Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

Ever the Hunted Book Cover Ever the Hunted
Clash of Kingdoms
Erin Summerill
JUVENILE FICTION
Hmh Books for Young Readers
December 27, 2016
Hardcover, Kindle, Audible, Audio CD
400

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, a legendary bounty hunter—that is, until her father is murdered. 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 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 force to be reckoned with.

“Enchanting and mesmerizing…”

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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.

weavingErin 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.blossoming-amaryllis

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.

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