Evermore (Everless #2)
By: Sara Holland
My Rating 3/4 Stars
Genre: High fantasy
Page Count: 368
Synopsis: Jules Ember was raised hearing legends of the ancient magic of the wicked Alchemist and the good Sorceress. But she has just learned the truth: not only are the stories true, but she herself is the Alchemist, and Caro—a woman who single-handedly murdered the Queen and Jules’s first love, Roan, in cold blood—is the Sorceress.
The whole kingdom believes that Jules is responsible for the murders, and a hefty bounty has been placed on her head. And Caro is intent on destroying Jules, who stole her heart twelve lifetimes ago. Jules must delve into the stories that she now recognizes are accounts of her own past. For it is only by piecing together the mysteries of her lives that Jules will be able to save the person who has captured her own heart in this one.
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Hi bookworms, I hope everyone’s weekend is going well. This book was good but not great. I already felt kind of lukewarm about the first book and this one definitely continued that feeling. I am not sure if this is a duo logy or not, but this felt like the end of the story so if there is a third book I have no idea what direction it will take. This book really wasn’t bad, it just lacked a certain depth. The story seemed to move really fast, relationships developed in the span of a chapter, and I just didn’t believe that Jules could develop such strong feelings so quickly.
The premise and world building was very interesting and this book definitely had potential, it just failed to really live up to it. I think if the plot had been stretched out a little bit into more than one book and the characters had been really developed (maybe with a POV from Caro) this book would have gotten 4 or even 5 stars from me. This almost feels like a book marketed to pre-teens… Not in the content but in the writing style, it is more simple and straightforward than typical YA high fantasy books.
If you are looking for an intro into high fantasy that isn’t too intense or complex I would definitely recommend giving this series a go. But if you are expecting a traditional high fantasy with complex characters, and great development then this is probably going to be a disappointment.
Have you read this book? what were your thoughts? What do you think is an important element of a good high fantasy?