Faefever

Karen Marie Moning, Author . Delacorte $23 (327p) ISBN 978-0-385-34163-9

Urban Celtic fantasy slides down a dark, depressing slope in bestseller Moning’s third Fever thriller (after Bloodfever ), centered on a hunt for the Sinsar Dubh , a black magic book more than a million years old. As All Hallow’s Eve in Dublin approaches, the walls between the human world and Faery verge on collapse. Can former Georgia peach MacKayla “Mac” Lane prevent a total invasion of the Unseelie Court? Originally intent on avenging her sister Alina’s murder committed by Unseelie Lord Master, Mac’s now a power-player in the war between the Seelie (good Fae) and Unseelie (bad Fae), after learning she’s a Celtic sidhe-seeker who can sniff out OOPS (Objects of Power). Meanwhile, the attractive V’Lane, a death-by-sex Fae, wants Mac’s help in securing the Sinsar Dubh for his Seelie queen, Aoibheal. At the end, erotic shocks await Mac in Dublin’s vast Dark Zone, setting up feverish—if wary—expectations for the next installment. (Sept.)