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Evermore (Darkyn #5)

4.12  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,954 Ratings  ·  108 Reviews
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

ebook, 304 pages
Published January 2nd 2008 by Penguin Group (USA)
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Jul 24, 2008 Tina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 5th book of the Darkyn series.

Aeden mac Byrne is the suzerain of the Orlando Jardin and owner and operator of The Realm. To humans, The Realm is a very cool Medieval theme restaurant where they can eat big turkey legs, watch and participate in battles, jousts and archery contests. For the Darkyn, The Realm is a way to cling to a familiar time and place and enjoy the contests and games as much as the humans. Only they know that the swords and lances are made of sharp steel and deadly
3 Stars? 3.5 Stars? Viehl's books are interesting, but inspire such mixed emotions for me
I am so mixed in my feelings about Evermore, and truly, I always hestitate before buying the Darkyn books, because while there are always interesting parts to the books, Viehl in keeping her books on the dark side of paranormal romance, always seems to include a bit of twisted characters indulging in gratuous torture or victimizing sex-- I guess because when the 'good' guys are preditors that control humans
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 jus
No real review here, just me seriously tempted to list every little problem I had with this book...

There is a genius storyline, more like the format is genius, that wends its way through the series, involving the romance between Cyprien and Alex but I am sick to death of Alex's inane comments. She is sooooooo annoying, and what was with the dig on using the name Sookie. Jealous much... :)

And the two main characters in this book, they've known eachother for hundreds of years but suddenly they're
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
This is one of my favorite m/f books and I've read it at least half a dozen times so far. While the book isn't perfect (the scenes regarding Alex and her drama were seriously annoying so I skipped them. They really add nothing to the story), the development between the main couple, Byrne and Jayr, is just so sweet. The fact that they've both had unrequited feelings for the other for centuries is just heartbreaking. But more so than that, the fact that Jayr hates the way she is, not a child but n ...more
Nov 14, 2014 Theresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another good one. These just keep getting better. Lots of Scottish and British history and lots of involved plot and actions. Not so much fighting in this one, though they threaten it a lot.

Byrne and Jayr’s relationship is interesting. The way they play off each other sort of works, but after 500+ years of it, they should have figured out something by now or be completely bored and/or fed up with the situation.

And I still love Alex. She is so cool, I’d like to be her. Why can’t the Kyn world
Pros: So far I like this one the most out of the books I have read in this series. I'm finally figuring out what some of the strange terms mean. I liked the relationship between Jayr and Byrne. Loved how strong Jayr's character is even though she has her insecurities. Those just make her seem more human. The plot was interesting with a nice twist to it. Decent conclusion.
Cons: I'm not impressed with how the author so often makes sex so dark and twisted. The dreams with Alex and Korvel were
Dec 07, 2015 Tania rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lynn-viehl
"Evermore" by Lynn Viehl. Book 5 in the Darkyn series.

Absolute best one of the series! (So far...still 2 more to go!) Byrne and Jayr are a match 600 years in the making. I freaking loved this one! Byrne and Jayr have been mentioned in previous books but you can really read this book as a stand alone although if you start at the beginning, you will be more familiar with all the other characters.

Aedan Byrne is a Darkyn who is tired of being the leader of his jardin (group of Darkyn). He runs a kni
Aug 07, 2009 Natasja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
During a raining night Jayr is attack by a group of thieves who wants to take him down, only for an expensive Rolex watch. But the thieves are shocked when they discover that this young boy isn’t an easy target, because Jayr is not only a woman but also a Darkyn. She can fight like any male Darkyn and she is not alone, her Lord Byrne and his best friend Robyn are near. Jayr became Darkyn at an early age, during the last battle by Robert she tried to help a wounded man, not knowing that would cha ...more
Apr 17, 2011 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: x-read-in-2011
"There once was a rich man who tried to cross the river... What a dope, he slipped on rope, Now look at him shiver."

