Review: Ever the Brave by Erin Summerill

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Ever the Brave by Erin Summerill
Series:
 Clash of Kingdoms #2
Genre: YA Fantasy, Romance, Magic
Publication: December 5th 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Length: 464 pages
Format: ARC (thank you, HMH!)

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.

There will be spoilers in this review.

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Trigger warnings for violence. 

I read the first book in this duology, EVER THE HUNTED, and it was so much fun. I loved the action and the romance, and I was excited to see the adventure and magic in the second installment of this series. Needless to say, EVER THE BRAVE was fast-paced and romantic, magical and thrilling.

EVER THE BRAVE follows Britta after she saves Aodren from the control of Phelia. In this installment, Phelia attempts to take advantage of Britta’s newfound Channeler powers while also battling the feelings that she may or may not have for Aodren and Cohen. This sequel doesn’t succumb to the second book slump as many fantasy books do, but increases the action and drama that I adored from the first book. There’s family drama, attempted murder, lots of fighting, and more world-building and a greater understanding of the magic system, which I really enjoyed.

Let’s talk about the romance. Britta spends much of the novel hanging out with Aodren, saving him from dying, using her special bond with him, which conveniently establishes a love triangle in this novel. I personally don’t mind love triangles (I kind of like them) and it frustrated me no end when Britta chose Cohen at the end. There was so much tension between Britta and Aodren, and Cohen was jealous and overbearing (and Britta somehow forgives that and says that they’re going to work on that? Yeah, HOW?), but that’s all I’m going to say.

If you liked EVER THE HUNTED at all, you’ll definitely love the sequel. Erin Summerill has made her mark as one of my go-to fantasy authors. I’m absolutely enchanted by her fantasy world and action-filled plots – her upcoming novel, ONCE A KING, is sure to be on my TBR, and it should be on yours too!

Thank you to HMH for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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alice name.pngAlice is an 18 year old college student who loves the oxford comma, television shows, and the company of dogs. She finds writing in the third person odd yet enjoyable. You can find her scrolling through Twitter, Instagram, and forever organizing her shelves on Goodreads.

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Have you read EVER THE HUNTED? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!

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