Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Science Fiction
Number of pages: 230
Published April 1st 2013 by Roy Huff (first published February 7th 2013)
Everville: The First Pillar Book #1: Amazon (kindle) / Amazon (paperback)
Everville: The City of Worms Book #2: Amazon (kindle) / Amazon (paperback)
Everville: The Rise of Mallory Book #3: Amazon (kindle) / Amazon (paperback)
Owen Sage is the emblematic college freshman at Easton Falls University. With all the worries about his first year in college, he was not prepared for what would happen next. His way of life was flipped upside down when he mysteriously crossed into another dimension, into the beautiful land of Everville. His excitement was abruptly halted when he discovered that there was a darkness forged against both the natural world, which he knew well, and the new land which he discovered, Everville. He must devise a plan to save both worlds while joining forces with the race of Fron and The Keepers, whom both harbor hidden secrets he must learn in order to gain power over the evil that dwells in The Other In Between. With a race against time to save both worlds, his short time at Easton Falls did not quite prepare him for the evil, dark forces he must fight in order to conquer The Other In Between.
I would like to start with saying that I really enjoyed reading this amazing first book in the Everville series! I can’t really find one word for it! To my mind, I find it as an amazing combination of the bravery from Lord of The Rings, the friendship from Harry Potter, the struggle from The Hunger Games(I haven’t read the books yet but I am familiar with it) and it also gave me the nice feeling like the one you get after reading Artemis Fowl! It is a really wonderful combination of all the elements that there should be in a book of this kind. Do not imagine it as a copy of the books I have mentioned before because it is not! Huff brings us a new world, Everville, a fascinating place that we can picture while he reveals it’s hidden magic.
The beginning of the book was a blur for me but then it all started to make sense. The action takes place in the normal world and also in another place called Everville. There is a great connection between the two worlds and the one who must restore the ballance is a boy called Owen Sage.
Owen is a college freshman at Easton Falls University who, together with his best friends, Anika and Dante, tries to enjoy his normal life. But his life seems not to be as normal as he thought it would be. Being drawn into the world of Everville when he expects it the least, the boy discovers the danger that threatens both the land of Everville and his own world. Them are a threat for both dimensions, and the evil from The Other In Between must be reduced. To save the two worlds Owen has to find out more about The Keepers and Frons and also rely on his friends Anika and Dante while going through a series of experiences at Easton Falls.
This book is mostly switching between the two worlds from one chapter to another. It is really nice to see Owen in his normal world, inspecting the university clubs and enrolling in an interesting competition but in the same time to keep a track of The Keeper from Everville and his early times. As the action progresses Owen finds out more things about the Fron and The Keepers, things that will help him in the battle with Them.
I really loved the author’s writing style and I found the Roundabout competition really interesting! I also liked reading about Carwyn’s journey and the obstacles he had to overcome with Dagda at his side.
The creatures and beings that Huff invented are really amazing! I love the Fron since they are filled with positive feelings and I pictured them in many funny ways(readers do that I guess).
I recommend this book to all the fantasy lovers, and not only them, since it is a rich source of imagination that keeps your eyes glued to the pages!
I can not wait to read the next volumes! I am sure that they will also be interesting reads!
“The sun was shining. It was warm, and the gusty cold wind that had arrived unseasonably early left as quickly as it came. This seemed to make me a bit happier, and for the moment it helped me suppress any thought of Them and The Other In Between. All I was thinking about at this instant was my first class.”
“Carwyn gazed at Ewan, then peered across the cave that was now his refuge from the ravenous creatures that were banging against the massive stone blocking the entrance. Carwyn and Dagdan both wondered how long the stone would prevent the hundreds of wild animals that were waiting for their first opportunity to demolish the stone and rip them to shreds.”