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Once Upon A Bookshelf

Where Fiction and Reality Meet


Author: Karen Marie Moning
Originally Published: 2009
Edition Courtney Read Published: 2010
Publisher: Dell, an imprint of Random House
Source: Purchased

The Story

From the back of the book:

They may have stolen my past, but I’ll never let them take my future.

When the walls between Man and Fae come crashing down, freeing the insatiable, immortal Unseelie from their icy prison, MacKayla Lane is caught in a deadly trap. Captured by the Fae Lord Master, she is left with no memory of who or what she is: the only sidhe-seer alive who can track the Sinsar Dubh, a book or arcane black magic that holds the key to controlling both worlds.

Clawing her way back from oblivion is only the first step Mac must take down a perilous path, from the battle-filled streets of Dublin to the treacherous politics of an ancient, secret sect, through the tangled lies of men who claim to be her allies into the illusory world of the Fae themselves, where nothing is as it seems – and Mac is forced to face a soul-shattering truth.

Who do you trust when you can’t even trust yourself?

The Response

This is seriously one of the sexiest series’ I’ve read. Goodness, Jericho Banes, what ARE you? You enthrall me like few fictional characters ever have, and I’m left wanting to know more and more and more about you with each installment in this series. Those scenes when Mac was all Pri-ya? SWOOOOONING.

I was a little wary starting this book. The first three have all just been so good, and I had a couple of people tell me that this one wasn’t nearly as good as some of the others. I wasn’t sure how I would respond to this one. But it turns out that I worried for nothing, because I ended up loving it as much as the others – perhaps moreso, just for the first quarter of the book, which was crazy hot and steamy. (Also, I didn’t think it possible for there to be MORE unresolved sexual tension between two characters after the amount of crazy sex they had, but goodness! The UST is thick and heavy and so so so awesome to read through.

This was a much darker installment than the other three in the series so far – as it should be, what with fey running rampant across our world. It had some extremely dark and disturbing parts. One part, in particular, sent utter shivers down my spine. Mac discovers that fey are telling people that if humans consume enough fairy flesh, they could live forever – and in exchange for giving humans some of their flesh to eat, these fey wanted teh sexy time. It was along the same lines of trading sex for drugs, and you can just imagine what kind of chaos that would result in after even just a short period of time. I really wish that Moning had more fully explored the dynamics of human beings interacting with fey, especially those “groupies” who were enamored with fey. That could’ve been extremely beyond interesting.

That said, there was just so much other stuff going on in the book, that even though I wanted to see that situation expanded on, I don’t think it would’ve fit in with everything else. There really isn’t much of a pause in the action at all in this book – between battling fey, trying to discover what’s hidden in the forbidden sidhe-seer libraries, trying to outwit the Lord Master, oh! Not a dull moment at all, which made this book crazy hard to put down.

I have the last book on my TBR pile already. Part of me really wants to start it and part of me really doesn’t want to – I really don’t want this series to end at all!

The Bottom Line

If you’re an urban fantasy fan, and haven’t read this series yet, what are you waiting for? Gah! It’s so good!

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 8:19 am January 12, 2012.
Category: Speculative Fiction
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  • Memory

    My mother is reading this series right now and is totally addicted. She wanted to slow down a little bit, since she’s waiting for the last one to come in the mail, but she just can’t tear herself away.

    I’m going to have to borrow them from her. I read the first book a while back and thought it was just okay, but general consensus seems to me that it gets wicked-mad-awesome from there on out. I must see this for myself.

  • Erin

    The wait between this and the final one (about a month and a half for me) nearly killed me. It’s been about a year now since I finished the series and it’s still tied for first place best series ever. I also still swoon if I think about Barrons at all.
    There’s 5 more Fever books set to come out. 3 dealing with Dani, Ryodan and Christian and 2 more with Mac and Barrons. I don’t know how I feel about this, but I guarantee I’ll read them all anyway.