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The First Pillar (Everville #1)

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Owen Sage is the emblematic college freshman at Easton Falls University. He studies hard, plays hard, and is incredibly charming. With all the worries about his first year in college, he was not prepared for what would happen next. His way of life was flipped upside down when he was drawn into a different world, a world unbeknownst to him. He mysteriously crossed into anot ...more
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Published August 5th 2014 by 21st Century Lion Books (first published February 5th 2013)
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Bram Vandenbussche
Oct 22, 2015 Bram Vandenbussche rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens looking for accessible fantasy
I think "meh" pretty much sums it up. It's hard to write something because this book simply doesn't evoke any feelings in me other than boredom and frustration (at the writing).

There are a number of flaws to this book that kept bugging me:

1. Writing
First off, the writing style. I can't help but feel that there is a beautiful, rich world in this book that is waiting to be discovered. However, the entire time, the writing constantly switches between spartan descriptions of events, locations, creat
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Ionia
Mar 28, 2013 Ionia rated it it was amazing
This is definitely an excellent opener to a new fantasy series. I was immediately happy to discover that the author wasted no time getting to the interesting stuff. Rather than wading through pages and pages of setup, the author assumes his readers are intelligent enough to make the proper connections, and I appreciated that. Often what bores me with fantasy novels is the way the authors feel the need to over examine every detail of their world, and Roy Huff doesn't do this.

I liked the way the n
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Salymar
Oct 23, 2013 Salymar rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-read, ebooks
The First Pillar (Everville, #1) is a fantasy young-adult novel by Roy Huff. I found it very incredible that with just few days after its release on Amazon Kindle it already garnered a lot of positive feedbacks and awesome ratings. It kept a lot of stars on goodreads as well. And I am proud to say that I am now one of those astute people who prized this novel very much! I can also say that this is truly a superb book that can be bought into film or T.V adaptations; it can appeal to movie produce ...more
Eric
Feb 11, 2013 Eric rated it it was amazing
Chapter One Review

Title of book: Everville: The First Pillar

Author: Roy Huff

Genre: Epic Fantasy

URL: http://amzn.com/B00BCOQSSQ

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Evervi...

http://www.owensage.com/books.html

ASIN: B00BCOQSSQ

Ratings:

Readability: I found it a fairly easy read hampered only by slight editing errors.

Hook: After a nice introduction of duality we are left to wonder and want to know more.

Editing: There were minor editing issues interspersed throughout the chapter. Nothing was major or took aw
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Salymar
May 05, 2013 Salymar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
The First Pillar (Everville, #1) is a fantasy young-adult novel by Roy Huff. I found it very incredible that with just few days after its release on Amazon Kindle it already garnered a lot of positive feedbacks and awesome ratings. It kept a lot of stars on goodreads as well. And I am proud to say that I am now one of those astute people who prized this novel very much! I can also say that this is truly a superb book that can be bought into film or T.V adaptations; it can appeal to movie produce ...more
Charles Johnson
Mar 20, 2013 Charles Johnson rated it it was amazing
Very Creative Story

I enjoyed the journey to Everville. I thought it was very easy to read and a creative story. I enjoyed the characters in the story and the creatures of the lands of Everville and beyond. It reminded me of “Alice in Wonderland” and “Lord of the Rings” as it was creative and exciting in a world beyond ours. It was packed with action but I would have enjoyed more details on the club games and even the battles. They were exciting, I just desired more detail because it left me want
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Jason
May 10, 2013 Jason rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Full disclosure: I received a free Kindle copy via the author. That fact makes me unhappy to give a negative review, but it would be dishonest to do otherwise.

It's quite possible this book would be more for the middle school crowd, something I haven't been part of for a while, and the premise was what caught my interest; Owen Sage finds himself in some alternative world when he goes to sleep, one that seems to be falling apart due to the actions of a malevolent force. Are they just dreams, or no
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Sean Endress
Feb 11, 2013 Sean Endress rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans, young adults
Taken from my Amazon review.

Full Disclosure: Purchased book while on sale for free on initial release.

In the first book in the Everville series, Mr. Huff introduces us to his world by pitching us in headfirst. Often, in first parts to a series, the book itself will suffer for its position by being bogged down with too much information, set up so that the series to come can be better understood. However, in Everville, flashbacks construct a journey that parallels the main character's while provid
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Read for your future!
Imagine Alice in Wonderland featuring a boy named Owen instead of a girl called Alice and taking place in modern times. This would be an accurate description of Everville. Alice in Wonderland was a fantastical book and Everville could be as well except for the writing. Sadly, I didn't read past Chapter Ten which is about a third of the way through since the chapters are all very short. The story is written as if the reader already knows everything about the plot and the characters. We aren't tol ...more
Laura
I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. As much as I dislike giving negative reviews (in an ideal world, every book I read would be 5+ stars), especially when the author has provided me with a copy, it is a necessary evil.

