Summerill, Erin Ever the Hunted (Clash of Kingdoms #1), 392 pages. Houghton Mifflin, 2016. Language: G (3 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: G (threats, no action); Violence: PG (some warrior action).
Britta has been alone and ostracized by her community since her father was murdered. Her mother, a foreigner from an enemy country, died when Britta was young. After the enforced mourning period, Britta is too weak to travel far for food, so she risks poaching in the king’s woods. When she is caught, she is told she will can choose death or she can track down her father’s killer. The accused, however, is her father’s apprentice – the boy she loves, the boy who broke her heart. If she does go in search of him, only heartache awaits her.
I had high hopes for this as a new series for students who love John Flanagan’s books, but it is more for those who like their fantasy with a healthy dose of romance – not bad, but not where it is needed. So students who like romantic fantasy will like this very much.
MS, HS – ADVISABLE. Cindy, Library Teacher