Hey everyone! Everless by Sara Holland is now out in the world and since I was lucky enough to receive an early copy, I’m able to review it for you already! (It would have been even quicker but I was silly and left my book at work…)
In case you haven’t heard about it, here’s the premise of the book:-
In the land of Sempera, the rich control everything – even time. Ever since the age of alchemy and sorcery, hours, days and years have been extracted from blood and bound to iron coins. The rich live for centuries; the poor bleed themselves dry.
Jules and her father are behind on their rent and low on hours. To stop him from draining himself to clear their debts, Jules takes a job at Everless, the grand estate of the cruel Gerling family.
There, Jules encounters danger and temptation in the guise of the Gerling heir, Roan, who is soon to be married. But the web of secrets at Everless stretches beyond her desire, and the truths Jules must uncover will change her life for ever … and possibly the future of time itself.
I was initially sceptical about this one as there was a lot of hype, but I actually really enjoyed it! Many people have made the comparison to the movie In Time and while the premise is similar, this is so much better due to its fantasy setting and all the royal plotting and intrigue. Also, there is actually minimal romance and I feel like the blurb is a tiny bit misleading in building up this big “temptation in the guise of the Gerling heir”. There’s enough romantic interest to satisfy readers who like that sort of thing but not so much as to put off those who aren’t as fussed.
I really liked Jules as a character and found it interesting exploring her relationships with other people and the reasoning behind her choices. I’m looking forward to continuing her story. Even minor characters felt fully fleshed out and their actions all felt realistic. You know when you read a book and the characters all do stupid things for no reason? This is not like that, thank goodness. No irritating ‘snowflake’ protagonists here.
I felt very immersed in the world and the story, and would have finished it much sooner if I hadn’t left my book at work!! I would have liked a tiny bit more world-building (I want ALL the details) but what was there was really good, and I’m hoping the author will run with it even more in the next book. There is a certain place in particular in the novel that I would love to see developed further!
For a debut novel, Everless felt extremely polished and well done; I was impressed. There were so many things I loved but that I can’t even mention because they would be spoilers!! All I can say is that I did not predict the twist, though I did sense that something big was going to go down. The cliffhanger is absolutely brutal and I don’t know how I’m going to wait so long for book two!
Has anyone else read this one? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!