In The First Pillar , a college freshman named Owen finds himself transported to a world named Everville, which needs his help in order to stop Everville from being defeated by an entity called Them.

Stylistically, this book needs revision. The novel
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Simon Okill
Aug 24, 2013 Simon Okill rated it it was amazing
Everville: The First Pillar by Roy Huff is a wonderful YA fantasy full of great battles, rich scenery and incredible fantasy creatures. He has perfectly created an unforgettable protagonist in Owen Sage, college freshman and if this ever became a movie we would have a beloved star to fill an older Harry Potter's shoes.
Owen Sage knows he's different, for when he falls asleep he is transported to Everville a wondrous land under threat from evil creatures Them. He comes under the guidance of the Ke
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Larry B Gray
Mar 25, 2013 Larry B Gray rated it it was amazing
The First Pillar (Everville, #1) by Roy Huff is a great blend of fantasy and teenage adventure with non-stop action. It will keep your nose in the book from the beginning until the last period.

The storyline is well developed and easy to follow. The author did a great job of developing each new twist and building the excitement as you move through the story. The action was realistic and believable.

I really like the character development. Roy Huff did an excellent job in developing the background
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Boyko Ovcharov
May 18, 2013 Boyko Ovcharov rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I finally sat down to read this best-selling book, I soon realized I had made the right decision. Namely because the plot and narration are quite intelligently interwoven, the style is impressive and the characters are easily identifiable with ourselves, no matter if we are young, adults, here, there, bright, sophisticated, up or down, wherever and whatever we are. Moreover, personality traits as well as situations development are phenomena that have been artistically, masterfully, positive ...more
Emily Guido
Mar 07, 2013 Emily Guido rated it it was amazing
Everville by Roy Huff is a powerhouse read!

It seems a college freshman Owen Sage is what everyone expects he should be.

Suddenly, on a dime, his life changes on a dime finding Everville. As the world and Everville are on a collision course. He must learn to save the worlds.

Wonderful book and I would recommend it highly!

For this and so much more, I give "Everville" by Roy Huff FIVE STARS!
Natasha Amadaeus
Jun 03, 2013 Natasha Amadaeus rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow...I remember reading friends' stories in grade school that were better written than this. Sadly, I cannot think of anyone I know personally who would enjoy this story.
Pauline Forrester
Feb 23, 2013 Pauline Forrester rated it it was amazing
Everything you need to sit back and enjoy.
Randy
Feb 16, 2013 Randy rated it really liked it
Author Roy Huff has created a fantasy with a lot of interesting stuff. Aimed at a young adult audience, nevertheless I enjoyed it at my advanced age of (mumble, mumble). I should think most anyone could enjoy the book. One thing I especially liked was the compact story. To many fantasies run on and on until I get bored. Not so here.

College freshman Owen Sage keeps finding himself transported into an alternate universe called Everville and in the presence of a bearded, robed fellow called the Kee
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Dina Rae
Jun 19, 2013 Dina Rae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all, they say never to judge a book by its cover, but that is the reason I wanted to read it. This book took me a long time to read-not because I disliked it, but because I read it on the Amazon app of my laptop. Huff's writing is clear, fast-paced, and addictive. Told in first-person of Owen and also third-person, the reader is taken into an imaginary world that reminded me of The Hobbit and Alice in Wonderland with a splash of Game of Thrones thrown in. I might be crazy, but I sensed ...more
Lee Mavin
Oct 10, 2013 Lee Mavin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Lee by: I just bought it
The First Pillar by Roy Huff starts off with three young students eager and ready to start university. One of them, Owen Sage is linked to another world Everville only through his dreams to begin with.There a crucial flashbacks in the begining where Owen remembers being bullied in School and is helped out by his friends Dante and Anika (ala Harry Potter getting helped out by Hermoine)
The Keeper is a great, all-knowing but all caring character that gives the book a real Tolkien or even Pratchett
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Alexandra Bayer
I received this book for free from Roy Huff in exchange for an honest review.

