“Well, I'm now behind on my own writing, because I couldn't tear myself away from Lesser Evils. Then again, I'm only behind by a single daybecause I really couldn't tear myself away from Lesser Evils. If the next one's not out until tomorrow, it's still too far off. And if Evans is not already a name spoken of as part of the true Forgotten Realms pantheon, along with Kemp, Cunningham, and Salvatore, it can only be because she has fewer books out, and thus hasn't reached everyone yet.”— Ari Marmell, author of Agents of Artifice, The Conqueror's Shadow, and the Widdershins Adventure series
“Lesser Evils is incredibly immersive and technically brilliant. I love the complex characters and layered plot, and the dialogue is sharp, natural, and brimming with personality. It’s one of those books where you forget about the fact that you're reading a book, and just experience the story as though you were there. Erin M. Evans has a rare talent. She's one to follow for sure.”—Susan J. Morris, author of “Writers Don’t Cry” column on Omnivoracious, an Amazon.com books blog
“Lesser Evils will leave you begging for more from Erin M. Evans. Intrigue upon intrigue and a host of unforgettable characters interwoven into a plot that is riddled with heart-stopping action.Who could ask for more!” —Chris A. Jackson, award-winning author of Scimitar Moon
Mere weeks after escaping Neverwinter, Farideh’s dreams are still haunted by Lorcan, the cambion devil whose power fuels her own. One of only four known descendents of the original Brimstone Angel, Farideh has no regrets about the pact she made with the devil. But no one in the Hells knows that she has a twin—an impulsive eager sister, just waiting to be corrupted. At least as long as Lorcan can keep her secret. Determined to protect her sister, Farideh searches for a ritual that could call Lorcan out of the Hells. But in the midst of her hunt, she’s drawn into an assignment for the secret society the Harpers, an assignment which leads her and a ragtag group of allies to an ancient Netherese library deep underground. While the group combs the site, dodging ghosts and magical traps, Farideh discovers a magical book whose pronouncements throw into question everything she thought she knew about herself and her sister. The more the Book gives up its macabre secrets, the more one thing becomes clear—a traitor lurks among them.
If you are looking for more from Erin M. Evans, search for “The God Catcher” her debut novel about a woman who may be a dragon—or who may just be criminally insane.
If you are looking for more in this series, search for “Brimstone Angels” by Erin M. Evans about Farideh, a kickass heroine sets out to unravel the schemes of an evil succubus in the ruined city.
If you are looking for more kickass heroines, search for “Gauntlgrym” by R.A. Salvatore, featuring the alluring and powerful Dahlia Sin’Felle who squares off against the legendary Drizzt Do’Urden.
If you are looking for more epic fantasy series, search for “Homeland” by R.A. Salvatore, the first book in the epic Legend of Drizzt.
If you are looking for more sword and sorcery, search for “Sword of the Gods” by Bruce R. Cordell, the story of an angel given mortal flesh to act as an assassin for gods who no longer exist.
If you are looking for more stories set in the Forgotten Realms, search for “Twilight Falling” by Paul Kemp, about Erevis Cale, an assassin with a conscience.
|Publisher:||Wizards of the Coast|
|Product dimensions:||4.36(w) x 6.72(h) x 1.09(d)|
About the Author
Erin M. Evans got a degree in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis—and promptly stuck it in a box. Nowadays she uses that knowledge of bones, mythology, and social constructions to flesh out fantasy worlds. She lives in Washington State.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Just Fantastic with the best title I've since the first installment!!!!
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.