Review: Ever the Brave (Clash of Kingdoms #2)
Ever the Divided. Ever the Feared. Ever the Brave. After saving King Aodren with her newfound Channeler powers, Britta only wants to live a peaceful life in her childhood home. Unfortunately, saving the King has created a tether between them she cannot sever, no matter how much she'd like to, and now he's insisting on making her a noble lady. And there are those who want to use Britta’s power for evil designs. If Britta cannot find a way to harness her new magical ability, her life—as well as her country—may be lost. The stakes are higher than ever in the sequel to Ever the Hunted, as Britta struggles to protect her kingdom and her heart.
My rating: 5 stars
I do not know why it took me so long to pick up this book and start reading it. I finished the first book, Ever the Hunted, last June. This one was released in this past December and I bought the book at that time but I started reading it last month and finished it today. Something held me back from reading it but when I finally started reading , it was hard to stop. I loved Britta and Cohen in the first book. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Cohen and Aodren had chapters from their points of view in this book. It was so amazing to see things from Cohen's point of view in regards to Britta and to see how much he cared for her even when they were younger. I liked being able to see him away from Britta and acting as the king's bounty hunter. It was interesting to see Aodren's point of view and how his feelings for Britta escalated because of the bond they shared but also to know that how he's always felt about her was nice to see. This book raised the stakes when it came to protecting the kingdom. Jamis and Phelia were ruthless in their quest for power that really was sickening and disturbing.
I think Britta grew in this book. Her circle of friends and the people she trusted grew so much throughout the book that it made me happy. I was happy to see that she did not just have Cohen. She started to rely on others and realize what it was like to care for other people. She was still so very brave and willing to do whatever it took to protect herself, others, and the kingdom. Cohen grew as well in this book. I knew him only from Britta's vantage point in the first book so it was refreshing to get to know him better in this book. He was so fierce and loyal and really cared about the people close to him. His constant need to protect Britta and Finn was admirable even if it annoyed Britta sometimes. Ever the Brave introduced us to some new characters. I absolutely adored Aodren from the moment he showed up in this book. I loved his personality and when I realized he had chapters, I was excited. I think he was such a good character and I cannot wait to see more of him in Once a King. I loved Gillian. She made me laugh on more than one occasion and her and Britta's dynamic was entertaining. Leif was still a good friend to Britta. Captain Omar was still the same grump. I enjoyed getting to know Finn, Cohen's younger brother, a little better. I'd like to know him even better. Lirra took a moment to grow on me but I'm happy that she is a main character in Once a King.
I enjoyed this conclusion to Britta and Cohen's story. It ended perfectly with the romance resolving itself and the conflict as well. It was action-packed with the right amount of romance, intrigue, and angst. I think Erin Summerill is now on my auto-buy author list! I cannot wait until this December when Once a King comes out. I need more Aodren!