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.
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.
I. Cant. Even.
I love this book.
"To survive these woods, a man has to be as strong as the trees, Papa had said."
More review later. After my heart has settled down.
This was a fun-can't-put-the-book-down read. So many great characters, fantastic worlds and thoughtful prose.
Britta is the main character. She's a hunter and tracker, trained by her father along with his apprentice, Cohen and disliked by the town folk. Her father is killed. Cohen runs away (after she tells him she's in love with him). Britta is left alone and basically kicked out of her home. She's determined to find her father's murderer, who just might be Cohen, and she's not afraid to go on her own because she's tough and stubborn. And the secrets she finds out along the way! Gah!
There are so many characters that add to this story!
The world that Britta lives in is alive and bright thanks to the writing of Ms. Summerill. The colors, the smells, the magic made me want a forest like the one in the book in my backyard.
A great debut novel by a talented writer!
Thanks for the early read, net galley!