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Long ago, when the earth was young. . . Four ancient beings created man to be the bastion of the earth and its creatures. But when The Great Tyrant came and chased The Ancients away, the world was transformed into a place of fear and isolation. Over time humans lost the connection they had with a world they had been created to protect. Now, deep in the forests that surroun ...more
ebook, 175 pages
Published January 28th 2012 by Lulu.com
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Dean
This book was awesome. Dylan Peters has created a world full of magic where anything can happen, the rules are out the window and there are surprises around every corner. Full of adventure and the character development is great, you'll find yourself caring about everything that happens. A wonderful mythology that creates great mystery within the book and makes you think about the way things are in our own world. A quick read and well worth your time. I'm on to the second book in the series. I re ...more
Ron
I gave up. I stuck through half of it, thinking it had to get better. It didn't.

Kind of a neat, mythological concept, with half the story told from a human POV and half from intelligent bears, but Peters didn't think through what he was saying. The bears (who liked in a mountain cave complex far from oceans) had limited technology and a fish monger offering normal inland fish plus tuna and swordfish. And the bears didn't act, fight, think or move like bears. A bear chased down and killed a buffa
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Maki (of To - Ra - Ba)
Dang it. Now I've got to go buy the next one!

Everflame is definitely worth the read.

The story itself is your standard "prophecy about someone who has to do A, B, and C in order to save the world from the Big Bad" tale. For all that, though, it's not badly written. The characters weren't boring, the writing ranged from serious and depressing to light and funny without any problems, and the mythology that Peters created for this world is downright impressive.

But then, I love seeing authors dedicat
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Ralph
Really good book and the second one is even better. Was recommended to read by a friend. Can't believe it's a free nook book. I found the mythology especially interesting and the characters are really likable.
Laura
The cover is laughably juvenile, and the teaser is ridiculous, and ...bears, seriously? Still the book was free, so why not try it out?

Everflame surprised me.
I don't know if I've been reading a lot of crappy fantasy lately (cough-Godsland-cough) but I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

The characters weren't unique in the fantasy genre, but they developed nicely, and conversations didn't feel forced or stilted. I enjoyed learning about the bears' relationship with humans,and about this new world. I
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Teresa Seavey
I really wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this. It is a story about a child who is taken in by bears. It is so much more than that though. It is almost fairy-tale/fantasy. Great story. I loved the characters and the story line. I felt like it wasn't finished when it ended though - a sequel perhaps?
Barbara J
I got Everflame as a free kindle book and couldnt put it down. The bear culture was different and refreshing and I liked the back stories for the characters, it gave you their perspective and motivation. The book was unique in its story and that made it all the more interesting. It was captivating all the way through the book and left me still interested in the characters afterwards. Definately worth the read and the day devoted entirely to it. The next morning I purchased Everflame 2 and 3. I w ...more
Leanne
I'm in the same camp with others that have said this book might be great for young adults; in fact, yesterday I told my fiance that it would make a great PG movie. The concept is interesting and the story is pretty good, but I had trouble getting past the simple sentence structure and poor editing. Typos like "nauseas" where "nauseous" should be really don't belong in anything that has been accepted for publishing of any kind. I have started the next one, and I generally feel the same way so far ...more
Mr. Pirkl
When I started this book and realized there were talking bears I immediately was skeptical, I hung in there though and found that I enjoyed it. The premis is that a human is brought in and raised by bears (who have their own society, this is a fantasy book after all). The narrative does switch to follow some human characters which made me feel better for some reason, maybe because I can relate better to humans than to bears.
It did end with a pretty big cliffhanger but I'm not sure that I'll run
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Susan Elizabeth Barton
Although Fantasy isn’t usually my first book genre choice, I decided to download a copy of Everflame for two reasons. The first being it was free, the second because it had garnered over 930 Amazon reviews, with four stars being the average. Considering the book was self-published I thought this was an admirable accomplishment. As a book marketer, I had to see just what Mr. Peters is doing right.

Everflame follows the lives of the inhabitants of Gray Mountain – inhabitants that happen to be bear
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Dava Stewart
First, I want to say that it was difficult to decide to go with just two stars here. There is an intriguing story, but it is not especially well executed. It took me a long time to finish, because I could only read a few paragraphs or pages at a time without getting bored.

Many others have pointed out issues with the bear society -- and they are not wrong. The whole story would have been much more intriguing if the bears had built an equally advanced -- but different -- society. What they did sh
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Hugh Centerville
When Bears Came Bear-ing Fire

There’s a cosmic battle going on here. It’s good versus evil, hey, it’s a fantasy story, except good and evil are ambiguous, which is not to say the book is more thoughtful or provocative than a simple elves-trolls faceoff.

One side is led by The Holy, referred to by his enemies as the Great Tyrant and he does seems to be more tyrant than holy. He’s the Christian God, more or less, the God of the Old Testament and a bit of a curmudgeon. He’s a jealous god, too, as we
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Lierin
I started out enjoying this book.

When I went in I expected to put it down in about two pages, but instead I was drawn in. I did find problems with this book, quite a few, but I was interested in the plot.

