Review: Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning

Posted 10 August, 2011 by Amanda / 14 Comments

Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning (Fever, #2)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Received: ebook from Tara
Read: 7/24/2011 — 7/26/2011
In Six Words: Lacked momentum, but continued story building.

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Book Order

1. Darkfever
2. Bloodfever 
3. Faefever
4. Dreamfever
5. Shadowfever

Why I Started This Series and General Thoughts

Originally the Fever series was recommended to me by Tara @ 25 Hour Books.  Then Ash @ Smash Attack Reads! and her post about the Barrons POV sex scene spurred me on to start the series.  After finishing Darkfever, I waited only a few days before starting Bloodfever.  Bloodfever is a solid continuation of the series, although it is lacking something that the first book had.  Yet it won’t stop me from continuing the series, and picking up Faefever as soon as I can.


I used to think my sister and I were just two nice southern girls who’d get married in a few years and settle down to a quiet life. Then I discovered that Alina and I descend, not from good wholesome southern stock, but from an ancient Celtic bloodline of powerful sidhe-seers, people who can see the Fae. Not only can I see the terrifying otherworldly race, but I can sense the sacred Fae relics that hold the deadliest of their magic.

When my sister was found dead in a trash-filled alley in Dublin, I came over to get answers. Now all I want is revenge. And after everything I’ve learned about myself, I know I have the power to get it….

MacKayla Lane’s ordinary life underwent a complete makeover when she landed on Ireland’s shores and was plunged into a world of deadly sorcery and ancient secrets.

In her fight to stay alive, Mac must find the Sinsar Dubh-a million-year-old book of the blackest magic imaginable, which holds the key to power over both the worlds of the Fae and of Man. Pursued by Fae assassins, surrounded by mysterious figures she knows she cannot trust, Mac finds herself torn between two deadly and irresistible men: V’lane, the insatiable Fae who can turn sensual arousal into an obsession for any woman, and the ever-inscrutable Jericho Barrons, a man as alluring as he is mysterious.

For centuries the shadowy realm of the Fae has coexisted with that of humans. Now the walls between the two are coming down, and Mac is the only thing that stands between them….
-from Goodreads

My Thoughts on Book 2

The reason I rated Bloodfever lower than Darkfever is simple: although I enjoyed Bloodfever, my first thought upon finishing was that I had almost completely forgotten what I had read save for a few important bits.  The best I can explain it is this: Bloodfever felt like the lull before the storm.  Something epic is coming, that much is easy to see.  But Bloodfever‘s main goal was to build the series further, develop the characters, and introduce new potential kinks or obstacles to the plot line of the series.  It was good, but it didn’t blow me away.

I did thoroughly enjoy the development of the relationship between Mac and Barrons.  The more we learn about Barrons, the more mysterious and enigmatic he gets.  The resulting paradox has me incredibly hooked — so much so that I would continue reading this series just to learn more about Barrons if nothing else held my interest (luckily, that is not the case).  As Mac continues her journey into the Fae world and her own unique powers, she begins to emotionally mature and become distrustful of everyone involved.  But this distrust is also a complicating factor because not trusting the right person could prove just as dangerous as trusting the wrong person.

There were also a few side characters that were reintroduced to us that played a key role in the plot of Bloodfever in ways I was not expecting.  (But then, that’s the point, I suppose)  We were also introduced to new characters as well that will likely play a role in the future.

You Might Enjoy This Series If…

If you like dark urban fantasy, you will probably like the Fever series.

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14 Responses to “Review: Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning”

  1. The next book’s ending was a cruel ending and is more a cliffhanger ending than the first two books. though they really get better and better with each book. hope you end up liking the next one. Love Mac and Barrons though!!! I smile whenever they have a scene together. =DDDDDD

  2. Honestly, I still get all goofy smiley when I think of Mac and Barrons. I’m glad you’re not giving up on the series… there’s definitely some epicness in store. And some bits that probably could have been left out of the story, but that’s true in most series.

  3. Sounds interesting! I hadn’t come across this series before, but I love pretty much anything related to celtic mythology, and I like it when authors aren’t afraid to go dark with their characters.

    Thanks for the rec!


  4. I am reading this series for the first time as well! I just finished Faefever and if my kindle would hurry up and charge .. I can begin Dreamfever <3 If you are interested in comparing notes .. come say hello :)

    • I’m interested in what you think of Dreamfever — I heard that there’s a huge cliffhanger, so I’m holding off on reading it until I can get Shadowfever in paperback.