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Evensong (Meratis Trilogy Book 1) by [Walsh, Krista]
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Author Jeff Powell wakes up to find the impossible has happened. He is within his own novel—summoned into the fictional world of Feldall’s Keep by a spell he didn't write. One the House enchantress hasn't figured out how to reverse.

When the villain he's been struggling to write reveals himself, unleashing waves of terror and chaos, Jeff must use more than his imagination to save the characters he created—and the woman he loves.

Trapped within a world of his own creation, he must step outside the bounds of his narrative to help his characters defeat an evil no one anticipated, even if he must sacrifice his greatest gift. In the end, he has to ask: are novels really fiction, or windows into other worlds?

The Meratis Trilogy centres around author Jeff Powell, who wakes up in his sword-and-sorcery fantasy world. Initially an arrogant and close-minded character, Jeff has his eyes opened to a world of dragons, magic, and assassins. Faced with an evil he could never have imagined, Jeff is pushed to his limits and forced to rise to the most unusual challenges.

About the Author

Known for witty, vivid characters, Krista Walsh never has more fun than getting them into trouble and taking her time getting them out. After publishing a few short stories and novellas in various anthologies, she has now released her own anthology, the serial collection Greylands. When not writing, or working at her day job, she can be found reading, gaming, or watching a film – anything to get lost in a good story. She currently lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2447 KB
  • Print Length: 317 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Raven's Quill Press; 1 edition (Jan. 28 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I7BU09A
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #100 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Evensong, book 1 of the Meratis Trilogy, is a fantasy novel by Krista Walsh.

Protagonist Jeff Powell awakens to find that his discontented fiction characters have magically transported him to Feldall’s Keep, a world he created within his novels. Confronted with hardships he’s inflicted in the name of entertainment, Jeff must reconcile that his reality is now irreversibly tied to the people he created.

With spots of self-effacing humour, Walsh did a good job tying the character-based theme to the genre. By using symbols, such as a toothbrush, to illustrate subtle differences between the worlds, the reader is able to relate to Jeff’s tribulations. The novel’s structure supports the shift between worlds with lucidity, eliminating the dreaded flip-flop confusion.

Evensong sports a hefty cast of characters but unique traits personalize each one, and, for the most part, the characters’ indirect delineation promotes readers’ empathy. One small complaint is pacing – the middle of the book dragged a bit. Action drove forward the story but the sub-plots seemed to deflect from the main theme, creating reader impatience.

While typically not a fan of fantasy genre, I recommend Evensong. There is sufficient mystery/suspense and believability for it to cross genres. This is an escapist read well suited to young adults and fantasy audiences.
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(I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review)

Half of me thinks I should have written this review as soon as I finished reading the book, when the details were clear and the excitement fresh.

The other half remembers that if I’d done that, I’d have been a babbling idiot whose train of thought jumped tracks every few lines, and it wouldn’t have made any sense.

Looks like rationality (such as it is in my mind) won out over enthusiasm this time. You’re all very welcome.

Evensong is the story of Jeff Powell, a fantasy author who gets sucked into his work far more literally than most and becomes trapped there. He meets his characters, who are even more badass, clever, strong and real than he’d ever imagined them, and has to help them out of a mighty sticky situation while trying to figure out whether all of the crap-storm they’re dealing with is actually his fault.

It’s fun, it’s fascinating, it made me laugh and cry. Oh, and it made me absolutely terrified of what I’m planning to do to a few of my own characters in the future. I mean, yes, this is the mark of a great storyteller. Krista Walsh and her people got into my head and messed me up. I’m not entirely sure I appreciate that, but I can’t fault her for it.

I don’t want to give spoilers. The only other thing I’ll say is that I’m CRAZY HAPPY that Krista Walsh is publishing these books herself, because that means I don’t have to wait forever to get the next one!
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a fun and quick read that let me believe in magic with an innocence I haven't felt in years. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a fantasy with a modern twist.
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What usually stands out in a debut novel is the abundance of just about everything: unusual character names, clever ideas, use of magic or other effects (genre applicable), and lots of bits of plot. The trick appears to be to play down some of the wilder thoughts that creep into the story, while still retaining the exuberance of a fledgling attempt on a genre and story type.

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.
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I want to preface this by saying that this is not my genre. Other than reading some Marion Zimmer Bradley back in the day, I don't tend to favour fantasy in any form. I really liked this novel though. It's fantasy but not in any way cliche fantasy. There is a dragon, there are swords, horses, an enchantress and characters/elements that make this fantasy, but it didn't have me rolling my eyes and wanting to move on to something else. In fact, I could barely put it down once I started. The narrator is believable, the characters are fleshed out, the kind you get attached to, the plot is full of twists and turns and the pacing is perfect. It actually made me curious to see if the author is working on a sequel...and she is...and I'll read it...that's how much I liked this book. For someone like me, a non-fantasy reader, the fact that I want to keep reading is saying something. I recommend this to anyone who is interested in a good read. Well worth your time.
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