Ever the Hunted
a Clash of Kingdoms novel
By Erin Summerill
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. (Courtesy of goodreads.com)
Adult Point of View
I heard the author, Erin Summerill, speak at a comic con and enjoyed her personality so much on the author panel, so I knew I needed to pick up her book. I always make my own opinion about how I feel about a book and am often surprised when I see the ratings from other reviewers. I can’t quite figure out why this book doesn’t have an even higher rating on goodreads because it is well crafted, with interesting characters, and a cool world.
First, I liked the pace of Ever the Hunted, which might seem like a weird place to start, but if the pacing is off in a book, I never quite get into it.
I loved how Britta is in the dark about what’s going on in her country after her father’s murder because of the custom of mourning which has kept her in her house. The girl nearly starved by adhering to the rules, but now that things are desperate she decides she must break the law and hunt on the king’s land. Regardless of the story twist, I feel like she would have gone after the murderer to seek justice for her father, but the stakes increase because she will have no home and be executed for poaching if she doesn’t hunt down the man responsible. The crux of the matter is that the killer is her best friend, and father’s apprentice, Cohen.
How can’t you love that setup?
And we know he broke her heart. But why would he do that? Especially when she…
As Britta goes on the hunt, more of a prisoner than anything else, she starts to find clues that don’t add up. When she finally gets answers the lies of her father unravel, and she is a mess trying to find the truth and know who she really is.
I really don’t want to give too much away, because I’m hoping you’ll run out and read this book. I definitely want to read the next in the series.
Reasons to read this book:
You want a fun adventure.
You like romance.
You like plucky characters who struggle through life.
You want more political intrigue.
You want a taste of the bigger world to come in the next book.
You want to read a series instead of a stand-alone story.
You’re ready for a new magic system.
I recommend Ever the Hunted. There is some romance and violence, but it’s still appropriate for kids in middle school even though it’s YA. I think you will want to continue the hunt!
5 out of 5 stars
If you love Erin Summerill, check out Patrick W. Carr’s novel A Cast of Stones and Jennifer A. Nielsen’s The Traitor’s Game.
I also love Robin McKinley, Jennifer A. Nielsen, Erin Morgenstern (I keep hoping she’ll have another book out soon.), Meghan Whalen Turner, J. Scott Savage, and so many more.
If you want an old book, pick up The Raven Ring by Patricia Wrede. You’ll love it!
If you can’t find anything to read, send me a message, and I’ll help you find a book. The world is full of adventure, and we all deserve to live it.