In the land of Sempera, time is extracted from blood and used as payment. Jules Ember and her father were once servants at Everless, the wealthy Gerling family’s estate, but were cast out after of a fateful accident a decade ago. Now, Jules’s father is reaching his last hour, and she will do anything to save him. Desperate to earn time, she arrives at the palace as it prepares for a royal wedding, ready to begin her search into childhood secrets that she once believed to be no more than myths. As she uncovers lost truths, Jules spirals deeper into a past she hardly recognizes, and faces an ancient and dangerous foe who threatens her future and the future of time itself.
I don’t even know what to say about this book! First of all, I can’t believe it’s a debut. Sara Holland’s writing was great and it was hard to put this one down.
Jules is such a great protagonist. She’s kind, loving, smart, and brave. She’s also pretty stubborn, but almost always for good reason. It does sometimes get her in trouble.
The idea of blood time being sold and used for payment was so interesting. I also loved getting into the history of Sempera, the sorceress, and the alchemist. The stories were spread out through the book and told in a way that made me want to keep reading to find out more.
There is some romance in the book, but it really isn’t the main story. There is more to Jules, her father, the queen, and the Gerlings in general. The romance tends to be more of a side story that has some meaning.
I know Liam was supposed to be Jules’ enemy, I found myself drawn to him more than Roan. There was something about him that I really liked. I also loved Ina. Many of the servants ended up being great side characters that I found myself liking, too.
I have so many passages marked that I wanted to talk about, but I’m worried that I might take away some of the story for you. So I will just say that you should read this book if you get the chance. It’s definitely one of the better fantasies I’ve read this year and is already a new all time favorite. I hate that we have to wait so long for the next book. I would love to get right into it today.
Thank you to Edelweiss+ and HarperTeen for giving me a chance to read this book.
Everless will be released January 2, 2018. I’ve already pre-ordered it and can’t wait to see the beautiful cover in person.