*Some spoilers from previous books in this series*
Previously in the MacKayla Lane/Fever series, our heroine was trapped in a church with three Unseelie princes of the death-by-sex variety. FAEFEVER ended with a pitiful scene where Mac calls on both V'lane and Barrons to no avail before succumbing to the lethal sexuality of the fae who fall upon her like starved animals, slowly stripping away her soul as they gorged themselves on her flesh.
When DREAMFEVER opens, Mac is a mindless, near animal, with only one desire: sex. She is Pri-ya. A thought that would horrify her if she was capable of forming thoughts. Incapacitated as she is, Dani takes over the telling of this story initially (which I didn't love. I'm half afraid the new series KMM is working on will be Dani's story).
Eventually, Mac is back in charge. Her journey back to sanity is an amazing thing that I won't spoil if you haven't read it. She has to face some serious questions about herself, her purpose, her desires. And her feelings about one of the `men' in her life and the questionable methods he uses to help her. When she does recover (if that's even the right word), everything is different.
I was less interested in the subplot with Mac and the other sidhe-seerers. It was a bit too reminiscent of Buffy season seven. To me, those scenes are a distraction from what I really care about: The Sinsar Dubh, avenging Alina, and choosing between Barrons and V'lane.
Every time I think I've decided between Barrons and V'lane, they do something wonderful/horrible that makes me question everything. SHADOWFEVER, the finale to this extraordinary series, promises to answer all those questions and more. I have my suspicions about the ending of DREAMFEVER that I'm half hopeful half fearful will turn out to be true. Either way, SHADOWFEVER (releasing on January 18, 2011) has just become my most anticipated novel of 2011.
Sexual Content: References to rape. Long passages of non graphic sex scenes.
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I am a 20-something book lover with an obsession for all things urban fantasy. I cut my teeth on the paranormal genre withBuffyandTwilightbefore discoveringPatricia Briggs and Ilona Andrews. Suffice … more
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