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 is one of those books that though it has an interesting plot that grabs the reader in, but it lacks worldbuilding and other essentials of a good fantasy novel. Ever the Hunted holds a touch of magic, clashing kingdoms and a very interesting love story.
One of my favorite parts of Ever the Hunted was our epic main character. Britta Flannery does follow the traits of the main heroine who is brave, snarky, and and of course totally badass but though she follows these typical traits, I still liked her. Britta follows a lot of human traits that sometimes are lacking in novels like being misguided, or desperate. Sometimes, I feel like female heroines become so brave, or so sarcastic/comedic that they cross the line into stupidity. Britta does not do this. The characters of Ever the Hunted were definitely strong, they had history, they had personality and most of all almost each and every single one of them had a purpose in the story and they weren’t just there to be there. If that makes any sense at all.
The plot of Ever the Hunt for the most part was well paced. Big action scenes were appropriately placed and when there wasn’t a huge action scene, instead there was a huge revelation or a swoony moment. The beginning of the story does very well for the reader because Summerill definitely hooks the reader in and fast. There wasn’t a dull moment in the beginning. The world building I thought was average, not spectacular and not necessarily terrible. I found it to be enticing but I was not fully captured by the world in comparison to other fantasy books.
I really liked the end, in a way it kind of was a cliffhanger, but it still concluded the story very well. I think that though the end had a good conclusion, the end, or more like the climax of the story felt awfully rushed. Having more of a buildup to the climax before having the biggest part of the story happen in a chapter would have benefit the story a lot. Though the world building suffered, I thought the magic was nice. I really loved how Summerill described how the magic worked. The magic itself wasn’t the most creative method of magic, but I enjoyed the way it was described because it was just wonderful. I could truly picture it and that was what made the magic more unique if anything.
Overall, I liked Ever the Hunted a lot and though it had some flaws in it, I would be interested in reading the next one. My final rating is 3.5/5 stars mostly from the the lack of world building. Thanks for reading guys!
Have you read Ever the Hunted yet? If so, what did you think? If not, do you plan on getting it? Let me know down below in the comments! 🙂