Everville:The First Pillar

Everville:The First Pillar 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 BetweenWith 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

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  • Everville:The First Pillar
  • Roy Huff
  • English
  • 19 August 2018

10 thoughts on “Everville:The First Pillar

  1. says:

    I think meh pretty much sums it up It s hard to write something because this book simply doesn t evoke any feelings in me other than boredom and frustration at the writing.There are a number of flaws to this book that kept bugging me 1 WritingFirst off, the writing style I can t help but feel that there is a beautiful, rich world in this book that is waiting to be discovered However, the entire time, the writing constantly switches between spartan descriptions of events, locations, creatures on one hand, to paragraph long descriptions of a forest pathway on the other.Big events are described in no than a few sentences, in no way doing justice to the situation It makes you feel that if you read to fast you would just miss it The pacing is all over the place, all the time.e.g the book pretty much ramps up to the Roundabout games if you can call it ramping at this pace , claiming that these games are something like the Olympics on campus However, the entire games section is put in just a few pages an event that allegedly takes a full day It s like listening to the highlights of a sports game on the radio and not an intriguing epic fantasy concours.The entire book feels like it s a mere skeleton for a story, hitting bullet point after bullet point, but still waiting to be fleshed out later.Oh, also, there is this gem The author would have you believe that the main character runs through a maze that he has never seen , with his eyes shut, without making a single mistake, breaking not even this game s record but every record on this event Now, I don t know about you, but in my eyes this would be a pretty major feat to accomplish, and yet, this his how the entire scene is described The moment the game began, I moved with utter swiftness I felt an assuredness I had not felt before I closed my eyes As I did, I could see the maze in my mind One corner after another, I moved through the maze with breathtaking speed As I ran with my eyes closed, I could see the Dark Forest The maze became an abstraction of the trees and the forest where the trees resided I stepped forward and opened my eyes I had completed the maze It was a record time, not just this game but for all games since the very first Roundabout I had achieved the high score, a perfect score The crowd erupted at the sight of the first such success in 87 years, and I allowed myself a moment to take it in.Could this be any shorter Any deprived of feeling I mean, it s so short, if you read fast enough you just might miss it I don t see how this is not relevant to the story since the connection between the Everville problems and the games are hinted on occasions than the occasions where the main character actually makes sense This is one of those epic moments, there should be proper build up and a climax.One of these pretties Main character and his pet arrive at a ravine that they absolutely need to cross, this is how the gravity of the situation is described.If they failed, they would lie dead at the bottom of the crevasse They would have to be willing to give up their only assurance of survival if they were going to make it across, so that s what they decided to do.Seriously what the fuck.One flaw The author has chosen to use a strict first person perspective in this book Apart from the fact that I don t like this, there are a few problems with this Most importantly that it doesn t allow the author to write about things that happen to other characters if they don t vocalize this so that the main character could pick up on it But, in stead of bothering about that restriction, the author plainly switches to 3rd person mode whenever he feels necessary These are passages that really stand out by the way they stumble in a book that is basically a large monologue.2 CharactersWell, here we can be short as there are about 7 characters in the book, but there just as well could have been 1 All the other characters are utterly useless and generic Not one of these gets much attention when it comes to personality Seriously, the most interesting secondary character is Zee, and only because his first appearance creates an air of mystery about his history.Even the main character is boring as hell, we know little to nothing about him, his hopes, personality traits, How the hell am I supposed to feel for this guy He narrates himself so incredibly dry that I wonder why he even bothers to live.3 PlotThe plot feels very thin and generic The author tries to create a very complicated world with a lot of different races but he fails to describe all of these sufficiently to make the world and it s problems by extension believable in any way He makes things even worse when he tries to include space time into the equation.Please tell me how I m supposed to take anything in this book serious when this pops up fairly early in the book Anika looked at me and said, You know this is really cool Yeah This is fantastic Maybe you re some kind of superhero or something I don t know about that, I said to Dante The Keeper didn t say anything about superpowers and it seems like we re in some kind of trouble that needs to be fixed Well, Anika and I will be your sidekicks Just let us know when we can help Thanks Dante It s nice to know I m not alone in this Bottom line for me is that this book will probably work very well with people who like the Narnia series and the likes I m definitely not the target audience so my opinion on the matter isn t all that relevant.Thanks to the author for providing me with a free copy.

