Amazing concept and very well done overall,
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This review is from: Evensong (Meratis Trilogy Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
The idea of an author waking up in his own story was both intriguing and worrying for me all at once. Intriguing because I had never before read anything with that storyline to it and worrying because there is so much that could go wrong with that idea.
A mixture of great world-building and excellent characters ensure nothing does go wrong with it. In fact, the whole thing worked smoother than I thought possible. Not only does Krista make the fictional realm of Andvell appealing and interesting, she also makes the boring, everyday life of Jeff Powell (the fictional author in Evensong) intriguing as well.
The cast of characters are well fleshed out and, as a nice touch that I did not see coming, have their own lives, histories and aspirations that their creator (Jeff) had not wrote nor even thought about. Thought of as a saviour for their problems, Jeff soon shows how useless he is at the sort of things the Andvellians would consider an everyday task. After a cold reception, Jeff finds the characters he created start to thaw out towards him and he begins to form friendships with these fictional people that are stronger than any he has in the ‘real’ world.
From start to finish Evensong has you burning with desire to see what happens next. Whether it be a battle scene or a simple conversation you are always curious. The unique ‘author goes into story’ plot line helps to give the reader a deeper connection to the characters and also serves to ask that question: what happens when you close the pages of a book? Do the characters just stop what they’re doing or do they continue to live lives of their own? In Evensong they most certainly continue to live lives of their own and have you constantly wondering just how your favourite characters from other books would spend their time if they had the chance.
If there was one negative thing to say about Evensong it would be that, at times, the language used doesn’t feel very authentic. It feels too modern and Americanised (which I should probably apologise for saying considering the author is Canadian). Where you expect a fantasy style you often get the sort of conversation or slang you might find in American TV shows. It’s not a huge drawback, but for me it was noticeable.