Title: Ever The Hunted
Author: Erin Summerill
Publication Date: December 27, 2016
Synopsis: 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.
When Britta’s father is murdered, she is left to fend for herself. Nearing starvation, Britta makes the decision to illegally hunt in the Ever Woods. When she is caught and arrested, instead of hanging for her crimes, she is given the task of hunting down her father’s murderer. If she succeeds, her life will be spared and her father’s house will be her own. Unfortunately for Britta, the man accused of murdering her father is the only boy she has ever loved, Cohen.
The original plot of tracking down Cohen is resolved rather quickly. While I do not want to reveal the other plots within the story, there are many that sprout from the original one. I enjoyed the fact this book always had a plot driving the characters within the story. It kept me engaged and interested throughout the entire book. There were some plots that had me flipping through the pages like a madman (especially towards the end), but there were also plots that had me taking my time and setting the book aside now and then.
Britta was a very likable character. She was independent, but she also cared about others. Britta’s father treated her as an equal her entire life and he has taught her many skills. On the other hand, Cohen was not always my favorite character. He had many hot and cold moments with Britta which made the poor girl (and reader) so confused. One huge decision I hate is when a character hides the truth from another character because they are “protecting” them. They aren’t protecting them, they are hurting them. There were also things Cohen did not want Britta to do because she was putting herself in danger. Sorry buddy, it’s the lady decision if she wants to put herself in danger or not.
Overall, Ever the Hunted was an enjoyable read and a very strong debut novel. The world was beautiful and the author genuinely knows how to describe some gorgeous settings. Although the first half of this book was a little slow, the second half picks up the pace. Fair warning, the ending is a serious cliffhanger. This ending will leave you slack-jawed and in complete disbelief. I cannot believe that I have to wait over an entire year to read the sequel…
4 out of 5 stars
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