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Shadowfever (Fever #5)

4.52 of 5 stars 4.52  ·  rating details  ·  63,003 ratings  ·  5,354 reviews

“Evil is a completely different creature, Mac. Evil is bad that believes it’sgood.”

MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever.

Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering
ebook, 510 pages
Published January 18th 2011 by Delacorte Press
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Kat Kennedy
Usually when reviewing a book, it's possible to give away a few minor plot points, in order to discuss the theme and intentions of the author, without actually spoiling anything in the book. With Shadowfever, however, pretty much discussing anything is a spoiler.

In fact, admitting the existence of the book is actually a spoiler.

I can't even really discuss what characters feature in this story because that, too, would be a spoiler. This review has absolutely no spoilers in the main part. Down bel
Emily May

I read this book back in early March. March. And I left one of those little notes saying that I was going to compile my thoughts and would be back soon to write a review. Well, um, it seems it took me a bit longer than I thought possible to get over everything I experienced with this series. Truth be told, I'm still reeling from it.

Unlike a good few other readers, I didn't nab each book as it came out and it wasn't until around the time that Shadowfever was being released that I actually picked
Dec 22, 2014 Tatiana rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any self-respecting Jericho-obsessed Fever fan
Update 12/22/2014

I still think it's agreat story and I still think the first part needed some trimming - too much recapping and too much horny angst.

NO SPOILERS (I wouldn't do this to you) *But there might be some in comments*

OMG! What an exciting ride it has been! And how satisfying! So much depended on the quality of this last installment and, thank goodness, Moning didn't disappoint. Shadowfever is not one of those series finales that you want to forget ever reading. Quite the opposite. There
Basically, every single one of these books makes me want to break into song and dance! They got the UNSEELIE oooooooout!!

Shoulder. Chin. Shoulder, shoulder, shoulder. DOUBLE DREAM HANDS!!!!

There may be minor spoilers in this review. They are mainly just spoilers about the general feeling of the end result, definitely not about any specifics or plot twists. I don't think it's any big spoiler to say that by the end of this book, the Unseelie are mostly wiped out of Dublin. Most people probably ass
I cannot believe it’s over.
I am still stunned by all the information we were given, all the revelations...It is so much to process.
Yet, I revel in every thought and feeling that assaults my body, and trust me, there are many.
Absolutely Astonishing!
Mind bending.
I was right. I was wrong. I was stupefied.
I want more. I need more.
I must read it again. Slowly. Savoring every bit over and over.
My chest hurts, my brain spins, and all I want to do is hug this book and d
Pamela / SpazP
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.

Well after that marathon reading session I am exhausted.

Started the first book about a week ago and could not stop. It was intriguing. I loved it and I usually do not read fantasy, paranormal, call it what you will.
”Bloody hell, Ms Lane, you drive me bloody fucking crazy.”


This review will be mostly visual

“Some people bring out the worst in you, others bring out the best, and then there are t
Kat Stark

I don't want to go back to the real world, I wanna stay in Fever with Moning forever.


It's happening. I'm reading it.

Somehow I have to think of a review idea that will top all the rest. Until then...

Darkfever: Dr. Suess
Bloodfever: Pokemon
Faefever: Twitter
Dreamfever: Video *possible spoilers*

...I'll think of something.

My heart is beating fast just thinking about how this will all end up.


This will be an epic review filled with the thing I love most. Candy. Because it is well deserved after fi
Have you got.......... THE FEVER?

KMM's Fever series has been the talk of GR town for the past two months.

My interest was first piqued back in December. I'd been going about my daily business here on GoodReads (by which I mean I was stalking everyone I know), when up pops an update relating to something called a... Barrons? I ignored it.

But then up pops another. And another. AND ANOTHER. This went on for about 90 minutes.

My curiosity got the better of me: WHAT is a Barrons and WHY is everyone ta
*This is more of an opinion of the Fever series as a whole, but most of my thoughts evolved after reading Shadowfever*

One of the biggest series to hit the Paranormal, Romance, and I guess the Urban Fantasy genre is Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series. I’ve enjoyed Karen’s book in the past since they were straight up romance with larger than life heroes (Lusty Scots who reminded me of Jamie from the Outlander series. Och) and the heroines who think they’re lacking in redeeming qualities, but are ad
I’ve fucking done it. I’ve re-read this series and reviewed all of them in some semblance of a calm and rational manner. But this fucking book…

Where do I go from here? What do I read?!

