I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Everless by Sara Holland
on January 2, 2018
Series: Everless #1
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
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 was one of those books that I just didn’t know if I’d like. I was wary for some reason. The premise sounded intriguing but I so often don’t love debut fantasy books. I’m so happy that I told myself to get over it and pick it up. Everless was wild ride and a fabulous debut.
This is a world where the time in your blood is currency. If you can’t pay your bills time is taken from the end of your life. To add to that horror, the world is corrupt. Most people live very hard, short lives while the rich live for hundreds of years. Their circumstances were appalling, but the dynamic was so interesting. I really loved how unique the concept of the story was.
Jules was a fine main character. She didn’t stand out a ton for me, but I liked her. I felt like it took her a long time to figure things out but the jpurney to get there was interesting, so I won’t hold it against the book. She was a bit naive and bullheaded but likeable none the less. There’s slight romance but not much. I’m anxious to see where that story line goes.
Everless has quite a bit of mystery for a fantasy novel. I figured some things but not all. I loved seeing it all unravel with Jules. There were plenty of twists and turns that made the book hard to put down. That ending is going to make the wait for book two looooong.
Everless is the start of a super unique new fantasy series. I’m already anxious to get back into this world! It was a captivating debut and I’m so happy I took the time to read it.