Here's a review I recently dug up from my "archives"... I posted it on amazon in 2009, way back before I started this blog. This summer I'm hoping to do some reviews for YA novels along with my normal Christian Fiction reviews, so I thought it would be appropriate to go ahead and post this, even though it's a couple years old.
Book Cover and Synopsis:
. . . for Kezi, a beautiful mortal, dancer, and rug weaver, and for
Olus, Akkan god of the winds. Their love brings Kezi the strength to
fight her fate, and it gives Olus the strength to confront his fears.
Together—and apart—they encounter spiders with webs of iron, the cruel
lord of the land of the dead, the mysterious god of destiny, and the
tests of the Akkan gods. If they succeed, they will be together; but if
they fail, Olus will have to endure the ultimate loss, and Kezi will
have to make the supreme sacrifice.
The storyline in a nutshell: Because of an oath her father makes, Kezi
is to die as a sacrifice. Olus (the god of the winds) has watched Kezi
from afar and has come to care about her. When Olus learns of Kezi's ill
fate he comes up with a plan to make Kezi immortal as he is, so they
can be together for eternity.
It was an interesting and quick read, I finished it in three days. There
is some of that trademark Gail Carson Levine charm, yet it's nowhere
near as charming as Ella Enchanted or The Two Princesses of Bamarre.
The idea of there being many gods isn't really my cup of tea, and I was
uncomfortable with the idea of Admat who is supposed to be the
all-knowing ever-present god...yet he is quick to anger, slow to
forgive, uncaring and completely impersonal.....and his existence is
heavily questioned. Kezi's people are ruled by omens and the fear of
upsetting Admat; they look for flares in alter flames as signs of
whether or not their prayers will be answered, and then interpret the
'signs' however they see fit. (Keep in mind this "Admat" is completely
unlike the God of the Bible, yet there are one or two similarities that
make you wonder about the message this book is sending.... All of this
left me with a vague impression of a possible "hidden agenda" and the
notion that it might be trying to lead people astray.)
that I did find Ever to be a mildly entertaining read, although I think
it's a rather forgettable story. My mind didn't wander, yet I
wasn't completely enthralled either. For fans of Gail Carson Levine,
I'd say go for it, as you'll most likely enjoy this, just not as much as
her other books. For anyone else, I'd recommend that you enter the
world of Gail Carson Levine by reading Ella Enchanted or The Two
Princesses of Bamarre first.
My Rating: 3 stars