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- Publication Date: April 29, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00WWO1CC2
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #697,738 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"In many ways I found myself pulled into the complex world of Everville and saw shades of Narnia...If you or your children like tales of adventure with lessons of character along the way then this is a great series for you." - Jackie Cooper #1 AMAZON HALL OF FAME REVIEWER
"Huff's novel took me to a different place, where daily life is somehow seen as only a surface-rippling manifestation of its beyond and beneath. It was this mix that was interesting to me as the book moved me ever so swiftly between portals of worlds somehow far distant, yet juxtaposed, in time and space to each other." - George F. Simons
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Readers are quickly transported to a different world, only to find it connected to portals in our own, and to curious possibilities of times and element. Can the vanquished be forgiven? Can wrongdoers repent? And can unforgiveness foment the disastrous undoing of everything? Student Owen Sage might find himself paired with an unlikely partner as his next quest begins, taking him from Easton Falls University to a place where giants and dragons might fall. And worlds hang in the balance.
Author Roy Huff has created a wealth of different worlds and characters in this series, with scenes reminiscent of Lilliput standing side by side with Tolkeinesque monsters and dangers of the middle ages. Add time travel’s curious complications and the possibility of redemption, seek the Seven Pillars of Truth, and read to an exciting conclusion that complete the tale and promises more to come.
Disclosure: I was given an ecopy a long time ago. I’m just sorry it took me so long to get around to reading it. I shall enjoy this series.
There's no surprise that the EVERVILLE series is consistently best-selling. The author's talent and imagination shine through in every paragraph and character. Whenever I read fantasy or science fiction--any speculative fiction--I constantly marvel at the creativity required to build new worlds. Author Roy Huff builds multiple worlds in each volume, and keeps them all running consistently. Another point to mention is the bedrock of hope for positive change. Mr. Huff teaches us that mistakes, although desirably avoided, are nevertheless natural, and that selfishness, greed, and other character fats, can be overcome; even virtual failures may become rejuvenated individuals.
The author generously provided a digital ARC for review purpose; no remuneration was exchanged.
Roy paints amazing cinematic stories through his written words. Once you read this book, you'll see that his work is consistently well done!!!
Don't take my word for it though...
...GRAB YOURSELF A COPY!
If the proof is "in the pudding", Roy will definitely serve you up a big 'ol bowl of it!
The author has a great talent for writing and is one of my favorites now and look forward to more from him.
The Fall of Brackenbone is a highly imaginative book that would appeal to young adult readers who enjoy fantasy novels.
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The novel is well paced and contains some interesting characters. It is also a fairly easy read, and I would imagine most people could complete the book in a few sittings. In terms of target audience I would imagine it is pitched at the young adult market and I can further imagine it being quite a hit with that age group.
The only downside is the length of the novel. I was introduced to fantasy via Tolkien and Robert Jordan and enjoy a lengthy novel. This one was over far too quickly for my taste. Another 100 pages at least next time Roy!
Please note I was provided with a complimentary copy in order to write this review.
It is well written, fast paced and certainly held me interest in that it had me reading from page one until the end as I was only able to put it down when desperate for sleep. It's a great book and one I would recommend to YA fantasy readers, as the world building is superb and spot on. I enjoyed it immensely and may even end up checking out the previous three and the ones that come after this book. Overall, a good read and well earnt five stars!
Fourth in the Everville seriesI found it confusing then Roy sent me the other three free of charge.
With his permission I now include reviews of all four books.
The First Pillar
I find many modern fantasy novels boring but Roy HuffÃÃ,Â¢(tm)s novels are an exception to this and well worth reading. This is the first in a series of which four are available and in all honesty I could not put the first one down.
In this, first novel all starts blandly. Owen, the central character, and two friends are Freshers at Easton Falls University. While just settling in Owen feels a bit queasy so goes to the university clinic for a checkup. Seems a boring beginning but as the doctor starts taking blood for examination, he finds himself elsewhere in free fall.
All somewhat ÃÃ,Ã,Ã,Â¢Alice in WonderlandÃÃ,Ã,Ã,Â¢ but his fall ends differently as he falls slowly in total darkness. Finally he lands in dim light on a soft pile of some strange soft substance. Managing to stand he walks around and finds a bowl of strange fruit on top of a crate on which also lies a note stating simply breakfast.
What follows is devoid of Aliceness. He finds the fruit so delicious he eats the lot while noticing strange markings on crate and fruit. Hunger satisfied he follows a corridor leading to a sign simply stating Welcome to Everville, a very strange dream indeed.or is it ?
A tall humanoid creature emerges from the shadows welcoming him and saying they have much work to do. He guides him to a door with a sign saying Keepers Workshop,admits him, and informs him everything in this world is out of balance and great effort must be taken to save Everville.
