Everless – Sara Holland

EverlessFrom the publisher: 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.

A battle between the Sorceress and the Alchemist generations ago now ties one’s life span to currency.  Owe a debt?  Bleed years from your life, create blood coins, to pay your debts.  The story is well told.  Excellent pacing, good character build, mysterious parentage, along with the standard elite vs. downtrodden.  There is also the self-sacrificing parent who dies warning Jules yet again to stay away from the Queen.  It irritated me that his sacrifice was for nothing since she totally ignored it, then again, he should have told her the truth.   Everless is a good debut novel and I look forward to more from the author.

eGalley review                                         Publication date 1.2.18

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