The Compulsive Reader: Ever by Gail Carson Levine

Monday, October 20, 2008

Ever by Gail Carson Levine

Kezi lives in the city of Hyte, with her Mati and Pado, and spends her days weaving and dancing and worshipping the all powerful god Admat. Olus lives in Akka, the land of the gods, and is the god of the wind and loneliness. He sets out to Hyte to live among the mortals, where he meets Kezi. He is inexplicably drawn to her, and their bond is forged when Kezi is promised to be sacrificed to Admat. Olus is determined to save her, and reveals his true self to her. Together, they set out to change their destiny.

Gail Carson Levine creates in Ever a completely different world from the one that her heroines from Ella Enchanted and Fairest live, with a new set of rules and gods and cultures, packing in as much information and details without giving the reader a sensory overload. The story moves rapidly, and is wonderfully simple and magical at the same time. Levine's trademark spunk and determination shine through in Kezi as she struggles to become a heroine and finds a way to survive.

The romance between Olus and Kezi is kept simple and chaste, and is a bit rushed, but pitched perfectly for younger readers. However, the religious ponderings and question concerning the existence of Admat will be very relevant to older readers, and does well in engaging them as well. Once again, Levine has woven another magical tale that will enchant readers of all ages.


Laini Taylor said...

I would like to read this one, but since two people have already read it I feel like I should focus on titles that haven't been read; still, I hope I can fit it in. Sounds intriguing.

Anonymous said...

I really want to read this book. It is one of the tops books on my to-read list. But, unfortunately, my library doesn't have it yet and the only place I've seen it is in the Barnes and Noble. And, still unfortunately, I am broke. So it will have to wait for now.


Anonymous said...

This books was okay. I have to admit, I liked Ella Enchanted way better.