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 was a pretty fun and quick read, though I can’t say it was very original. Like many have mentioned before, this book does remind me of other YA fantasy books out there. This is partly why I gave it a lower rating. Another part was that the writing was a bit flowery at times, and it seemed unnecessary.
That being said, it was an engaging read, and had me turning the pages. I liked the characters of Britta and Cohen, though they did get on my nerves a bit. I liked seeing their characters grow, though I wish they had grown a more than they did.
Definitely what saved this book was the world building. It felt solid to me; I never felt like I didn’t understand this world, so that was bonus point for me. This book wasn’t a stand out for me, but neither was it terrible. It was in the middle.
Also, can we just give props for that cover???