Ever Darkening by Janeal Falor looked like something I would love to read. Alas, it fell flat for me. I don’t know how a book with insane attacking sheep failed to wrap itself around my heart, but it just did. Perhaps you will like it more — many reviewers seemed to.
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 received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. After Kaylyn kills off the last evil being in her world, something she’s been training for since childhood, she uncovers the unexpected consequences of her actions. Guilty and afraid, Kaylyn struggles once again to save the people she has always been charged with protecting. This is exactly something I would read, but it fell flat for me. I liked the primitive vibe I got from the people and their society. I liked the insane attacking sheep. I liked the supernatural power that Kaylyn and her people have, and I loved Kaylyn’s intense loyalty to her sister. However, I think the purity of the main character makes it hard to really feel a connection with her. Balance is key in everything, and her light never has a real moment when it falters, and that weakens the very internal struggle that is suppose to fuel the plot. The fact that people in the book are either wholly good or wholly bad messes with the overall theme. At times, the dialogue was stiff and the prose was choppy. The language and situations are appropriate for grades 7+.