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06 October 2008 @ 10:45 am
Book review  
I was fortunate enough to win an ARC of Lynn Viehl's latest (and last in this particular series) Darkyn novel, Stay the Night. This review won't contain any spoilers, so I won't bother cutting it.

Anyone familiar with the series probably knows this was Robin's book. Here's the Amazon blurb:

Outlaw, immortal vampire, and art thief, Darkyn Lord Robin of Locksley has evaded authorities for the last 700 years. At the moment, he’s falling for undercover federal agent Christina Renshaw, who has no time for an affair. She hopes to snag an elusive art thief, but soon has no choice other than to join forces with Robin.

When the chase becomes dangerous, both will have to choose between losing each other and losing everything they value...


Some of you might be aware that I fell in love with Robin when he was introduced in Evermore. I love flawed heroes and complicated villains, and Robin is one of the best examples of the former...or maybe of both. He is, after all, a thief.

I have been a loyal reader of Lynn's since I nabbed Stardoc off the SF shelves, and have thoroughly enjoyed her Darkyn series as one of the best paranormal romance series out there. Well written, it lacks the "cheese" factor that some paranormals have, and rides that line between 'urban fantasy' and 'paranormal romance', which all the best of both genre's do, IMHO. She threads her entire series with an ongoing arc, begun and continued by her first couple, Alexandra and Michael. Alex continues to search for a "cure" for her condition, and to treat those Darkyn who need the help of an expert surgeon. I love her continued irreverent attitude toward the arrogant and domineering Darkyn, particularly Richard.

I admit I was a bit skeptical as to how the author was going to wrap up so many ongoing plot points and storylines in one volume, but I shouldn't have been. I absolutely applaud Ms. Viehl, who not only gave us a very fulfilling 'main story' between Robin and Chris, she also expertly wove those other plot points into one fantastic whole, in and around the main story. They fit together seamlessly, and revealed answers that have been a mystery since the first book. I was left feeling extremely satisfied as a reader, but also hoping for more, as there is definitely a window or three of opportunity for more books beyond this first series arc. Meaning, while this book did tie up all those threads, it also left room for the story of the Darkyn as a whole to continue. Which I believe the author plans to do, in one form or another.

A few non-spoilery specifics:

~ Robin's supernatural "charm" avails him very little with his heroine. And gee, when you've literally been able to have any woman falling at your feet for a few hundred years, it seems it is very unexpected when one doesn't. I laughed and laughed, in those early chapters with Rob and Chris. :-)

~ For those of you who may have wondered, we do see Luisa's story continued in this book, and...well, one door closes and another opens...

~ One thing I really enjoy about Lynn's books - the secondary characters always feel like there is much more to them than what we see. Like they have their own stories going on, just not through the necessarily limited lens of this story. It makes them come off as three dimensional, rather than archetypes.

I love Robin, did I mention that? This was, unquestionably, my favorite Darkyn book. Not just because I love Rob, but I thought how everything came together to be resolved was fantastic as well. I was always turning the page to find out where things were going next, utterly captivated.

I hope some of these characters will make appearances in future books. :)
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Gwynna Stargwynnastar on January 7th, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
I just bought Stardoc (along with the sequel) the other day at Borders. They had a 40 percent off any book sale, so I couldn't resist going out shopping. LOL!

I'm only within the first few chapters, but so far I like her writing style. I don't normally read books written in first person, but the story sounded so good I decided to buy it anyway.