About the Book from Goodreads
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 by Erin Summerill, the first in the YA fantasy Clash of Kingdoms series, was a really fun and enjoyable read. Summerill’s writing is both easy and exquisite at the same time. My eyes just glided over the words page after page and somehow, a 392 page book seemed like nothing at all. Ever the Hunted could easily be described as a murder mystery set in a fantasy world. Because of Summerill’s expert handling of the suspense throughout the story and Britta’s – the main character – journey, I found the pace to be just right. It did not drag once in the whole book, and kept me wanting more and more.
That being said….BOY, WAS THIS BOOK PREDICTABLE!
I think I can safely say that Ever the Hunted does not bring anything new to the table as far as fantasy books go. The world and magic system, although well-developed by the author, did not feel like anything new or original. The same could be said for the characters. They were very well-written but maybe the fact that I could somehow anticipate and almost expect their every action made it hard for me to fully enjoy them or ever get attached to them.
However, this book, if anything, proves clichés are clichés for a reason. Because, after all is said and done, this is the type of book every bookworm has in their bookshelf at some point in their lives. I can’t even bring myself to give this book less than 3.5 stars. Yes, it was predictable, full of the same old tropes we can find in any YA fantasy plot anywhere, but it was also a really nice escape from reality, a pleasant way to spend an afternoon, and perfect for anyone that’s looking for some entertaining, light read.
To anyone out there, looking to venture into the fantasy genre, I’d recommend you start here and ease your way into high fantasy. I know if I had read this a while ago, I’d be going crazy and would’ve probably given it 5 stars.