|A shining continuation of Viehl's Darkyn series, Evermore is
primarily the story of Jayr, seneschal to leader Aedan mac
Seven hundred years ago, Jayr saved Byrne from a trap, and
he subsequently killed her by taking too much of her blood.
To heal, the Darkyn (modernized versions of vampires who
regardless hate being called vampires) require blood. To
save her, Byrne changed Jayr to one of the Darkyn, and she
has been at his side since, the only female seneschal. The
two are in love with each other; Jayr's suffered since that
night on the battlefield. Byrne, being your typical man,
has only recently realized.
Both are stubborn, and Jayr doesn't want to cross the master/seneschal lines since she
has great pride, especially in her job. Byrne doesn't want
to get involved with Jayr because he's always cared about
her, and he plans to leave the area (a big fuss is made out
of Byrne's "affliction" which is a demonic rage that causes
him to plow through everyone in sight, leaving a bloody mess
in his wake, and he's recently decided he just can't control
Twined throughout is the snooty and secretive Lord
Nottingham (yes, of Sherwood Forest). He's bringing up
history that the Darkyn have left buried. And, since Robin
Locksley (aka Robin Hood) is in residence for this year's
tournament, a lot of old hostilities are being raised.
Suddenly, secrets from everyone's pasts are popping up, and
as usual, Michael's (the head American Darkyn guy)
girlfriend Alexandra is at the center of it.
Evermore does rely heavily on the backgrounds that have been
developed in the previous Darkyn novels. I did read the
second book without having read the first, and I caught up
quickly enough, but I think the series is more enjoyable
read as a series instead of as stand-alones. Both Jayr and
Byrne are real characters, which Viehl has had some issues
with in previous characters; often, just one of the pair is
fully fleshed-out. The reappearance of Alex and Michael is
pleasant, since they have an on-going plotline that makes a
small appearance in each book.
Using the Robin Hood theme was very fun, especially bringing
up the gory history between Locksley and Nottingham.
Intermingling that history with Jayr's was even more
interesting. All in all, Evermore is better thought-out
and has much stronger characters than Viehl's previous
books. A whirlwind but highly satisfactory ending in
addition to a few tasteful-yet-steamy romance scenes will
please even those readers who don't generally enjoy
paranormals and would be a good taste of something different
for people who love historicals.