I was first introduced to Gail Carson Levine by my former room mate when she handed me "Ella Enchanted" and told me I would fall in love with it. She was right, and I then proceeded to devour the rest of her small collection of Levine's work. This was several years ago, before the movie came out, and before Levine had very many books out there. Recently I decided to look her up again, and I ordered the first book I saw listed under her name, "Ever."
"Ever" while still a beautiful story, is very different from the other books I've read by Levine. The story is still full of magic, romance, and imagination, but doesn't have the flavor of European fairy tales that the other books I've read by her had. This book has more of an Arabic feel to it. It threw me a little at first, but as I got into the book I began to really enjoy it!
In "Ever" we meet Olus, the Akkan god of winds, and Kezi, the mortal he falls in love with. Now I know the "god falls in love with mortal" story has been done a million times over, but I think Levine did a really good job at taking this from her own unique perspective and creating a story that will captivate you and keep you turning the pages!
Kezi's Father has foolishly sworn an oath that accidentally leads to requiring Kezi's death. When Olus learns of this he desperately begins to try to find a way to save Kezi's life. This leads the two of them on a quest that will test both of them and make them face their greatest fears to discover their true strength.