“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.”
This was a very interesting conclusion to this duology.
I read the first book Ever the Hunted last year and really enjoyed it (you can find my review of Ever the Hunted here!) so I was really excited to learn that one of the book clubs that I am a part of chose this as their February book of the month.
It didn’t let me down.
Starting off with the characters, Britta really grew tremendously as a character from where she was at the end of the first book. She really came into her own and became more independent. Cohen also grew as a character. I think he could have been developed a little bit more to be up to the amount of growth that Britta had but both of these characters definitely came into their own. Also I liked the edition of a third point of view in this book. Was it absolutely necessary to add to the story? No. But it gave us, the readers another interesting character to see the story develop from.
As far as the romance aspects of this book, I loved how they were not so front and center like they were in the first book. The romance between Cohen and Britta was a well developed one in the first book but there needed to be more development. In this second book, the readers really got to see their relationship pushed to the limit as far as some elements of the plot being introduced as well the introduction of a new love interest causing a love triangle between these three characters. In the end, they did end up together and the events leading up to that ending put a smile on my face.
Then going into the plot, I think this is where I had the most problems with the book. Overall, it was enjoyable but at the same time, the pacing of this book threw me off a little bit. Also, the introduction of another love interest and causing this love triangle to be formed is a perfect example of why the love triangle trope is one of my least favorites in Young Adult fiction. When everything eventually resolved itself in the end, the problems stated above went away and the book, as well as this duology, wrapped up in the way that I had wanted it to since the first book.
Overall, I really liked this book and this duology. It is a very different story from any other fantasy book out there. It reminds me a little bit of Throne of Glass in a way but it also stands on its own. I believe the author is coming out with another book set in this world but following a different character sometime this fall so I will definitely be checking that out when it hits shelves.