Ever the Hunted: Clash of Kingdoms (Book 1)
by Erin Summerill
“Seventeen-year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She sends 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 Mackay, 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 treacherous 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 that what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.”
I knew nothing about Ever the Hunted before I bought it, except for the blurb on Goodreads, and I misread the publication date. Until I saw that the second book was due out December 2017, so I went and looked again to see that Ever the Hunted was out December 2016! I bought it straight away and could not wait to get tucked into it.
Britta has always felt like an outcast, due to her mother being from Shaerdan and her father from Malam. In Malam they shun everything to do with Shaerdan, and due to Britta’s mother and father not getting married in Malam (they did in Shaerdan, which does not count), they shun Britta. Her father was the King’s bounty hunter and now his apprentice Cohan is. However, after mourning her father, Britta goes hunting for food, when she gets caught and is offered her life for the life of her father’s murderer. She then has to hunt down Cohan, who is the murder suspect.
Oh my! That was so intense. I do not think I have sat with a book like that in quite a while, I literally did not want to put it down. It took a little while to build up, but then it went and dragged you along down the path of no return. I was so hooked, and with the fact that you are reading a first person narrative, you are totally there with Britta and feeling everything she is going through. I cried several times and there were several other points I was laughing out loud, which made my mum turn and look at me. It also meant that you were there when she discovered different twists and it was evener hard to accept some of them, than if it had been in third person.
I think my favourite characters have to be Britta, Cohan, Leif and Enat. Britta is incredible, to be classed as an outcast but that has made her more resilient and determined. Cohan, even though accused of murder is a great character, even if at times he is an idiot and annoying. Leif, is a big sweetie really, even if he does not seem like it and Enat is a cantankerous old lady if you are on the wrong side of her, but she is lovely, loyal and kind if you are on her good side. All the characters are well-written and draw you into the story even more.
My favourite part has to be the parts with Enat, but I loved all of it. I loved the changing of pace, it helped with the flow of the story and what was happening at the time.
Ever the Hunted ends on a cliffhanger, this is due to the fact that the next in the series (Ever the Brave) comes out in December.
While reading this book, I described it as a story about revenge and finding out the truth about herself and her father’s murder. I would recommend it to mid-teens and above due to content. 5 out of 5.