Book Review: Everless
‘Blood is money. Time is power. Desire is treachery. Welcome to Everless’.
In the kingdom of Sempera, Jules and her father have been surviving. Life is harsh and many have made the hard decision to trade in years of their lives for gold. Gold that means they can afford to pay the rent to the Everless estate. The estate that Jules and her father had to flee years before.
Jules knows her father is getting sick and she is desperate enough to do anything to save him. Even if it means going against her father’s wishes and volunteering to work as maid at the Everless estate. An estate that Jules grew up on, an estate that belongs to her old playmate, an estate that has secrets her father doesn’t want to her find out. An estate where time is wasted as if it wasn’t a precious commodity. An estate that could mean the end to Jules’ life if she is not careful.
I love a good court intrigue tale and this book doesn’t disappoint. The Queen is visiting Everless with her ward, so that the ward and Roan can marry. Except Roan maybe still likes his childhood friend Jules. Or could just be a typical playboy around any female that gives him the time of day. His older brother Liam however, is much more intriguing. Jules has to learn to navigate this life and quickly if she wants to survive and that should not include trusting either of the brothers. Especially since rumours abound regarding the Queen and what she does to subjects she doesn’t like and what exactly did become of her last ward?
What I did love about Everless were the female friendships that form, the complex female characters, the folk tales surrounding the Alchemist and the Sorceress who apparently were the ones to turn time into gold in the first place. Then there is that town that appears stuck in a time loop…
This one does have some interesting plot twists and it does leave you with a bit of cliff hanger where you do want to know what will happen next. Is it the best YA fantasy I have ever read? No. Did I enjoy it? Yes. Will I continue? Yes.
Everless was a bookclub pick for me and I am glad it was as I may not have picked it up otherwise. The world was an interesting concept, incorporating myths and legends and compelling characters that makes you keep turning the pages to figure out just what is going on.
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