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Brimstone Angels: Lesser Evils: A Forgotten Realms Novel

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  • Posted March 23, 2013

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    Lesser Evils is Erin Evans¿ second book revolving around the twi

    Lesser Evils is Erin Evans’ second book revolving around the twin sisters, Feridah and Havilar. Her first book, Brimstone Evils, introduces these characters under the Legends of Neverwinter story line and continues to add depth and dimension to each character and their relationship to each other and those around them. Lesser Evils picks up where Brimstone Angels leaves off but there is very little reference to the original that the reader can consider each a solid standalone novel. I would consider reading both books in order though to fully appreciate the overall character growth but by no means is this required as both novels hold their own.

    In Brimstone Angels: Lesser Evils, power hungry mages from a returned city of ancient Netheril are seeking to acquire an artifact that may lead them to powerful magic, strong enough to dominate all of Faerun. The sisters become involved in the search for this artifact and time is running out as agents of the Netherese mages as well as other interested factions seek this treasure, not to mention the dangers hidden deep within the lost home of a long dead Netherese archmage.

    Erin Evans explores the relationship between the sisters, with Havilar seeking to learn about love and romance, and her own value, while Farideh tries to understand the her feelings toward her cambion benefactor, a beautiful half-devil who has given her access to hellish magic. The sisters must seek out this artifact in the midst of an eclectic group who each seem to have their own agenda, and without their adopted father present they need to trust each other and more importantly themselves even more.

    In this book, Erin is able to bring a refreshing approach to fantasy storytelling by incorporating the typical tropes of the genre but using personal relationships and interactions to tell the story: Feridah’s relationship with the cambion, Havilar’s crush with Brin, the scholar’s need to prove his capability beyond his failure, the priest who needs to protect his daughter even though she’s grown and reconcile his past with her, and the daughter’s desire for knowledge, no matter what means she takes to acquire it. It is these particular elements woven in such a way that make it compelling and interesting beyond just an action adventure story.

    The story carries a strong pace throughout most of the book, though it did seem to lag and lose itself in a bit of tedium toward the middle, just past the character’s entrance into the library. It was the exploration and development of the setting, a key piece of story element here, that seemed to run on its own tangent while leaving the characters and the forward momentum of the story a little behind. This section was thankfully short enough, it was as if the reader had turned down a dark hallway and got lost before stumbling back in to the lighted room with all the characters carrying on like it never happened. The story picked up and moved along quickly after that point, getting the reader fully vested into the story again.

    Overall, this is a great story and very enjoyable. This is definitely a recommended read and shows Erin definitely has storyteller chops and easily breathes life into the Realms. 

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