by Gail Carson Levine


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Falling in love is easy . . .

. . . for Kezi, a beautiful mortal, dancer, and rug weaver, and for Olus, Akkan god of the winds. Their love brings Kezi the strength to fight her fate, and it gives Olus the strength to confront his fears. Together—and apart—they encounter spiders with webs of iron, the cruel lord of the land of the dead, the mysterious god of destiny, and the tests of the Akkan gods. If they succeed, they will be together; but if they fail, Olus will have to endure the ultimate loss, and Kezi will have to make the supreme sacrifice.

Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine has created a stunning world of flawed gods, unbreakable vows, and ancient omens. Her story of love, fate, and belief is spellbinding.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061229640
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/26/2011
Pages: 244
Sales rank: 449,927
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.57(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Gail Carson Levine's first book for children, Ella Enchanted, was a Newbery Honor Book. Levine's other books include Ever, a New York Times bestseller; Fairest, a Best Book of the Year for Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal, and a New York Times bestseller; Dave at Night, an ALA Notable Book and Best Book for Young Adults; The Wish; The Two Princesses of Bamarre; A Tale of Two Castles; and the six Princess Tales books. She is also the author of the nonfiction books Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly and Writer to Writer: From Think to Ink, as well as the picture books Betsy Who Cried Wolf and Betsy Red Hoodie. Gail Carson Levine and her husband, David, live in a two-centuries-old farmhouse in the Hudson Valley of New York State.

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By Gail Levine
HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. Copyright © 2008 Gail Levine
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ISBN: 9780061229633

Chapter One


I am huge in my mati's womb, straining her wide tunic. She is Hannu, Akkan goddess of the earth and of pottery. My pado, Arduk, god of agriculture, sits at Hannu's bedside, awaiting my birth.

It is too tight in Hannu's belly! I thread my strong wind into her womb, and my strong wind thrusts me flying out. Fortunately, Arduk catches me in his big, gentle hands.

Although Hannu lies in bed and Arduk stands holding me, we are also floating above the earth. In the air over volcanic Mount Enshi hovers Enshi Rock. From its center the temple rises: our home, a tower of porous white stone mounted on four stout stone legs. Never has there been such a temple!

When my diaper cloth is tied in place, I kick. When I'm lowered into my sleeping basket, I cry. If a blanket is tucked around me, I bellow. I am the god of the winds, and I hate confinement. Shame on me! I fear it.

Hannu and Arduk name me Olus. I call them by their own names, as is the custom.

Soon I can see and hear and smell across great distances and through objects, just as the other Akkan gods can. I hear the prayers of our worshipers, which are like the rattle of pebbles in a pan, too numerous to sort out.

When I am a month old, I smile from my parents' bed at the faces of the other Akkan gods and goddesses as they pass by above me. Meanwhile my merry wind tickles their ankles.

Butwhen Puru, the god of destiny, tilts his head down at me, my merry wind fades away, and I wail. His face is swathed entirely in orange linen, as is the rest of him. I can see through ordinary linen, but not Puru's.

Perhaps he can peer through his linen, or perhaps he smells me or only knows I'm there. When he speaks, no constant breath pushes his words, so he stops after each one. "Olus . . . will—"

"Hush, Puru," Hannu says, frowning.

"He's too young to hear about his fate," Arduk adds.

Puru says, "Olus . . . will . . . have . . . no happiness until he gains what he cannot keep."


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Ever 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 119 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Olus, the young god of the wind, prefers to live with humans rather than his divine companions, all of whom are hundreds of years older than he is. In his travels he can't help noticing and falling in love with the beautiful and talented Kezi. At first he forces himself to be content merely watching, but then Kezi's father makes a deadly oath, and Kezi has only a month left to live. Unwilling to let her die, Olus reveals himself and offers Kezi a chance at life.

But before Olus and Kezi can defy fate and make a new life for her, they must survive the most frightening tests of their lives -- alone. Can they prove themselves worthy in the gods' eyes, and their own?

