I was lucky to receive an advanced review copy of Lesser Evils, so this review will contain absolutely no spoilers. I very much enjoyed this, the second novel in the “Brimstone Angles” series. Erin M. Evans is becoming one of the Forgotten Realms rising stars, and is well deserving of every bit of praise I intend to lavish upon her. With her twin tiefling protagonists, Farideh and Havilar, Evans has created a pair that will steal your heart…or perhaps cut it out. Her characterization of the insecurity and indecision inherent in any seventeen-year-old is perfectly portrayed, and the banter between these two will have you nodding and smiling at every turn. Temptation, power, jealousy, young hormones and the fear of what they are and what they could become play like the fingers of a virtuoso harpist on the reader throughout the story. Choices of good or bad, not only in who she is, wants to be and should be, but also in with whom she will share her first kiss, wreak havoc on within these two young women, and the reader will find themselves rooting for the bad as often as they are rooting for the good.
Intrigue upon intrigue laced together with plenty of action dominate this novel. If you dislike complex plots, I will warn you, you may have difficulty keeping up. Nothing is as simple as it seems, and Evans pulls no punches. The reader will find themselves biting their fingernails at every turn, as the characters often do, not that which might be logical or ‘good’, but that which plays into their own motivations. Girls will be girls, and devils will be devils, after all, and the righteous must adjust their prejudices as to what is ‘right’ and what is ‘good’, not by their preconceived notions, or who they are judging.
You will be seeing more from Erin M. Evans, without a doubt, for there is trouble brewing in the Realms, and when the dam breaks, she will be riding the crest of the wave. Well done, Erin, and may your tumultuous twins find themselves deep in the midst of the chaos when all the hells break loose! I look forward to the mayhem!