Evidently, this year is the year for YA fantasy.
Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill is my fifth YA fantasy novel of the year, and oh man do I have feelings about it.
I picked this book up because the main character, Britta, has her life changed because she hunts on the king’s land.
Now I don’t know if you know this, but I am a major history buff (well actually I have a history minor but you get the gist) and back during the medieval times it was illegal to poach on the king’s land, ergo my immediate interest in this book.
Was it more historical fiction, or did Ever the Hunted live up to its fantasy branding? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.
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.
Just to get it out of the way, the aesthetics of this book are gorgeous.
It is definitely one of those books that I look at and almost think of rearranging my bookshelves to have certain books facing forward.
The story was equally as gorgeous.
The magic system was introduced into the plot in a way that it didn’t smack readers in the face.
It also played on the notion of people fearing what they do not understand, with the Kingdom of Malam prosecuting magic, while the Kingdom of Sharedan revels in it.
Speaking of the kingdoms, the use of realism sprinkled within their lore’s both made me connect and be able to visualize them.
The characters in Ever the Hunted were dynamic to read about, and the love aspect didn’t bother me because Britta and Cohen have known each other since they were young, no insta-love here!
Also, I’m saying it here, Leif is an amazing character and he better get more ‘screen time’ in future books, here’s looking at you Summerill.
But that ending though… Blew. Me. Away.
All I can say is I will be eagerly waiting for Ever the Brave to be published later this year.
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.