Release Date: 10/11/11
Recommended by Charlaine Harris, author of the series that inspired HBO's hit series TRUE BLOOD, this new #1 Bestselling series will take readers by storm! He calls me his Queen of the Night. I'd die for him. I'd kill for him, too. When MacKayla Lane receives a page torn from her dead sister's journal, she is stunned by Alina's desperate words. And now MacKayla knows that her sister's killer is close. But evil is closer. And suddenly the sidhe-seer is on the hunt: For answers. For revenge. And for an ancient book of dark magic so evil that it corrupts anyone who touches it. Mac's quest for the Sinsar Dubh takes her into the mean, shapeshifting streets of Dublin, with a suspicious cop on her tail. Forced into a dangerous triangle of alliance with V'lane, a lethal Fae prince, and Jericho Barrons, a man of deadly secrets, Mac is soon locked in a battle for her body, mind, and soul.
I’ve become a fan of Karen’s since I started the Fever series currently being reprinted by Gollancz, month by month, so when this latest title landed I couldn’t wait to get my hands upon it. Sitting down (and taking a break from Skyrim) I grabbed the title, pulled my blanket round and sat down with my tankard of mead (appropriately Bunratty) to enjoy a cracking Urban Fantasy set in Ireland.
What unfurled within was a book that took its time to get going and spent a lot of time revising the events from previous titles, which considering that I’d only read them recently left me feeling a little cheated, almost as if the author didn’t have enough material to have the full book on its own, yet as it developed we started getting additional elements that helped Mac, the principle character grow. The reminders were there so that you could see how far she’s developed and then it adds real spice and fear for the reader as the story unfurls with the choices that she makes bringing consequences that she’ll have to learn to live with.
As with the others, its cleverly done, the plot line is wonderfully inventive and when you add the authors own personal voice alongside great prose and cracking pace (for the later part of the novel) it’s a book that gives the reader a little lull before the real storm hits.