In the Books featuring Everville: The Fall of Brackenbone by Roy Huff

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Everville: The Fall of Brackenbone by Roy Huff.

Disclaimer: I received a free ebook copy in exchange for an honest review.

Roy Huff

About the Book: Two very different worlds, Easton Falls University and the magical realm of Everville are in dire need of a hero. Owen Sage embarks on an epic journey of monumental proportions to save these worlds all while fighting to keep the world within himself intact. This quest is not for the faint of heart nor is it for the weak of mind-only the bravest will succeed. Discovering the well-kept secret of The Fourth Pillar of Truth is only part of the feat. Owen will have to outwit the ever-powerful villain Governor Jahal and overcome countless other challenges along the way. Amongst all of the dragons, giants and grand chaos, will Owen’s acquired skills and wisdom be enough to save both worlds or will peril be the ultimate fate of all?

My Review: This is a series I was looking forward to reading for a while now, so this was the perfect opportunity for me. The author said this could be read as a stand-alone novel and I think it does work well like that. Yes, previous events and characters are mentioned throughout, but I didn’t think it took anything away from the story. If anything, it heightened my interest in the other books.

Portal series can be tough to do, especially if the reader is taken between a fantasy world and modern day Earth or a future world. While it took me a couple of chapters to get used to the switching world, it’s nothing new in a fantasy novel, so take my critique with a grain of salt.

The characters were enjoyable and felt real for the most part. My only complaint is Owen felt like everything he did was right and he seemed incapable of making a mistake, and the hundred years time with Jacob to bring them together seemed rushed. I’m a huge fan of damaged characters and would’ve loved to see Jacob’s journey in greater detail, but that’s just my opinion.

As I said before, this is my introduction to the series and I enjoyed it. I’m planning on reading the earlier books to fill in any gaps in my understanding of the worlds and characters. I look forward to further books by this author.

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About CP Bialois

Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I'm just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves. For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them. I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick. As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me. While it wasn't exactly the perfect beginning everything I've ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I'd like to share some of the ideas I've had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they're always fun to write and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
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