  2. says:

    This is definitely an excellent opener to a new fantasy series I was immediately happy to discover that the author wasted no time getting to the interesting stuff Rather than wading through pages and pages of setup, the author assumes his readers are intelligent enough to make the proper connections, and I appreciated that Often what bores me with fantasy novels is the way the authors feel the need to over examine every detail of their world, and Roy Huff doesn t do this.I liked the way the normal world and the imagined world were intertwined and thought the main character was refreshing Lately I haven t found many fantasy novels with truly likeable characters I liked that this one was young, energetic and although uncertain, quickly became a good hero I would think this novel would be of particular interest to the younger crowd, but I don t see a reason why an adult wouldn t enjoy it as well I found this to be very good as a whole and would certainly recommend it to others This looks to be a very promising series.There have been a lot of books where evil waged war with good, but in my opinion, this one pulled it off better than most.

  3. says:

    The First Pillar Everville, 1 is a fantasy young adult novel by Roy Huff I found it very incredible that with just few days after its release on Kindle it already garnered a lot of positive feedbacks and awesome ratings It kept a lot of stars on goodreads as well And I am proud to say that I am now one of those astute people who prized this novel very much I can also say that this is truly a superb book that can be bought into film or T.V adaptations it can appeal to movie producers and the like It can actually be on the same rate as some of those fantasy classic novels turned into films like The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Moreover, because of its unique and complex plot the readers and the future viewers would be delighted The novel started with a college student named Owen Sage One day he finds himself strangely intertwined between a normal life and a fantasy world which he later learned as the Everville He soon learns that the two worlds are interrelated Owen then knows that he is not just mixed up with some random world he s given a big responsibility of strategic diplomacy that if it didn t work out, the two worlds will create a permanent destruction in history.What s The story covertly informs us some valuable lessons in life First, it teaches the readers to deeply acknowledge the things we need but then we are too busy to see The reality is like what Amelia Earhart has quoted from her book The one does and sees and feels, the one is able to do, and the genuine may be one s appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship Lastly, it urges the youth to be aware of the real world critically And it advises the youth to broader the concept of responsibility and awareness.This is unquestionably a meaningful read Credits to the author for giving me a copy of this via

  4. says:

    Chapter One ReviewTitle of book Everville The First PillarAuthor Roy HuffGenre Epic FantasyURL B00BCOQSSQRatings Readability I found it a fairly easy read hampered only by slight editing errors.Hook After a nice introduction of duality we are left to wonder and want to know .Editing There were minor editing issues interspersed throughout the chapter Nothing was major or took away from the meaning but it was enough to be noticeable.Characters We are introduced to two main characters The first is the main character To this point, and I went back through real quick to be sure, he has no name He is referred to as either I or you in the first chapter I myself will often hide a person s name from the reader until such time that it has been revealed by someone saying their name So this did not detract I is confused through the entire chapter and does not have much character development.The second person we are introduced to is simply The Keeper He appears to be some kind of wizard or technologist There is a little bit of development with him in you get his level of intelligence and no nonsense attitude He got right down to business.Understandable In a very short time the book travelled between two different worlds and at points appeared to have some intermesh between them Through this through it was written well enough that I was able to understand and follow what was going on.Visuals Visuals were very good in this chapter and helped you to keep track of where you were Relatable I related with the situation of the main character in school and found myself wanting to know about him after the chapter was done The level of reliability may have been enhanced by the fact that the main character does not have a name yet It is easy to slip into the character s shoes because there has not been that demarcation that he is in fact not the reader.Fun It was a fun read of discovery and confusion.Overall From step one through to the end of the chapter there is something happening to the character and it flows through and comes out well leaving me wanting I found myself wearing the shoes of the main character and experiencing his tribulations Except for some minor editing issues, it was a good read and I plan to read the rest of the book based on my experience.Synopsis A kid is sick and goes to the nurse s office As he arrives he passes out but instead of the darkness of unconsciousness he finds himself transported into an entirely different world Before he can get his bearings he is whisked back to his original reality without a clue as to if what he just experienced was real or not Favorite line We are somewhere between here and there, sometime between yesterday and another day.

