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.
Sorcery, blood, desire, discovering you hold the key that could save them all?
First off, this book cover is gorgeous! And that’s just the arc, imagine what the finished book will look like!
Second, I absolutely adored this book! Sit back, relax, I’ll tell you why!
Jules – she’s one of the best characters I’ve ever come across. She’s unbelievably strong and incredibly selfless! She’d rather bleed herself and give her time to her father, than live without him. She’s also very loyal to her friends and would see herself without, to give them an easier life. I can’t put into words how much I love the girl, she’s truly amazing!
I found it very easy to connect with the characters, as they were fleshed out so well and had so many emotions that were believable. Always a sign of a good book!
The idea that blood is used for time is so unique and like nothing I’ve ever read before. It’s also really heartbreaking to see so many people bleeding themselves just to get by, it really pulled at my heart strings and added plenty of depth to the story. I really got a feel of how these people were living, or surviving.
Everless is an extraordinary place, meticulously run by many servants trying to earn their time. At the heart of it are the Gerling’s, the family who basically own everyone and tax people time just for existing, it’s all very dark. Jules ends up back at Everless, after being kicked out with her father when she was little. She tolerates it just to make enough time for her father, see, selfless!
The two Gerling brothers, Liam and Roan, are still at Everless and remember who Jules is. Roan was Jules’ childhood love and she still harbours these feelings for him, although he is due to be married. It’s a huge web of heartbreak and deceit and was executed perfectly. Although I do think Jules was very naive in this situation, just saying.
I honestly love Liam, I had a suspicion about him from the onset and my suspicions are usually right, I won’t say more, just know that I love the boy!
Jules goes through a roller coaster of revelations about herself and delves into centuries of dark secrets. I really feel for her, she’s torn so much in the book and has to dig into deep places that she would rather keep away from.
The pace of the book was pretty even, not too long not too short. There’s a lot to discover in this book but I never got bored and finished it within two days.
I was genuinely so surprised by Everless, it had a lot of promise but I never expected it to be so great! It releases on January 2nd (psstt that’s my birthday). I can’t wait for the sequel to be released, which is ages away ☹
*I would like to thank Netgalley for sending me the E-arc in return for an honest review and Hachette Children’s for sponsoring our blogging group and sending us the physical arcs*