EVER is a touching novel about the power of love in overcoming fear, and the many different types of faith. The myth-like story takes place in a unique setting, more like India than the traditional medieval backdrop of most fantasies, and which makes for a fascinating world to explore. Olus and Kezi make for sympathetic narrators, passionate but wiser than their years would suggest.

Readers may wish that their adventures lasted longer. What adventure there is will have them turning the pages, eager to find out whether Kezi will survive, and what she may have to give up in the process. An excellent novel for older children and teens, especially those interested in other cultures and questions of faith.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Origanally I had bought it for my thirteen year old sister since I thought I was outgrowing GCL, but I was totally wrong. I didn't know what to expect when I started reading, but the plot was intrigueing. I reccomend this story to anyone looking for something outside the box, expecially the cliche novels that authours seem to be cranking out for teenage readers.
addicted-2-reading More than 1 year ago
When I first read reviews for this book I couldn't wait to read it. I had read all of Levine's other books and I couldn't wait to read more of her work. When I got it though I got a little nervous. After I had read some I wondered why I had been so excited. It started out a little slow, but then suddenly things started to pick up the pace a little bit. Suddenly I was caught up in the book and falling behind in other things I was supposed to be doing.

In my oppinion Kenzi is a young girl who loves her family and would do anything for them. When her mother gets sick, her father swears an oath that if he tells anyone Kenzi will have to be sacrificed. Kenzi stole my heart, and I'm sure she'll steal yours to (though I am a bit of a softy).

I thought that Levine skiped over the whole falling in love part of the story though. I could see Olus falling in love with Kenzi, but I didn't really see Kenzi fall in love with Olus. To me it just happened, there wasn't any Kenzi falling in love with Olus, she just all of a sudden loved him.

But the book kept me reading (after the slow start), which is what relly matters. This book seemed to fly by to me, and it did keep me guessing at what would happen next.

I liked this book because some parts made you smile while others made you laugh out loud. There weren't any terribly sad parts, but there were some that were slightly. Some parts worried me a bit because I was worried for the charectors themselves! But all around It was a well spun tale as all (most) of Levine's books are.

If you do decide to read this book (whether it has anything to do with this review or not) I beg you DON'T put the book down if you find it a little slow in the beggining. It's better a few more chapters ahead I PROMISE.
BeksBooks More than 1 year ago
I was not expecting much from Ever when I started reading because I hadn't heard any praise for it. However, I found the story enjoyable and very entertaining to read. Though it is fun, it did not evoke any deep thinking on my part. I would not have liked the story so much except for Olus is a great character. He's funny and strange and interesting. Unfortunately, I can not say the same for Kezi, the other main character.

Levine is a good writer. Everything flows well and she has some wonderful ideas that went into Ever, however, I thought it was a little dry. It reads like a folk-tale, myth, or fairytale: the characters don't feel complete and some of the things that happen are never explained. I think if you pick up this book and expect to read it like a fairytale, you can enjoy it a lot! If bizarre, twisted, and irritating oath-taking parents bother you, you probably won't like Ever. Although I did not think the overall writing was rich, there was one particularly well-written scene where Olus undertakes a trial to become a Champion. The ideas and details were fascinating. However, like in a fairytale, you know that the characters are going to succeed, and their ¿tests¿ did not strike me as particularly hard. Though I was a little concerned for them before the end, I did not really expect anything to go wrong.

Another reason this reads like a fairytale is that it has the ¿beautiful and beautiful¿ typical fairytale romance. A boy and girl see each other, speak briefly, and find they are desperately in love with each other based merely on attraction. This is especially disappointing after reading Ella Enchanted, which has a realistic and convincing romance. Ever's romance is, quite honestly, empty.

The content of the book is mostly clean, if you're not offended by a father willing to sacrifice his daughter because of his religion . . . The only part that made me uncomfortable was when Olus and his friend Kudiya pee in the grass together (they're eleven when they do it). That was gross, but I guess that's little boys for you.

