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.
This book started out very slow for me but started to pick up speed around the 200 page mark. This story follows the classic YA fantasy sequence of events and was similar to a lot of other YA fantasies I’ve read before. The initial problem for me was that there wasn’t much world building or explanations of politics that should have been elaborated on. Our main character Britta unfortunately fell flat for me. We are told she is a capable, brave, and skilled hunter from the beginning but throughout the book she rarely showed those talents. Time and time again Britta failed to live up to the huntress standards that were set up from the first page. Now with this being said, I want to point out that I wasn’t completely dissatisfied with this book. The magic system was extremely intriguing, the setting was lively and beautiful, and oh my goodness I flew through the parts with Enat in them. Enat was an incredible character but also the “teacher” in some ways. I am a sucker for a good magic system in a story and an even bigger sucker for a magical teacher/student “relationship”. As far as plot twists go, I did see some of them coming yet was completely shocked at times. It takes a lot for me to be thrown off from a plot twist so Erin Summerill gets an A+ from me in that category. Overall I gave this book a rating of 3 stars. I absolutely intend on continuing with this series but I hope book number two gives us more political background between the two warring lands, a whole lot more magic, and some more KILLER plot twists.
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