Evermore by Sara Holland
The highly anticipated sequel to New York Times bestseller, Everless!
Jules Ember was raised hearing legends of the ancient magic of the wicked Alchemist and the good Sorceress. But she has just learned the truth: not only are the stories true, but she herself is the Alchemist, and Caro—a woman who single-handedly murdered the Queen and Jules’s first love, Roan, in cold blood—is the Sorceress.
The whole kingdom believes that Jules is responsible for the murders, and a hefty bounty has been placed on her head. And Caro is intent on destroying Jules, who stole her heart twelve lifetimes ago. Jules must delve into the stories that she now recognizes are accounts of her own past. For it is only by piecing together the mysteries of her lives that Jules will be able to save the person who has captured her own heart in this one.
Evermore starts off right where Everless ended. So please be aware that there are spoilers here for book one. I read this while sick, so I was a bit out of it at times. My review will be pretty short this time.
Jules fled and was supposed to leave the area. She has been gone for awhile, but decided that she needs to see Amma again to say goodbye. Things do not go well. Caro is looking everywhere for her and is willing to destroy everything to find her. Ina is becoming the new queen and believes that Jules killed her mom and Roan. Jules hasn’t been able to tell her yet that they are sisters.
Liam is able to help Jules escape again and they go out in search of answers. Jules goes with him to where the Alchemist lived before. She starts seeing flashbacks of her lives before. Eventually she goes back far enough to the first time when she and Caro met as children. There are hints that there is a way to kill Caro, but Jules has to find the weapon. We meet a couple new characters in this book that I absolutely loved. Elias is Liam’s best friend. He had been studying the alchemist and sorceress stories with him. Stef is a hedge witch. She’s not the nicest person, but I ended up really loving her. I would love a short companion novel with her story.
I thought the story wrapped up well and liked the final scene with Jules and Caro. But there were parts in the book that felt very slow, especially the middle. I flew through the beginning and then felt a bit stuck for awhile. I think that if a good 50 pages were cut, this would have been a higher rating for me.
I gave Evermore 4 stars. I did like it (and that cover is so gorgeous). Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for providing me a copy for review.
Did you read Everless? Do you plan on reading Evermore?