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The fictional author, Jeff, was a hugely sympathetic character for me. I was rooting for him all the way and felt indignant on his behalf when some of the other characters from his fictional world treated him less than sympathetically. But as the story unfolded, even the frostier characters warmed to him as he began to prove his worth.
There were many other vivid characters in this novel and I particularly liked the way the author has created some strong female characters - especially Jasmine and Maggie. They were not unrealistically strong though and did have their weaknesses. I thought the author portrayed them well, particularly the way Jasmine begins to thaw towards Jeff as the story progresses which I thought was true to life.
The world that the author has created has obviously been meticulously planned and thought out, with a whole back story to the situation it was in when Jeff first arrived. This made it very vivid and real to me.
I don't read a lot of fantasy, but I would say that this story would be accessible to anyone who likes a gripping, exciting and fun read.
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?Read more ›
Krista manages this very well; you won't be flicking back a few pages to work out why you don't understand that passage about a magical spell you've just read, and the plot, while allowing for future options (who doesn't want to see the big bad guy make a return eventually?!) doesn't amble off into randomness. There's some decidedly non-standard use of creatures, and some well-developed relationships that hold the interest.
I liked the premise - a very clever one of having Jeff the 'author' of the piece trapped inside his own story - his own shortcomings as a writer are laid bare and used against him - some of his characters have developed lives and events he never wrote, a subconscious overcoming of his own simplified black and white approach to his main plot strands. By the end, Jeff appears to have learned valuable lessons in how he needs to think more like his characters and let them live in the pages.
A promising tale - I hope there are more.
I loved that Jeff, the main character (the author), wasn't perfect. That he was initially struggling to write a beautiful and consistent story with substance. <spoiler>That he lazily went for the dragon as a villain before being drawn into his book and experiencing the 'reality' of Andvell first hand. </spoiler>
Seeing him struggle with his flaws and uncertainties was so interesting. It was like he was a real person rather than some flawless god-like character. In fact, most of the characters showed more authentic humanity than I see in other books.
I would however like to better understand how the main villain could have possibly become evil incarnate. What are his motivations? Is the pursuit of destruction for the sake of destruction really all there is to it? What set him on the path of madness? Even the darkest characters usually have some cracks in their armour and reasons for their hateful actions, but Raul seems like a chilled out guy who just wants to wreak havoc and nightmares everywhere for the fun of it. I've not yet checked but if there's more content on this, I will get on it.
The writing style also had some great humour woven into it here and there that had me giggling alone like a fool.
I devour books and selfishly never feel compelled to write reviews. But for this one, I had too. Even as I write it, I still feel like I'm there in the story.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The story had an original idea and an interesting plot but I couldn't get past the clumsy cliches. Badly written.Published 9 months ago by HMH
Just finished this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. I wondered if it was going to go a little 'Thomas Covenant' but happily it moved in its own direction and built nicely for the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mrs Pauline Smith
I gave this a 5 star rating because it was so riveting to read. Totally captured my attention to the point that even when I was tired I tried to continue reading. Read morePublished 10 months ago by RUTH BROCK
I really enjoyed this story. I loved the characters and the setting and am looking forward to reading more. A good bit of fantasy to take my mind off the pain of my fractured footPublished 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
Jeff finds himself whisked into the world of the novel he is writing. To his surprise, he doesn't have control over all aspects. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Well written with engaging characters. A quick read but very enjoyable.Published 11 months ago by Debo
I generally loved it. Witty and heartwarming.The main character is very touching as he stumbles around his new environment and I found myself completely identifying with his... Read morePublished 11 months ago by D. rouillion
Harder to start, but easier to finish. Well written. Good and original storyline that had me talking about it! I think I like Canadian writers! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kathryn
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