Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on December 27, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 400 Format: ARC Source: Trade
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.
Any fantasy I ever write must have a bow wielder, it’s a slight obsession of mine. So when I discovered this upcoming story from Erin Summerill I knew it would be a must read. Ever the Hunted focuses on Britta Flannery, after the death of her father, as she is forced to hunt his killer. Unfortunately a boy from her past complicates matters entirely. Add countries at the brink of war and an interesting magic system and this makes for one heck of a story.
At the heart of this one is Britta and Cohen and they were honestly the best part about it. Both of them are both highly trained in survival skills like hunting and tracking as well as detrimentally stubborn. Britta faces such loneliness and fear with the loss of her father but she perseveres on, doing what’s necessary to survive. Cohen faces his own fears where family is concerned and they rely heavily on each other. The development of these two was excellent and I’d have read this book solely for their moments together.
I mentioned loving archery at the beginning but I’m also a sucker for stories set in wooded areas and elemental magic. Forests offer so many hidden secrets and provide the perfect setting for hunters. Summerill did an excellent job creating this lush environment and I could not have asked for more. Along with the worldbuilding I liked how Channeler magic played a role on both a small and large scale. It directly influenced the political landscape and made for a more intriguing narrative.
While this book was pretty freaking great, I did have a couple of issues with it. A lot of the narrative is spent moving from one place to another, and the action sequences were minimal. It definitely felt like a first in the series, setting up the world and what’s to come. Plus, there were a couple of moments in this novel that I called early on, slightly ruining the reveal in the end.
Overall though Erin Summerill’s Ever the Hunted was an enjoyable read from start to finish. With an intriguing magic system and a partnership of ups and downs, the author created perfect suspense and I couldn’t help but fall in love with Britta and Cohen. It’s a great series starter and I look forward to the next installment. I’d definitely recommend this, especially to fans of wooded adventures and elemental magic.
So, are you excited for Ever the Hunted? Do you have a favorite series or show with bow wielding badasses or elemental magic? Let me know in the comments below!