Everville: The First Pillar

Everville: The First Pillar

by Roy Huff

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941957035
Publisher: 21st Century Lion Books
Publication date: 08/08/2014
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Roy Huff, MS, MAEd., is the author of the best selling epic young adult, teen fantasy book Everville: The First Pillar, the first installment of the Everville series. He holds five degrees in four separate fields including liberal arts, history, secondary science education, and geoscience. Roy Huff has backgrounds in art, history, education, business, real-estate, economics, geoscience, and satellite meteorology. He was born on the East Coast but has spent more than half of his life in Hawaii.

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Everville: The First Pillar 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author Roy Huff has created a fantasy with a lot of interesting stuff. Aimed at a young adult audience, nevertheless I enjoyed it at my advanced age of (mumble, mumble). I should think most anyone could enjoy the book. One thing I especially liked was the compact story. To many fantasies run on and on until I get bored. Not so here. College freshman Owen Sage keeps finding himself transported into an alternate universe called Everville and in the presence of a bearded, robed fellow called the Keeper, telling him he needs help in repairing the breach to The Other In Between. At first thinking he might be hallucinating, he gradually comes to understand the part he has to play in saving this universe and, by extension, his own. He's aided by long time friends Anika and Dante. Author Huff needs in the next book to give us a bit more of Them, an evil presence that remains off-stage in this first book. I'm sure that's planned, but it would have enhanced my feelings for this one more to be let in on a few tidbits. It's worth a look and will certainly make me check out future books in this series. Seven books I would imagine since seven pillars are mentioned.
Topcho_Nina More than 1 year ago
Everville is a magical, epic – type fantasy, which is also suitable for young adult and teen readers. Traveling between different worlds and realms has always been one of my favorite themes in fantasy books, and here I was happy to discover one vast and beautiful world, even though in this book we were able to glimpse only a part of it. Its structure is rather complicated, but it was explained really well, so I could easily imagine all of the eight worlds, their positions and understand the connection with Everville. The story is mostly narrated by the main character, Owen, but a great deal of the events are not seen or lived directly by him, and here was the best part for me. The story is set in our world and the magic realms, and they are all connected in rather curious way. But for me, the most interesting thing was all the different points of view and the way they were intertwining. At first I thought it was just that the point of view was messy, probably because the facts were presented first, and explained later. Owen is getting information via different ways – the learning device, the memories of the Keeper, and later, thanks to the connection with his friends, he is able to perceive the whole battle at the same time from the frontlines and from aside, which I thought quite cool. Ah, that learning device. At first I though “Hey, this is cheating!” But fortunately, it is not overused. While the reader may be sometimes eager to go on with the story, truth is it really takes hard work and time to improve one’s abilities, and at first I was unhappy that this might get simply skipped. But actually, the main character spends a good part of the book training and developing. But while Owen is training, we’re getting to know more about the previous breach of the worlds. So there is a balance between action and training, and you won't be getting bored because of this. I could say there were actually two main characters in the book, equally important, again because of the way past and present events are told. First is of course Owen, the human boy, and the other is the fron Corwin, in the past – savior of his people, and now – one of the wisest Keepers in Everville. And if I have to choose a favourite, that would be Corwin. I was much more.. comfortable with him, being able to connect, sort of speaking. I was truly feeling for this character and his adventures, while it wasn’t really so with Owen. He was a bit too dry to me, too much reason and too little passion and emotional response. I found that quite weird, given his young age, all of the events and pressure he’s been through, and the fact that he is narrating most of the story, so we should really see everything he is and feels. As a whole, I was left wanting a bit more character development, considering Owen, and his friends too. I would also have loved a bit more of a dialog. It’d make some scenes more lively and realistic, and could take away that dryness that bothered me. Everywhere, there were beautiful descriptions and scenes, I could see them almost like on a movie, but at places, I could really use some more speaking. Overall, in my opinion, this was a nice fantasy novel, with well build world, settings and plot. It is a good beginning for a series, getting the readers interested in the conflict, while in the same time, the book isn’t ending too abruptly. I hope in the next books we’ll see more of them.
