Karen Marie Moning
Publication Date: August 28, 2007
Date Read: July 1, 2011
MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens.
When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae….
As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane–an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women–closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book–because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands…
After hearing great things about this series I finally decided to pick up the first book and see what teh fuss was all about. I am so glad I read it, I absolutely loved this book.
After MacKayla's sister is killed while studying in Dublin, Mac finds a cryptic message on her phone from her sister which causes her to go to Dublin and try and find out what went on and who killed her sister. Here she meets the mysterious Barrons and finds out that she really doesn't know anything that has gone out, she is a Sidhe-seer, someone who can see the Fae and she is thrown into a dark magical world she didn't know existed.
I really loved this book, I thought that the beginning was kind of slow and it didn't hook me straight away but I was intrigued as to what was going to happen and I wasn't disappointed. After the first 50 pages or so it started to pick up and I really couldn't put it down. I went on such an emotional roller coaster with Mac as she discovered the world that her sister had tries so hard to keep hidden from her in order to protect her.
I love Mac I think she's a great leading character and you really see the world through her eyes, her confusion and realisation and fear of this new dark world.
I'd heard a lot of things about Barrons, how great he is and how much people are in love with him. After finishing the first book I am definitely not in love with him. All the way through the book all I thought was how much of an ass he was and he really needed someone to yell at him or hit him or something and put him in his place. I did start to like him a lot more at the end of the book when you started to see his softer side when Mac was in trouble.
I can't wait to find out how their relationship develops in the rest of the series.
The ending of the book definitely left me wanting more and I ended up being like OMG what's going to happen. I really need to know.
I am starting the second in the series next Bloodfever, I can't wait to see all the twists and turns in the rest of the series.
This was a great start to a series and I can't wait to see what happens. I am definitely a fan of KMM now, her writing technique draws you in and leaves you reeling, needing more.