In the Books featuring Everville: The First Pillar by Roy Huff

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of IN the Books, featuring Everville: The First Pillar by Roy Huff.

Before you say anything, yes, I am reviewing these out of order. What can I say? It’s how I read them and I don’t do things the easy way. lol

Evervile book 1

About the Book: Owen Sage is the emblematic college freshman at Easton Falls University. With all the worries about his first year in college, he was not prepared for what would happen next. His way of life was flipped upside down when he mysteriously crossed into another dimension, into the beautiful land of Everville. His excitement was abruptly halted when he discovered that there was a darkness forged against both the natural world, which he knew well, and the new land which he discovered, Everville. He must devise a plan to save both worlds while joining forces with the race of Fron and The Keepers, whom both harbor hidden secrets he must learn in order to gain power over the evil that dwells in The Other In Between.

With a race against time to save both worlds, his short time at Easton Falls did not quite prepare him for the evil, dark forces he must fight in order to conquer The Other In Between.

My Review: This was a great opening to the series and introduced many of the characters I read about in the fourth book, so it was kinda cool to go back to the beginning after being introduced to the series.

Personally, I enjoyed the way Owen would suddenly find himself in Everville while he was in the middle of walking or holding a conversation. The confusion factor when he returned to Earth without missing any time is relatable to daydreaming. I know I missed more than a few conversations in my life because of a fantasy world being more interesting. That made Owen and the story all the more personable and easy to get into.

As the story unfolded, it was fun to watch Owen become the would-be savior as he needed to learn to balance the evented between the two worlds. As he grew in his ability to control his shifts, the altering between worlds became smoother for me and allowed me to enjoy it all the more. I don’t know if that was planned in some way by the author, but my hat’s off to him either way.

My only complaint is I really wanted to spend more time in Everville, but I know it’ll be explored further in the next couple of books, so I can wait.

It lacks the blood and gore associated with most fantasy books, making this an enjoyable read for just about anyone that enjoys a fast and fun read.

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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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