Isolated and alone, Sin Evernight is one of the most powerful supernatural creatures in heaven and on earth. As an angel of vengeance, he hunts down the darkest evil, but when his long-lost friend, Layla Starling, needs him, he vows to become her protector. Even though she will be horrified by the man he has become.
Now a famous singer and the toast of London, Layla believes that Sin is only here to guard her from rabid fans and ardent suitors. However, the truth is far more sinister. Desperate to avoid losing Layla a second time, Sin will face a test of all his powers to defeat an unstoppable foe – and win an eternity with the woman he loves.
Publisher and Release Date: Forever, July 2016
Place and time: London 1890
Genre: Paranormal/Historical Romance
Heat Level: 2
Reviewer Rating: 4 stars
Review by Wendy
It’s sad to say goodbye to Kristen Callihan’sDarkest Londonseries. This was my first foray into the paranormal genre and I found it to be compelling and addictive. Forevermore brings together many of my favourite characters of the series, not least the Ellis sisters – Miranda, Poppy and Daisy and their lovely husbands, Benjamin, Lord Archer, Winston Lane and Ian Ranulf. Their baby brother St.John, known as Sin, is the star of this final book and is the protégé of the oldest and most powerful Angel of Judgement, Augustus. Next to Augustus’, Sin’s powers are the most astounding and impressive of all of the paranormals living their weird and strange lives in Darkest London. But Sin has a dark secret, one that fills him with self loathing and which has separated him from his family.
Sin has known Layla Starling since their childhood in Ireland, where she lived under the protection of her guardian, Augustus. Now Augustus’s own powers are fading, he needs Sin to not only take on the mantle of Judgement Angel – which will make him very powerful indeed when coupled with the skills he already owns – but he also charges him with protecting his beloved Layla, who is herself only just coming into her own powers. Layla’s mother, Lena, whom we met in an earlier book in the series, is Damnation – a demon in direct opposition to Judgement. This means that Layla is in danger; as her mother’s daughter, she is sought after as a mate for THE Damnation – not an Angel but a son of the first fallen. Child of the devil… a means of breeding pure-blooded and strong Damnation demons and therefore carrying this dying line on. Layla must be protected at all costs.
I loved Sin’s character; beautiful, good and not at all unworthy as he believes himself to be. His dark secret is in no way his own fault and I did wonder why his powerful and intelligent sisters failed to realise that. There is also one quite noticeable inconsistency – in the beginning Sin is not able to bear human touch: … as if he’d sooner flay his skin off rather than endure another moment of contact… and then, quite suddenly and without further explanation, he is able to tolerate it quite readily!
There are some pretty impressive, catastrophic battles between the various forces for good and evil; gory and very descriptive. All I can say, is that I shall be looking up into the sky at night when next I visit London – St. Paul’s and Trafalgar Square will never seem the same again.
Whilst on the subject of St.Paul’s, there are a number of inconsistencies in the author’s description of it that had me scratching my head; she gives the impression of great age with her descriptions of the stone sarcophagi of England’s long-dead royalty, Knights, and heroes, which don’t exist – only the far more recent tombs of Wellington and Nelson who, although great and famous servicemen, are not royalty. At one point she refers to it as “the Abbey” – but it’s a Cathedral.
Apart from those inconsistencies, my overall enjoyment of the story was not spoilt. It was lovely to see this great series so neatly finished off with all threads brought together and good triumphing over evil. Recommended.