Series : Untitled
Publisher : Orchard Books
Source : Publisher
Release Date : December 27th 2017
In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.
No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.
But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.
Fantasy has been all the rage for a while now in YA and I have read a few since I have become hooked on the genre. Everless like many others tackles the power struggle between the rich and the poor in unique circumstances. Literally take the words blood money to a whole new level. Where time is currency extracted through blood and whilst it sounds gruesome. It’s the least of the worries as the tale weaves on and we explore more of this world Holland has created . Set in a fantasy world I could say paying homage to medieval history, we are introduced to the kingdom of Sempera specifically a small village where Jules our heroine lives.
Jules is almost engmina , she knows who she is but the rest of the world. Her past is a mystery. For a good reason as we learn about the struggles of her family when she went from protected to another nameless face in the sea of commoners.
Quickly Holland posses questions that makes sit up and wonder why Jules and her father left the Gerlings and went not that far. What has happened to change things and make Jules return to her previous home in seeking of blood money. Even when it goes against the wishes of her beloved father who is one of her closest confidents .
Jules is determined from page one and it is easy to see. She willing to rebel to survived and those traits are admirable as she guides herself through the book. It may not always been the best decision she makes as we learn about her past and present together as she returns to the Gerlings.
The Gerlings read like many other familes in fantasy who are rich and powerful. The family dynamics are ones that could be found in countless of fantasies so it didn’t surprise me how they played out . That aspect was straightforward in this novel and allowed for the focus on Jules as she naturally assimilated herself back into the castle and allowed naturally for her to interact with everyone without defying the barriers too much.
I wasn’t too surprise about the introduction of the brothers as it made sense given things as she was playing with troopes here and this one was in your face. Plus she need both of the brothers for the aspect that may get you a bit worked up .
One thing is quickly apparent as the book is set up and we learn about this world . There is not just a power imbalance between the rich and the poor. There is a sex imbalance as well as we see with some of the males who take advantage of situations and we hear whispers . Whilst the feminist in me hated that , I could live with considering it not the worst read in a game of power struggle. Plus it was helpful for connecting Jules past and present together as she wouldn’t have as easy as she did getting work at the castle.
Whilst the ending was predictable as it takes note from many other great fantasies , give the blurb hinted at secrets and Jules having the power to change fate. I enjoyed the debut of Holland and look forward to the next book when it is released. As I hope the mythology she weaved in is more explained as that part it still a little confusing though I enjoyed. It was an interesting debut because of the time, secrets and blood aspects which drove this novel from okay to good.