Release Day Review: Ever the Brave (Clash of Kingdoms #2) by Erin Summerill
Ever the Brave by Erin Summerill
Series: Clash of Kingdoms #2
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on December 5, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: eBook, Hardcover
Sexual Content: Kissing
Reviewed by: Tacoma
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.
I'm down for any story with a heroine, but I was especially drawn to EVER THE BRAVE when I found out Britta had saved the king in the first book. I immediately wanted to know more about her and her Channeler powers.
EVER THE BRAVE started off strong. I instantly liked Britta, a capable and independent woman with a no-nonsense attitude. With this being a sequel, the author deftly avoided information dump by weaving in plot points from the first book organically. I was completely on board . . . until the book introduced two more POVs and an uninteresting love triangle.
The two love interests, King Aodren and Cohen, barely differ. They are both jealous of the other and possessive. King Aodren shares a magical bond with Britta that draws them to each other, and while he respects her abilities, there's also a huge power difference between them that King Aodren never fully acknowledges. Cohen displays little empathy for other people and does not treat Britta like an equal. I secretly hoped that Britta would end up with neither.
I had other issues with EVER THE BRAVE, namely the pacing of the story and how Britta never seemed to fully come into her own Channeler powers, but overall the plot didn't ever completely pull me in. While I enjoyed Britta's voice, the story wasn't unique enough to make it stand out from every other "evil person wants to take over the kingdom for reasons" story.
- Ever the Hunted
- Ever the Brave