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
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.