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    I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review As much as I dislike giving negative reviews in an ideal world, every book I read would be 5 stars , especially when the author has provided me with a copy, it is a necessary evil.In The First Pillar , a college freshman named Owen finds himself transported to a world named Everville, which needs his help in order to stop Everville from being defeated by an entity called Them.Stylistically, this book needs revision The novel opens with a lot of telling about the character s feelings, and later there is infodump about Everville There is also a plethora of adverbs that bog down the prose A lot of the sentences were choppy, and many of them began the same way There are also many passive and or weak elements ex I felt ____, seemed, appeared, I could see smell hear That is to say, we read about intricate carvings, conversations and lessons without seeing, hearing, or experiencing them The same thing happens for other events, such as in the Roundabout Tournament emphasized heavily earlier on in the novel , which is mostly told rather than shown There are also lot of details and feelings that Owen can t quite describe That doesn t help readers I found myself skimming the words, seeing words, and could not ground myself in Owen s point of view However, even the first person narration was occasionally inconsistent Even though Owen s perspective is in first person, Owen speaks of things he should not know such as what Dante experiences when he tries to visualize the amulet I m not talking about the chapters written in third person, where view spoiler Owen experiences Everville through the Keeper and his memories hide spoiler

  6. says:

    The First Pillar Everville, 1 is a fantasy young adult novel by Roy Huff I found it very incredible that with just few days after its release on Kindle it already garnered a lot of positive feedbacks and awesome ratings It kept a lot of stars on goodreads as well And I am proud to say that I am now one of those astute people who prized this novel very much I can also say that this is truly a superb book that can be bought into film or T.V adaptations it can appeal to movie producers and the like It can actually be on the same rate as some of those fantasy classic novels turned into films like Wizard of Oz and Lord of the Rings Moreover, because of its unique and complex plot the readers and the future viewers would be delighted The novel started with a college student named Owen Sage One day he finds himself strangely intertwined between a normal life and a fantasy world which he later learned as the Everville He soon learns that the two worlds are interrelated Owen then knows that he is not just mixed up with some random world he s given a big responsibility of strategic diplomacy that if it didn t work out, the two worlds will create a permanent destruction in history.What s The story covertly informs us some valuable lessons in life First, it teaches the readers to deeply acknowledge the things we need but then we are too busy to see The reality is like what Amelia Earhart has quoted from her book The one does and sees and feels, the one is able to do, and the genuine may be one s appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship Lastly, it urges the youth to be aware of the real world critically And it advises the youth to broader the concept of responsibility and awareness.This is unquestionably a meaningful read Credits to the author for giving me a copy of this via

  7. says:

    Full disclosure I received a free Kindle copy via the author That fact makes me unhappy to give a negative review, but it would be dishonest to do otherwise.It s quite possible this book would be for the middle school crowd, something I haven t been part of for a while, and the premise was what caught my interest Owen Sage finds himself in some alternative world when he goes to sleep, one that seems to be falling apart due to the actions of a malevolent force Are they just dreams, or not Unfortunately, the cool idea falls apart under the writing Everville definitely should have gotten a few editorial reviews before being published Among the many issues The story is primarily a first person narrative however, most of the writing from that point of view is written as I verb rest of sentence There are many tricks to writing a first person narrative so that not every sentence is I did this or I did that It bothered me quite a bit to see a story written like this Lack of description There would be points when Owen would declare something without stating what caught his interest For example, at one point, he describes seeing an interesting looking creature That s all we get What makes it interesting We don t know, and unfortunately it comes across as shallow I read up to Chapter 4 before I decided I had read enough, so perhaps something changes More likely this book is simply not for me.

