In the second book in The Evermore Chronicles by Emily R. King, Everley Donovan plunges into the roiling waves of a strange new world to hunt a wicked prince who cheated time.
Everley Donovan’s mission: retrieve the hallowed sword of Avelyn stolen by the wicked Prince Killian, who slayed her family and left her for dead. Should she fail, the seven worlds will come to an end, as could time itself. And no one treasures time more than Everley, whose lifesaving clock heart cannot beat forever. She has set sail with a rogue crew for the otherworlds, where the key to dethroning the prince lies deep within the Land Under the Wave.
But passage through these unknown seas—where horrors lurk and pirates rove—proves a treacherous gamble. The Land Under the Wave was not made for humans, particularly one with a fragile clock heart. Here, Everley’s tragic past resurfaces unsolved questions. Here, too, the prince has hidden secrets more precious than pearls, secrets that could fracture the future forevermore. Everley must take back her sword and break free from this watery world before her time runs out…or so will everyone else’s.
About the Author
Emily R. King is a writer of fantasy and the author of The Hundredth Queen Series and Before the Broken Star, the first book in The Evermore Chronicles. Born in Canada and raised in the United States, she is a shark advocate, a consumer of gummy bears, and an islander at heart, but her greatest interests are her four children. Emily lives in northern Utah with her family and their cantankerous cat. Visit her at www.emilyrking.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4 1/2 "Adventurous" Stars Into the Hourglass is the second book in The Evermore series and it was absolutely wonderful. I think that sometimes I enjoy the sequels in a fantasy series more because the majority of the "world building" has already taken place in the first book. I don't know if that is why I enjoyed this one more, but I definitely fell into the storyline very easily and it kept my attention the entire time. Everley is continuing to chase after Prince Killian in order to exact revenge as well as to retrieve the sword of Avelyn. This time she will journey to different lands and uncover even more secrets. Along the way, Everley's relationship with Jamison continues to develop - - even if she is in denial about her growing feelings most of the time. She continues to tell herself that a girl with a clock heart cannot love. My own heart may have skipped a beat or two when Jamison said “Everley is a person, not a trinket..." I loved that part! Then I equally melted when Everley thought to herself..."If I had a heart of flesh and blood, it would swell." Gah! I just love the two of them so much....admit your love already and let's move along!!! Seriously, there is just so much I enjoyed about this book: Radella (the sassy little pixie), pirates, giants, mermaids (even though they are called merrows), a giant whale, elves, a sea hag, magical portals, magical spells and so much more. Of course, now I'm waiting for the next book which is due out in December. Notice that I did not say I was "patiently waiting" because I am definitely not patient.... I just can't wait to see what happens next to Everley and her friends. Thank you to Netgalley and Skyscape Publishing for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This is the sequel to Before the Broken Star and sees Everley chasing the sword that was stolen by Prince Killian. Everley is determined to fulfil her promise to Father Time but to do so means she needs to convince those around her that it’s possible to travel to a world under the seas. As with the previous story it seems that Killian is always one step in front and poor Everley and her friends do seem to be forever playing catch up. I very much enjoyed that we were introduced to new characters particularly Osric and foresee that at some point this journey will see Everley learning a lot more about the world of the Elves . As Everley travels we meet Giants and even Mermaids but it’s the inclusion of those we’ve previously got to know Cat and the Fox that gave this warmth and feeling. Plus a certain Pixie and her attitude just kept me smiling. Alas I cannot divulge what happens but I can say there’s a shocking revelation involving Everleys family and if you thought Killian had a simple plan then you clearly underestimate both him and indeed this author. My only real issue with this book is that Father Time seems to leave Everley to struggle alone. Although I hasten to add I did truly enjoy this and look forward to traveling again with Everley as her battles with Killian are far from over. This is a vibrant, fascinating world that takes the reader on a journey with characters to cheer for and what more could I want ? This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
I received an eARC thanks to the publisher and NetGalley. This book had a lot of meat to it, a lot to digest and think about as the story continues. It flowed well with the transition from the first book, picking up right where it left off at the beginning. There’s a lot more development of the story, characters, what’s going on - you learn and understand quite a bit more as Everley continues her harrowing journey to reach her goals. Her goals and wishes seem to shift some in this part of the story as well and it brings others goals and stories more to light some. Things get way more intense here in this book and it left me feeling a lot - so many emotions that I’m not sure what to do with them. There are so many nods and spins and retellings on fairytale/ folklore stories/ stories I remember from my childhood etc, it’s fun and wild. Even though this part of the series ended on a happy note, I have conflicting emotions about leaving this part of the story behind and I’m sad about parts of it too. I’m having a slight book hangover here and I’m nervous about what happens next when the end of this series comes out. If you haven’t read the first in this series, Before the Broken Star then you need to get on that before you read this and get ready for some awesomeness mixed with all the emotions. You don’t want to miss this continuing adventure.