Hey all, Dani here.
Happy Friday the 13th! So far this has been a pretty decent year for reading, and with all the amazing book releases already in 2017 as well as all of the upcoming releases, I hope I find the time to keep up with everything. I have finished 5 books already, two of which were 2017 releases.
Today though I am here to talk about a 2016 release that I recently finished, and it was pretty darn good. So let’s just dive right in, shall we?
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.
Rating: 4 stars
This was a super quick read. I actually managed to read it in just a couple hours while stuck at work last Saturday. I mostly enjoyed it, though there could have been a bit more worldbuilding and reasoning behind the mistrust and violence between the two countries. It just seemed like nobody could really explain why it was going on; it was basically just “They don’t like us so we don’t like them.” I’m sincerely hoping that there will be a little more about the world in the sequel.
My main issue with this book was actually the romance plot. Cohen just wasn’t a good romantic partner in my opinion. I really wanted something to happen with Leif, because he just seemed like a more sweet and grounded character. It would have been nice to have more scenes in the book with him.
Instead we got a lot of Cohen and Britta. But anytime Cohen was around Britta just got so dopey about his smell or him and she acted like a ditz. It was a bit frustrating. On her own Britta was actually pretty good at hunting and tracking, and there were several times when her guards were knocked down a peg or two because she knew more about it than they did. However, Cohen’s presence flustered Britta to the point where she wouldn’t pay attention to signs around her. This relationship took a relatively capable young woman and turned her into nothing more than a dimwit who melted just by being in the presence of a young man. I wanted so much more from this aspect of the story.
I really liked Enat though. She was an interesting character, and she could have done so much more with helping us understand this world and what is happening with Britta, and what happened to Britta’s mother. Plus Enat brought a lot of wisdom to the book, since she was an older woman. I truly appreciated her character.
I am curious enough about what could happen next that I’ll definitely check out the sequel. Hopefully the worldbuilding will be in place by then, and hopefully there will be some actual substance formed in the romance. This was still a good read and I’d probably recommend it to somebody who wants a fantasy read that isn’t as crazy in-depth on development and description. This is more of a “light” fantasy, though that doesn’t mean it is bright fluffy or focused on cheerful elements, just that it isn’t a dense read.