Ever The Brave by Erin Summerill – a Review
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.
Ever the Brave by Erin Summerill is the 2nd book in her Clash of Kingdoms series. I enjoyed the first book in this series, but Ever the Brave was even better. This is a fantasy novel in a world with two factions (Malem & Shaerdan ) that are at war with each other. Malem, which is now fully ruled by King Aodren, who in the last book, was saved by Britta, our heroine and a Channeler . A powerful Channeler & Spiriter is magically controlling other Channelers to help overtake Aodren.
Britta, our wonderful heroine, has a connection to Aodren, since she used her Channeler magic to save his life in the last book. Cohen, is the man Britta loves since childhood, and who is now the Bounty Hunter for King Aodren. Britta keeps the secret that her connection to Cohen has been replaced. Before she saved Aodren, she did not like him, and with the connection, Britta will discover more about the man who is King. The villians (Jamison and Pheia) are still around, and determined to kill the King. With Cohen on assignment, Britta helps prevent another attack, and together with Aodren, they escape to find help, as the traitors have overtaken the castle. They will develop a strong friendship that will test the bonds between Cohen and Britta. Who will she eventually pick?
Cohen and his team that are trying to find the dangerous powerful Channeler, who has kidnapped the girls, is also attacked, killing some of his men. He will get help from a friend. Lirra is also a Channlier, and she needed Cohen’s help to find the missing girls. When Cohen is injured, she will be the one to bring him to a safe place, and work with him to help the King and Britta.
What follows is a very exciting adventure that will find them all on the run, badly injured and even some dead. Britta is a tough smart and great heroine. She will begin to learn from others how to use her abilities and try to stop the powerful enemies, at a cost that could take her own life.
There was so much going on; you had to keep reading to not miss a thing, and to say too much more would be spoilers. Will Aodren survive the revolution by an evil enemy, and remain King? Will Britta survive? Who will Britta choose ….Cohen or Aodren?
I have said this before; the key to a successful series is to have good characters that you care about. In Ever the Brave, we have some really good characters; Britta, a wonderful heroine; Aodren, who I became crazy about as we got deeper and deeper into the story; Leif, Finn, Gillian & Lirra; I also liked Cohen a bit more closer to the end. Summerill also gives us some evil villains that added to the story line.
Ever the Brave was a very exciting, tense, fast paced story line; well written by Summerrill, with great characters and many surprises along the way. The ending did feel like the finale, however I understand there will be another book, which I will be reading. So should you.
Reviewed by Barb
Copy provided by Publisher