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I am a big Sci-Fi/Fantasy nerd. When it comes to reading, I can never go too long before delving into a mystical realm or off-planet adventure. Fairly recent literary twists, such as paranormal romance and urban fantasy are also finding their way into my bookcase. Having grabbed a paperback based on the premise of otherworldly creatures invading Ireland (and a large dose of Celtic mythology), I couldn’t resist the temptation. Darkfever is the first installment in the Fever Series by bestselling author Karen Marie Moning. Dark and lusty, the novel follows the trail of a murder mystery set against the backdrop of modern day, supernatural Dublin. Darkfever’s heroine, MacKayla Lane, is a small town Georgia girl with not a care in the world, until a frantic message is left on her cell phone. Hearing the fear in her sister’s voice, and a cryptic warning cut short, MacKayla falls headlong into a nightmare as she resolves to find the man responsible for destroying her family.

Darkfever hits the ground running and it doesn’t take long for the reader to realize that Dublin, the place where the mystery begins, is not the city depicted in travel guides. Something old and wicked is threatening humankind, and the last bastion of defense (maybe?) is an eclectic bookstore hovering on the fringes of the Temple Bar District.

I’m hooked. After reading the last page of Darkfever, with its suspenseful turn of fate, I had to find out more about MacKayla (Mac for short) and the characters she encounters. Who can she trust, and who is out for her blood? I’m very happy to catch up on the story thus far, and will be eagerly awaiting the 5th book in the series, Shadowfever, scheduled to go on sale 18 January 2011.

Theresa Largusa

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