Darkfever follows Mac as she is thrust into a magical chaotic world when is sister is murdered in Dublin. Mac travels to Dublin in order to avenger the murder, but discovers a world of fae, mysteries, and secrets she must quickly learn about or die.
Darkfever is a promising start to a series. It’s full of mystery, world building, and interesting and well-developed characters. This book reminded me a lot of City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. I would go so far as saying that it’s an adult version of City of Bones because it has a lot of the same elements: oblivious main character, inciting event that acts as a catalyst to main character’s introduction to the new world, mysterious male love interest, etc. The biggest difference lies in the fact that Darkfever is an ADULT book. There are a lot of sexual moments, so if you’re not a fan of those I would steer clear of this book.
The main character, Mac, is a naïve typical Barbie blond. She isn’t ambitious and is perfectly content living with her parents and working a few nights a week at a local bar. What makes Mac relatable is that she knows she’s gorgeous, but doesn’t flaunt it in an obnoxious way or shame herself or others. She’s your everyday girl that just so happens to be a real life Barbie.
The writing style is immersive and hypnotic at times, but other times it is slow and boring. This also affects the plot pacing as well. Sometimes I couldn’t read fast enough to keep up with the fast paced moments and other times I was struggling to get through the chapter. Despite this lack of consistency within the writing style and plot, the introduction to the world and world building was impressive. The reader is given all the necessary information without it feeling like an info dump. The information is given in a piece meal fashion that makes the story feel more cohesive and immersive.
One issue I had was the choice to finish chapters with cliffhangers then begin the next chapter well after the cliffhanger then quickly summarize what happened. It felt cheap and I felt like I was cheated out of the experience.
Overall, Darkfever was a solid start to the series. An interesting mystery, well-developed characters, and fantastic world building will have any reader coming back for seconds. I would recommend this book to fans of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments.