by Erin Summerill
Series: Clash of Kingdoms #1
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication Date: December 27th 2016 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
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.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
What I loved about Ever the Hunted is that our main character, Britta, isn’t a heroine cliche. While she has her brave moments and is strong, she also shows lots of normal human emotions, like being sad, not knowing what’s the best decision to take, etc. The other characters are similar to her in this sense. There are no idiotic decisions so I was very about that. This novel held a nice balance between action scenes, relaxed scenes, romantic scenes and this made it so much easier to follow the story line. My problem with Fantasy novels is that I usually get lost with all the new terminology and all the action scenes going on. It was a great change of pace to read a Fantasy novel that was more loosened up.
The romance was so swoony! Once Cohen was back in Britta’s life, the story picked up its pace. What I loved was that the author didn’t make a major focus on the couple. While Cohen and Britta had their swoon-worthy moments, they also focused on searching for answers. That’s why every time a romantic scene would pop up, I would grin and have a sappy look on my face at the same time. It was just so freaking beautiful!
The magic aspect of the story wasn’t overly amazing or unique, but I still enjoyed it. I did feel like Britta’s process through it lacked a little bit. I would have wanted more of Britta learning every aspect of it, not just learning how it works. When it came to putting her power to use on the climax of the story, everything felt rushed. I wish the author had taken more time to construct the climax so it could be satisfying (it should have felt that way), but it didn’t. Everything happened so fast that I couldn’t really feel anything once the climax happened.
The ending left me speechless and I had to re-read it so I could understand what the heck was happening! I’m demanding the second book ASAP! I desperately need to know what’s going on/going to happen. (It’s not really a cliff-hanger. At least, I don’t see it that way, but it still messed with my feelings.) I’m also glad this is only a duology. I think my reason for not reading many Fantasy novels is because they are mostly series and I just get confused with everything that goes down with them. So this being a duology is perfect!
Ever the Hunted did meet my expectations in certain aspects, yet in others, it failed. But it was still a great story for me. I wish I had been more invested in the story and the characters to fully appreciate the story in its entirety. I’m still going to read the next one for sure!
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