- File Size: 1228 KB
- Print Length: 232 pages
- Publisher: Roy Huff; 1 edition (February 5, 2013)
- Publication Date: February 5, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BCOQSSQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #664,284 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Everville: The First Pillar Kindle Edition
|Length: 232 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible narration with Whispersync for Voice. Add narration for a reduced price of $1.99 when you buy the Kindle book.
Matchbook Price: $0.99
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Customers who bought this item also bought
Top Customer Reviews
The writing is rich will details of life, lands, relationships, and backstory. Interlocking storylines tell the tale of a Keeper saving his world as well as Owen’s own tale—stories that combine fairly naturally by the final pages. Choices have deep, slow-growing consequences that can “transform kindness into hatred and good into evil,” and the pleasing truth, after all, is that not “everybody cheats.”
The First Pillar is rich with ideas, themes, and important lessons in the courage of right choices. It’s a long slow read, but an enjoyable tale with plenty more (and more Pillars) to come.
Disclosure: I got it on a deal and I offer my honest review.
I liked the way the normal world and the imagined world were intertwined and thought the main character was refreshing. Lately I haven't found many fantasy novels with truly likeable characters. I liked that this one was young, energetic and although uncertain, quickly became a good hero. I would think this novel would be of particular interest to the younger crowd, but I don't see a reason why an adult wouldn't enjoy it as well. I found this to be very good as a whole and would certainly recommend it to others. This looks to be a very promising series.
There have been a lot of books where evil waged war with good, but in my opinion, this one pulled it off better than most.
"Everville: The First Pillar" is a book that may probably be welcomed by those who read for plot rather than by those looking for more than a mere sequence of interesting events. Owen Sage and his childhood friends, Anika and Dante, are called upon to save Everville, a world described as "somewhere between here and there and sometime between yesterday and another day." In the past, the inhabitants of Everville, the Fron and its guardians, The Keepers, have been able to protect Everville from the attacks of an evil force they simply refer to as "Them." But this time, emboldened and mysteriously strengthened, Them are about to conquer Everville. Author Roy Huff does not waste any time in plunging Owen into Everville (he practically falls into it). Unfortunately, his fantasy tale of a world faced with extinction is marred by its telling.
The book needs to be proofread more carefully. There are misused words (for example, using "board" for "bored" and "waste" for "waist"), awkward transitions, inconsistent spelling of names, and constant shifts in points of view. These are errors that can be easily corrected. But there are at least two flaws that make the story flat and amateurish and thus, less convincing and satisfying to the readers.
First, reading "Everville" is like listening to a friend recount a 2-hour movie in 10 minutes. Mr. Huff's narrative leans heavily on exposition. Events are reported and explained. Characters tell what other characters are like. What baffled me was that the author spent time describing food and buildings in detail, but when it came to characters, they were tagged a few adjectives and then summarily dismissed. The cave dwellers are described as pessimistic but the reader is not given a chance to see them act pessimistically. The Keeper's pet is said to be a "magnificent marmook" and-- that's it. Readers have to take that at face value because nowhere they are given a fundamental image or reference from which they can visualize or see what being a magnificent marmook entails. Actually, to this day I'm still trying to decide whether a marmook is like a dog, like a monkey or what. Also, because characters are hardly dramatized, the author misses opportunities to create the kind of memorable scenes that would make the characters unforgettable.
Second, any English major student knows that if you want to be a serious writer, you are not going to declare that the butler did it when you didn't have a butler in the first place. And yet, that is exactly what Mr. Huff does in Everville. To effect the resolution to his story and without establishing precedence, he makes a character show up all of a sudden in the book and then simply announces that he's the "bad guy". Discriminating readers will feel cheated by the use of the deus ex machina because it gives the story an artificially contrived ending and reveals a clumsy handling of the plot.
Everville and its inhabitants have the potential to attract the attention of readers. They are likable and interesting. However, Mr. Huff needs to spend time fleshing out the details and most importantly, he needs to study writing techniques and how to apply them. Only then, Everville may become the place of magic and grand adventures readers would love to return to over and over again.
Disclosure: In compliance with the FTC Rule, 16CFR, Part 255, I disclose that the author solicited a review and that the book was acquired when it was on sale for free. I received no monetary compensation and I was not required to write a positive review. This review is solely my own opinion. It has not been edited or approved in any way by the author of the book or his publisher.