Title: Ever the Hunted (Clash of Kingdoms, #1)
Author: Erin Summerill
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Published: December 27th 2016
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.
First of all, thank you to the publisher for sending me an advanced copy for review! And although I’m super excited to read it before it comes out, that in no way affects my review to come!
I love when I pick up a new fantasy book and within the first five chapters, I’m already in love with it. Typically, I’ll give books ten chapters before I decide whether or not I’m going to finish it, but this one took not even five chapters (I think I fell in love somewhere in chapter three) for me to fall too far deep into this world to back out now!
The first thing I noticed this book did really well was info dump without actually feeling like we were having all this info dumped on us…. if that makes sense? Everything was explained so well, and I was never confused during anything because the information was explained so well within the first fourth of the book. I wish I could give an example, but every piece of information we were given was later revealed to mean something a lot more than you first think, so technically everything is a spoiler I think.. But don’t worry, I shan’t spoil anything, so that you can experience the amazingness that is this book for your own!
Also, lets just take a moment to talk about how beautiful this book is. I mean, seriously, I couldn’t stop taking pictures of it. I can’t wait until I’ve got a hardcover copy of it and I can do even more photo shoots with it! Plus, it looked so beautiful with my fall theme I’ve had on my bookstagram lately, ugh, I was in love.
There is one thing I do need to say about this book that brought it down from five stars to more of 4.7 for me. It definitely followed the “girl who didn’t know she was someone important, suddenly finds out she’s super special and needed to save the kingdom” trope, however I think it was done in the best way I’ve seen in quite a while. For one, she didn’t turn out to be a secret princess (thank god) and she wasn’t 100000% focused on getting the guy instead of actually looking into her powers and you know, saving the kingdom like she’s needing to.
At the beginning, I did get the vibes that she was very boy crazy and I caught myself rolling my eyes once or twice, but I promise, if you get those same feelings, they’ll go away rather quickly. Everything is explained, and all the swooning and lovey eyes are put to rest (again, thank god).
Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy for review!
I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!