AHH Robin Hood - one of my favorite movies - Christian Slater, Kevin Costner...
Oh wait - This is a Darkyn Book Review :)

I have to say that this wasn't my favorite while reading most of it - I liked a lot of it, but I kept groaning when I pieced together the parts with Robin of Locksley, Nottingham - and even Maiden Marian - Yes you got that right - Robin Hood is Darkyn ...

The st
Heather Dalgarno
On the face of things, if asked to explain the plot of a Viehl Darkyn book, you wouldn't get very far before you felt pretty silly. Robin Hood as a vampire? That's odd enough for me, but given that the historic Battle of Bannockburn took place just 5 miles from my doorstep I found it pretty funny that vampire involvement factored so heavily in the victory the Scots took from that.....

So the plot lines may sound ridiculous, but the odd thing about Viehl's books is that when you're reading them th
Cid Tyer
May 28, 2010 Cid Tyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-books
The Setting — still America, but this time you’re bounced around between several different places as the plot thickened. Most of them are already locations and established, except the Florida Everglades. ~__^

The Characters — are what I seem to love about these books. I looked back on my previous posts and saw how much I wrote in this section. Oh well! Jaus has been one of my favorite characters, probably because of his tragic encounters earlier. What I thought was the established mold he would f
Apr 30, 2013 Johanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 26, 2008 Terra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read from this author and I must say that it will not be the last. Fablous, delicious, sexy with a smooth as silk storyline that will make you want more.

The author takes a tale of Olde England and turns it into spun gold. That is vampire style spun gold. The characters are not only likeable but loveable with the exception of Lord Nottingham whom you really want to hate. It's not a matter of the storyline making you want to hate him but just the aura of the character.
Aug 23, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I originally read this in Feb 2010 and had forgotten a lot of the complicated subplots of this story. Jayr is unique among the Kyn in that she is a female seneschal, a typically male profession. She secretly loves her suzerain Aedan mac Byrne and this complicates both their lives. Byrne has his own secret that is revealed at the onset of the story and shapes the plot. He plans to renounce his suzerain and holds a tournament to help select his successor. Multiple plots with twists and turns make ...more
Mar 28, 2009 Christel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any paranormal readers
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5th in the series.

Jayr is the seneschal of Aeden Byrne, Suzerain of the Orlando Jardin of the Darkyn and owner of the Realm. Jayr saved Byrne from certain death in the battle of Bannockburn and has secretly been in love with him since that day, even though he changed her to Darkyn.

Byrne is a centuries old Darkyn, battle for the freedom of Scotland from the English. But he is tired of trying to hold in his inner beast, a beast so horrible that he has decided to step down as suzerain of the The re
Missy Jane
Mar 30, 2013 Missy Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read most of the Darkyn series and this story is by far my favorite. This was my second read through and it only improved.
In this book Aedan mac Byrne is the suzerain (leader) of a group of Darkyn in Florida. One of his closest friends is Robin of Locksley (yes, that one) and his right hand is his seneschal Jayr. Jary is a woman but was turned into Drakyn at age 17 when she was half-starved. Her body never fully developed and she's often mistaken for a young man. She takes it all in stride
Brandt Anderson
This was an ok book for me. I think that is because I just randomly picked this book at the library and have not read the previous four novels. If I did, I most likely would have understood the world and characters better. So, this is probably a 3 - 4 star book, just needs the previous books to be read in order to better connect with it.
Donna Campbell
Jan 14, 2015 Donna Campbell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only UNBELIEVABLE part is they were attracted to each other for hundreds of years and neither "GOT" it. Well, and that it is a little hilarious that they are hiding at Medieval Times---of course that can only help their rep.
3 1/2 stars. Probably my least favorite of the series, though considering I thing the series is pretty darn good, it still makes this a good book. I just couldn't get into Jayr that much. I think the author spent too much time contriving an intriguing plot and left the character a little unconnected to the reader. Also Byrne's "talent" was left in suspense for too long IMO. It made it harder to sympathize with his difficulties in dealing with it. Additionally I felt Alex's dream problem could ha ...more
Sep 12, 2008 Ladiibbug rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#5 Darkyn (vampires) series

Very good! I so enjoy the world of the Darkyn, the some of the recurring characters from previous books.

