Review: Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning

Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning
Karen Marie Moning
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: January 18, 2011
Series or Standalone:Fever #5
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Rating: 5 Stars


I have been putting off writing my review of Shadowfever for a while now. It’s truly been a struggle to find the right words to capture my feelings on this book. The only way I can sum up this book was that reading it was an EXPERIENCE. I was literally saying ‘Oh my god’ left and right while reading it.

As with the previous books in this series, I’m going to skip over a summary as it would contain MAJOR spoilers for all the previous books, and I genuinely think going into each book without any foresight into the plot is the way to go. Suffice to say, Mac is going to get answers to many of her outstanding questions and come face to face with the Sinsar Dubh.

As the Fever series was originally intended to be a five-book series, Shadowfever does a great job tying up all the various mysteries and threads in an incredibly satisfying way. I laughed, I cried, I gasped – this book truly took me for a ride. I was in awe of how Moning managed to weave all the outstanding storylines and mysteries together in an unexpected way that also made perfect sense. Moning somehow also introduced new elements to the story and world in this final act of the original series, and I was seriously in awe at how expertly plotted the whole story was. The world-building is so incredibly rich and so different from anything I’ve ever read. Yes, there are tons of Faerie stories out there, yet this one feels so unique. 

Speaking of plotting, can I just say I felt like my jaw kept dropping at all the big plot reveals? First off, this book picks up moments after the events of Dreamfever with a great big reveal. My guess was accurate for this one, yet it still felt like a significant punch to the guts. However, I knew it wasn’t going to be permanent as there was no way it could be. Luckily, I was correct on that front. I think the biggest jaw-dropping moment for me was when I found out who was responsible for Mac’s sister’s death. That’s what started Mac on this whole journey and the reveal literally gobsmacked me. I think that surprised me more than the big reveal and confrontation in the end. 

Also, if you’re someone like me who constantly wonders who or what  Barrons is, we finally get answers! Since book one, I’ve been dying to learn more about him, and the time has finally come for all to be revealed. I also genuinely love how Moning progressed Mac and Barrons’ relationship in this book. I’ve been dying for them to get together for ages, and after a few unexpected twists and turns in their journey, there are finally some incredibly satisfying romantic developments. 

Looking back at the beginning of this series, I’m amazed at how much has happened over five books. Mac is truly a different person than when we met her in Darkfever. The actions over the series have shaped her into this incredibly strong woman who is willing to fight for what she believes is right and protect those she cares about. She’s been on this massive journey to understand who she is and she finally gets answers to her questions. It’s not been an easy journey and could easily have broken other people, but I was amazed at how much Mac endured, both physically and emotionally. It was amazing to watch her confront the reality of who she is. 

The ending of this book wrapped up things nicely with some very fun twists and turns, yet also left the door open to future books in the series. Nothing was tied up too perfectly as the biggest threat is contained, but the world is still dealing with the ramifications of everything that has happened. I’m excited to dive into the subsequent phases of the series to see where Moning takes the plot and these characters that I absolutely adore next. 

Shadowfever is truly a rollercoaster ride. From the first page to the last page, I truly felt like the action was non-stop and I could not read fast enough. This book truly surpassed my wildly high expectations for it. After reading this book, I was left with a terrible book hangover as I felt like it broke my brain with everything that happened – and I mean that in the best possible way.

If you haven’t read the Fever series yet, please pick it up! I’d pick up this series for this book alone, but you definitely need to read all the books in order. With action and adventure, mysteries and betrayals, romance and heartbreak, the series has a little bit of something for everyone to enjoy.

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