Narrator: Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante
Series: Fever Series #5
Published by Brilliance Audio on January 18, 2001
Genres: Romance, Urban Fantasy
Length: 19 hours 57 minutes
My Review (3/7/13):
MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever. Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister's murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals that have lived concealed among us for thousands of years. What follows is a shocking chain of events with devastating consequences, and now Mac struggles to cope with grief, while continuing her mission to acquire and control the Sinsar Dubh--a book of dark, forbidden magic scribed by the mythical Unseelie King that contains the power to create and destroy worlds.
In an epic battle between humans and Fae, the hunter becomes the hunted when the Sinsar Dubh turns on Mac, and begins mowing a deadly path through those she loves. Who can she turn to? Who can she trust? Who is the woman that haunts her dreams? More importantly, who is Mac and what is the destiny she glimpses in the black and crimson designs of an ancient tarot card? From the luxury of the Lord Master's penthouse, to the sordid depths of an Unseelie nightclub, from the erotic bed of her lover, to the terrifying bed of the Unseelie King, Mac's journey will force her to face the truth of her exile, and make a choice that will either save the world...or destroy it.
What an incredible end to a captivating series (though the world continues with Iced this book wraps up the current story line). I think the last three books in the series (so Faefever, Dreamfever, and Shadowfever) are some of the most intense books I’ve read, and this one takes the cake! So much happens. I don’t think I can even exaggerate the number of twists and turns, conflicts and resolutions, questions and answers that present themselves in this book.
My most nagging question at the start of the book was who was it on that cliff? I had my guesses, as I’m sure you had yours… and I was still stunned. As is Mac. The shock in the first few chapters is amazingly written and the subsequent transformation that Mac goes through is the most intense one yet. Dani is also going through some amazing transformations – I love the person she’s turning into and I LOVE that her and Mac have grown close.
In this book you will have all your questions answered, finally! (at least I did – maybe you’re a deeper thinker than I am?) While I think you may have figured out some of them already – the most pressing ones remained obscure for me at the start of the book. In no particular order: What is Barron’s BIG secret? Who exactly is Mac? Who is the Dark King? Who was Alina’s killer? For me all those questions, once answered, shocked the pants off me – so enjoy!
The narration continues to be incredible: Phil Gigante carries the variety of male voices stunningly, Barrons particularly comes off the page with an extremely deep, sexy voice that makes you quiver just a bit. Natalie Ross also does a great job, Mac comes off the page great and she’s particularly good at the voice for Dani – her accent is great and you feel her youth coming through in her voice. Both are a huge relief after the horrible narration in the first few books, by Joyce Bean.
The surprises and twists keep you guessing all the way to the unexpected finale. See Barrons, Mac, Dani, V’Lane, and well, everyone in new, exciting scenarios and revealing details. A fantastic read!