REVIEW: Ever the Brave (A Clash of Kingdoms, #2) by Erin Summerill



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.

My Review:

This was a most anticipated read for me this year and it was a stunning conclusion to a really good series. I fell in love with Britta and Cohen in book 1 and I simply couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one. I would have stayed up all night to finish it in one sitting because things just kept happening, but I had to be up early the next day. THAT’S THE ONLY REASON!

The Story. I love the magic system in this series. It kind of reminds me to Vampire Academy’s magic system, but in a completely new way. The Channeler magic system was beyond exciting and I loved getting to read more about it in this book. I thought the story and plot were very well written and kept me glued to the page. There were a few predictable things, but it in no way took away from the story. I enjoyed all of the side characters because they just added so much more depth to the story. We also got to enjoy multiple POV’s between Britta, Cohen, and Aodren. It was a little anticlimactic when it came to the big moment, which was disappointing. This is such an underrated read that needs more attention.

Britta. Britta was a great, strong heroine who is trying to figure out where she fits in in this new world she has fallen into. I loved her bravery and her willingness to brave the front lines of any fight. She was an extremely loyal character (Hufflepuff Pride), which I felt was important. I wish Britta came into her own a little bit sooner because I was ready for her confidence to kick in and for her to take on the world. I loved her relationship between both Cohen and Aodren. They were very different, but still very prevalent in this book. Her best friend/lover connection she had with Cohen was beautiful, but the new connection she found with Aodren was also fun to read.

Cohen. Sweet Cohen. I sometimes wanted to slap him upside the head because he was suffocating Britta, but that was his flaw that he needed to work on throughout the book. Cohen is the most confident character out of the bunch and he knows what he wants. I admired his dedication to his kingdom and to Britta. He was willing to let Britta go even at a cost to his own well being. Cohen was definitely my favorite character because he just had this easy, passionate way about it that I adored.

Aodren. We met Aodren in book 1, but we truly got to know who he is in Ever the Brave. After being controlled by Phelia for the better part of a year, Aodren is trying to find his footing in a crumbling kingdom. He wants to right the mistakes that were made under his rule even though they weren’t his fault. Aodren had such a genuine heart and only wanted to help his people after all they had suffered. When his kingdom was threatened, Aodren was ready to go to war to get it back. I also loved seeing the boyish, shy side of Aodren who was crushing hard on Britta because she saw him as Aodren and not a king.

I recommend this book to those who love: young adult, fantasy, elemental magic, brave heroines, and protective heroes.

Overall Rating: ★★★★/★★★★★

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