Title: The First Pillar [Everville 1]
Author: Roy Huff
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Rating: 1 Star
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.
Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
I received this book from the author in exchanged for an honest review.
I had hopes for this, the idea sounded pretty interesting. I’m sad to say that I barely remember a thing that happened in this book after I read it, the only reason why there is really a review to read is I was making notes in my kindle along the way.
The names of people or places ranged from simple to a bit complicated, however I did like a few of them. The idea of a place called “The Other In Between” is very cool. The writing was also kind of poetic and had a dream like feeling that I enjoyed. But the overall presentation of the plot fell flat.
We get thrown into the story with very little context to what is happening, or who our main guy was. When our main character discovers this new land and starts telling people about it, he makes a comment about hoping he is doing the right thing, however there is no context or thought process as to why he has suddenly started to tell people when he didn’t at the start and he believed the place was real and he wasn’t crazy.
There isn’t much emotion within the story. Things get spoken of dramatically but the characters are rather flat and emotionless and don’t develop throughout the story.
So overall I thought the story lacked depth despite a good concept and I could not connect to the characters at all. I won’t be picking up the next book.