"a true delight to read"
Ever since the day Jayr gave her human life to save Byrne
many centuries ago, she has served as his faithful
seneschal. She has been his protector and has seen that
his every need is fulfilled...by other women. For even
though Jayr has loved Byrne for all this time, their love
is forbidden as that between master and seneschal.
In his mortal life, Aedan mac Byrne ruled as laird of the
mac Byrne clan. He was fierce and battle worn and spilled
more than his fair share of English blood in Scotland's
fight for freedom. It was during the battle at Bannokburn
that Byrne met his fate. Lying in a pit dying, Jayr
accidentally stumbles upon him and saves him. From that
moment on, Byrne has never forgiven himself for destroying
Jayr's innocent life and causing the only scars that mar
Jayr's flesh. He can't stop thinking about how she saved
his life all those years ago and yet, that was how he
repaid her. He's loved her as he's never loved anyone
else -- or ever will -- but he knows that their love can
never be. Byrne has now grown weary of not only this
half-life that he is living, but also as serving as
suzerain of the Realm. He plans to have one last
tournament in which Kyn lord from around the world will
compete; but unbeknownst to them, Byrne plans to offer the
winner the position of suzerain of his jardin. Little does
Byrne realize that this not only will put his jardin in
jeopardy, but Jayr's life, as well.
I must admit that when I first started reading this book, I
was pretty confused. It had been almost a year since I'd
last read Night Lost and I just had a really difficult time
getting into the rhythm of the book. However, I know that
stems from my own personal issues of having to always read
books in order so I'll know what is happening and who the
characters are. And therein lied my problem -- I just
couldn't remember who Jayr & Byrne were. Actually I guess
it's more of a case that I couldn't remember if I was
suppose to remember Jayr & Byrne.
I love the Darkyn series. The books are dark and erotic
and filled with so much intrigue, that I just can't put
them down until the last page is turned. Jayr and Byrne
are two characters with both so much honor that they have a
difficult time transitioning from their original roles as
suzerain and seneschal and into the roles of lovers.
They've both harbored this deep, passionate love for one
another for hundreds of years, yet both were scared of
offending the other or having their feelings rebuffed. I
still remember picking up the very first book of the Darkyn
series, If Angels Burn¸ and just being floored by this
fantastic and unique twist on vampirism. Luckily, Ms.
Viehl doesn't disappoint me here either. Evermore was a
true delight to read.
Reviewed by Mippy Carlson
Posted December 21, 2007