  8. says:

    Imagine Alice in Wonderland featuring a boy named Owen instead of a girl called Alice and taking place in modern times This would be an accurate description of Everville Alice in Wonderland was a fantastical book and Everville could be as well except for the writing Sadly, I didn t read past Chapter Ten which is about a third of the way through since the chapters are all very short The story is written as if the reader already knows everything about the plot and the characters We aren t told the protagonist s sex or name until Chapter Two There is very little description or explanation and things fit too easily Owen, the Alice character, finds himself in another place with an unusual man called The Keeper Luckily for Owen, his best friend s uncle s school friend knows EXACTLY what is happening Owen is informed that the Echo Club, a club offered at his college, is for people just like him who also have or had the weight of the world resting on their shoulders Owen s two best friends, Dante and Anika, immediately believe Owen when he tells them his far fetched story and they are eager to be involved in the adventure The story just doesn t ring true for me on many levels Perhaps for a younger audience, middle school, this book would be a fun read.

  9. says:

    Very Creative StoryI enjoyed the journey to Everville I thought it was very easy to read and a creative story I enjoyed the characters in the story and the creatures of the lands of Everville and beyond It reminded me of Alice in Wonderland and Lord of the Rings as it was creative and exciting in a world beyond ours It was packed with action but I would have enjoyed details on the club games and even the battles They were exciting, I just desired detail because it left me wanting to know about the games, the flying creatures, and a description of Them I loved the imagery as the author described the scenes of the lands in Everville, the lands surrounding Everville, the campus, and the creatures Excellent job The author s words easily painted pictures in my mind I feel this book will be a great read for anyone who enjoys fantasy I look forward to the next book in the series I am sure it will satisfy some of my desires for detail as the series unfolds I highly recommend this book.Charles Johnson Author ofLove Poems and More From the Heart and Soul of Man

  10. says:

    Taken from my review.Full Disclosure Purchased book while on sale for free on initial release.In the first book in the Everville series, Mr Huff introduces us to his world by pitching us in headfirst Often, in first parts to a series, the book itself will suffer for its position by being bogged down with too much information, set up so that the series to come can be better understood However, in Everville, flashbacks construct a journey that parallels the main character s while providing insight into the history and current status of Everville, and how it is made up The result is a fast paced full on blast of information that quickly does away with the slow plot issues that bog down part ones Because the work is comparatively short, it can easily be consumed in less than a day.In fact, the plot of The First Pillar moves at an incredible speed at times too fast, as Mr Huff skates over some details that would have been valuable to have Many characters have minimal description, as do many actions, and the generally short sentences contribute to the sense of rushing pace Most of the book is dialogue, and the action can be so rushed at times it is hard to tell who is speaking.Indeed, the entire work would have benefitted from a fresh set of editorial eyes the occasional homophone slips in, and the spelling of one character s name occasionally shifts slightly who I had a hard time recognizing, because he was not actually introduced by name, it just sort of appeared The major editorial complaint, however, is that moments of third person perspective find their way into first person descriptions, which is really rather jarring.Characterization is sufficient I would have liked to see , and heard less Show, don t tell as the old adage goes, and some characters suffer from a bit too much telling and not enough showing On the other hand, I found myself curiously attached to them regardless, especially the enigmatic Zee and Drusilla.Mr Huff s true talent lies in his creativity, however He has created not so much a magic system as a new way of viewing the operations of the universe, and while details were light, I expect that as the characters venture deeper into it, of Mr Huff s inventiveness will shine through.Further, I sincerely enjoyed his descriptions of combat I ll not go into detail here, for the sake of preventing spoilers, but the battles interested and engaged me, as did his use of bo staves, which I m personally a fan of, though they are often neglected in fantasy literature in favor of magic swords and the like.The bottom line Mr Huff s debut novel Everville The First Pillar is an exciting foray into an interesting new world, but a few contrivances and a rushed editing job detract from the experience Appropriate for young adults, fantasy fans I d give it 3.5 stars if I could, but rough editing makes me settle for 3 rather than 4.

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