What is this world we live in? It fucking SUCKS compared to the one I just left!

I haven’t seen my friends or family in a fucking WEEK. But you know what?

Because I want more.

Jericho Barrons.

Jericho. Barrons.



Oh, Mac’s okay too…I guess.



"Evil is bad that believes it's good."

Exciting, exhilirating, intense, powerful, highly unique, nerve-wracking, unputdownable, emotional and unforgettable.

This series is an absolute must read!

"The good guys and bad guys aren't as easy to tell apart as I used to think they were. You can't look at someone with your eyes and take their measure.
You have to look with the heart."

In this final installment of the intoxicating and mind-boggling Fever-ser
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
First reread with my girl Tanya, January 2015.

Think you'll be getting another review from me after this reread? Nope. Why? Burned . Tomorrow. Freaking out. Can't. Write. Review.

This one? As. Awesome. As. Ever.


Original review: November 2014

Mother of all buddy reads starting December, 1 2014.

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to this brand new episode of the Fever Freak's Facts of Life.

A quick reminder before we begin: this is not actually me writing this review, it's the 15 year old fangirl
Georgia ♥ Team Dex ♥
5 Best/Awesomest Series Stars

Shadows are wonderful things. They hide pain and conceal motives.[...] The good guys and bad guys aren’t as easy to tell apart as I used to think they were. You can’t look at someone with your eyes and take their measure. You have to look with the heart.


A book consuming your soul, whispering seductive secrets in your ears. Haunting your days and dreams. A book about strength and wisdom. Yes, it could be the sought after Sinsar Dubh or it could easily be this bloody f

Finally , we got our answers!

And it was awesome to know the truth.


The previous book was a total cliffhanger and when this one started I was so curious to read about how she managed to save herself from the beast but instead of that she was babbling .

And then.....

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In her d
Originally read from January 19 - 22, 2011


"She warms his frost. He cools her fever."

I've been asked many times what my favorite book is, but I don't think I've ever answered that question adequately enough. After reading this book, though, I think I finally have my answer: Shadowfever is the best book I've ever read.

The book starts off exactly where the previous one left off, with Mac stunned after killing the beast. The first 5 or so chapters are heart-wrenching to rea
It was okay. -ish.

Not trying to be all judge-y but I'm slightly disturbed that no one (besides ME) seems to have issues with this book. I mean, HELLO! IT IS CHALK FULL OF EVERY HEINOUS SIN COMMITTED BY AUTHORS TODAY.

-Super Rape-y, emotionally constipated (sometimes violent) love interest(s). Check.
-Plot devices. Check.
-No resolution to certain important things EVEN THOUGH THIS IS THE LAST BOOK IN THE SERIES. Check.
Re-read 2015

4 stars
Yep. I knocked off a star after I did a re-read.
You know, when I originally read this, I'd mostly just drooled all over the book in my haste to find out if any of my theories were right.
I'd also not been exposed to Iced, so I didn't know that Moning was capable of writing a total turd.
There were three main things that stood out to me this time around, that I overlooked hadn't noticed the first time.

One, the pace was a bit too frenetic. I almost can't tell you what happened
Anzu The Great Destroyer
She warms his frost. He cools her fever.

That’s me every time I read the Fever series. Every. Fucking. Time.

Since I got used to giving you a song for each book, I guess I can do another one for Shadowfever as well. What comes in my mind that is perfect for describing Shadowfever is Porcupine Tree’s Sleep Together . I think my reasons are obvious. To the absolute joy of the female gender, Mac and Barrons couldn’t keep their hands off one another in this book. Get a room you guys!

The first time
I have an urge to shout "You're killin' me Smalls!!" I also love anyone who understands that reference. In any case, I am extremely excited and impatiently awaiting this book. I wish I had known before hand what kind of crazy a** ending Dreamfever was going to have and then I would have waited to read it--scratch that, I should have waited for the whole series. On the other hand, it is rather interesting to develop my own alternate endings for the series. Does anyone else do this?

Also, I'm temp
Karly *The Vampire Ninja & Luminescent Monster*


Book Love; as defined by The Vampire Ninja:

To fall into the pages of a book so entirely that your whole body weeps and soars with the characters moods, to entirely forget that you have a life of your own outside of its pages.