Owen Sage has just started his freshman year at Easton Falls University, and is looking forward to a relaxing year of college fun. Unfortunately, he doesn't get much time as a normal university student before some quite unusual events begin around him. Out of nowhere, he is magically transported to Everville, an incredible and beautiful other dimension. Everville is having difficulty, though, and the Fron and Keepers
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Bames
May 01, 2013 Bames rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The First Pillar by Roy Huff is a young adult fantasy novel. The story is about a young man named Owen Sage. He has just started college with his two friends, Anika and Dante. However, he finds himself transported into the world of Everville where he meets the Keeper and the Fron who need his help to fight off Them. The Keeper had previously brought balance back to Everville while he was still a young Fron named Caerwin.

The story is somewhat exciting if it were not so clipped and seemingly disj
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BJ  Almeda
Jul 16, 2013 BJ Almeda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Edit no.1 Hey guys, so my friend Roy Huff, is willing to give away one paperback signed copy of his first book in his Everville Series, The First Pillar.

Check it out here: http://threeblankpages.blogspot.com/2...




With the first ever book written by my friend Roy Huff entitled The First Pillar, which is the first book in the Everville series, NEW TYPE OF FANTASY WRITING WAS BORN!


The way this book was written was awesome. The way Roy connected two different worlds, one with space and time and one
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Joan Adamak
Apr 02, 2013 Joan Adamak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Between here and there, yesterday and another day

Throw together a not quite human Keeper in a place that is between here and there, in a time frame of yesterday and another day, include a race of Frons who are neither human nor animal, a cute little furry creature with large ears like a mouse, and stir in trouble in the forms of other worldly creatures, a few giants, eight worlds that are becoming more negative as time passes, and then Owen Sage, this young college Freshman, who is supposed to s
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Emily Guido
Mar 07, 2013 Emily Guido rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WONDERFUL BOOK! MUST READ!

Everville by Roy Huff is a powerhouse read!

It seems a college freshman Owen Sage is what everyone expects he should be.

Suddenly, on a dime, his life changes on a dime finding Everville. As the world and Everville are on a collision course. He must learn to save the worlds.

Wonderful book and I would recommend it highly!

For this and so much more, I give "Everville" by Roy Huff FIVE STARS!
Richard Cezar
May 09, 2013 Richard Cezar rated it it was amazing
I'm not ordinarily a fan of YA fantasy, but I tried to keep an open mind when I cracked open this book. I'm so glad I did. It's a well crafted adventure, leaping between the real and imaginary world. The story is strong and easy to follow with kudos to the author for creature development. I found it a welcome departure from more stultifying works of this type.
Jessica Rister
Mar 23, 2013 Jessica Rister rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just got done reading your book today. I absolutely loved it and can't wait to read another one of your books.
Alecia
Oct 26, 2014 Alecia rated it liked it
Read full review on CBY Book Club:
http://cbybookclub.blogspot.co.uk/201...

Everville: The First Pillar is a quick and fun read. I'm not usually one for stories that tell more than they show, but, every so often, I come across such a story and find myself forgetting about technicalities (at least, when they don't intrude as much). Although I would have liked more substance in the creation of the world that is Everville, nonetheless, I thought the world building was well crafted with room for one's
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Linda
Feb 01, 2015 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Owen Sage was glad that his two friends decided to follow him to Boston Falls University instead of going to their parent's choice. They grew up together and did everything together, and at eighteen he couldn't part with the two. They were like the three musketeers. He was on his way to counseling and as he went through the door he suddenly felt dizzy, he lost his balance and fell to the floor knocked out. He awoke from a strange dream about a place called Everville and a man called The Keeper a ...more
Cheryl M-M
Feb 13, 2013 Cheryl M-M rated it liked it
Often it felt as if the story was jumping from one place and thing to another without really explaining why, who or where. The same applies to the major entity Them, it could do with more character depth and explanation. It is possible that the reader will be given a clearer picture of Them in a sequel of course.
It could do with an edit for a few minor issues and the flow of the plot.
Some of the dialogue is a little stoccato and awkward. This seems to be more evident in the chapters that take p
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Simona
May 13, 2013 Simona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Original Post on Secrets from Books

I have recieved this book in exchange for my honest review.

I would like to start with saying that I really enjoyed reading this amazing first book in the Everville series! I can't really find one word for it! To my mind, I find it as an amazing combination of the bravery from Lord of The Rings, the friendship from Harry Potter, the struggle from The Hunger Games(I haven't read the books yet but I am familiar with it) and it also gave me the nice feeling like th
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Roy Huff is a research scientist, author, and teacher who overcame the hardship of a family plagued by severe poverty and mental illness. After graduating high school as Valedictorian a year early, he moved to Hawaii at the age of seventeen with only $100 in his pocket to start a new life.

He has since earned five degrees in four different disciplines spanning liberal arts, history, education, and
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