a little better.

The Bottom Line

Fun! Such fun! Highly recommend this series to urban fantasy fans.

Other Reviews

Dark Faerie Tales, Byond Books, Literary Escapism, Truth, Beauty, Freedom & Books. Have you reviewed this book on your blog? Let me know and I’ll add your link.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 7:01 am May 12, 2011.
Category: Speculative Fiction
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  • Lisa

    I keep putting this book to the side because like you I want to savour the series! :)

  • Erin

    I raced through these and the wait between #4 and #5 was almost unbearable. I LOVED this series more than I can even describe.
    Oh, and Courtney? Back off, Barrons is mine. :P

  • Kailana

    I cannot decide if this series would work for me or not…