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.
Sometimes I'm intimidated by fantasy. Even YA fantasy books these days can seem like a huge undertaking to read. And sometimes, that's what I want. Other times, I just want to read and have fun and get swept away in a story without much effort. EVER THE HUNTED was exactly that book for me.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying this book was lacking because it wasn't as...dense? intricate? sprawling? as other YA fantasy novels. Quite the opposite, I found Ever the Hunted to be easy to read and easy to love. While it may not have had the same incredibly in-depth world building that I normally find myself gravitating toward, it flowed really well and I still found myself sucked in.
I am hoping for a bit more character development in the next book, especially after that cliffhanger of an ending. (A cliffhanger that I was SO happy with, since I'm not digging the love interest in book one even a little bit.)
The story seems to be what really got me with this one. It gradually revealed just enough new information to keep me wanting more, to keep me reading instead of setting it aside. And by the end I was already ready for a sequel. I can't wait to see where this series goes and what else is in store in this world!