Book Review

Ever the Hunted (ARC)|Book Review & Q&A With the Author

Author: Erin Summerill

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Publication Date: December 27, 2016

Publisher: Raincoast Publishing

Summary:

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.

Review:

Thank you so much to Raincoast Publishing for sending an arc copy in exchange for my honest review.

After the two months of mourning for her father’s death Britta Flannery sets off into uncharted territory in order to find out who had killed her father. Filled with determination and armed with only her bow and Arrow and wit, Britta discovers the truth, not only about her father but about herself as well.

Full of adventure, treason, and love, Britta’s quest is sure to have any reader at the edge of their seats wanting to see what will happen next. …….. writing makes the reader feel as though they are on the adventure with Britia as she travels across the different lands.

This book is beautiful, in both the cover art and the story that it tells. The world building was solid and there was seriously never a single moment I was bored because the writing flowed so well. I was also pretty impressed with how this story managed to be well-rounded while still setting up a ton of leads for the sequels! The last few sentences were a bit of a cliffhanger, but also made the next book way more interesting.

Once started, you won’t be able to put this book down. Not only does the writing sell the book, the characters make this story as well. Britta is the perfect female protagonist accompanied by Cohen a remarkable love interest and a handful of side characters that garner your attention and demand to be the center of attention.

I highly recommend that everyone reads this book when it comes out. I look forward to reading the second book when it comes out same time in the next year or two.

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Q& A With Erin Summerill

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In Ever The Hunted, readers are introduced to Britta Flannery who is strong, courageous and knows how to protect both herself and others. Was her character based off of anyone in particular and how did you choose to make the female the hero of the story?
Great question, Carly!
Britta is someone I spent quite some time discovering. When I was growing up, my father was in the military and we moved quite often. I was always the new student at a new school without friends. I felt like a social pariah. That solitude inspired the start of Britta’s character, but she formed from conversations I had with others, as well as a few noteworthy women in my life.
People have asked if I’m like Britta at all, and we’re actually quite opposite. I’m 99% outgoing. While I might have felt lonely for a day or so, it didn’t usually last long because I was dead set on making friends. Britta, however, is reluctant at making new friends. She is ever the introvert. And she was quite the challenge to figure out.
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