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 was a breezy, atmospheric and enjoyable read. Britta, our protagonist, is launched on a manhunt when her one and only friend, and love, is accused of her father’s death. The premise alone ensures a fair amount of action, and it does deliver. The story had constant movement and thoroughly held my interest. I do feel like the plot could have been more flushed out. For example, Britta, much like her father, is supposed to be the most skilled tracker/hunstman in the land. This very fact is paramount to the premise, as it is her skill that launches her on her quest. Unfortunately, her ‘great skill’ only existed in the book in so far as it set up the premise, and was then promptly forgotten.
The more unique aspects of this book took a backseat to romance and (more obviously) powers. While I think all of these could have been well balanced, they weren’t. It wasn’t enough to diminish the enjoyability of the book, but it does cause the story to veer off track a bit. I think that most people agree that there are enough books in the market about a girl saving her kingdom with her special abilities. There’s nothing wrong with these books, in fact, I’m a notoriously big fan. I just don’t think that aspect was necessary in this book. Britta’s proficiency in tracking, the loss of her Father, and the betrayal of her best friend could have been interesting on it’s own. I just don’t think this was a book that was particularly benefited by the aspect of her saving the kingdom, especially with it being such an awkwardly small part of the story. Like “P.S. I saved the kingdom!” doesn’t really work for me.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and I will continue to read the rest of the series. Ever The Brave, the sequel, will be released December 5th. Luckily, I was given an ARC, so I will be continuing the Clash of Kingdoms series later this week. As always, I will be letting you guys know what I think!