Author: Erin Summerill
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Series: A Clash of Kingdoms #1
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: Kindle (eARC) 400 pages
Release: December 27, 2016
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.
*Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review*
Ever the Hunted tells the story of Britta Flannery whose father was killed and she embarks on a quest to find his murderer, which just so happens to be her longest friend who had left fifteen months ago. Britta journeys across Malam’s borders into Shaerdan tracking her once-friend, Cohen Mackay. In a world of magic, Britta is about to uncover some startling secrets she never knew about herself.
I really enjoyed Ever the Hunted. Though it had its problems and it took me about halfway to really get into the story, it was entertaining. The magic system and world-building wasn’t something we haven’t seen before, but it has potential. The story is easy to get into and quite enjoyable. Though this books ending is a not-so-cliffhanger, it still leaves you wanting more. I cannot believe I have to wait for the sequel now!
What I really liked about this book was how believable and relatable the characters were, especially Britta. She is a normal 17 year old girl who feels like an outcast. She lost her family, her home, and is just trying to survive. She feels remorse, confusions, struggles with what she should do. Plus, she harbors feelings for the guy who is wanted for her father’s murder. Cohen and Britta’s connection is so swoon-worthy! I couldn’t help root for these two because they were best friends first. They knew each other. They had a history. Even though this book doesn’t centralize their romance and instead focuses on other issues, you can appreciate the romance scenes. I couldn’t help giggle every time Cohen showed up. You can’t blame Britta for falling for him.
Though the ending got a little predictable and felt a bit rushed, it was a great book. I enjoyed myself even with the few flaws I found. The book was a little slow at the beginning, but it’s an excellent start to what I assume will be a great series. I cannot wait to read more.