Ever The Hunted: A Clash Of Kingdoms Novel by Erin SummerillEver The Hunted: A Clash Of Kingdoms Novel by Erin Summerill

Ever The Hunted: A Clash Of Kingdoms Novel

byErin Summerill

Hardcover | December 27, 2016

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With a resourceful and cunning heroine, a compelling and nuanced romance, and a truly fascinating system of magic, Ever the Hunted ensnared me from the very first pages. Absolutely marvelous."-Sarah J. Maas, New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses series

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, a legendary bounty hunter-that is, until her father is murdered. The alleged killer is none other than Cohen Mackay, 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 force to be reckoned with."
Erin Summerill was born in England. After spending years bouncing between Air Force bases in Hawaii, England, and California, her family finally settled down in Utah. When Erin doesn't have her nose in a book, she's busy chasing after her four kids, two dogs, and a cat. Visit her online at erinsummerill.com and follow her on Twitter: @...
Title:Ever The Hunted: A Clash Of Kingdoms NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.35 inPublished:December 27, 2016Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0544664450

ISBN - 13:9780544664456


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting magic 3.5 I have been looking forward to starting this series for over a year now. While the first half a tad slow (so. much. traveling.) the second half made up for it. Really enjoy the characters Summerill has given us, expecially the secondary ones (Leif and Enat being my faves). Coming into this book, I had heard comparisons about Britta and Cohen to Feyre and Tamlin, which made we vary wary. Having finished it, I don't know if I agree. Yes there are slight similarities, but I found they reminded me more of Alina and Mal. And if you have followed along with my reviews, you'll know that I was not a huge fan of that relationship. I enjoy the characters of Britta and Cohen on there own, just not sure how sold I am on the ship. ETH left off on a great note, and I hope that momentum carries though into Ever the Brave. Can't wait to see where Summerhill takes the end of the duology!
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A wonderful adventure “Bravery is a choice that is yours to make. Don't let fear steal your will.” Her father has been murdered, and her best friend is gone. Because Britta is a girl, she cannot legally inherit her father's land and because she is an outcast in her town, no one is there to help her during her grieving. Nearly starving to death, Britta decides to kill a deer for food, unfortunately poaching is illegal. Not long after, Britta is caught and sentenced to death. Her only way to stay alive, is to hunt her father's killer, her only friend Cohen, whom she's been in love with for years. Ever the Hunted is a wonderful adventure. The book will suck you in and make you want to keep reading right from the start. There were so many things I loved about this book, unfortunately because of the main character and the romance I couldn't bring myself to give this book 5 stars. Britta is depicted as a strong, independent and brilliant women. Most of the time she is, but sometimes she misses the little things that make the reader believe she's not as smart and strong as everyone calls her. Right from the beginning of the book we see the strong side of her, she's dealing with the death of her father, she can take care of herself and she's smart enough to escape death. It's later on in the story that we find out that Britta has the power to tell whether someone is lying to her or not, so this is what has me confused, Britta's father lied to her (avoided the truth) about a lot of things, including his work, her mother's death, her powers. So how on earth did Britta not question him or see that he was lying to her? She should have seen at least some of this stuff coming, right? There were also a lot of times where Britta played the damsel in distress, which really didn't help with making her look independent near the end. I really wish I could have loved her more, but it doesn't always work out like that. What I loved about the romance, is that it's not insta-love. It's about reuniting with an old love, and feeling that spark again. While I did ship the main love interest, I wasn't too happy with it. There were a few things that really bugged me about Cohen. He treats Britta like a little fragile girl throughout most of the book, rather than an equal. He is also not the most trustworthy at times. There are many instances where he just does something and then tells Britta about it later. I'm not sure about you, but if he was my boyfriend I would be pretty pissed if he treated me like a little girl and did all the thinking for me. I found myself really liking two side characters more than the main characters. Leif and Enat both become really important characters later on, I won't talk about it so I don't spoil anything, but just trust me when I say, you will probably fall in love with them too. The world-building was incredible in this story. The characters spend a lot of time in the woods, as well as little villages and towns. Every scene is described perfectly, and it really makes you feel like you're in the story yourself. I was excited to see more of the world that Summerill created. The storyline is a bit slow in the beginning, but it has just enough action to keep you interested. It really starts to pick up about 30% into the book, and at that point I just wanted to finish the rest in one sitting. Overall, I really recommend this book, its perfect for all fantasy and adventure lovers. Although I would skip this one if you're a feminist and/or hate reading books with a bit of sexism in them. I absolutely can't wait to read the next book in this series.
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from UGH! the cover of this book is beautiful...and that's all the positives I have. I DNF it at about 200 pages because i HATED the main character with every fiber of my being. Take Katniss Everdeen's archery skills and braid...and remove all of her personality (sarcasm, attitude, etc), make her dopey in love with Gail (who has vanished), make her an orphan, make her have no self confidence...and have her be 13 years old. She was beyond annoying and ridiculous and it was so off putting that I will not be continuing this book or series. this shit is infuriating to see!
