Freaking fabulous! That is what Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning was. The fourth book in the Fever series is so utterly wonderful that you really must be reading this series, if you’re not already.
He has stolen her past, but MacKayla will never allow her sister’s murderer to take her future. Yet even the uniquely gifted sidhe-seer is no match for the Lord Master, who has unleashed an insatiable sexual craving that consumes Mac’s every thought-and thrusts her into the seductive realm of two very dangerous men, both of whom she desires but dares not trust.
As the enigmatic Jericho Barrons and the sensual Fae prince V’lane vie for her body and soul, as cryptic entries from her sister’s diary mysteriously appear and the power of the Dark Book weaves its annihilating path through the city, Mac’s greatest enemy delivers a final challenge…
It’s an invitation Mac cannot refuse, one that sends her racing home to Georgia, where an even darker threat awaits. With her parents missing and the lives of her loved ones under siege, Mac is about to come face-to-face with a soul-shattering truth-about herself and her sister, about Jericho Barrons…and about the world she thought she knew.
Not only does Moning suck us back into Dublin and the ongoing battle, but she doesn’t let us go until the end. Seriously, I was so attached to this book that I had such a hard time putting it down. Even now, I have four other reviews I need to write yet I can’t think of anything but Dreamfever. It’s still running rampant in my head and all these questions are bouncing around. That right there is what I love about this series. Even after finishing it, I want more. Who did the Beast turn into? What is Barrons? What happened to V’lane? All of the possibilities are screaming for a chance to be considered and I have no way of giving them their answers. (I have my thoughts, see below for a spoiler section)
What Moning does with her characters is truly magnificent. Mac goes through so many different emotions that its hard not to be there with her for each one. She is thrown off the cliff in Faefever and to watch her struggle back from it is amazing. She is still naive in many ways, but she’s learning and growing more and more that there’s no doubt that she’ll be truly fabulous when it matters. Barrons is such an enigma. We get to learn more about him through his struggles in bringing Mac back AND through other interesting encounters, but Moning leaves us with more questions than any real answers.
The plot itself was great. We’re given a lot of new developments that helps further the story along, plus Mac gets put into situations that are kind of funny. I loved it when she thought she had the upper hand only to find out that she so didn’t. This goes back to her being a little naive still and it definitely adds a fun element to the story; also a hair raising element when her actions have bad consequences, but that’s part of life. Mac is definitely a flawed character and the plot spins around that very much.
Overall, I am loving the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. Dreamfever is a great addition and a must read for any fan. It further the characteristics of both Mac and Barrons, moved the plot along and left me constantly thinking. Personally, when a novel makes you think about what could be happening, that’s when you know that it has succeeded in being a fantastic novel. It brings your imagination to life and all sorts of possibilities can occur. The only thing I’m not liking is that I heard the next book, Shadowfever, is going to be the last in this series and I don’t know if I’ll be ready to leave it yet. This is one of the downsides to any book/series that is fantastic. I will give out one warning, Dreamfever ends on a major MAJOR cliffhanger and I have no clue when Shadowfever will be coming out. Seriously, after reading Dreamfever, you’re going to be knocking down Moning’s door for the next installment. If you haven’t started reading the Fever series, I would normally say go out and get it now, but you might want to wait until Shadowfever comes out. Moning likes to end with cliffhangers, but this series should definitely be on your radar.
—- SPOILER ALERT —- SPOILER ALERT —-
There’s been a lot of speculation as to what Barrons is. One that I’ve seen consistently is that he’s a vampire. I don’t think Barrons is a vampire; however, I want to say he’s more. As in more than just on Barron – he’s a multiple. That’s my guess. With the way Dreamfever ended, I would almost bet that the beast transformed back into Barrons and that’s why Mac felt like she lost everything. I can’t think of any other character that would make her have that reaction. But, I can’t see Moning killing off Barrons either. I think that when Mac gets back to Dublin, she’s going to find Barrons there. Maybe feeling a bit out of sorts and a little irritated at Mac, but I’m thinking that either the IYD beast is either the second half of Barrons or is so closely connected that they resemble each other. This could also explain the mysterious eight. Dani describes them all as being like Barrons. What if they are? What if there is more than one Barrons running around. That would also explain the fourth prince and why his markings were similar to Barrons. Maybe there are multiple Barrons out there and they may not all have the same agenda.
I actually believe that Barrons is the Unseelie King and that’s why the Fae are afraid of him. That would also explain why he could kill other Fae. The King killed the Queen so long ago, so I would assume the King and Queen could kill any Fae. This would also explain who the woman was that V’lane hates Barrons for killing. This would explain with the Dark Fae fear him. This would also explain why he could touch the Seelie artifcats since the King was originally Seelie. This would also explain the connection to the beast since the King was the one who created them. This could also tell us who the woman was that Barrons was carrying through the Silver. It could have been his concubine. We’re told that the Kings concubine died after the King killed the Queen, but what if the concubine was killed in retatiliation and the child Barrons grieved over was theirs.
Yeah, while I think that the beast turns into Barrons, I sincerely doubt that Moning would kill him before the final battle or the walls go back up. Mac isn’t ready for that and I’m hoping for a HEA between the two of them. I may not get it, but I can’t see him being gone yet.