Lynn Viehl: Evermore

This is the 5th book in Lynn Viehl's Darkyn series. The first book of this series, If Angels Burn, was so good it really blew me away. The other ones, I think, are of varying quality, and this one is mediocre for a Darkyn book - but still much better than most of the vampire books out there. Aedan mac Byrne is a suzerain of the realm - or, in other words, he's the leader of a group of vampires owning and operating a theme park in Orlando, Florida. Jayr (that's supposed to be a girl's name, people) is his faithful seneschal, which means she's his right hand. Thus they have spend many centuries together. When Aedan plans to step down from his function, there's a tournament at the theme park, and all sorts of mischief happen. Secrets are revealed, and somebody tries to kill Jayr...

This is by no means a bad book, and it's well written like all the Darkyn books. My problem was that I didn't like the protagonists all that much. I could hardly empathize with them, and their characterization is fairly rushed, meaning the author doesn't spend a lot of time letting us get to know them. On the other hand this means there is a lot of action in the book, which is a good thing. But unfortunately, Alex, the first book's heroine and a recurring character, isn't up to her usual form either. But she's still one of my favorite fictional characters. This is a "satisfactory" book (Grade C).