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Debut Novel I was first introduced to Ever the Hunted by a friend of mine, and after reading the synopsis, I was sold. Who doesn't want a story of murder, revenge, war and magic? Ever the Hunted tells the story of Britta, an outcast and a skilled hunter who is on the verge of losing everything after her father is killed. After being brought in for poaching on the king's land, she is given a chance at freedom. The only catch - she has to track her father's killer who happens to be her father's former apprentice and the boy she loved. At the beginning, the novel has a slower pace, but it builds up beautifully, and the back and forth in the timeline is well presented. I'm usually not really into first person narration simply because I want to know what everyone is thinking, but in this case, it worked for me. The story is not overly complex, and does have strong YA components, but with enough uniqueness to make you want to read it. The world building was good with proper explanations about the kingdoms and its politics and vivid descriptions about the surroundings. I liked that we knew enough to understand the plot properly but aspect were still left a bit of a mystery. The romance is a central part of the plot and though I liked that it was not an instant love story, or love/hate relationship, Britta continuously swooning over Cohen's physical attributes were a bit much. Overall, it was a enjoyable read with a set of great characters, fast paced storyline and beautiful writing. I look forward to the sequel - if only if was not so far away. <b>I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in exchange for an honest review</b>
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This book caught my interest from the get-go (I mean just from the cover! GORGEOUS!) I really liked it. I could see where people thought it was a bit slow, and lacking. I thought this story was amazing! I couldn't wait to get my hands on it, and when I finally did I was not disappointed. I'm actually really excited for the next one. This didn't feel like a stand alone novel, and it wasn't meant to be.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from its ok I feel like there were a lot of little things that were unexplained that just little by little took away from the story. it's pretty good tho
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This was OK This book was OK. It took me some time to get through it. I will probably continue on with the series to see what happens.
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Writing, Poor Content Real rating: 2.5/5. I had been excited to read this book and was lucky enough to get an advanced copy. Unfortunately, it used a lot of cliches and too many pages were spent on the romance. I had a hard time connecting with the main characters, instead I found myself wanting to learn more about the side characters. I wish there had been more character development and world building, less smelling the love interest and gawking at his muscles. On a positive note, I enjoyed Summerill's writing, and the magic in this book was interesting - just wish we had seen more of it!
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun! I really liked this book. It was maybe a bit slow in some parts, but for the most part I really enjoyed the magic and the romance. The ending was a bit more abrupt than I would have liked, as is often the case lately with first-in-the-series books, but overall I loved it.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sweet book Good YA read, can't wait to find out what happens in the next book!
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A Pretty Face But Nothing More I really REALLY wanted to like this book. It cried out to me, "love me Elora!" but unfortunately it fell horribly flat. The story was so bland, from the world building to the characters that I left wondering what it was I was supposed to be picturing. Also there were far too many problematic aspects that were put into the story like laughing at lesbians, sexism from the main character and sympathy to an abuser. I would not recommend. Also what was with the main character, Britta, having such a creepy infatuation with smelling the love interest?
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Yawn Another quest myth. It seems we can turn them out by the dozens these days
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The writing was beautiful and I can’t wait to read more from Summerill. Originally posted on NovelCravings I received this ARC from Raincoast in return for my honest review *Please note this is NOT spoiler free* Favourite Quote: “Bravery is a choice that is yours to make. Don’t let fear steal your will.” This was probably my most anticipated debut of the year, and definitely winds the award for most gorgeous cover. So I was over the moon when I got the opportunity to be a part of the blog tour. That being said this one didn’t blow me away like I had hoped. I was expecting heart pounding adventure and the first few chapters were heading in that direction, but as I progressed I found it easy to put down. I wasn’t connecting with the characters or gripped by suspense or epic action scenes. I experienced an over all feeling of wanting more. My favourite scenes were at the beginning as well, when Britta was hunting in the Ever Woods and when she traveled with Leif, Thomas and the Captain on the hunt for Cohen. She was strong in the face of so much heart-break and loss. She has been shunned her whole life but it hasn’t made her bitter or cold, in fact she is warm and often selfless. The story is fast paced but I didn’t ever feel heart pounding suspense and every twist could be seen a mile away. Considering we were either chasing a murderer or being chased by one I expected a few edge-of-my-seat moments. In the middle of the story there was a lot of talking, I wanted more doing, more action and more magic. The ending felt a little anti-climactic as well, wrapping up so nicely that you could almost leave it at that. The one sort of hook was just a quick thing at the end. There’s a brief moment when Britta describes the connection between her and Cohen changing and feeling a new tug towards the King after healing him. This left me confused