MaryAnn_Koopmann More than 1 year ago
The First Pillar (Everville, #1) will make you eagerly wait for his every novel and deeply care about the finely crafted adventurous and passionately real stories he crafts. Movie producers, pay attention here for some vivid imagery, intricately woven plot development and a captivating, unique story that would thrill viewers, as well as readers, on the screen. This is a wonderful book; the reader can really connect to the characters. In my opinion, Roy Huff novels should be included with other popular young adult science fiction/fantasy classics like The Giver, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Wizard of Oz, etc. This story has some great life lessons. It teaches us to appreciate all that we have in life and urges us to consider life without some of the things we see as necessities, but in a realistic way. This book also encourages a younger generation to think about war and peace in a very appropriate way. It challenges us to think of all the harm done by fighting but also the challenges that come with doing something good, especially when all you want is revenge. Definitely a worthwhile read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the journey to Everville. I thought it was very easy to read and a creative story. I enjoyed the characters in the story and the creatures of the lands of Everville and beyond. It reminded me of “Alice in Wonderland” and “Lord of the Rings” as it was creative and exciting in a world beyond ours.  It was packed with action but I would have enjoyed more details on the club games and even the battles. They were exciting, I just desired more detail because it left me wanting to know more about the games, the flying creatures, and a description of Them.  I loved the imagery as the author described the scenes of the lands in Everville, the lands surrounding Everville, the campus, and the creatures. Excellent job! The author’s words easily painted pictures in my mind. I feel this book will be a great read for anyone who enjoys fantasy.  I look forward to the next book in the series.  I am sure it will satisfy some of my desires for more detail as the series unfolds. I highly recommend this book. Charles Johnson Author of "Love Poems and More From the Heart and Soul of Man"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This review is from: Everville: The First Pillar (Paperback) I Have Read this Book cover to cover and found I could not put it down. I found my Mouth Dropping open completly involved in what was going on. if you bore easy , You will not be Bored. I chuckled some times with his referal to characters as the inbetween. I was completely spellbound how the character would be walking or in the middle of doing something and would suddenly be in another world. and the vivid words that helped to bring you right in the book to be walking right with Him. This book will interest any age level.What an imagination Roy has. You will want to buy this book so you can take it with You, read and reread. I am ready for book 2. Great Book!!!! sweetroseofsharon
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Roy Huff’s first Everville novel, Everville the First Pillar, combines the language of epic fantasy with prosaic modernity, and blends a complex well-crafted myth with modern-day college life. Protagonist narrator, Owen Sage, is a freshman struggling to choose clubs and classes at the start of term. But lucid dreams lead him to a very different world. Soon he, Dante, and their “other best friend Anika” are drinking coffee, studying art, and learning to sense profound mysteries in curious objects. But can they save the worlds of dream and reality? And how real are these dreams? The writing is rich will details of life, lands, relationships, and backstory. Interlocking storylines tell the tale of a Keeper saving his world as well as Owen’s own tale—stories that combine fairly naturally by the final pages. Choices have deep, slow-growing consequences that can “transform kindness into hatred and good into evil,” and the pleasing truth, after all, is that not “everybody cheats.” The First Pillar is rich with ideas, themes, and important lessons in the courage of right choices. It’s a long slow read, but an enjoyable tale with plenty more (and more Pillars) to come. Disclosure: I got it on a deal and I offer my honest review.
