AUTHOR: Sara Holland
TRIGGER WARNING: None that I know of
WHERE DID I RECEIVE THIS?: HachetteNZ sent this to me in exchange for an honest review!
In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.
No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.
But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.
Everless is a ya fantasy that follows a young girl, Jules Ember as she tries to understand who she is, and why her father warns her to stay away from the queen.
Everless follows Jules life as she lives in a small town, barely getting by, till when she ignores her fathers wishes and goes to Everless, the city that holds the queen, a woman who has not aged and once upon a time, walked with the sorceress.
This fantasy novel focused a lot on lore, it gave the world a folk tale that people believed in or despised, like so many of our tales in our world. It gave the story another edge, allowed it to seem more realistic to me as ideas were based off the folk take and how when it came to life, so much was explained.
The plot of this book really lags for the most part, until the end it is quite slow and confusing, but in the last 150 pages it really picks up, twisting and turning rapidly until it ends, leaving you wanting the second book almost immediately.
I think my favourite part of this was the characters, they were all intriguing and hid a lot about themselves which made them far more realistic, there Was a love triangle, however for once! There wasn’t a bad guy, one was misunderstood sure, but when it turned out he was good, it also turned out the other wasn’t bad. It was quite refreshing
Overall this is a really good classic YA fantasy and I’m intrigued enough to pick up the second book when it comes out.
-the folk tales/mythology behind the world
-the characters and how well they were built
-the surprising plot twists
I DIDNT LIKE
-the first 200 pages, they were quite boring
until next time,