Sunday, December 21, 2014

"Everville: The First Pillar" by Roy Huff

Everville: The First Pillar
by Roy Huff

Everville: The First Pillar is the first book in Roy Huff's Everville series. Also available: Everville: The City of Worms (read my blog post) and Everville: The Rise of Mallory (read my blog post).

Owen Sage is the emblematic college freshman at Easton Falls University. 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 mysteriously crossed into another dimension, into the beautiful land of Everville.
His 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.

Book Trailer

Ewan and Carwyn were exhausted. Ewan would let them stay for the night, but then they would have to make their descent down the mountain to the Dark Forest on their own. Carwyn took out the map that the giant had given them. He studied the map intently as did Dagda. Ewan reached over and pointed with his long, narrow finger.
“You’ll need to make it over this pass. The Dark Forest will be just beyond the pass beyond the hills.”
It was the end of a long day, and Carwyn and Dagda were so tired that they fell asleep without eating. When they awoke, the mountain dwellers made a small meal for them before leaving, then bid them farewell.

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 likable 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.

About the Author
Roy Huff is the author of Amazon's #1 international bestselling epic fantasy novel, Everville: The First Pillar. This is the first installment in the remarkable Everville series which combines elements of epic fantasy and young adult fiction in a form that nearly anyone will enjoy reading, young or old. The second book in the series, Everville: The City of Worms, was released August 2013. The third book in the series, Everville: The Rise of Mallory, was released January 2014.
Roy is a man of many interests including but not limited to 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.