If you enjoy Ever, you may like Lloyd Alexander's books, especially the Iron Ring which is written in a similar mythological style in an Indian-like culture.
The_hibernators More than 1 year ago
Ever is a fantasy/historical fiction book for young adults about a mortal girl who falls in love with the god of the wind. Together, the two must become heroes in order to save her from an untimely death. This is a cute book, but it does not have the magic of some of Levine's other books. Furthermore, its theme may make many religious parents a little wary. Ever asks questions about God's existence and His ability to communicate with His people. These questions remain unanswered at the end of the story. Although I do not find the theme offensive (everyone has a right to express doubts), I think it may not be appropriate for younger, more impressionable readers (unless their parents encourage open thinking about religion; in which case it's a perfect discussion book).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Generally, I really enjoy Gail Carson Levine's books. Ella Enchanted was very good and I also enjoyed Fairest and the Two Princesses of Bamarre and her short stories in The Fairy's Return and Other Princess Tales was so fun. This one just fell short... the story was not as good as the previous books. It seemed like the romance was rushed and the characters weren't as developed as the other books. That said my daughter and I did enjoy parts of the story - it was just not our favorite.
Anonymous 5 days ago
I love Ever but noticed the love between Olus and Kezi was kind of fast.I think that was the only unnatural thing for Gail's type of writing.I love the storyline though.I think my favorite charachters were Kezi and her aunt.I like Kezi's love for her family is so strong she would die for her aunt.I also liked a second-ary charachter,Kezi's aunt,who is very strong willed,a kinda lady who could do anything.She isnt a major,super big, charachter but I still like her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like this book because its "romantic" and its adventurus . 2of my favorite things . (Mostly the adventurus part.
lilmudduckmuffineater More than 1 year ago
This book was OK, it just wasn't exciting enough for my taste. I felt it could have been so much better than it was. I say if you're bored and have nothing else to read than go for it. I didn't hate it either, I just probably won't be reading it again. Olus is the Akkan god of the winds and is restless. He wants so bad to live in the world of the mortals that he moves far from his home and pretends to be a goat herder in a city named Hyte. There he watches the family that owns that land he rents for goat herding, especially Kezi their daughter. Kezi loves to dance and weave rugs and her family and her are devout worshipers of the god Admat. When Kezi's Mati(word for mother) gets sick her Pado(word for father) makes and unbreakable oath to Admat that he will sacrafice the first person who congradulates him on his wifes good health if he makes her better, soon Kezi's mother is better. To save her Aunt Fedo though who was away when the oath was made and didn't know about it, she congradualtes her father before her aunt can, therefore bearing the responsibilty of becoming the scacrafice to Admat. Olus soon meets Kezi and soon afterwards they fall in love. Then Olus and Kezi embark on the joureny to save Kezi's life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi! I am Emily, Linda's (my mom's) daughter. This is a great book! It is inspiring that you can do anything you put your mind to. It teaches you about bravery,sacrifice(even though you should not make a human sacrifice)and love. It is great for those who like magic,adventure,some romance and a great story! The books i have recommended are great,exciting,adventerous books. Though I would like to say that the Song of the Lioness series is for pre-teens or teens(I am 11 years old but my sister is 19 and she was reading them again, I am a very advanced reader). Enjoy!!!! Emily
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read this book at least 20 times since I got it when I was a teen. I love it so much
reece1999 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Ever" is a book by Gail Carson Levine. It is a book about a girl that sacraficed her life to save her only aunt.Olus,the wind god of Kezi's country, sees her and falls in love.Kezi sees him and falls in love also.Thogether they search for the way to save Kezi.The only way to savew her though is to make her immortal.They both go through trail.Kezi maust become a heroine and Olus must become a champion. IF they don't do that, Kezi will die. It's the only way to save their love.This book was okay.I liked it,b ut it could have been longer.I wasn't big on some of the ideas in the book.The book didn't sound like Gail Carson Levine's other books.It isn't a book I would recomend off the top of my head.Some people have their own opions though.
