Finally... the agonizing wait for Faefever is over and we now usher in the torturous downtime until Dreamfever. I trust everyone is back on schedule after having put their lives on hold while reading Fae. I swear, we should have been able to declare the 16th a national holiday. Well, if we start now we could have a movement going for next year. Who's with me? By the way, how do you know your man's a keeper? When he sees you ogling your Faefever Countdown widget with 10 hours, 42 minutes, and 15 seconds left to go and says, "do you want me to go to the bookstore while you're at work tomorrow?" Hoo-wee!
Now, let's get down to business. The book. Be warned: there will be spoilers.
I gotta say, to start off, that reading the first three chapters in advance muted some of my excitement over this book. About 20-30 % me would go back in time and change that decision. I think because I ended Bloodfever feeling like anything could and would happen in book 3, but with the sneak previews of Faefever I had too much time to form expectations about the rest of the book. I come away from Fae feeling like I didn't get what I wanted. Somewhat. Because -- let's be frank -- this series is fricking awesome. I'm always happy to read what KMM has to offer. So let's just move on to the funner parts.
V'lane... honestly I found him boring until now. His predictability was quite underwhelming when placed next to the ever-mysterious Barrons. Now V'lane has substance, and I like a man with substance. I loved the whole scene at the abbey and other side-seers, with him and Mac meeting in that gray area of compromise more and more. It adds to one of my favorite themes of the series: the complexity and complicity of Mac.
As for Mac and her complexity, can we say, "mental breakdown"? I mean, holy shit. I can't say I was shocked or surprised by where the story ended, but I'm deeply impressed by KMM's balls. I can't think of many authors who would go down that path. I felt myself going psychotic just reading this book. It was great. Only Lilith Saintcrow's Dante Valentine series has ever had the same hold over me, pulling me into the ever-darkening, ever-fracturing psyche of the main character. Why, it gives me chills. I'm on edge, waiting to see where Mac goes from here. Usually when I get all excited over a series, it's due to an intriguing male character and the romantic/sexual tension between couples. Mac, however, is fascinating in her own right. Thank Odin that KMM chose a first-person perspective for these books. I can't imagine the series would be half as delightful otherwise. Barrons actually took a backseat in my interest during this run (facilitated by his absence from much of the plot). And I can live with that, surprisingly.
Who else is peeved that we didn't get to see the MacKeltars? I can't believe they still haven't made a real entrance. Christian is cool, certainly more interesting than any of the modern-day MacKeltars have been 'til now, but I'm dying to see how Daegus interacts with Barrons. And wouldn't you love to know what Adam would have to say about this whole situation? Here's hoping we'll see him and Gabrielle again in the future. And I miss the silent conversations between Barrons and Mac. Those were excellent, not to mention hot.
I'm forcing myself to stop here, as I could write about this book/series all day and never run out of comments.