“Enchanting and mesmerizing…”
Erin Summerill’s debute novel, a YA romance fantasy thriller, Ever the Hunted earns its Publisher’s fawning blurb. The first installment in the Clash of Kingdoms series is an intriguing introduction to the kingdoms of Malam and Shairdan through the struggles of seventeen year old Britta Flannery an orphan, outcast, and highly skilled tracker. To save her own life and the little property left to her, Britta is forced to hunt down her father’s killer; his apprentice and her only true friend, Cohen Mackay.
Erin does a wonderful job of weaving her character introductions and plot development as she moves us through this new world. The story effortlessly pulls you in with its unique plot and hooks you with enough suspense and drama that you don’t want to put it down.
Her characters, especially Britta, are authentic and dynamic. I especially like the type of heroine Erin chose to make Britta. She is skilled, sharp-witted, and highly intelligent yet humble and insecure. She has no idea of the gift she possess or her true significance. Her quest is doubly important, it not only leads her to answers about her father but shows her who she is and what she is capable of.
The connection between Britta and Cohen, while important and a huge part of the story, develops and compliments the main story line and actions perfectly. Their history provides an easy trust and compatibility while their attraction provides a building tension. The blossoming of their feelings for each other and their acknowledgement never feels canned or forced. I loved the dynamics between them and can’t wait to see where this ends up.
Ever the Hunted is written to be appropriate for teen readers but is so well done adults will enjoy it too! Book two of the series Ever the Brave is scheduled for release December 5, 2017.