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This wasn't my favorite of Ms. Levine's books. I liked the storyline and I really liked Kezi and Olus. They each ended up aspiring to something more than they were born to, and that journey they took was unique and colorful. But I guess I found the conclusions about gods and God not true to my experience. I couldn't escape the message that believing in one all-powerful God was foolish and nothing more than a construct of man. I'm not sure if that was Ms. Levine's intention, but it was my reaction to the text. Made the story less appealing to me.
The_Hibernator on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ever is a fantasy/historical fiction book for young adults about a mortal girl who falls in love with the god of the wind. Together, the two must become heroes in order to save her from an untimely death. This is a cute book, but it does not have the magic of some of Levine¿s other books. Furthermore, its theme may make many religious parents a little wary. Ever asks questions about God¿s existence and His ability to communicate with His people. These questions remain unanswered at the end of the story. Although I do not find the theme offensive (everyone has a right to express doubts), I think it may not be appropriate for younger, more impressionable readers (unless their parents encourage open thinking about religion; in which case it¿s a perfect discussion book).
eheinlen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked the concept of the story, but I didn't enjoy the writing style and stopped reading after the first couple of chapters.
kirbyowns on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I normally love GCL's books. This one, however, fell flat of her usually woderful fairy tales. The story jumps back and forth between the two main characters, Kezi and Olus. This story follows typical fairy tale elements, and is a very easy read. I felt like I was reading an elementary students version of the events, rather than the 17 year olds' that were telling their side of the story.
stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Olus, god of winds, youngest god in the kingdom of Akka, is lonely. He finds himself often watching the mortals and wishing to find a friend. This desire brings him to the far-away city of Hyte, where he is employed as a goatherd in the palace official Senat¿s land. However, he finds himself using his winds to watch the sheep, instead spending most of his time observing Senat¿s family, especially his teenage daughter, the weaver and dancer Kezi.For Kezi, things are looking down. First her mati is deathly sick, then her padu offers a human sacrifice to the almight god, Admat (whom Olus has never heard of). To everyone¿s horror, Kezi is that sacrifice. In thirty days, she must submit herself to Admat¿s temple to be sacrificed to the god, or else he will avenge her family and her descendants forever.Olus is desperately determined to save the life of the girl he has grown to love. He whisks her off to his home country of Akka, where they declare their love for each other and undergo challenges to prove themselves, he as a champion, and she as a heroine. For only if they pass their tests may Kezi have a chance to be immortal and thus save her life. The stakes are high, and the chances of success slim, but Olus and Kezi¿s love for one another will hopefully churn out a happy ending.While far from being her strongest book, EVER is nevertheless an enjoyable light fantasy read. Elementary school or middle school kids in particular may be attracted to Kezi and Olus¿ story as one of the power of love to triumph over fate itself.
chibimajo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Olus is a young god, who is quite intrigued by mortals, so much so that he leaves his home to travel among them for a year. In his travels he meets a family, a father, mother, daughter and aunt. And he comes to care about them, especially the daughter, who is his own age. Kezi decides to sacrifice herself to save her aunt and is to become a human sacrifice for their god. Olus and Kezi then must meet and find a way to save her from her death. I did not enjoy this one quite as much as Fairest, but it was an interesting read.
