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Fever Series

A few weeks ago I began reading the first book of the Fever Series called Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning.  It was recommended to me by a mom in my book club with a warning that it was pretty deeply fantasy, so you have to have an open mind.  It had similarities to the Sookie Stackhouse series (vampire fiction) with a perky blonde protagonist that has special powers and gets wrapped up in a world of handsome and deadly monsters.  But fortunately, it was better than that.  I liked the Sookie Stackhouse books at first, but after a while, they just got repetitive.  In the Fever series the main character changes, evolves.  By the fifth and final book, she is no longer the perky blonde, but more of an angry badass of dubious morality.  If I had started with the final book, Dreamfever, I don’t think I would have kept reading.  But I got sucked in with the lighter book, and got hooked on the story, so as it got weirder and darker, I kept going.  I’m glad I did.

The basic plotline is that Mac goes to Dublin to investigate the death of her sister and entangles herself in a war to save the world from the dark fae.  I loved the mythology and intricacies of that world that the author creates.  I suppose that’s why people love Tolkein and his books, because they get wrapped up in the world he creates.  I’m not sure I’ll ever read Lord of the Rings, because the movies just ruined it for me, but I can understand the appeal.  I used to be very anti-fantasy, but reading the Harry Potter and Twilight series was sort of my gateway drug into books about mythical and fantastical creatures.  On the fantasy scale, if Twilight is a 1 and Lord of the Rings is a 10, I would say these books rank around a 7.

If you like fantasy books with a strong female protagonist, I would recommend this series to you.  Oh, and as a bonus they’re all pretty sexy.

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