MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens.
When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae….
As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane–an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women–closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book–because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands….
This book was what started my love for urban fantasy books. I first read this years ago and it remains one of my favorite series ever.
Ever since this quarantine started, I’ve found myself rereading my favorite books. Personally, I’m a huge fan of rereads and since I have a bit of extra time this past month, I’ve been seeing if my favorites are still my favorites. I am happy to say that this book still holds up after all these years. This is the third time I read this book, and I love it just as much as when I first read it.
“You want to believe in black and white, good and evil, heroes that are truly heroic, villains that are just plain bad, but I’ve learned in the past year that things are rarely so simple. The good guys can do some truly awful things, and the bad guys can sometimes surprise the heck out of you.”
So let’s talk about MacKayla Lane. Personally, I love her. A lot of people don’t like her, a lot of people grew to love her. But I loved her from the very first page. I feel like a lot of people don’t see anything from Mac beyond her pretty surface. Yes, her favorite color is pink. Yes, she loves to accessorize. Yes, she’s one of those people who replaces curse words in her head. She comes off as very stereotypical, but there’s a lot underneath. As soon as her sister is murdered, you can see the grief and vengeance come off her and she’ll stop at nothing to avenge her.
Let’s talk world-building. It’s pretty great and it continues throughout the series. No info dumps, you learn as Mac learns, but you’re never bored. The plot just gets bigger and bigger as the book progresses and eventually the series. It’s action-packed and ultimately a wild ride.
Let’s talk Jericho Barrons. He is quite literally terrifying. He’s my ultimate book boyfriend, but if I ever met him in real life, I would start screaming. He’s unapologetic and would have no idea or desire to comfort you, but something about his brutal honesty draws me in.
“Sometimes, Ms. Lane,” he said, “one must break with one’s past to embrace one’s future. It is never an easy thing to do. It is one of the distinguishing characteristics between survivors and victims. Letting go of what was, to survive what is.”
The only reason it gets four stars is because the series gets so much better.