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The Founding Lie: Book two of the Eververse Chronicles

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A reader searching for a complex and highly individual work should seek out The Founding Lie.

Vengeance is the name of the game in The Founding Lie by Nicole McKeon. Book two in the Eververse Chronicles, Allie Chapter is now part of the policing agency known as the Venatore, and is given the chance of retribution on the monster who stole her innocence. She’ll find that there is more than one monster in the multi-verse, but is she willing to risk status and love to bring justice against the cruel, Goll MacMorna?


Being the second in the series, this book did a good job of presenting previous events. Though it would still be best to read them in order, the author nuances breadcrumbs into the current plot with ease. The reader is kindly, almost subliminally, reminded of what happened previously. McKeon is also adept at writing about the trauma Allie is still facing, bringing a very real issue to a very unreal, fantastical world.


There is a great sense of the technical and the magic of this world. An excellent combination of both offers readers a twist to the fantasy genre. Hints of science fiction filter in, but don’t overwhelm, giving us technology that feels organic rather than manmade. To top it off, bringing the myths of Camelot and the grandeur of King Arthur and his round table into a newly imagined light, The Founding Lie is both familiar and unknown. In fact, Nicole McKeon drops a few literary wonders in the mix, such as Tolkien having been a Venatore himself, and fashioning his ‘Elves’ after one of the species known in the Eververse.


Still, on occasion this rich tapestry of a world the author has woven falls a bit flat. With a few moments spread throughout the book where character personalities are more told rather than shown. While not entirely distracting, the novel would hold the reader in its world more aptly if the same care with which McKeon revealed items from the past book were taken to reveal thoughts and characteristics of the cast. That being said, the story has so many wonderful twists, so much depth, such an interesting premise, these little faults are hairline cracks in an otherwise well developed and planned out series.  


A reader searching for a complex and highly individual work should seek out The Founding Lie. In fact, read book one first, The Laws of Founding, and then eagerly await Nicole McKeon’s next work. 

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About the author

I'm an incurable geek. I build Harry Potter themed wands, I have my own unicorn horn, and I've read everything ever written by C.S. Lewis. The best example of my personality was written on the bottom of my Kindergarten report card: "Nicole has a hard time distinguishing between fantasy and reality." view profile

Published on August 16, 2019

130000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Fantasy

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