Title: Ever Darkening
Author: Janeal Falor
Release Date: January 28th 2015
Age Group: Young Adult
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 have been a fan of Janeal Falor since reading her Mine series and was pleased to realise that Ever Darkening continued to follow the fantasy format in which she has written previously, with a female protagonist at the centre of the action.
Janeal Falor appears to intentionally downplay romance within the story, although there is some. Instead, she focuses upon the fear and apprehension of the characters whilst they watch their world being consumed, as evil tries to restore its tenuous balance with good.
Kaylyn has been training for 7 years, chosen to be the one “to save the entire world from evil”. She is joined by her fellow Zophas in this fight against the Malryx. They battle with swords and also their Zophasken, a magical energy which enables them to sense the evil around them.
A little confusingly, Ever Darkening begins as Kaylyn defeats the last of the Malryx, struggling to return to a normality which she has never experienced. Yet soon a small group of Zophas, led by Kaylyn, are called back into action when a neighbouring village asks for their help.
Janeal Falor’s story develops as Kaylyn, Marsa, Jorrin and their friends investigate the darkness which is invading the village, it’s livestock and surrounding forest. As the frightening events unfold, Kaylyn emerges as a strong leader, despite her original doubts.
The novel is more sinister than any Young Adult story I have read recently and Janeal Falor builds her plot in a way that holds our interest. Though I found the ending shocking and cruel I also recognised it’s necessity. I would recommend it to a more mature YA audience and now hope to read Marsa’s version of the story in Savage Light.