My issues were that the description was so pretentious, that I couldn't really imagine anything. For the longest time I wasn't sure if the bears were regular bears or if they were, perhaps, bear humanoids. I'm honestly still not entirely sure.
I was very into the story of Evercloud, but when i
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Jeff
Not terribly well written, not terribly exciting, not terribly well put-together. It was easy to read, but the grammar wasn't up to par. It could have used an editor or at least a proofreader. The story itself is kind of odd; the whole myth/religion aspect was pretty rudimentary, while the bears appeared to be a little too human-like at times and then too base at other times. Lastly, all of the huge actions and things that could have been suspenseful were quickly glossed over and never built up. ...more
Dolores
The book starts a little slowly but once the adventure begins it's impossible to put the book down. You never really expect what's coming next and the thoughts presented in the book really get your imagination flowing. This is a great book and I highly recommend it!
Deb
Well, I love Bears, so this was fun for me, but even though I kept reading and enjoyed myself while doing so, I think it was not an adequate story so far as where it left you. There is not too shameless "keep on looking for the story" flavor for me.
Kea Grace
I found this book really hard to get into. The premise is cool, but the jump in cultures was jarring and difficult to take in. Bears aren't human, and even in a fantasy book, giving them the ability to utilize technology, maintain a human-like home, do human type chores, etc, in a book meant for anyone over the age of 5 is just really hard to accept. The entire book was written in a formal style of English that came across extremely distant and archaic, which was actually part of the point, but ...more
Alexandria Smith
Wonderful read, appeals to wide variety of ages

The basic story line is one we see every now and then that has been around since the beginning of story-telling; one of the things that is hard to get wrong. Add to this a few iconic character types and your story is almost assured to be a hit. All you have to do is put in "little details" like dialogue and making sure your characters stay in character amidst situations that should challenge them and make them grow in believable ways; simple!
This b
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Sarina
This book started out sounding a lot like one of my daughter's books, with talking animals like owls, or cats. This one it started with bears. It wasn't long before it showed me that it was much more than a children's book and not one I would want a child to read at all.

There are elements here I see from other stories, but there is enough to keep me interested and reading till the end. The end was left so drastically hanging that I kept trying to get my e-reader to turn the page for more. I am
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Sara A. Cobb
Intriguing

I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I started this book. However, I was quickly drawn in by the story. Everflame begins with learning of the kingdom of bears. It is interesting, the have set up a civilization similar to that of humans. Eveneye and Whiteclaw come across a small human boy, and Eveneye decides to take him and raise the boy as his own. Controversy ensues, and ....well, I'll leave something for you to discover...no spoiler! This is a tale rich in lore and mythology, wit
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Maliki Ppe
everflame

Dylan peters

everflame is a great book about a boy named evercloud and his bear companions
white claw and riverpaw who are on an adventure to look for the ancients tenturo,bahknar,chera and densa so they can restore their former glory and stop the evil messenger and his supposed holy.

This book is a great book it keeps you on the edge of your seat and you can't put the book down this action packed book is perfect for those action adventure fantasy lovers go pick this book up i bet you wo
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Mel
I really enjoyed this! I enjoyed the story of Evercloud and the bear community and i enjoyed the story about Edgar and his life. I was intrigued as to how their worlds would collide.
I felt genuine sadness when Whiteclaw was attacked and left with only one eye, and it's unusual for a book to leave me feeling so emotional, let alone a free ebook (no offense!).
I enjoyed the story on a basic level, but felt there was some greater meaning that I was missing.
I would definitely read more books by Dylan
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Michael
Where to even begin with this book?

My one-star rating should say enough. Leave this book well enough alone, unless you, like I, are building the standard by which you judge terrible "literature."

First off, this was the second free ebook I've read from off Amazon's lovely free fantasy collection. The first I read was Sora's Quest, which actually exceeded my expectations for free-book quality.

But this...this book is why people are so wary of self-published authors. This book embodies the phrase "
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J
Nov 24, 2013 J rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013, fantasy, ya
This relatively short piece of work is the set up for what will become a four part series. Four elemental beasts must be saved from varying blights that are preventing them from rising against the big nasty to save the world.
Your basic video game story arc, really.

The book has potential and does cover quite a bit of ground in its short number of pages, though it suffers heavily from a lack of story telling prowess. The composition shows faults in places as the sudden back story interludes detrac
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Flsunluvr
Okay, so the story was about talking bears but it wasn't like "Smokey the Bear" or the "Berenstein Bears" and really, what's so different about talking bears than vampires, zombies and werewolves. Fiction is fiction, fantasy is fantasy. The book was well written and for the most part very enjoyable. My problem lies with the anti-religious not-so-under-tones. The Ancients created the world and when they did, humans and animals lived in harmony and were able to communicate. One of the Ancients had ...more
DH Hanni
Really more of a 2.5 stars because it started off strong and interesting. Once the humans were introduced, though, it became tedious. When the bears speak, the dialogue is quite okay but anytime the humans spoke, they usually came off as way stupider than the bears. I also noticed a lot of sentences being restated over and over again. And there was a lot of simplistic sentence structures. There were parts that could have been cut and I think the book suffers from 'show don't tell' when telling w ...more
Melissa Levine
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Mikaela Wilson
I found this book while looking for books on philosophy. This fiction ties concepts about living a good life and transfers that to a broad audience, in this book a good life is lived not only by man but every creature. The lead characters are bears. I almost abandoned this book because the characters were bears. I am glad I didn't. The parallels, between various religious practices, philosophies, and practices is woven into an adventure undertaken by an unlikely group. The author introduces tens ...more
Wolfe
It's a little confusing, but the story is nice.

This book is okay. It's about a man destined to bring the world's of human and animal together to live in harmony, but their task isn't easy as they have to fight a great evil to achieve it.

As the story progresses, it becomes a little confusing to read. First you'll be reading about one thing, and then it seems like you're reading an entire different book when you get to the next chapter.
Jennifer Anne Blake
Great book

This book captured me from the beginning. It starts with two great friends fishing in a river at night. The best friends are bears that live in Grey Mountain Kingdom. Their lives change when one of the friends hear a cry in the forest. That cry turns out to be a human boy. The story continues to be engaging and you will find it hard to put down. Definitely a book worth reading.
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