Release date: December 27th 2016
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.
As one of the books on my anticipated list for winter, I was excited to have the chance to read this early. I was looking forward to magic, great characters, and some surprises. It was a little slow to get into at first but I was glad I stuck with it because it ended up being a very good read that has made me excited to see where the series is going to go.
I really liked Britta as the main character. She was strong and capable in a world where women had no rights so when her father was murdered, she had to fend for herself since she couldn’t inherit the house or land. She wasn’t naive and she had plenty of skills that could help her survive and the more she grew as a character, the more I found myself liking her. She had a strong sense of justice and a desire to learn the truth about her father’s death and find his murderer – no matter who it was.
I really enjoyed the romance in the book. Britta’s feelings for Cohen were complex since she had known him for years before he left for his training. She had developed some feelings for him before he left but with him accused of her father’s murder and her having to hunt him down in exchange for her life, it forced her to question how much she thought she knew.
I also enjoyed a lot of the supporting characters, especially Enat and Leif. They did well to add to the story without overtaking the plot. I definitely look forward to seeing more great supporting characters in the rest of the series.
As mentioned, it was a little slow at first but once the plot began picking up the pace, I was hooked. It did feel like this book was setting up for the overall series so it did its job in making me excited to see where Erin Summerill takes it.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.