Title: Ever the Hunted
Author: Erin Summerill
Date of Publication: December 27, 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.
Ever the Hunted starts out with Britta our main character getting caught for poaching and is offered a deal to live by finding the person who killed her father. Britta learns this to be her best friend Cohen who she has not seen in over a year. She has an ability where she is able to detect whether people are lying or telling the truth, and when she discovers that it is truth the only thing she can do is hunt down Cohen. But things are not always as they seem.
I felt Britta was an extremely strong and well developed character, and I loved reading from her point of view. She has had a large amount of loss in her life which no one at her age should have to suffer. The book is told in first person, so I felt a real connection with Britta and could feel everything that she was feeling. She was also great with a bow!
On the search for Cohen, Britta is taken on this mission by three side characters, Captain Omar, Leif, and Thomas. I really liked Leif and I felt he had a genuine heart.
When we finally meet up with Cohen things start to take a whole new kind of turn and Britta leaves the group by escaping and is on a new kind of search to set things right. We end up meeting my absolute favorite character Enat. She is spunky and loving and such an amazing old woman.
The romance is what kind of lost me here. I think it was just because I am still not sure how I feel about Cohen. I liked him, but I didn’t love him, but we will see how he is in the next book.
There were all kinds of twists and turns in this book with some I felt predictable, but there were others where I was pleasantly surprised by the turn of events. My heart strings got pulled, and I feel like they are still mending by a particular moment in the book, but I can’t give any spoilers. While this book did feel like an opening book to a series there was still a lot going on, and oh my goodness that ending. I feel like there is going to be a lot to go down in book two, and I am already anxious to read it.
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