★★★★ 4.5 DARKLY INTRIGUING, MIND-BOGGLING, FAST PACED STARS.
"My philosophy is pretty simple - any day nobody's trying to kill me is a good day in my book."
MacKayla Lane's carefree life is brutally turned upside down when her sister, Alina, is murdered during her study year abroad in Dublin, Ireland. When there are no clear leads to who the killer might have been, the police quickly pronounce Alina's murder case closed. But MacKayla "Mac" is determined to find out what happened to her beloved sister and she decides to take matters into her own hands. On her quest towards the truth, she decides to go to Dublin and find out who killed her sister so justice can finally be served.
What she doesn't expect to find there is a whole new world of darkness and danger in which none of the players can be trusted or believed. Not long after her arrival, Mac discovers there's more evil in the world than she could have ever imagined and everything she's believed up until now seems doubtful and uncertain. Threats lurk around every corner in the city and no one seems to want her around.
Jericho Barrons is the one who eventually offers her protection and solace in the choatic and danger-filled city of Dublin. Barrons is the enigmatic, mysterious and slighty dangerous awner of the bookstore "Barrons: Books and Baubles".
"He wasn't handsome. That was too calm a word. He was intensely masculien. He was sexual. He attracted. There was an omnipresent carnality about him, in his dark eyes, in his full mouth, 'n the way he stood. Gewas the kind of man I wouldn't flirt with in a thousand years."I he was winter, I was summer. If I was sunshine, he was night. A dark and stormy one.
Barrons helps her in her quest for the truth but his biggest prioriteit is finding the Sinsar Dubh aka the Dark Book. One of the dark Hallows and the most powerful relic created by the King of the Unseelie. Since finding the Book was Alina's dying wish, Mac assists Barrons in his searching that leads them to the most dangerous and untrustworthy habitats of the city.
And then there's V'Lane, Prince of the Seelie and right hand of the Seelie Queen. With his power, he's able to seduce any woman he comes across and leave them broken and deranged once he's finished with them. Still, this Seelie seems to be "one of the good guys" who offers Mac protection in exchange for her help in his own quest of the Dark Book. But Mac still doesn't trust him; because with the Fae, you never know which hidden agenda they might have.
"Dealing with the Fae is like dealing with any addiction - you give in, they'll own you; you resist, they never will."
In this intricately designed web of lies, danger and deceive, who will Mac be able to trust? Will she ever find her sister's murderer and the much needed satisfaction of revenge? The end of this first part of the series does not end with a cliffhanger, but it did leave me wanting much more answers! I started reading the next book, Bloodfever, right away!
"There are really only two positions one can take toward anything in life: hope or fear. Hope strenghtens, fear kills."