When picking free books you never know quite what you are going to get, self published books can have some real problems...poor editing, grammatical errors etc. Reading an indie book can either be a gross disappointment or a wonderful adventure. Everflame turned out to be a wonderful adventure, think Christopher Paolini meets C.S. Lewis.
Usually, epic fantasy depicts great good battling great evil against almost insurmountable odds, but that isn't strictly the case with Everflame. In the beginning battle lines seem clear, but as the book progresses you realize that there is no clear cut good or evil; each "side" is painted in shades of grey and readers are left wondering just who to root for.
Characters are very well developed, Peters gives each a depth that is reflective of the human condition. For example, Eveneye displays great courage and conviction but later suffers from self-doubt and weakness. There is a strong message of personal responsibility through out, but at the same time Peters drives home the fact that no man is an island...we need support from those who love us to become all we have the potential to be.
To qualify why I only gave 4 stars instead of 5, I do not appreciate abrupt cliffhanger endings. I loved this book and would have purchased the second in the series without the teaser ending. I personally prefer a bit more resolution at the end of an installment of a series. I do have to note that Peters handled the ending of Everflame 2: The Burning Man in a much more satisfactory manner.
For me, the best measure of a book is how much I miss the characters after finishing and after finishing the second book in this series I miss them all. The 3rd book isn't even available but I feel as if I am missing something...like life is going on in their world but I am not fortunate enough to travel with my friends. I highly recommend Everflame and the follow up book, Everflame 2.