litlb00k on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When 14-year-old Kezi¿s mother falls gravely ill, her father makes a rash promise to Admat, the god of their city Hyte. He swears that if Admat will restore his wife¿s health he will kill the first person who congratulates him within three days. The family hides out hoping for the three days to pass without contact. Unfortunately, Kezi¿s beloved Aunt Fedo arrives without warning and begins to comment on the mother¿s health, to save her aunt¿s life, Kezi congratulates her father herself, bringing the oath down upon her own head. Meanwhile, Olus, the Akkan god of the winds has been observing Kezi¿s family from afar and has fallen deeply in love with the girl. Determined to save her life, Olus reveals himself to Kezi and the two set off to change her fate by completing a series of quests that could make her immortal. The question of faith is prevalent throughout this tale. There is no tangible sign ¿ even to the god Olus ¿ that Kezi¿s god exists and yet, she never abandons her belief in him or turns her back on her father¿s oath to him even when doing so could prevent her death. That exploration of the meaning and power of faith allow this title to stand out from Levine¿s other romantic works as one not only worth reading but also contemplating for some time after the last page is turned.
cmbohn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Gail Carson Levine. Her books Ella Enchanted and Two Princesses of Bamarre are two of my very favorite books ever. (Don't judge Ella Enchanted by the movie either - they have almost nothing in common except the title and the name of the main character!) So when I heard she had another full length book out, I bought it right away. Ever was one of the books I was saving for something special. I decided it was time to read it already, and I finished it this week.At first, I thought Ever was set in the same world as Ella Enchanted and the next book Fairest, although the two are not closely related. But after just a few pages in, I realized that this was a stand alone title. The book is told from two different viewpoints, that of Kezi, a young girl living with her fond parents, interested in weaving and dancing, and Olus, a young god of wind and loneliness. Olus has been watching Kezi and her family and he has fallen in love. When a twist of fate condemns her to be a sacrifice to the god Admat. Olus and Kezi set off to find Admat and release Kezi from her fate.This was not quite as good as Ella Enchanted, but it was extremely good. I read it all in a couple of days and I couldn't wait to finish. Both Kezi and Olus are well drawn, sympathetic characters and the story was an original one. If I had one problem it was that the ending chapters were not quite as good as the beginning, but I still loved it.
sonam_soni on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fun, supernatural read. One of my daughter's favorite authors writes a more young adult book.About Olus, a god, who leaves his parents' safe home to live in Hyte. Kezi, a dancer and rug weaver and a mortal who catches his eye. They fall in love and either he must become mortal or she takes the test to become a god. In between, Kezi's father has to make a sacrifice of her aunt (human sacrifice to the gods) in return for a prayer answered and how kezi saves her aunt. I love strong female protagonist books!
greenbeanteenqueen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was excited to read this next offering from Gail Carson Levine, as I have enjoyed her previous novels. Ever was another enchanting story-Kezi is a young girl who falls in love with Olus, who is an immortal god. In Kezi's world, she is to be sacrificed to her god, and in order to change her fate, the pair embark on a quest to make her immortal. Although I enjoyed this book, it didn't have the same magic as Levine's other books have had for me. Overall it was a good read and I would recommend to reader's who enjoy fairy tales.
lalawe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first thing that comes to mind when I think of this book is ¿sweet.¿ It¿s a YA romance novel - Amazon says it¿s meant for 9-12 year olds - but there are some fun bits for older readers.Olus is the youngest of all the Akkan gods by several thousand years. He leaves their home above Mt Enshi to live with mortals. In a foreign country, he meets and falls in love with Kezi, a teenager who is destined to be sacrificed to her god. And then, of course, Olus decides that he needs to find a way to save her.I liked Kezi a lot - there are some lovely descriptions of her dancing and weaving, which I thought were the best parts of the book - but Olus fell a little flat for me. Where the book really fails is in the narration. It switches between Olus and Kezi, but honestly, I kept forgetting who was talking at the time, as neither had a distinct voice.Overall, a readable YA fantasy romance.
knielsen83 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was a bit different then I expected. I thought ... Ever.. fairy tale.. no? Instead, it had a more mythological story line about the god of wind falling in love with a girl who saves her aunt from a terrible death oath by taking it on herself. They fall in love... he tries to save her... the whole champion/heroine deal is added in there as well. Overall, a really well-written and wonderful book.