Author: Sara Holland
Series: Everless #2
Publisher: Orchard Books
Publication Date: 03 January 2019
Source: Pan Macmillan South Africa
Format: Trade Paperback
Rating: 3.6 Stars
Jules Ember was raised hearing legends of the ancient magic of the wicked Alchemist and the good Sorceress. But she has just learned the truth: not only are the stories true, but she herself is the Alchemist, and Caro—a woman who single-handedly murdered the Queen and Jules’s first love, Roan, in cold blood—is the Sorceress.
The whole kingdom believes that Jules is responsible for the murders, and a hefty bounty has been placed on her head. And Caro is intent on destroying Jules, who stole her heart twelve lifetimes ago. Jules must delve into the stories that she now recognizes are accounts of her own past. For it is only by piecing together the mysteries of her lives that Jules will be able to save the person who has captured her own heart in this one.
I loved reading Everless when it was originally released and my reread was just as amazing. I cannot wait to jump into this book to see how everything ends.
Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan South Africa for providing me with a copy of this book. Just a quick disclaimer for those reading this review, I have received this book for free. Please note that this does not affect my opinions in any way. All thoughts are my own.
Holland's writing is fast-paced and gripping. I loved how I was able to pick up the book and find myself completely lost in the story. Similar to when I had originally read Everless, the inner dialogue did a great job of adding depth to the character. However, I felt as if the dialogue was a little awkward in this book.
I loved how this book sort of picked up right after the conclusion of the first book. There was definitely a lot more action and high stakes situations. The plot was a lot different than the first book as it focused more on action-filled scenes whereas the first book focused a little more on building the story and creating the intrigue. Whilst I did enjoy the shift to action, I felt as if the action scenes were over too quickly and the moments leading up to them were a bit long.
I really like these characters. I think that they create such an interesting story and make this story stronger. I did feel as though we didn't have as much depth as we did in the first book. I still enjoyed reading about these characters and seeing their stories unfold but I felt as if something was missing in this book.
Overall, I found this book to be the perfect ending to the duology. It was conclusive and tied up all the loose ends well. Holland is definitely one of those authors that I would highly recommend. The writing grips readers, the plot was filled with action. The characters, whilst still some of my favourites lacked something. But at the end of the day, I really enjoyed reading this one. Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan South Africa for providing me with a copy of this book!
Yours in Reading,