Title: Ever the Hunted (Clash of Kingdoms #1)
Author: Erin Summerill // Twitter
Pub: Dec 27, 2016
After being caught with poached meat, seventeen year old Britta Flannery is given a task, find her father’s killer and she can go home free, but the alleged killer turns out to be her childhood friend and first love Cohen McKay. She embarks on a heartbreaking task, although everything is not what it seems, with magical and more powerful forces at play.
Ever the Hunted could have been a great book. I was totally ready to love it, but I found myself scoffing and sighing during most of it.
It has a promising premise, but even after reading the synopsis on Goodreads, I knew it was going to be predictable and similar to many other Fantasy novels in YA.
Britta is in an interesting position in the world she lives in (and I like her name!), but Summerill didn’t do much with her. With Britta, we have yet another outcast female MC with no friends, except the love interest, but in her position, she’d probably fall in love with anyone who notices her because everyone hates her.
What irked me the most was how much of a pushover Britta is. She’s capable of taking care of herself and yet she lets the men in her life dictate her life, even after they’ve lied to her. She’s angry, but then she gets over it. How? It’s betrayal of trust after betrayal of trust and she takes it in stride.
There is little to no characterization for any of the other characters. The love/romance between Britta and Cohen was bland and seemed one-sided, despite Cohen’s own feelings. There just wasn’t enough ‘showing’ on Cohen (and the other character’s parts).
The world and the setting is adequately envisioned and introduced. It has medieval aspects that reminded me of Arthurian legends/Merlin and feudalism (think stocks, hanging and burning witches at the stake, lords and knights).
Ever the Hunted is the first book in the Clash of Kingdoms duology. Perhaps, this book just wasn’t for me, but I’ve read other YA fantasy that follow similar tropes that were better presented. This is Summerill’s first YA fantasy, so maybe book two will be better, but unfortunately I won’t be eager to seek it out.
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