Title: Ever the Hunted
Author: Erin Summerill
Series: Clash of Kingdoms
Date Started: April 10
Date Finished: April 11
Format: Hardcover from local library
Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer. However, it’s not so simple. The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.
To be honest, I was a little bit wary about starting this book. Ever the Hunted is one of those books on Goodreads where the reviews are mixed. Where a lot of people really loved it and then there are those that absolutely hated it. It was rare to impossible to find someone who was in between. But the summary of Ever the Hunted sounded like something up my alley and I gave it a go anyway. And surprisingly, it wasn’t as bad as some of the negative reviewers made it out to be.
Britta’s character is odd in that she is your typical fantasy heroine. She is sent on a mission that might completely break her and on the way she learns some startling truths and comes up with even more dark and insidious lies. She cries and faints a lot, some of which has to deal with the truths she learns, some of it has to deal with the power she possesses. Cohen is your typical character of the opposite sex who is best friends with the heroine but there is something more there. He has his own secrets – including, but not limited to, why he has been gone ever since Britta not only confessed her feelings for him, but also got into a hunting accident with him, and why exactly is he being accused of her father’s murder? At times he acts best friend like with all the inside jokes that exist between the two characters. But there are other times where he acts like the controlling/over protective boyfriend. I’m not sure really how I felt about that. Then there is the plot itself, which is pretty much – you guessed it – typical fantasy. Two kingdoms about to go to war and Britta has to figure out who truly murdered her father by going into the country her’s is about to declare war on. The answer leads her to discover some betrayal of the kingdom, because what fantasy novel would be complete without corruption in the palace?
Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. Look I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it either. I’m actually really intrigued to see where book 2 takes us. Hopefully, more will be explained about Britta’s gift and her new connection to the king. Which I’m really hoping has something to do with the exchange of energies she did to heal him near the end of the book. I cannot handle another fantasy novel with a love triangle. I can’t.
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