This one was a bit different, in that many of the Kyn featured in this book have been around since the Middle Ages, and we learned of their history with each other over the centuries as they met again at the "Realm" in Orlando, Florida for Middle Ages games (fencing, jousting, ec.), meetings and fancy dinners.

I LOVED the love story with Jayr & her "master", Adean
Jun 15, 2014 Carrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loving the story of these vampires......Alexandra and Cyprian story just keeps getting better. O
I love the way the author keeps their story going while she tells us about the story of the others. A good series for me so far.
Jan 01, 2009 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good vampire book with yet new unique vampire characteristics (I'm always amazed that these authors can dream up new things to set themselves apart from Anne Rice). Also, kind of a strange twist: these vampires come from the middles ages and new vampires are rarely, if ever made modernly. So they are very old fashion in their thinking.

I would have give this five stars as it's riveting and very dramatic (hard to put down) but it completely crumbles apart at the end. It's like she didn't kno
Shannon C.
Great read! I liked seeing Michael & Alexandra again (they were introduced in book one and have had key roles in the subsequent books). I love both their characters. I also like how the author wove in the Robin Hood legend with Robin and Will. The plot was fast paced with many twists and turns. The ending was a total surprise! I liked Byrne and Jayr's romance once they finally got together--over 600 years surely they could have talked to each other sooner about their feelings?! Only thing in ...more
Jun 15, 2016 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Darkyn, Templar Knights changed by a blood pathogen to vampires, fight against The Brethren who see them as demons. Each book has a female who challenges the Darkyn’s outdated way of living. Spicy…
Oct 29, 2013 Lucia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fifth installment of the Darkyn series, which as a whole, can be too violent and crude for my tastes. However, I still enjoy so many elements of the Darkyn world and character building that I keep coming back to them. This book was no different, I found some parts uncomfortable, for example the kidnapped and raped housewife. These topics are never fun to read about, but in this case, it was completely gratuitous. This book also mixes elements of the tale of Robin Hood into the Darkyn ...more
Bethany C
Jan 30, 2010 Bethany C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought at first that the series was getting a little stale, and my one big gripe about it is that the continuous rapid introduction of several names/characters is a little confusing. But the more I read this book, the more I got really into the story. Definitely one of the best of the series. It just took a little while to sort out, and then really like the characters. Although I will say, that if you thought Alex Keller was getting slightly annoying before this book, this one won't change yo ...more
Gypsie Holley
This was really good. A wonderful twist at the the end and one I didn't expect. The love story of this was perfect. And what can I say I am a huge Alexandra fan. She is witty and tells it like it is. I love that the Darkyn don't know really how to take her. Again having her in the book most definitely promotes a better storyline. This one was much better than the last. Brief mention of the Brethen but other than a few lines it was all Darkyn in this book.

Best Quote of the book:

"Knights in shin
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
It's probably not a good idea to start a series at book 5, but that's what I did. I don't think it made much of a difference, to be honest with you. It was pretty easy to get caught up to speed, and I wasn't confused.

This one was OK - there were a couple of sweet romantic spots, the heroine was likable (for the most part), but then I had to remind myself that these characters had pined for each other for 700 years! 700 YEARS! And he had lots of sex while she, of course, remained untouched by any
Book 5 in the Darkyn series.....I found this installment to be refreshingly different without a Brethren threat. The struggles are all internal, within the Darkyn race. I loved Aeden mac Byrne (I'm a sucker for the Scots), but found his love interest, Jayr, to be frustratingly resistant, and for too long! She's a strong fighter and loyal servant, but completely in denial. For me, not enough focus on the romantic couple, but when we do see them together, it's very hot. Viehl does write some very ...more
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Also see S.L. Viehl, Gena Hale, Jessica Hall. Rebecca Kelly.

She writes mostly novels in a variety of genres and under several pseudonyms. Among them are science fiction (as S. L. Viehl), romantic fiction (as Lynn Viehl, Gena Hale, and Jessica Hall), and Christian fiction (as Rebecca Kelly). She has described herself as primarily a writer of romance: no matter what genre she is working in, an eleme
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