Genre: YA Fantasy/ Sci-Fi
Purchase Link: Amazon
Owen Sage is the emblematic college freshman at Easton Falls University. He studies hard, plays hard, and is incredibly charming. With all the worries about his first year in college, he was not prepared for what would happen next. His way of life was flipped upside down when he was drawn into a different world, a world unbeknownst to him. He mysteriously crossed into another dimension, into the beautiful land of Everville. His tragic excitement was abruptly halted when he discovered that there was a darkness forged against both the natural world, which he knew well, and the new land which he discovered, Everville. He must devise a plan to save both worlds while joining forces with the race of Fron and The Keepers, whom both harbor hidden secrets he must learn in order to gain power over the evil that dwells in The Other In Between.
With a race against time to save both worlds, his short time at Easton Falls did not quite prepare him for the evil, dark forces he must fight in order to conquer The Other In Between.
Owen has just started college alongside his best friends Anika and Dante. He’s a typical boy with the typical issues, but that all changes once Owen finds himself immersed in another world – Everville. Owen discovers that the balance between good and evil is out of whack in Everville. If something isn’t done, life in both Everville and Owen’s real world will be doomed…
Roy Huff uses a very rare writing style. The closest similarity I can come up with is Tolkien. Roy immerses you into the world of Everville. In some areas Roy leaves a lot to the imagination, but in others he uses vivid imagery. He never spends an overly significant amount of time on one thing, but there were a few times I got lost in the descriptions.
While the book was written for young adults, I’d say that mature middle schoolers would enjoy it. I enjoy reading novels aloud to my kids, and I think this would be good for that. My boys would probably like it but wish that there was just a little more action. There are some places where you have to piece some things together that may be difficult for some middle schoolers reading alone.
Where the book fell short for me was with the characters. I love to connect to the characters I read about, but Huff focuses a lot more on the plot and descriptions. There wasn’t anything that made it personal to me. I think stronger characters would have made me jump from enjoying it to loving it. Without the connection to any characters, sometimes I found it hard to read. It isn’t one of those books that you can read while half asleep. You really need to be fully awake to follow it.
On the plus side, I really enjoyed the good vs evil theme, and Owen holding firm through some tough decisions between right and wrong. There was also a battle scene that I felt completely drawn into as if I was there. I really came away thinking Huff must have one heck of an imagination, and it’s incredible how he weaved the story together so well.
I’ll have to rate this a low 4 stars. Overall I felt it was really lacking with the characters, but I felt the world-building was INCREDIBLE!!
About the Author
Roy Huff is the author of Amazon’s #1 international bestselling epic fantasy novel, Everville: The First Pillar. He is a man of many interests including science, traveling, movies, the outdoors, and of course writing teen and young adult fantasy fiction. He holds five degrees in four separate disciplines including liberal arts, history, secondary science education, and geoscience. Roy Huff’s background includes work in art, history, education, business, real-estate, economics, geoscience, and satellite meteorology. He was born on the East Coast but has spent more than half his life in Hawaii, where he currently resides and writes his epic fantasy sagas.
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.*