Never to Live
By Just B. Jordan
Publication Date: September 27th, 2018 (Second Edition)
Content Warnings: none
Originally Published by Marcher Lord Press
“I don’t have to stand to my feet, I just have to open my eyes.”
Of all the quotes in Never to Live by Just B. Jordan, this one is by far my favorite. It really just describes the entire book. And what a book it was!
Never to Live starts out with two levki—warriors who I guess are supposed to protect the Echofall Realm?—named Bledrin and Ruo, seeking out a Twisted One that has broken through the barrier. They fight, but then the Twisted One offers Bledrin a deal. One he can’t resist.
Fast forward several years and we focus on Elwyn, a shenar who had once been possessed by a Twisted One. She makes a deal with a Celestial in order to save Lyr—take on the madness that once consumed her. From then on, the book becomes a wild ride of twists and turns that left me guessing.
For real. Like, I had no clue what was going to happen on the next page, or the next or the next…. Until I was just lost in a world that was confusing, terrifying, wonderful and original all at once. It’s unlike anything else I’ve ever read. It took me a bit to orient myself into the story, but when I did, I didn’t want to put it down!
Jordan filled the pages with tiny pieces that later came back as major plot points, which I thought was quite clever. The character Elwyn was very odd and yet wise and yet weird. I don’t know. I liked her in the end but one character I couldn’t wrap my head around was Cestmir. I can’t say too much without ruining the plot, but he started out super cool and then he became…sketchy, is the only word I can think of.
I can’t really think of anything else to say, except that it was amazing. And odd. A bit slow at times, and sometimes things seemed kind of random, but they just fit into Jordan’s style of storytelling. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves reading epics, strange tales, and books chock-full of originality.
I Rate It: 4 stars
About the Book:
The eldrin kings are killing their people, and no one knows why.
Villages are in skeletal cinders. Nearly everyone with power has been imprisoned.
There are five left who could stop the purging. The darkblood gave up her mind and her sanity. The sword lies. The izdihar trades her life for the aid of spirits. The friend desires the throne, and the protector is being consumed by his own power.
The Monster of the Kings is immortal against all but one. If he isn’t stopped, the insanity of his blood will claim another, forming a dangerous new monarch.
Blood be paid, but the world will not have its Mad King.
About the Author:
Just B. Jordan was born to live a thousand lives, but she’s only mortal, so she took to telling herself stories. One day she decided to give those worlds flesh and bone through paper and ink.
Her first novel was originally published by Marcher Lord Press (now Enclave Publishing), and she has had several short stories published in magazines including Havok, Spark, and Splickety. For a behind the scenes look at her books, or information on where to find her short stories, visit JustBJordan.com