Ever the Brave by Erin Summerill
(Clash of Kingdoms #2)
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: December 5, 2017
Rating: 5 Stars
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.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy and finished copy of Ever the Brave for an honest review and quoting purposes.
Ever the Brave is a magical, swoon-worthy, fantasy, adventure that should be on everyone’s shelf. I was in love with Ever the Hunted last year and how this strong girl Britta could manage to hunt and deal with so much loss and still find a purpose. The world-building and twists had me hooked. Ever the Brave takes place immediately after the last book and is a perfect follow-up. It is told from 3 POV’s: Britta, Cohen, and Aodren the King.
I will be keeping this spoiler free. I can say like most of my favorite books or series, I never really care so much about who the character picks as much as the reasons for why they ended up with that person in the end. I know this is a hang up for some but for me it is just about the reasons and the journey.
I felt Erin wrote a beautiful book with an honest journey and all the characters were so great. You wanted to know more about each one because they were so fascinating. We get new characters like a girl named Lirra that Cohen meets when he is in Shaerdan. We also meet the Channelers Guild and Phelia.
Cohen is on a mission in Shaerdan to find a woman named Phelia. He soon finds out with the help from a girl named Lirra that she is not in that kingdom but back in Malam. He soon witnesses Channeler girls being kidnapped. They manage to rescue one of the girls.
Britta is trying to fight her ever growing connection to the King. It reminds her that she is no longer connected to Cohen in the same way and that she has not told him about what happened between her and Aodren when she cured him. When he brings her a gift and then leaves, she senses he is in danger. She follows the connection between them and finds him unconscious but his two guards dead. She realizes that new threats are lurking and they may not be prepared to handle it.
Will Britta’s new found connection to the King change her relationship to Cohen? Will the kingdom learn to accept Channelers and put an end to the Purge? You have to read this amazing book to find out!
Ever the Brave is a fast passed book that once you start you will not want to put down! It will be on my shelf as one of my all time favorite series!!! I would definitely recommend it Ever the Brave and I am giving it 5 out 5 stars.
My body hums against his like the string of a bow after the arrow’s been freed. His kiss shifts, growing more urgent. His fingers wind havoc through my hair, making good on his promise. I’m lost to him, my worries obliterated by his touch. – pg 143
“We are what we make ourselves. You aren’t your mother. Nor am I my father.” – pg. 343
A burst of wind slams me to the ground. It’s so sudden, it pushes the breath out of my lungs. I scramble back, expecting the guard’s blow to land any second. But the man falls at my feet. Above me, Lirra holds an extended blade. Stains of the man’s life splatter the fresh snow around him. – pg. 403
Thank yous so much Erin for answering these and joining us the blog!
Playlist for Ever the Brave
I love music so much! It definitely inspires scenes. Here is the playlist I created for EVER THE BRAVE:
1. Eden Roc by Ludovico Einaudi
2. I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz
3. How to Pray by David Lang
4. I See Fire – Jasmine Thompson rendition
5. Walls – Kings of Leon
6. Old Pine – Ben Howard
7. Believe – Mumford & Sons
8. Walking The Wire – Imagine Dragons
9. Constellations – Tom Odell
10. You Are In Love – Taylor Swift
11. Remember Me by Thomas Bergersen (Illusions)
12. Levitate – Imagine Dragons
5 Qualities that Your Character Has
Five Qualities of Britta – Resilient, Determined, Forgiving, Kind, Pragmatic.
5 Books that Have Inspired you as a Writer
Five Books that Inspired Me – Matched by Ally Condie, The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner, Red Rising by Pierce Brown, An Ember In the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, and Defiance by CJ Redwine
Erin Summerill was born in England. After spending years bouncing between Air Force bases in Hawaii, England, and California, her family settled in Utah, where Erin graduated with a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University. She had aspirations to write the next great American novel, but writing proved tougher than she first thought. So she grabbed a Nikon and became a professional photographer while crafting manuscript after manuscript. The scenic detour of shooting weddings across the United States, as well as internationally, provided world-building inspiration. It gave her the vision to draft her debut YA fantasy, EVER THE HUNTED. Now when she isn’t writing, or shooting a wedding, she’s chasing her four kids, two dogs, one cat, and five chickens. This could be why she downs massive amounts of Coke Zero and Hot tamales.
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