more than intrigued, but Aodren really does interest me so hopefully this means there’s more of him in book two. The magic system was elemental which I love and this did manage to feel new and interesting. I loved the term Channeler and Spiriter, the addition beyond the typical four elements was great. I look forward to exploring more of Britta’s abilities and meeting other kinds of Channelers in book two. Britta started out strong for me but later seemed to lose that strength. Often doubting and second guessing herself. Granted she went through a lot (dead mom, broken heart, murdered father) and a flawed character is a realistic character, I was just expecting a little more gumption from our lead. I was also hoping for more bow action since she is an incredible shot. I love main characters that are well-trained with a weapon, I just wanted to see more of it. Cohen did not have me swooning, but I did love that he was loyal and had a heart of gold. I am over the ‘he’s kind of a jerk but we fall in love anyway’ cliché, so Cohen was refreshing! The build up between them was brutal though, I cringed every time Britta thought that he didn’t have the same feelings for her (which was a lot) And of course he did! There was a lot of eye rolling on my part. Once they did come to their senses and realized they did both felt the same it was very sweet and I did like that it wasnt insta-love since they had been friends for a long time. I think my favourite character was Enat, she was the kick butt female I was waiting for! Seriously, there are book boyfriends but can we make book grandmothers a thing? Enat would be at the top of that list. I am heartbroken that we will not see more of her in the sequel. For me this one really hit a lot of marks but missed a lot as well, so I gave it 3.5 stars. Over all, I did enjoy it and I would recommend it to fantasy readers. I’m also intrigued to see where the story goes and how the characters will grow along the way, I will defiantly be continuing this series. The writing was beautiful and I can’t wait to read more from Summerill.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great magical adventure *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion.* Ever the Hunted gave me absolutely everything I was expecting and wanted from this read so I'm a very happy book penguin (I'm making this a thing now...just let it happen)! The first thing I wanted from this book was an adventure. The synopsis promises that Britta much go on a quest to find out who *really* killed her father; it definitely delivered. She travels across dangerous stretches of land where her safety is not only not guaranteed but she's also a very direct and obvious target. Also to be kept in mind is that being out in the wild is scary so there was definitely an exciting sense of "must survive" to it. While there wasn't as much magic as I would have liked (but let's be serious, I can never get enough magic so that's an unattainable goal) I did like how it was worked into the story. It was very reminiscent of a few of some of my favourite magic systems in fiction (especially ones I've read in the last year or so) so it lent a sense of familiarity to this new story as well. I'm excited to see how it develops in the next book! Finally, I was really hoping Britta would be my most recent favourite type of kickass female lead. She definitely is! She is skilled, resilient, has (generally) good instincts, and isn't afraid to go after exactly what she wants. Britta is also flawed which I think is so key to great leads. I love when a female MC is imperfect but still strong and admirable. Correct me if I'm wrong but no woman is perfect but that doesn't mean she can't be a total badass as well. Britta's growth is another thing I'm excited to see unfold in the next book! Ever the Hunted gave me magic, an exciting journey, and a great female lead. I definitely recommend if you're looking for a magical adventure.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book has everything!!! If you are ready for a teen/young adult read that is well-written and features a strong female lead, then look no further. Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerhill is an excellent addition to the growing library of teen fantasy. I can even say that some parts reminded me of Graceling (and to me, that’s a very tall order for a teen book). The book tells the story of Britta Flannery, a seventeen year old who is about to embark on the adventure of her life. When the book opens, Britta’s father has been murdered and she is starving to death because she is not permitted to leave the house to get food. Her neighbours are frightened of her because of the powers they believe her mother possessed. In order not to starve, she leaves and hunts on royal lands. She is caught and is about to be killed for poaching when she is offered a bargain: hunt her father’s killer and she will be set free. This seems like a win-win, except for one thing: her father’s alleged killer is her once-best friend and the one she thought she would love forever. Reasons I loved this book: 1) there is a strong female character who doesn’t need ‘rescuing’ from a boy – she just needs time to grow into her powers. 2) the book isn’t super predictable but also doesn’t twist itself every which way to keep you guessing. There is just enough mystery to keep you engrossed in the plot but not so much that it stretches believability. 3) the action keeps pace with the story development. This is something that I’ve noticed some teen reads have difficulty balancing – constant action with the reader’s need to understand characters and motivations. I found that the author did an excellent job here. All told, I will be recommending this to many readers as well as family members, friends, strangers, etc. I think that everyone could find something to identify with and enjoy in this book. Disclaimer: I’m an Indigo employee and I was gifted with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life Ever the Hunted caught my attention early. Firstly because of the cover, simple and pretty. So it made my want to know more; what is this book? Then it sounded like the story was going to be a kick-ass lady. And I am always looking for more strong females to read about. Ever the Hunted was 100% on my radar because of a pretty cover and tough sounding lady, #noshame Also, Britta; Erin you seem to have forgotten two letters. An N and Y and