Monday, April 5, 2010

A Lynn Viehl wrap-up, part 1

Here we go, finishing off the rest of these Viehl reviews. I hope my attitude about this self-imposed assignment hasn't turned anyone off these books. I liked them enough to keep reading them so please take that into account when reading what I've written here today.

Abandoned by his fellow Darkyn, Gabriel Seran is in continual torment as a prisoner of the religious zealots known as the Brethren. His only hope for rescue lies in Nicola Jefferson, a thief seeking a holy relic-and connected to Gabriel in more ways than she can possibly imagine...

Night Lost is the fourth book and revisits a Darkyn I believe has been mentioned in one of the first three books. Michael and Co. really have dropped the ball on this one, leaving Gabriel in the Brethren's evil clutches for YEARS. This is also the book in which the Darkyn King, Richard, has snatched Alex away to somewhere in the British Isles (can't remember where exactly) so that she can cure him. He's been changing over the years, becoming something grotesque that is seriously testing his control and he's about had enough. At first, Alex resists, refusing to help and trying to seduce the guards into letting her out. Apparently, if a Darkyn and his mate are separated for too long, they go into some kind of heat. Her curiosity gets the best of her in the end and she starts to work on Richard's blood.

Meanwhile, Gabe and Nick are traveling to eventually reach the King as well. Gabe is pissed, with a capital P, and wants to know why they left him behind. At first, he's still recovering from his injuries, blind and very weak. By the time he's fallen for Nick, he's regained his sight and is learning quite a bit about her.

This chapter in the Darkyn series was okay. I liked Gabriel more than I liked Nick throughout most of the book but by the end, she was redeeming herself. The Alex plot was more interesting than the rest, as is usually the case. Night Lost was better than Dark Need. Actually, it was the second best in the series up to that point.

Up next: Evermore

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