He then awakens in the Clinic where the doctor tells him he had passed out and had food poisoning. Was his experience a dream ? Was he actually sick or did Everville really exist ?
Recovered he attends Orientation with his friends Dante and Anika but that night, as soon as he closes his eyes, he is back in the Keepers workshop where the imbalance is further explained and how he is involved in its rectification. The Keeper has him put a hand on a strange device and much knowledge is transmitted.
Seems the imbalance is caused by The Others, an evil race who are effecting other worlds including ours. The Keeper represents a benevolent counter force but the struggle against him is much darker.
He then meets some of the Fron, one of the races of the inhabitants of Evermore. Small, hairless, and very friendly with a love of living and enormous appetites. This group are assisting the Keeper in his battle.
The Others kidnap people from The Light. depositing them in The Other in Between where they wander in a mindless existence and 15% of the Fron have been taken in this way. Owen awakes in his room at College, meets his friends, and they discuss campus student clubs they can join.
They attend an introductory meeting of The Echo Club are intrigued by its vague information so join. Owen gets a feeling that this Club, the University, Everville, and all humanity are linked somehow. The friends also join The Arts club where paintings can give a subconscious message to the viewers. Seems there is more to this University than simply producing graduates.
There is much more than I can outline in review as the link with Everville grows and the friends get ever more involved in the battle between good and evil.
Will Owen prevail in the struggle as it worsens ? And what is The First Pillar and can it help mend the break ? Who is the traitor supporting The Others at the University seeking to open the portal which will give them entry?
The books are available on KINDLE and also as a paperback, I cannot recommend them strongly enough. They contain much philosophy and some very real esoteric material.
Expect reviews of the other three in due course.
Everville: The First Pillar book #1
Everville: The City of Worms book #2
Everville: The Rise of Mallory book #3
Everville: The Fall of Brackenbone book #4
City of Worms
This is the second in this Fantasy series and I advise those who have not read Everville, first in the series to read no further as they will end up confused.
For those who have started on this series Owen, the central figure is back at the University, now severely damaged in a storm caused by THEM the Others during the final battle. Things like a dark cloud bent on influencing others towards a path of utter evil. OwenÃÃ,Â¢(tm)s dear friend Dante lies in hospital in a coma caused by his loss of all energy while supporting Owen in the quest and the final battle, for now. A coma from which there is no known cure.
The traitor in their midst turns out to be a respected professor who died expending energy to the armies of THEM. Owen returns to The Keeper who sets him on a new quest which may take Dante out of. his coma.
Meanwhile Oldrik, another Keeper embraces the dark side along with a few Fron followers including Elmer, Calvin, and Mallory who embark on their own evil quest to The Dark Forest to contact THEM for advice and support, and power.
Using Oldriks powerful staff they descend underground to the Land of the Giants, a race of enormous, powerful humanoids. Avoiding them they pass into a dark passage illuminated by insect forms on the walls but as they proceed they are transformed into hideous slimy creatures of evil.
The true Keeper commissions some Frons to intercept the Dark ones and sends them through a portal to another land where they meet the Ubaloo who stand just a metre tall. Another delightful race and with great strength despite their size some of who join the quest.
And so the epic proceeds... to say more would spoil it. Will Dante recover ? Will the Fron and Ubaloo complete their mission or will Oldrik and his evil followers destroy them ? Are there any other traitors back at the University ? What is The City of Worms and why is it important ? Towards the conclusion Owen is faced with a terrible decision in his quest for The Second Pillar ? Buy the book in paperback or ebook and learn all,
The Rise of Mallory
Once again I advise anybody new to this series to read the previous two books Evervale and The City of Worms before reading this review. After the rout of the enemy forces Mallory sets out on his own accompanied by a powerful companion he acquired in The City of Worms that possesses vast amounts of The Element.He also contest a student at the University to his evil ends. His aim is absolute power while forming alliances with other nasty forces he intends to destroy after their usefulness expires. This includes the companion he collected in the City of Worms.
The Fall of Brakenbone
Yet again I advise anyone unfamiliar with the events in the preceding excellent three volumes
While on College vacation at home he discovers an amazing truth which confirms a vision in the Third Pillar. Owen locates the young traitor now a derelict on the street. He forcibly drags him towards Forgiveness and Enlightenment as he forces him to join in the research for The Fourth Pillar. The Keeper of the Pillar Owen is set on an incredibly long quest. The old enemy breaks the truce and unites with other evil beings to destroy all of Everville. Having collected large amounts of . The Element it starts a huge final battle. They attack Brakenbone in force...Will they destroy this great City. If so what about the inhabitants ? Will all the other cities also succumb ? If you have read the previous three novels you do not need me to assure you this volume is of the same high standard. Will there be others in the series ?