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by Gail Carson Levine

Review posted October 13, 2008.
HarperCollins, 2008. 244 pages.
Starred Review.
Sonderbooks Stand-out 2008: #5, Children's Fiction

Hooray! A new book by Gail Carson Levine, author of Ella Enchanted and Fairest. In Ever, the author takes us to a different sort of world. Instead of magic and fairies, this world is inhabited by gods and goddesses.

Olus is a youthful god, the god of the winds. He is curious about mortals, and so travels far from his own country and disguises himself as a mortal, a herder of goats. He finds himself fascinated by the family of his landlord, especially Kezi, who makes beautiful weavings and beautiful dances.

Then, because of an unfortunate vow, Kezi's life is to be sacrificed. Can Olus find a way to save her? Perhaps he can make her immortal like himself. Only this will mean both of them undergoing a terrible ordeal.

Here is an enchanting story about love and fate, about uncertainty and awareness.

As with her other books, Gail Carson Levine again achieves a mythic quality to her story that I love so much. We have a simple story with undercurrents of Truth. Delightful!