Everless by Sara Holland
on January 1st 1970
Format: Hardcover, eARC
Time is a prison. She is the key. Packed with danger, temptation and desire - a perfect read for fans of The Red Queen.
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.
NOTE: I was sent this as an arc for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own, thank you edelweiss for the galley.
This book as deceived me to the extreme maximum, I still cannot believe what happened…. Happened.
I’m just going to get right into this review and I promise I won’t spoil anything because this is a book that you need to go into blind and expect nothing from (or expect the best, I’m not stopping you) but this book surprised me in all of the best ways, I am seriously looking forward to the sequel.
But this is definitely one of the unique novels that I have ever read. The world, the magic system, the mythology— just everything about it was incredible. I’ll admit there were some slow points, but what made this story for me was the characters.
- We have our main character Jules who is such a powerful heroine and you really feel for her hardships throughout the story.
- We have Irina Gold who really surprised me with how much I liked her. I’m not saying too much about her because spoilers. But you’ll know what I mean when you meet her.
- We have Roan who really brought light to the scenes he was in.
- And my favorite? Liam. Broody as heck, beautiful, instant book boyfriend okay.
It was easy for me to connect to all of these characters in some form and I rooted for each of them throughout the story. Even Caro, the Queen’s handmaiden, I rooted for her too. The character growth for all of the characters who played a major part in the book was… okay, but it is the first book in a series so I’ll give it time on that.
The main thing I loved about this book was the absence of romance.
- Yes, I guess there is some romance, depends on how you look at it.
- Honestly, you’re going to need a magnifying glass to see the tiny ounce of romance this book has. But seriously? The romance is not there and it does not take over the plot and for once I really love that. Now I do feel like going into the second book there MIGHT be a romance, but I would be a-okay with who is probably going to get with who.
Okay so, in my opinion… there is a lot of world-building in this novel, and I know that isn’t something everyone enjoys so just that little bit of a warning. But for me? The world-building nailed it. I loved every single time they spoke about the blood irons and how Sempera came to be. I felt this was the BEST part of the story and how it ties in with the mythology and the story of the Alchemist and Sorceress (just wait okay you will live) and I can’t wait to see Sarah Holland expand the world even more in the next installment.
Now this was what surprised me the most, was that Sarah Holland is a debut author. Not that debut authors can’t write incredibly and mind you I read this as in arc I got back in September. I was truly surprised at how polished the writing was, and the grasp she has on the story and her characters. The writing flowed well, it was easy to follow… I mean I read this in a day if that tells you anything. I felt like I was right there seeing through Jules eyes the writing was that good.
Now… as I said in the beginning of this review, there is a plot point that I was deceived by and almost a month later I am still shaken by it. This was arguably the BEST PART of the book. Trust me, you will be shocked when you read this because this is something you won’t see coming.
This book is definitely something worth checking out, it is incredibly original and such a fun read, it honestly surprised me with how much I LOVED it. This book is now on my favorites shelf and I cannot wait to see what Holland has in store for us next!