- Page Count: 464
- Release Date: December 5, 2017
- My Rating: 4 stars
Ever the Divided. Ever the Feared. Ever the Brave.
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.
This book just kept getting better and better as it went! I really enjoyed the first book and thought the world was gorgeous. The slower pacing never bothered me because I loved the medieval feel to everything. This book is a lot faster, though, so I was even more invested.
I don’t want to say a ton about the plot because that would probably spoil the first book. Basically, Cohen is off doing his thing, Britta has a connection with someone, and then her evil mother shows up and is just one problem after another. Britta grows more into her power here, too, and I really liked the way that whole system of magic works.
This story is split into the POVs of Cohen, the king, and Britta so you get a nice, well-rounded look into that love triangle. And it’s one that totally worked for me! Like I’ve said before, I genuinely like YA tropes when they work with the plot. This story had some of the classics that just make you laugh when they show up like “yes, of course this must happen” (complete with skin-to-skin contact overnight to save someone’s life from hypothermia). And the self-sacrificing love interest + super tough girl who hates dresses were fully developed characters, so it all worked. I know some people write a book off instantly if it has a love triangle, but maybe give this one a shot because it’s done well.
I cared about all of the characters in this book (lots more are introduced) and actually ended up loving Cohen. He wasn’t my favorite before and I wasn’t terribly into a lot of his POV here at first. But then I really did like his character growth and how the story ended! The last 20% was all sorts of emotional.
The middle of the book kind of reminded me of some Maria V Snyder stories in case you like those. I’d also recommend this if you liked Ruined or the Remnant Chronicles. But this story’s definitely original and Erin’s writing just keeps getting stronger! I can’t wait to see what her next book is about!!
Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.