Paranormal author Karen Marie Moning has just revealed the cover of her next MacKayla Lane story (affectionately known around these parts as “the Fever books”). This story will feature Mac, the same determined Southern heroine that readers have gotten to know and love over the past few years. But in a fun twist in this series outing, MacKayla is getting graphic! That’s right Fever Moon is a graphic novel that will be in stores on July 10th.
The Fever series started as traditional print books in 2006 with Darkfever, which introduced readers to Mac, a spunky Southern heroine in her early twenties who travels to Ireland to unmask her sister’s killer — only to realize that she has the ability to see the Fae, and they aren’t too happy about it. It’s not long before Mac is torn between two enigmatic heroes, the sensuous dark fae Vlane, or the rich and powerful Jericho Barrons. Mac knows that she can’t trust either man, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t each steal a piece of her heart. (Chilling, right? I certainly thought so.)
Five books later, Moning wrapped up the series with 2011’s Shadowfever. This story found Mac struggling for answers, with a tired heart, devastated by so many loses. She is resolved to find a way to control the forces of evil that pulse and shift around her. This story is a fantastic read, an adrenaline-charged race to a finish line, with more than a few surprise twists. The book was rated an RT Gold, and was nominated for an RT Reviewers’ Choice award.
And it doesn't look like Mac will be taking time off anytime soon. Fever Moon is an original story from Karen Marie Moning, which has been adapted into a graphic novel by David Lawrence and illustrated by Al Rio. In this installment of the series, Mac and Barrons work together to defeat “the most ancient and deadly Unseelie ever created, the Fear Dorcha.” When it becomes clear that this epic evil is hunting Mac, slowly killing those closest to her, Mac’s only weapons are her lover, Barrons and the Spear of Destiny.
Looking at the newly revealed graphic novel cover, Mac certainly looks like she’s ready to take on all comers. The heroine is a lot more “mad, bad and dangerous to know” than on the traditional print books and I couldn't be more excited. (The most recent version of the Shadowfever cover, which you can see here, features a girl with black hair.) But while the print cover conjures up a dark and mystical air, I think that this illustrated story certainly suits Mac and co. well. The flying dragons and the contrast between the red moon and her blond hair and black clothing make it clear that fans are in for a double dose of heart-pounding action.
Am I the only one who thinks that this version of Mac looks kind of Buffy-esque? Even if I am, honestly, that’s not a bad thing in my mind. Because if there’s one thing that the graphic version of Mac leaves me thinking, it’s that we can all rest easy knowing that she’s got humanity’s back!
So I want to know, what do you think of the cover of Fever Moon? Tell me in the comments below. And don't forget to mark your calendars for the book's July 10th release. For more genre coverage be sure to check out RT's Everything Paranormal & Urban Fantasy Page!