Dare to Read

April 22, 2008

Ever by Gail Carson Levine

Filed under: Books, Reviews — carmenferreiroesteban @ 9:04 pm

Imaginative reconstruction of a classic world


Kezi is a mortal girl.


Olus, the god of the winds.


Olus watches Kezi as she weaves colorful rugs, and dances around her mud brick dwelling. He watches when her mother fells ill and when her father buys her life with an oath to Admat, the invisible god Kezi and her parents worship.


By the time Kezi and Olus meet and fall in love, her father’s oath has sealed Kezi´s fate: to pay for her mother’s life, she’s to die in thirty days.


Olus, reluctant to give her up, comes up with a plan to help her escape death, and convinces Kezi to come with him. When she agrees, the winds Olus commands take the young lovers from the harsh, dry lands where Kezi lives to Olus’s luscious country. But the gods that live beyond mortals’ reach, high above the higher peak, refuse to help them.


In a struggle against time to gain the gods’ support, Kezi travels deep into the darkness of the underworld where hope never enters and memories are lost. And while, she looks there for Admat, the god who owes her life, Olus faces a trial of his own. If he’s to help his love, he must overcome his deepest fear and become her champion.


The setting, an imaginary world reminiscent of Ancient Greek (Olus’s) and of the desert lands of the Middle East (Kezi’s), is vividly described, and the writing has a dreamy, poetic quality that works well.


My only complain is that the voices of Kezi and Olus, who tell the story in alternate chapters, are not distinctive enough and sometimes it was hard to know who the narrator was.


But although the continuous shifting in the point of view and the somehow confusing foreign names of the characters slowed my reading in several occasions, the story kept my interest until the end.


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