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.
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.