Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Review: Ever Darkening by Janeal Falor

Release Date: January 28th, 2015
Publisher: Chardonian Press
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Goodreads | Twitter

Perfection. Goodness. Elimination of evil. It's what seventeen-year-old Kaylyn has trained her entire life to achieve. But no one is prepared for the consequences of her actually defeating all evil people on the planet. Finally successful in her mission, Kaylyn faces an unfamiliar world, full of good people doing good things, in which she no longer has purpose.
When the skies grow dark, and a stranger from another village pleads for her help, her instincts roar to life. It turns out their perfect world isn't exactly what it seems. Kaylyn's new quest, harder than any she's been on before, will rip apart her friendships, her life, and her soul more than any evil man ever managed to.


I'm a big fan of Falor's other books, but this one just didn't cut it.
There was almost zero world-building, and even at the end of it, I'm still not sure where their magic came from, how they used it, why they believed what they believed, or pretty much...anything else.
Fantastic cover, though!

Kaylyn is the warrior who was chosen by her people's elders to become THE champion for good.
Their goal? Eradicate evil!
Because, evidently, either you're good or you're evil. There's no gray area in this world.
I think this was one of the many things that needed a lot more explanation.
There was little to no information on the BAD race of people. You eventually find out that (at least some of them?) had to choose to turn to the dark side, but how or why is sketchy at best. And then there were other weird things that sort of randomly popped up.
Like, the good guys seemed to have the ability to shoot fireballs out of their hands, but for some unknown reason preferred to chop at things with swords.
I'd be using the fireballs. 
All. The. Time.

Ok, Kaylyn and her band of warriors set out to help a bunch of villagers, who are having some sort of strange weather problems. But there's a bit more going on than just wonky clouds and animals acting strangely. I will say that Silence of The Lambs takes on a whole new meaning to me now.
Zombie sheep...nice touch.
Baaa! Chomp! Chomp!
That was sort of it for excitement, though. There was plenty of action, don't get me wrong, but I didn't care about the characters enough to get worked up over it.

And the ending?
What the hell was that?! I don't want to spoil anything, but Kaylyn does something evil in the name of goodness. And it didn't seem to bother her as much as you would think it would. Not only that, but the ending was so out of character with...well, just everything, that I had a hard time understanding why there wasn't more of a struggle going on with the main characters. The finale felt weird, rushed, and awkward.
There was some amount of resolution in the closing chapter, but it was too little, too late.

I don't understand what the author was going for with this story, but I've enjoyed her other books, so she's still on my to-watch list.


3 comments:

Carmel B said...

It's always such a bummer whenever an author you love disappoints you with one of their books. Writing those reviews are the WORST. Thanks for pointing out what didn't work for you, and why. It's helpful for on-the-fence peeps like myself.

Carmel @ Rabid Reads

Danielle Romero said...

Such a bummer. I really loved Falors first book, You Are Mine but then I read Mine to Spell and was totally bummed by the lack of follow through, it was like the first book was great and the rest are rushed. I considered trying this one but now I don't think I'll bother. I hope that with future stories she takes more time to really set the stage like she did in her first novel

Anne Hannah said...

Yeah, even that gorgeous cover couldn't save this one.

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