Jules Ember was raised hearing legends of the ancient magic of the wicked Alchemist and the good Sorceress. But she has just learned the truth: not only are the stories true, but she herself is the Alchemist, and Caro—a woman who single-handedly murdered the Queen and Jules’s first love, Roan, in cold blood—is the Sorceress.
The whole kingdom believes that Jules is responsible for the murders, and a hefty bounty has been placed on her head. And Caro is intent on destroying Jules, who stole her heart twelve lifetimes ago. Jules must delve into the stories that she now recognizes are accounts of her own past. For it is only by piecing together the mysteries of her lives that Jules will be able to save the person who has captured her own heart in this one.
This review contains spoilers of the previous book(s) in this series.
My review of the previous book in this series// #1
I got this book as a present.
I read this book in the Dutch translation titled ‘Evermore. De Tovenares en de Alchemist’.
Trigger warnings// death, body horror, murder, captivity, blood, violence. Please inform me if I have missed something and I will update this section.
I was really looking forward to this book and I wish this was at least a 3 star review. But sadly I can’t put it any other way: this book was a huge disappointment and boring to me. I gave Everless 4 stars and I mentioned that I needed Evermore immediately after such a cliffhanger. But why I gave Everless 4 stars, and Evermore 2 stars, is because they were nothing a like.
I said in my review of Everless that I didn’t really care about the characters, and that didn’t change in book 2. Evermore focusses on Jules a lot. And I liked her even less in this book. She seems to have suddenly forgotten about grieving her father (which she mentioned very often in book 1) and Roan, and she doesn’t seem to be that hurt that her sister has now turned against her. What she went through in Everless was quite traumatizing. I was hoping for some sort of angry, revenge seeking Jules, but that didn’t happen.
There wasn’t a lot of action, except for a little bit at the beginning and the last 50 pages. It is a lot of travelling, planning, some more travelling, and flashbacks. The flashbacks had action, though, but since they were flashbacks and I knew the outcome, it wasn’t that interesting.
It also didn’t focus on the whole ‘turning your blood/time into currency’ thing, and that was what made me interested in this series in the first place. It is mentioned a few times, yes, but it doesn’t focus on people running out of time anymore. It could have been used in such a brutal way, and for a short moment I thought the book was going there, but then it didn’t. Instead it focusses on Jules’ magic.
It took me forever to read. I picked it up, read a few pages, and decided to read something else instead. I read four other books in the mean time. It picks up pace in the last 70-50 pages, but that felt very rushed and anti-climatic.
Another thing I missed in this book was the ability to try and solve the mystery together with Jules. Jules only recently found out she is the Alchemist and she can’t remember a lot from her past lives. Parts of it are slowly coming back to her, but there weren’t any clues in it for the reader or a plot twist. I had zero clue how the story was going to end, and when it did end, I felt underwhelmed and confused.
The reason I decided to go with 2 stars and not 1 star (and I’m still not 100% sure about my rating), is because it is not a terrible story. But it could’ve been a lot shorter and maybe put together in one book with Everless. I have been comparing it a lot to Everless while reading and had some expectations, and I think that’s part of why I didn’t like it.
I am really sorry I didn’t like this book. The reactions to Evermore I had seen before reading were either positive or very disappointed. I really wish I would be on team positive, and I certainly didn’t guess I’d give it two stars. Ah, I felt so sad while writing this review.