Jane_V_Blanchard More than 1 year ago
Everville: The First Pillar by Roy Huff is a delightful read for anyone who enjoys fantasy. I am always fascinated by authors who can create fantastic worlds. In this, Mr Huff does not disappoint. He creates multiple dimensions and characters with wonderful names. Some characters can travel between the various worlds. Once such is Owen Sage, a college freshman who suddenly discovers that there are dark happenings in the world and in Everville, and that he must prevent the evil from destroying the worlds.  I really enjoyed Owen's first person narrative. It makes the story flow quickly and introduces the reader to these worlds as Owen finds out about them. On campus, as in Everville, it is sometimes difficult to know who is battling on the side of good and evil, and the balance can change. Owen must learn the clues and use of weapons to fight the evil. Can he do it, and what will be the ramifications? This is an easy quick read written by a great storyteller.  Enjoy.
mat0 More than 1 year ago
The ideas where great. Not my style, but will recommend it to my grand daughter. I really can't say what it the problem is, except the story didn't grab me. I gave it 4 stars because I felt it had a good idea and was well written just not me.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
Huff uses an upbeat and captivating writing style throughout this novel and combines it with a story that you can really get into. He creates a phenomenal world that he shows you rather than telling you about it. Through it Huff takes the fantasy genre and runs in circles with it. You become drawn into this world, just like the characters are. You’re also kept guessing, just like them. This technique really draws you in and keeps you going. Above all, Huff’s storyline is as structurally and fundamentally sound as his writing. He has a forward progression to the story, each event leading up to the next. He also illustrates the interconnectedness between the events and characters, however separate they may seem at the time. By flipping between characters and places Huff is able to show many perspectives, including the ability for good and evil to switch sides and the lines in between the two to blur. He does, however, keep everything quite clear through minute changes in writing style and tone. Combine all of this with the author’s descriptions, which are complete and awe inspiring yet worked right into the body of the story without interrupting the flow, and you have a captivating whole. If Huff’s very approachable writing style draws you into the novel, his characters keep you there. A variety of characters and their personal stories intertwine and combine to create a unique and intricate whole. Each is uniquely developed to suit its purpose in the story, while becoming a well-developed and realistic individual. With this story Huff incorporates all the elements of a typical fantasy tale – mythical creatures, magical realms, war of good vs evil, etc. – into a story that can’t be compared to anything I’ve ever read before. It was a fun and quick read that was a phenomenal escape from reality and I can’t wait to read the sequel.  Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review
Hopefully86 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy from the author in exchange for an unbiased review. Everville: The First Pillar is set in two worlds – the ‘Other In Between’ and the one we know. College freshman Owen Sage is beginning a normal life at university when he starts to experience strange dreams…and not only when asleep. With friends from this world and allies in EVERVILLE, Owen embarks on a race to save life as either side knows it. Huff begins this first installment by throwing you right into Owen’s realization of other worlds. I appreciated the setup of both worlds without making the reader feel insulted by over explanation. A classic struggle between good and evil in different planes, EVERVILLE finds a place on the shelves of young adult fantasy. As you uncover more about each character, you begin to feel part of the team. I appreciate books that can make you join the cause in this manner. I would like to see a bit more character development in the upcoming books, as this first installment mainly serves to set up the plot and setting. Overall, this is a great start to a refreshing new series. I look forward to seeing how Huff picks things up in the second book. Happy reading!
