Olus is the Akkan god of the winds – but at just seventeen years old, much younger than all the other gods and goddesses, he doesn’t fit in and often feels lonely. So he decides to spend some time among the mortals of the world. He travels to the nearby land of Hyte, and becomes particularly fascinated by a mortal girl named Kezi and her family.
Fifteen-year-old Kezi lives a comfortable and carefree life. She is a gifted weaver of rugs, and she loves to dance. But her carefree life is shattered in one terrible moment. Her mother becomes deathly ill, and desperate to save his wife, her father makes a terrible oath to make a sacrifice to the Admat, the all-powerful god of Hyte, if his wife is spared. And in order to prevent her aunt, who saved Kezi’s life as a child, Kezi fufills the oath and will become the sacrifice. Now, Kezi has just thirty days to find a way to save her life. Olus, who has fallen in love with Kezi, believes he can save her by helping her become immortal.
Ever was another wonderful fantasy by Gail Carson Levine. As with her other books, she has created an exotic and believable world filled with wonderful characters. I highly recommend this book to fans of the author’s other novels, as well as to young teens who enjoy romantic fantasy novels.
Rebecca (Fairfield, CT)
Kezi is subject to die as a sacrifice to Admat, her people's god. It doesn't seem that there is anyway out of this unfortunate situation until Kezi meets Olus. Olus is the Akkan god of the winds who has watched Kezi from the fields and has somewhat fallen in love with her. Olus and Kezi immediately hit it off when they finally meet and Olus convinces Kezi to embark with him on a journey back to Akka. Along their journey the duo is faced by many perilous quests, both alone and together, that will test their love for each other and their beliefs. Kezi soon begins to question the validity of Admat and is desperate to fulfill her missions in order for her to stay with Olus. If either of them fails their mission then they will be torn apart and Kezi will make the ultimate sacrifice. If they succeed though, the rewards are endless. Will Kezi and Olus succeed? Will their love survive?
I must first start by saying that I had very high expectations for this book as it is written by the fabulous Gail Carson Levine—Ever met every one of those expectations and even a few more. It was truly an amazing book. The story was brilliant and I devoured it in one night. I truly felt that I was picked up by one of Olus' powerful winds and transported to Kezi's side. I could vividly picture everything that was going on and couldn't put the book down. Questions swirled through my mind and I was always anxious to hear if Kezi and Olus would be successful. One thing I thought was really interesting was Kezi's doubt in Admat. I don't know why this intrigued me so much, but I found it so intriguing that someone who used to be so faithful could ever have so much doubt in the one person they believed in. Also, don't you love the cover? I think it's awesome. All in all this was a fabulous book and one of Gail Carson Levine's better books. I recommend this book to anyone looking to curl up under the covers with a good fairy tale.
Tasha (Currituck, NC)
Gail Carson Levine knows how to reinvent the genre spectrum. First, she tackled fairy tales with superb ease with delightfully funny characters and wit. Now with the genre of myths, she has once again reignited the slumbered genre. The characters in Everare sweet and determined and I enjoyed the back and forth commentary of the chapters. Switching the characters voice every chapter kept the book fresh and interesting. I was excited to be rooting for the hero and heroine in this story all the way to the end. And in true myth fashion, it ended with the Gods on top. A great read for the middle school to high school aged young adult.
Erica (Ferndale, MI)
This was an excellent story of love and the trials people must overcome to be together. I loved this story! Gail Carson Levine is an excellent writer and this was another stunning book to add to her already impressive retinue. This was a wonderful story about a couple that must strive to achieve their happily ever after. I absolutely loved this book because it was wonderfully written and there was an excellent plot and it twisted together a few Greek myths and Gail Carson Levine's own imagination. This was a very creative and interesting book.
Kristen (Garnet Valley, PA)
I particularly enjoyed Kezi’s journey to the underworld and enjoyed the unique twist of its presentation. Usually your hero/heroine goes to the underworld to either rescue a departed soul or to get something from the ruler of the underworld. To me it spoke of how grief can just consume a person to the point where they turn their back on reality, very powerful.
As soon as I started reading, I was transported to a different place and time (both are somewhat ambiguous in this book). It was a thoroughly enchanting read. I enjoyed the themes borrowed from mythology as well as the overall tone; love conquers all, sacrificing for others, and believing in yourself. The love story is very easy and pure but there are obstacles to overcome and lessons about loss and understanding. This book would be a great choice for tween to teen girls looking for a book that offers an fast, easy and enjoyable fantasy read.
Stacey (Shaker Heights, OH)
Gail Carson Levine has woven yet another splendid tale in Ever. The book more than lived up to my expectations after reading Ella Enchanted and the Two Princesses of Bamarre. The adventure was extremely entertaining as Kezi underwent her test to be a heroine and Olus overcame his fear to be come a champion. The plot of Ever was witty and clever; keeping me on the edge of my seat at all times desperately wanting to know what happens next. The story is touching and heart-warming, people are sure to be talking about Ever for a long time.
Marcie (Warner Robins, GA)
Another stunning tale by Gail Carson Levine! Ever is a cleverly-spun story of adventure and love, faith and uncertainty, and finding a place to belong in the world. Readers of all ages should experience this book--it will make you look at the world in a whole new light.
Alice (Spokane Valley, WA)