I finished the sequel to Ever the Hunted, and I think I like it more than the first one, but I’m not entirely sure. This review will give spoilers for Ever the Hunted.
After saving King Aodren with her newfound Channeler powers, Britta only wants to live a peaceful life in her childhood home. Unfortunately, saving the King has created a tether between them she cannot sever, no matter how much she’d like to, and now he’s insisting on making her a noble lady. And there are those who want to use Britta’s power for evil designs. If Britta cannot find a way to harness her new magical ability, her life—as well as her country—may be lost.
The stakes are higher than ever in the sequel to Ever the Hunted, as Britta struggles to protect her kingdom and her heart.
So I actually did like this, despite what I rated it, and I will buy this book at some point, make bookmarks, and read book three. I will go over what I didn’t like about it first and then move on to what I did like.
Cohen, unsurprisingly, was my least favorite character. He actually did grow on me in this, and I think if he hadn’t been such a downright butthead in the first book, his actions in Brave would have made me really like him. He backed off, stepped down, and gave Britta space. He seemed more mature in this? Not sure how, but his actions were more grounded instead of him being quiet as hotheaded as in the first book. He was super loyal to Britta, though I personally really wanted Cohen and Lirra to be a thing.
I really wish we had more of an explanation on the powers and magic system. The ending left me super confused and made me realize that we really haven’t been told anything about the powers. The most we got was Britta saying she learned new things, but no explanation on limitations, longevity, etc. I would love a more defined magic system.
Also the action was a bit dull. We skipped past a lot of the huge fight scenes and were told or glossed over them, which makes me sad because there’s no substitute for a good fight scene. This also affirms my theory that Erin Summerill is a relationship-focused writer and not a fighter writer, which is totally fine.
Near the end, I started getting confused with the POVs, specifically Cohen and Britta, because we were all in the same location. This could also have been from me reading this while utterly exhausted and refusing to set the book down.
What I did like:
Britta was much the same as in the first book but less overly obsessive of Cohen. She spent most of the time in this book trying to protect those she loves and figuring out what the heck was going on, and I appreciated that because obviously that’s what you would be doing when catastrophe strikes. Also, I don’t think I had mentioned this in my review of Ever the Hunted, but I appreciate how unashamedly badass she is without rubbing it in everyone’s face and IT MAKES SENSE. She has been trained since basically day one to watch out for herself, and she doesn’t flaunt it, she owns it.
Gillian, Finn, and Aodren. Erin has this magical ability to create these utterly sweet and adorable characters that you want to live happily ever after, -cough-Leif-cough-, and she did it again with these three. I really liked Aodren. He was so lost and confused and isolated. He really lived such a depressing life, and I liked his and Britta’s relationship a bunch, though I REALLY like Britta and Aodren as a couple and I want them to marry.
Gillian was the most precious thing ever, and when there was a brief mention/scene where she and Leif give one another “the look” and she blushes and he looks so shy I almost died. Those two need to be together, get married, grow old, and have a bunch of puppies and kitties and live happily ever after. I need more of those two.
Finn was not really given a lot of screen time and I wish he was because I really enjoyed him a lot. He was so sweet, and I would love a whole little story on watching him become the man he will be.
Lirra was an interesting character. While I really don’t believe she was a BA, she was no-nonsense, bossy, and got her point across. She didn’t take crap from anyone and she was strongwilled, if not a bit stubborn. I thought her character played out well, and I’m curious to see where it goes.
I guess my main complaint with this series is that I just really don’t like Cohen and Britta together at all, and I don’t like Cohen. Yes, he got better in this book, but he’s still one of those people that if I met him in real life I’d probably stay away from because he’s so male dog territorial, and I wanted him to stop. That’s such a big trend and, seriously, have you authors who writes those characters ever lived with someone who wants to know where you are all the time, gets jealous if you spend time with other people (especially of the opposite sex), and wants to be with you 24/7. If not, please try living with someone who’s like that. It wears off quickly. I promise.
But other than that, a solid book. I enjoyed it, and I’ll be happy to have it once the paperback comes out.