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.
I received a finished copy of this novel from Hachette Australia in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.
Everless is the book I so desperately needed to pull me out of my book slump and it surpassed all my expectations. Whilst I had to read Everless in two sittings (thanks adulting) I was immersed from start to finish and I found myself enthralled by Hollands writing.
Everless is told from the point of view of our main protagonist Jules, a poor village girl who wishes to help her father from draining his life away to pay their debts by taking a job at the Gerling Estate, a place she used to call home many years ago… and so the story begins.
Time is money in Everless… literally. Blood is drained from you and bound into iron coins, which is used as the currency in the land of Sempera. The rich thrive and the poor suffer and die a death well and truly before their time.
When I first read the synopsis and saw this incredibly unique magic that Holland had created I knew I immediately had to read this book. The world Holland has created in Everless is incredibly unique and different to anything I have read before, you, as the reader as so intrigued by the world itself and want to know more about it, how it came to be the way it is and so much more.
The characters that Holland has created are such a wide varied bunch of different personalities and attributes, you instantly love or loath them. You are constantly guessing about who you can trust - it kept me on the edge of my toes!
I loved our main protagonist Jules, shes relatable, faithful to her friends, jealous just like any other human being, determined and downright stubborn at times and that just makes you love her more.
The plot flows perfectly throughout Everless and never once leaves you bored or lost. Throughout the book you are subtly reminded of what Jules is doing and why she is doing it. The plot twists were so well placed, I am still left shocked by the turn of events throughout the book but especially in the last few chapters of the book that I immediately need book two in my hands! I demand to know what happens next hahaha.
I can honestly say Everless has been one of my favourite reads of 2017 and I cannot wait to see what comes next in this series.