Warning! ~ There will be spoilers in this post.
When Karen Marie Moning first introduced us to the Fever series in 2007 with Darkfever, we had no idea of the world we would be stepping into as we followed pretty pink Mac across the Atlantic Ocean to Dublin in search of her sister’s killer. What we found was a city rich in old magic and teaming with life unseen by the average human being. But Mac isn’t your everyday girl, and she introduces us to so many interesting players.
But it’s Monday, which means we are here to shoot the breeze about immortals. So let’s focus our talk. Ms. Moning has given us no shortage of material in this book series. And in so discussing we will undoubtedly spoil a few things for people who haven’t read them. So, if you aren’t familiar with all five books and you think you want to read them – turn back now! Go! Run quickly. No seriously, I’d hate to ruin anything for any of you. But I will take every precaution to keep the biggest surprise under wraps. Of course I can make no promises about what’s said in the comments. (Note to readers: think about who may be reading your words before you publish a comment. Please don’t give away the BIG surprise!)
Through MacKayla (Mac) we get to move amongst the many Seelie and Unseelie (Fae) that inhabit the small town of Dublin. When she arrives in the old country, she is surprised to find them out in the open and unseen by others. At a cozy little pub we meet our first Unseelie and it will in no way be our last.
Unfamiliar with the term Unseelie? The Unseelie are the bad guys. The dark, ugly, twisted side of good. They’re the fae likened towards evil-doing and they’re generally malicious and unkind. Often times they’re far from pretty (in this series), as described by Mac – but not always. In the books we meet many different classes, but are led to believe there are far more beyond what we’re shown. Of course, not knowing their real names or classifications, Mac makes up her own names for them such as Gray Man or Gray Woman, the Rhino boys, the Many-Mouthed Thing, the Shades, or the Hunters. There are several others named in the series, these are just a few of the immortal forces our protagonist must fight up against.
So if Dublin is crawling with all these immortal fae known as the Unseelie, however will Mac save the day? Ah, now you don’t really want me to tell you that do you? But like any good series there are artifacts and players with lots of clout. Oh, and the disgusting interesting side effect gained from eating Unseelie flesh. It’s like gaining a super-charged boost!
On a side note: When searching the worldwide web for a cool picture or drawing of a rhino boy I couldn’t find one. BUT… my search turned up this hot number! I so would not mind fighting a rhino boy if he looked like Gerard Butler.
Did you know that Seelie originally comes from the word seely in the Scots or Middle English language? It means happy, lucky, or blessed. In the same manner Unseelie comes from the word unseely, meaning unhappy, misfortunate or unholy. The Unseelie meaning has a real nice fit to it, but I have yet to read a really good book where the Seelie are depicted as a happy, lucky bunch. They’re not as bad as the Unseelie, but you must still tread lightly when dealing with one. They can easily give in to their mischievous side and avenge insults. They’ll toy with you in the most hurtful way for they only see it as amusing.
One of our lead characters falls into this later category of Seelie. The very beautiful, practically impossible to resist V’lane of the Queen’s royal court. When Mac first comes across V’lane she can think of only one thing – SEX. Sex, sex, sex, sex, sex, sex, sex, and more sex! That’s right, I did mention that this was an adult book didn’t I? Failed to? Oops. Well, this is very much for the big girls and boys.
V’lane shows up and Mac practically bends over ready to take it every which way. And I do mean take it, as in an erotic way. She’s ready to do it right there and then in the middle of a public library. Why? Oh my gawd! Because V’lane is a Death–by-sex fae. How is that for an immortal title? All shiny, amazing and oozing of sex. Yikes! Would you want to die by sex? It’d be a hell of a way to go now wouldn’t it! If you want to know how she gets out of that one you’ll just have to pick up the book.
He is our favorite Seelie in the series and gets the most coverage of all the fae. But as Ms. Moning points out on her site, he had a horrible PR person. (Major spoiler coming) Having read all the books I honestly believe that V’lane had feelings for Mac, but he played the cards all wrong. Had he been upfront with her right from the get-go and told her the truth, maybe things would have turned out differently. It’s possible she would have understood his side of things more clearly. But it was not to play out that way.
As a Seelie he has lived a multitude of lifetimes. Watching other Seelie drink from the waters every cycle to forget their years and start anew, V’lane very discreetly slipped by unnoticed in the ritual thereby holding onto his years. In the end he is able to share much more information with Mac than he otherwise could have. But too little too late as I always say.
Ms. Moning does a great job of making you really want to like V’lane despite his countless (screw)-ups.
Jumping on the amazing success of the Harry Potter and Twilight films, Dream Works recently optioned the film rights for this series. It’s possible that like the Hunger Games and Cassandra Clare’s City series, that is presently finalizing casting, we could see this story come to the big screen in the near future. Fans have jumped on the bandwagon with a few casting ideas for V’lane and have been sharing them on Karen Moning’s chat board. Here are some of the possible V’lanes people are talking about. ..
Would you be excited to see this series come to the big screen? Have we missed anyone you wanted to talk about? Maybe that elephant in the room we’ve danced around, trying to pretend X isn’t there? Well, if you are up on all the books (seriously – you must have read all of them or have no desire to ever read any of them at all to go any further) and would like a little something special from that character’s POV, I have a special surprise for you!
But I must warn you, should you choose to go past this point it is not for the individual who blushes easily. That’s right, this is some very racy stuff. Oh yeah, it could very well steam up your screen. I am talking HOT! So hot you might need a shower afterwards. So tread lightly if such material twists your stomach in a knot and gets you all hot and bothered. All others – enjoy! (But DON’T open the link when children are present. Ms. Moning included a graphic. o_O) –Boing
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