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Evermore: A Novel of the Darkyn (Signet Eclipse) (edition 2008)

by Lynn Viehl

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Title:Evermore: A Novel of the Darkyn (Signet Eclipse)
Authors:Lynn Viehl
Info:Signet (2008), Paperback, 304 pages
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  romsfuulynn | Apr 28, 2013 |
Review for “Evermore” by Lynn Viehl

This is a novel of the Darkyn. They are vampires, no matter what name you apply to them. This is one of my favorites in the series. Byrne was saved by a 17 year old runaway from a convent back during the black plague. Jayr, though she still looks 17 after all this time, has been his faithful right hand and servant for centuries. She has learned to fight, organize the entire castle and still have time to obsess over Byrne’s every move. Wow, that is patient. I couldn’t do it. But is comes off as very romantic, sweet and not creepy at all. There is a lot of interesting internal plots and reoccurring characters through out the series. I got very attached to the growth of these people. Hope you do too. ( )
  mary1963 | Jul 31, 2010 |
One of the best of the series so far. Enjoyed the characters and the setting at a medieval theme park stocked with Darkyn. Also enjoyed the break from the Brethren storyline. Although a minor character in this book, the story of Robin of Locksley was cool. Look forward to his own book. ( )
  hoosgracie | Apr 13, 2009 |
One of the elements of the Darkyn series by Lynn Viehl that I just LOVE is the way Viehl has begun to take characters of lore and make them Darkyn, thereby giving them a fresh spin.

In Evermore, we get a dash of William Wallace, a whole heap of Robinhood and an entertaining tale that kept the pages turning til late in the night- or I should say, early in the AM!

The story starts out one rainy night when a bunch of two-bit thugs try to take down a young boy wearing an expensive Rolex watch, who just exited a downtown club. Much to their shock and dismay, the "young boy" ain't such an easy target. Not only is he Darkyn- the name for the former Templars cum Vampires in Viehl's world- he's a woman. And one who can fight like something out of the Matrix! She also is accompanied by two men who would give their lives for her, whether she knows it or not. The attackers have no chance of victory.

Jayr, made Darkyn during the last battle lead by Robert the Brus on the fields of Bannikburn, is the blood servant of Aaden mac Byrne (a seneschal, in Darkyn terms). Turned by Aaden that fateful day, she's served him well all these years- and secretly loved him just as long.

Byrne is harboring the same love for her and, naturally, neither of them realizes it. Byrne, the leader of the Darkyn in his area and Lord of a large castle nestled in America that he calls The Realm, is, however, ready to step down. He feels the tightly held steely control over his berserker nature slipping, and he needs to get away before he hurts someone he cares for- namely Jayr.

But things don't unfold exactly as planned, as Michael, the lead Darkyn of all of America and his blood-bound wife, Alexandra (hero & heroine from If Angels Burn) make their way to The Realm to choose a new leader.

A last tournament is to be held before the decision is made, but an old foe of Robin of Locksley- the close friend of both Jayr and Aaden- shows up to throw damper over the event.

There are many twists in turns in this novel and I don't really want to give too much away so I'll leave the synop here.

Evermore is much more romantic, in the classic sense of the word, then some of the other entries in this series. The torturous secret love that these two hold for each other creates a tension that sizzles when they are together. The characters have a depth to them which many recent novels in the romance genre have lacked. Though mellowed after all his years controlling his true nature, Aaden is old school- think Garwood Scottish historicals minus any lighter side- and Jayr so strong, yet so vulnerable, that you can't help but feel along with them.

As with all the novels in Viehl's series, Michael and Alexandra make an appearance and the continuing arc of their tale unfolds, giving us insight into the world that Viehl has built. Alexandra also makes a solid, defining contrast to Jayr that makes both characters more profound than without the juxtaposition.

If you haven't read a Darkyn novel before, you could pick this one up and not be lost, as it serves okay as a stand alone and too a major story arc resolved in the Night Lost- the novel before. However it is much richer having read the previous novels.

Unlike many series out there, this one gets better with each book released. ( )
  ZEEK319 | Dec 6, 2008 |
Most romance series are simply books inhabiting the same world, but Viehl's Darkyn series are an interrelated plot and if you read them out of order you will be lost. Even reading them in order, requires memory and commitment. I don't love these books, but everytime one comes out, sooner or later I read it. They are complex and medieval in tone, though set in the present. The Vampires, known as darkyn, haven't really caught up with the 21st century when it comes to their social structures. They are basically still iving as knight warriors (they were originally knight templars)
The series started when the Seigner of the US hires a doctor to fix him, and then she becomes the first human turned into a vampire since medieval times. We meet them again in this book, but while they are important to the story, the central romance is that of Jayr and Byrne. I actually liked Jayr's character, she wasn't like the usual vampire heroines. Byrne is the more typical tortured vampire, worried that he is losing control, worried that he will kill those he loves. But Jayr actually had a bit of a feel of a medieval woman, or at least not a 21st century one.
The plot is unbelievable and even ludicrous with weird coincidences and gaping holes (why the villian only kills one person and not all 3, how does that make sense?!) and it's also really obvious, but somehow the growing relation of Micheal and Alex, and the tension between Jayr and Byrne work. Not a keeper, but worth exploring, B+ ( )
  amf0001 | Apr 22, 2008 |
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The NEW YORK TIMES AND USA Today bestselling Darkyn series continues...

Jayr is proud to be the only female ever permitted to serve as seneschal to a Darkyn lord. But in her centuries of service to Master Byrne, she has fallen in love with him. Now, Byrne plans to step down and hand over the Jardin to another Kyn lord-a move that threatens not only Jayr's position, but her very life...

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Jayr, an immortal seneschal to Byrne, the Darkyn master with whom she is in love, finds her life in danger when Byrne, deciding to live a life of isolation, holds a tournament to find her a new master, which brings to light hidden passion, forbidden lust, and ancient grudges.… (more)

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