author : Gail Carson Levin [also wrote Fairest]
pages : [hardcover] 244
memorable quote : “Fate…may…be…thwarted.”
favorite character: kezi
Falling in love is never easy, but falling in love with an immortal god while your days on earth are numbered is almost more than a young girl can bear.
Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine has created a stunning new world of flawed gods, unbreakable vows, and ancient omens in this spellbinding story of Kezi, a girl confronted with a terrible destiny. Attempting to thwart her fate, Kezi and her love, Olus — the god of wind and loneliness — embark on a series of dangerous and seemingly impossible quests.
Gail Carson Levine is one of my favorite authors, ever, and has been ever since I was younger. I love how she can create a fairy tale and in her style of writing make you feel like you’re in it and a big part of it. Ever is another book of hers that I loved so much that I breezed through it in a few days. The characters are wonderful, the story is sweet and adventurous and intriguing, and I love the world that it is set into.
In this world, gods are real and walk the earth on their feast days. Yet where Kezi lives she worships a different god that is only supposed to appear in the realm of the dead. Thus when she meets Olus, god of the winds, she can’t comprehend an existence in which the two beliefs might coexist. It shakes up everything she’d once taken for granted . . Especially because she is to be sacrificed to this god she is no longer certain exists.
When I started reading this and saw how quickly Olus and Kezi were falling in love I thought that would ruin it for me. But it did make sense, though it was an unhealthy relationship to start with. Kezi wanted to be able to find happiness and only had a small amount of time so of course she is willing to fall for the nice, handsome guy that is trying to save her life. And Olus has always felt separated from the gods and is looking for some kind of companionship.
I love the trials that they have to overcome to be with one another. I won’t tell any specifics, but they’re very gripping and had me tempted to flip forward to see what the outcome would be.
I highly recommend this book, especially to fans of Gail Carson Levine or books that deal with gods and mythology.