Willowysp More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author. He did not ask for a review in return, but I offered to provide one anyway.  Everville: The First Pillar was an enjoyable read overall. The plot is interesting and for the most part well-paced. Most of the characters were sympathetic and the main characters were developed enough for a first book in a series. Mr. Huff did a great job of setting up the overall premise, but still providing enough action to keep the reader interested in seeing where the story goes next in the series.  I felt like I could connect with the main character, Owen, as a protagonist, but did feel that his cohorts Anika and Dante could have been fleshed out a little more. Additional secondary characters could benefit from a little more development as well, but that may be coming in subsequent installments.  My main issues with the book - and there are only a few - are adjustments that would have been caught or suggested by a good editing. There are a few spelling issues, homonyms, and subject-verb agreements that need a little tweaking. The biggest issue for me was the changes in point of view throughout the book that frequently caused me to have to read back over sections to figure out what was going on. It was distracting at best, and also took away from the flow of the plot. It was also difficult at times to identify which character was speaking (but Mr. Huff should be commended for not relying on "he said/she said" tags!). The last few chapters felt somewhat rushed - partly due to being some of the most intense combat scenes in the book, but I would really have preferred more of a show than tell approach to this section.  Despite these minor flaws, I am intrigued by the Everville story, and look forward to reading additional books in the series. I also highly recommend this book for younger readers as there is very little (if any) objectionable material - no swear words, no sexual content, limited  graphic detail of combat. Thank you, Mr. Huff, for showing that a good story can be written without resorting to these cheap tricks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was the front cover which attracted to me to this book. I believe that if the cover is attractive and catches my eye, then the story would be good too. And, it was!! After flipping the back cover which describes Owen Sage and how he has to save both worlds from dark, evil forces. I was drawn from then on. I loved how Roy has unique names for his characters, ie, Anika, Dante, Drussila and Zee, makes these characters memorable. I am glad that Roy limited his characters to a select few, thus, being able to concentrate on the story of Owen Sage. Owen Sage, comes across as a youngster, out to explore the world, and being almost an adult, is mysteriously transported to Everville, sometimes through dreams and when The Keeper senses it. Another plus point is that Roy goes straight to the point. He describes what is necessary and at the same time, leaves enough information for the reader’s imagination to take over. This font size & style throughout the text makes it easy to read. I would recommend anyone into young adult/fantasy to read this book, as it is now in my prized possession list of books. Thanks Roy Huff for sending me the book. It was really worth the wait.
Jesse_Kimmel-Freeman More than 1 year ago
This is an epic kind of story. I know it has been said before, but Roy has a Tolkien-y feel to the story- only I actually finished it, unlike Tolkien. LOL. I really enjoyed this book. It mixes lots of elements that I've enjoyed, and it has a little gritty aspect to it. Something that not all books get. Roy is a great storyteller and you can tell that he has taken the time to develop his characters and story. It is a great book for the YA genre, although like so many of the genre (Yes, YA, not New Adult, whatever that is, people please stop making up new genres!) it has a crossover aspect that makes it enjoyable for those outside of the original target range. It does leave you wanting more though. Owen Sage is completely thrown into a new world of unexpected adventure. It blends concepts, worlds, spaces, and times. I love it! This is a good book for those that enjoy fantasy, epic stories, and books that fall in the realm of Tolkien without his verbose insanity.
BJalmeda More than 1 year ago
With the first ever book written by my friend Roy Huff entitled The First Pillar, which is the first book in the Everville series, NEW TYPE OF FANTASY WRITING WAS BORN! The way this book was written was awesome. The way Roy connected two different worlds, one with space and time and one with the absence of those two was exceptional. For how many fantasy books I have read, this was the only book that I've encountered this kind of writing. It was magnetic and captivating. The main character of this story is Owen. He is eighteen years old and he doesn't have a father already. He is with his friends Dante and Anika. who are also living without fathers. Now, what I love about this book is the fact that he uses unique names for characters and places. Like using THEM as the enemy and The Other In Between as a place. We can't usually read books with those names in it. He made new worlds in this book. He has an impressive wide imagination! He sees things others can't see. But somehow I was frustrated by the lack of details and descriptions of places, making it hard to be imagined. Another thing I love is the way he made different point of views in the book. I love how the main character can see the point of views of his friends by using magic--- Magic that only Roy can make. Furthermore, I also love the fact that this book is full of things and ideas about Philosophy. It makes us think critically and make us do mental exercises with ourselves, too. And also, the way the school clubs run contests like the Roundabout was also fascinating. It was the most unique contest in school I've ever heard. Lastly, I had the feeling of unfulfillment with the descriptions in the actions of the characters. But overall, it was new to my taste and I was impressed even though that this is his first book . KUDOS. my rating: 4.5 / 5