Dear Diary,

I just read the MOST amazing story!! I haven’t felt this sort of eclipsing joy over a series since I was 19 and I first read L.J. Smith’s Dark Visions trilogy. And as with that story, which just connected with all the emotions vying for su
Was it everything I wanted it to be? Was I satisfied with the book?

For all of those who know me and have been following my reviews, you know this series is my top fav and an absolute obsession! I have read so many books, specially paranormal and UF! And this is still my fav of them all. I have adored this series since book 1. I'm ashamed to admit I was terrified I wouldn't like this book for several reasons, specially because Barrons could not be much in it.I don't wanna write any spoilers so al
Jennifer Kyle
"You’re Mac, he says. “And I’m Jericho.”


How did fans live so long with book 4 ending like it did and then the wait for this book? The prior book had a brutal cliffhanger but Karen Marie Moning more than made up for that heart stopping ending with this book.

The Sinsar Dubh, everyone wants this damn book! Mac can feel it and can hunt it and so she is very useful to every being who yearns for it. Whether they want to use it for themselves or place it back under lock and key Mac is the girl ever
Liz* Fashionably Late
First Re-read: December 2014

Actual Rating: All the Bloody Stars


Intensely Masculine
Fucking Cataclysm
Constant Jackass
Tireless Lover
Without Limit
Stormy Night

He exists in a place that is beyond all rules for me.

This series is so good I actually had to clean my schedule to re-read it.

It consumes your time, life and soul.

You don't exist anymore.

Somewhere along book #2 or #3 you stop being a serious, respectable and admirable woman. You give yourself t
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
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Laura the Highland Hussy
Wow. Epic.

I am going to make this spoiler free so it may be vague and it may not be very insightful. Also, I'll probably come back later on and write a better review so I won't feel bad adding spoilers then. But now, it's just too new for me to spoil it.

Whew. I think that this was a great book. It took me through Mac's highs and lows, it pushed me and pulled me in so many different directions I began to feel like the Sinsar Dubh was this book and it has not only been stalking me, but my friends
I must apologize in advance, because you’re about to read mostly gushing and my experience reading this more than a summary of this story.

I’m so thrilled I picked up The Fever series and I’m really sad that this is the last book for Jericho and Mac. Well, at least for several years. The story got better and more addictive with each book. Shadowfever was COMPLETELY addicting. This series was AMAZING and I now see why there are so many devoted fans. I’m one of the obsessed now. This review is for
A thrilling, huge, conclusion to this series. So many questions were finally answered from the beginning of the series that I loved discovering everything as things were slowly making sense and the twists were amazing, and I'm so happy I read this series this month. It was exactly what I wanted to read when I didn't know what to read.
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

5 Stars!

This book is absolutely amazing! If you have not yet read this series, please do yourself a huge favor and start reading the first book, Darkfever, right away. This series MUST be read in order. Don't even think about picking up Shadowfever without reading the first four. This series is an experience. This kind of book is exactly why I read. This book took me to places that I can never go in a world that does not exist. I got to spend
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Karen Marie Moning is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the sizzling Urban Fantasy FEVER Novels set in Dublin, featuring MacKayla Lane and Jericho Barrons, and the paranormal romance HIGHLANDER Series, with fifteen books in print in thirty-six countries.

She is a winner of the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA award, and multiple RITA nominee. She graduated from Purdue Universit
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Other Books in the Series

Fever (10 books)
  • Darkfever (Fever, #1)
  • Bloodfever (Fever, #2)
  • Faefever (Fever, #3)
  • Dreamfever (Fever, #4)
  • Iced (Fever, #6)
  • Burned (Fever, #7)
  • Feverborn (Fever, #8)
  • Feversong (Fever, #9)
  • Untitled (Fever, #10)

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“He pulls me around and kisses me. "You're Mac," he says. "And I'm Jericho. And nothing else matters. Never will. You exist in a place that is beyond all rules for me. Do you understand that?"
I do.
Jericho Barrons just told me he loves me.”
“Some people bring out the worst in you, others bring out the best, and then there are those remarkably rare, addictive ones who just bring out the most. Of everything.
They make you feel so alive that you'd follow them straight into hell, just to keep getting your fix.”
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