hey look the perfect name. Britta is an outcast. Having a mother(even a dead one) from the other side of the border is not something that makes you well liked. Britta knew from a young age that she'd have to know how to take care of yourself. Her father taught her to always been on her toes. But now he's been murdered and Britta is in hiding. Until she's caught and offered clemency for catching her father's killer. Except for no way, it can't be Cohen, Britta's childhood BFF and her father's apprentice. Here starts Britta's journey to realize nothing is as it seems and secrets are everywhere. I liked Britta well enough. She's grieving and lonely when we met her, but as the story progresses she does a pretty good job at knowing herself and what she wants. Britta isn't really one to back down when things get tough. She's alone, she thinks her best friend killed her father but Britta doesn't get all ragey for revenge. Britta's more like let's find Cohen and go from there. She doesn't jump the gun and I really appreciated her toughness well seeming to keep a level head. There are some side characters, like the three guards tasked with helping Britta find Cohen. They fill out the quote pretty well; one friendly, two creeper and third mysterious. But Cohen is the focus. Britta has it bad for him; insert love eyes x 100. And this is where the story wobbled for me. Honestly, there's nothing special about Cohen. He fits the mold of childhood best friend who ran away to keep MC safe because he loves her so much but is still keeping secrets to a tee. This is where Britta loses focus. I am all for romance, if you guys know me you know I needs it in my books. Except there are times where it becomes too much. Ever the Hunted is a YA romance set in a fantastical world. It may not be marketed as such, but it is. Britta spends more time focused on getting together with Cohen and his body then Erin spends on building a fantasy world and the magic system. Talk of Cohen being molded to a tee, well the story in Ever the Hunted is predictable to a tee. There was absolutely nothing that I didn't see coming from page 1 or way before it happened. Did that take away from me loving the book, yes. Did that hinder my enjoyment of the book, nope. This is no epic YA fantasy, and I found that out pretty early on well reading. The predictable factor is high and the world building and magic system are lacking in explanation. But overall it's an easy, light read. Ever the Hunted has elements of what makes a good, but simple fantasy story; it's political with the two warring countries, which of course leads to finding traitors in the mix. And there's a magic system. Did I understand how this magic system worked, uh, not really. But it's there and I know magic is a no-no in Britta's land, well-being more sacred on the other side of the border. Ever the Hunted falls into a lot of YA tropes; Britta is a special snowflake, and well that can be over done, I actually don't mind it as long as I like the snowflake. And I did. I like Britta. Ever the Hunted is a good book. It reads fast and it's not one you have to spend a lot of time mulling over, nor figuring out. It's a romance heavy plot, but I say as long as you know that going it there's no reason why you wouldn't enjoy Britta's story. The ending didn't leave me in shock, but I'm still super interested in picking up the sequel next year. Again, I'm all for easy reading during this super busy time of year, and Ever the Hunted sure provided that.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from [ARC REVIEW] I Adore This Book! CHARACTERS Britta: She is strong and determined. She has a lot of fight in her for someone who has lost so much. The journey of Britta not only accepting her emotions but also herself and others is a journey you won’t soon forget. It rings true and strong, as she fights for what’s right even when she knows she must sacrifice something. Cohen: Seemed nice, supportive even. But while he was struggling not to let her know how he felt, he was distant and fairly rude. Especially after their first encounter after so long. He is strong and intelligent, kind and compassionate, but he sure knows how to pay the bad guy. PLOT If you had to find the man who murdered your father and found out said man is one you love (but who left you), would you be able to do it? Britta has no choice in the matter, either having to forfeit her life (and her father’s everything), or track down Cohen. With her powers of being able to tell truths from lies, she can’t fight the accusations against Cohen, not when they ring true. So the hunt begins. I love the twists, the surprises. Even when it was predictable, it was still enjoyable to read. ROMANCE Is sweet and slow. Britta and Cohen already love each other, but neither truly believes the other can be theirs. Not only that, they also don’t want to endanger each other. Especially now that both are watched closely, Cohen being the hunted and Britta the hunter. The closer they get on their journey however, warms the heart as they aren’t just physically connected, but also mentally and emotionally. The more we see of them together, the more we get to see of how hard they’re trying to hold back. Love isn’t easy to deny, but when you believe it’s for the right reason, such as protecting that person, you have the willpower to deny it. And seeing that unravel is rather brilliant. WORLD-BUILDING Is fantastic! Everything was vivid in my mind, easily visualized and rich in descriptions. Summeril knows what she’s doing. WRITING The flow was great, the descriptions amazing, and the overall tone was enjoyable to read. I am definitely interested in reading more from this author! OVERALL With rich characters and world-building, there’s not much to be missed. I was easily hooked and finished the novel quite easily once getting into it.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Empowering Female Lead I really enjoyed this novel. It follows the main character, who is an outcast in her own community. During her quest, she discovers important aspects of herself and her family history, and you discover along with her. Britta is a strong female lead that will inspire young readers. I found the ending to be a little rushed, but otherwise Ever the Hunted flowers beautifully. Similar novels include: The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons and Graceling by Kristen Cashore.
Date published: 2016-09-01

