Everville: The First Pillar by Roy Huff
As a storyteller, Roy Huff is to be admired. Everville is complete fantasy, reminding one occasionally of The Hobbit. It is basically a struggle between good and evil.
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.
Review by Baarry Sharpe:
As a storyteller, Roy Huff is to be admired. Everville is complete fantasy, reminding one occasionally of The Hobbit. It is basically a struggle between good and evil. As such, Huff gives us a world that is neither all one or all the other. And while Mr. Huff may not have the polish of a Tolkien, he is nonetheless a very capable storyteller.
I am not ordinarily a fan of this genre but I must say, in the interest of full disclosure, that Mr. Huff asked me to read and review his novel. But know this: were it complete trash I wouldn’t hesitate to say so. I felt it was very good. It certainly deserves to be read by those who love fantasy. Within this context it is readable and enjoyable.
Review by Ionia Martin:
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 likeable 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.