The words that are used the most when speaking about this series are epic, amazing, unforgettable.. And after finishing it, I agree. MacKayla Lane and Jericho Barrons are characters that you won´t ever forget.
This is an epic story. Because it is different. These are not 5 books in a series like we are used to. This is ONE story divided to 5 books. You can´t read one book. You have to read them all. That´s the reason why I review this series as a whole. Every book (especially the last 3) ends with a cliffhanger and not any ordinary one. The Mother of All cliffhangers. A cliffhanger that will make you stay up till the morning because you just HAVE to read the next book.
Mac´s life was good. She was spending her days sunbathing by the pool in her parents´ house and evenings working as a bartender. Her life was easy, like a sunny summer afternoon. And then her sister was murdered in Ireland and Mac´s world was torn apart. When the police closes the case as unsolved, Mac decides to leave everything behind and travel to Ireland to track down her sister's murderer by herself. The first day she meets the mysterious bookstore owner Jericho Barrons and it changes her life forever.
The world Moning created for Mac is not a nice place to live in. It is a world ruled by dark Fae, deadly artifacts, dangerous enemies and ever-present illusions. This world is incredibly complex and Moning did hell of a job. Nothing it as it seems and with every answer Mac finds, dozens of new questions appear. The Fae are not cute little fairies from the fairy-tales, they are deadly and almost all-powerful.
Mac went through incredible character development through the series. In the beginning she was a young, optimistic and naive girl that only cared about the sunshine and fashion. The events that shaped her were brutal. In the end, there was nothing left from the Rainbow Girl she used to be. Being the only person able to track the Sinsar Dubh – a powerful object able to control both our world and the world of the Fae, her life became a living hell. With two dangerous men on her side, who have only their own interests in mind, always trying to use her, Mac was always alone. Because there was nobody she could trust. She was forced to become strong. She became a survivor. She didn´t have any other choice. We see the story unfolding from her point of view, we see her failures and her victories and in the end, she would be the one holding the fate of the world in her hands. Both literally and figuratively.
Dark, dangerous, brutal, sophisticated, intimidating, rude, the great unknown. Me and Barrons have a love-hate relationship. He brought the whole range of emotions out. I wanted to scream out of frustration. I wanted to slap him and kick his secretive ass down the road. I wanted to push him to the wall and *cough* ..kiss.. *cough* him. Basically the whole time we knew NOTHING about him. Not.A.Single.Thing. He NEVER tells Mac anything. He follows only his own goals and follows them with deadly focus. He is loyal to nobody but himself. And yet in the end, he is the only one that ALWAYS keeps Mac alive.
The „Death by Sex“ Fae. Deadly, terrifyingly beautiful Fae Prince.
„I am every erotic dream you´ve ever had and a thousand more you´ve never thought of. I am sex that will turn you inside out and burn you down to ashes..
.. and if I choose, I can make you whole again.“
Not from this world, he lives by the Fae rules and the Fae moral. Humans are nothing to him. And yet Mac is different. Through her, he starts to understand. Starts to care. But can a being that is almost all-powerful and immortal, to whom the time means nothing and humans are just ants under his shoe ever really know compassion, love, trust? Where Barrons is the dark night, V´Lane is the sunny day. And yet they are both equally dangerous and equally deadly.
The characters in this series are brilliantly written, multi-dimensional, with many layers, having their own demons inside. In Moning´s world there is no black and white. There are only millions shades of gray. You will think about everything that happened even days or weeks after you finish.
It is urban fantasy on its purest so don´t expect hot scenes. But expect a great story that will stick in your mind. The series is written from Mac´s point of view and is full of her thoughts. The writing style is a little too descriptive for my taste but I loved every minute of it. It will break your heart and then heal it.. only to break it again. Bravo, Mrs. Moning. This series is one to remember.
And in the end one of my favorite quotes:
"One day you will kiss a man you can't breathe without, and find that breath is of little consequence."
My rating: 4 EPIC STARS
And my two favorite clips.. My only complaint is about how they pictured V´Lane in the first one and in my mind, Barrons ALWAYS looked like David Gandy :-)