Editorial Reviews

With masterful world building, Summerill takes the reader on a journey to another time, where two kingdoms are on the verge of war? This is a story about love, family and determination that leaves the reader excited for the next volume."- DESERET NEWS "Ensnaring? With a lush setting and intriguing political conflicts, this fierce tale is the story of Britta Flannery, an expert hunter, who must find the man who killed her father."- THE DAILY HERALD (UT) " Ever the Hunted blends magic, politics, and revenge into an exciting read from a fantastic new voice." -PASTE MAGAZINE "Summerill builds a rich? fantasy world filled with both mystical powers and realistic political conflicts? Romance lovers will be happy with the simmer relationship between Britta and Cohen." -BOOKLIST "A solid choice for fantasy readers who prefer a large helping of adventure with their romance." -KIRKUS "Richly described world populated by engaging characters." -PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY "Those who enjoy fantasy adventure will love this novel and immediately want to continue with the next." -SCHOOL LIBRARY CONNECTION "With a resourceful and cunning heroine, a compelling and nuanced romance, and a truly fascinating system of magic, Ever the Hunted ensnared me from the very first pages. Absolutely marvelous." - Sarah J. Maas, New York Times -bestselling author of the Throne of Glass books "Britta's fierce tale of love lost and family found, combined with the lush setting and intriguing world-building, make for an unforgettable read." - Ally Condie, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of the Matched Trilogy "A fascinating world, intriguing characters, and an adventure with plenty of thrilling twists and turns will keep readers turning pages long into the night." - C.J. Redwine, New York Time's best selling author of The Shadow Queen "Erin Summerill showcases stellar worldbuilding in her debut novel Ever the Hunted. She uses artful prose to tell a captivating story that is emotionally engaging and hard to put down. I can't wait to read the sequel!" - Charlie N. Holmberg, author of The Paper Magician series "