Review: Ever the Hunted (Clash of Kingdoms #1)
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.
My Rating: 5 stars
I discovered this book from an email that offered discounted books. I am subscribed to two and can't remember which one it was but the book cover looked amazing so I read the synopsis and was hooked. It was cheap so I thought I'd give it a shot and bought it. I started it pretty quickly and fell in love right away. The synopsis and the book reminded me of Defiance by CJ Redwine . It was a similar plot with a girl having to set out because of losing her father and dealing heartbreak at the hands of a boy she's known for years. Britta Flannery's situation was different in that she knew that her father had been murdered. While in mourning, she almost starved because Malam customs dictate that she had to stay in her cottage for two months but because she is an outcast, no one brings her food or anything. The story starts with Britta pouching on the king's land and it's just after her mourning period. Soon things take a turn from bad to worse when she is discovered with the pouched meat which is punishable by death. She is taken before the high lord, Jamis who offers her a trade: she can track down Cohen McKay—her best friend and her father's former apprentice—who is accused of her father's murder or be executed for pouching. After Lord Jamis lays out the evidence and she is able to sense that he is telling the truth, she agrees to track down Cohen. I do not want to give away too much but things do not go as Britta anticipates and an adventure ensues. She finds out a lot of secrets and that the king of Malam is in danger.
I thoroughly enjoyed Britta. She was strong, capable, and so resilient. She was able to admit that the townspeople's shunning hurt her and that because of it she did not trust anyone. I loved how she could admit her faults but did not let it really change who she was. She was still able to do what needed to be done. She was a survivor and so very brave. I thought the way Britta handled the many secrets kept from her in the best way she knew how. It was amazing how much people decided to keep from her for "her own good". I loved Cohen too. He was protective of Britta and tried to do what was right by her at all times. I loved him as a love interest for Britta. I liked Enat as well but could not stand the captain of the guard, Omar even though he was a fair man. I thought he could have not been so hard on Britta. Leif was a surprise. I would have thought he would be the brute given his size but he proved to be a friend to Britta and so very kind. Jacinda also proved to be helpful and amazing to Britta and Cohen.
Some of the things that happened towards the end of this book gutted me and it is what made it hard for me to read it again. But I highly recommend this debut novel by Erin Summerill. She is an amazing author who knows how to blend romance and action seamlessly. This book was high action up until the end and and that ending had me wanting the next book and thinking about it long after I'd finished.