Thursday, December 29, 2016

Book Review: Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

I enjoyed Ever the Hunted even though I didn't find it very unique.

Britta is alone and on the run after her father dies.  She has no claim to his property and has been starving in the woods.  When she illegally kills an elk in the King's forest, she is arrested. She can save her life only by tracking down her father's killer, Cohen, and bringing him back to the King.

Cohen was Britta's best friend and trusted companion until he left and never came back.  Now Britta has trouble believing that he is the murderer, but the evidence against him is compelling.

There is a magical element in that Britta can tell whether a person is telling a lie.  The politics are complicated also.  The kingdom of Malam is on the verge of war with Shaerdanian.  Britta's father was Malam and her mother was Shaerdanian, so she's never been accepted in her country.  The Malams are afraid of the Shaerdanians and their Channeler's magical powers. If found, Channelers are executed.

Of course, things aren't as straight-forward as they seem. Britta must travel to Malam and seek out a Channeler to find out the truth of her father's murder.

There is danger and adventure and even a romance.  The characters are interesting and I wished for their success.  I was very happy that this episode had a definite ending -- no cliffhanger -- even though Ever the Hunted is the first book in a series.

While I thoroughly enjoyed reading Ever the Hunted, there wasn't anything exceptional or memorable.  I just don't think it will stick with me for long.  But that isn't necessarily a bad thing.  It is a quick book.  The sentences are mostly very short and simple, which can be a good thing for reluctant readers.

I will not hesitate to recommend Ever the Hunted to my teens who enjoy magical fantasy adventures.

Published by HMH BFYR, December 27, 2016
eBook obtained from Edelweiss
400 pages

Rating: 3.5/5

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1 comment:

  1. This book sounds like it will be really good for a certain set of teens, but probably not my cup of tea. Hope you are enjoying the holidays!


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