I received this book for free from the Publisher on Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill
Series: Clash of Kingdoms #1
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on December 27th 2016
Source: the Publisher on Edelweiss
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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.
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Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill was the fantasy I was looking for. Britta’s father was killed and now she is on her own. Britta gets caught for a crime and is given achoice, she can either be hanged for her crimes or hunt down her father’s murderer. Cohen is believed to be Britta’s father’s murderer. Britta and Cohen have a history, they grew up together and she used to be in love with him.
This story is a bit hard to share because I feel like I can easily spoil the story. For the entire book you are traveling through a forest and land. Since there is so much traveling, it caused the story to have a slow pace. The world building is part of why the pace is so slow. I think the scenery and getting to know this world is fun. For book two there shouldn’t have to be so much world building since it was done in book one.
It is a very interesting world that Summerill has created. There are two kingdoms that are at war. Channelers are magic wielders. The channelers magic depends on what element they belong too. In these kingdoms channelers are charged for the crime of wielding magic, so they try to keep their powers to themselves.
The romance is very slow burning. As I mentioned before, Britta and Cohen grew up together. They considered themselves to be best friends. This is the common romance trope of two friends that love each other but they never told each other. As these two spend more time together, they slowly learn to trust each other again and to open up. I think the romance is very slow moving but I liked it. It was nice to avoid the insta-love.
The ending pulls you in for book two. It isn’t really a cliffhanger but it makes the reader want to know more. I really liked Ever the Hunted. I think this is going to be an epic series. Bring it on Summerill, I am ready!