SPOILER FREE REVIEW.
Genre: High Fantasy
Target Audience: 14+
Rating: A (90%)
Goodreads Rating: 4.5/5
This was an amazing novel that pulled you from reality, sat you down and injected you with a pile of emotions and a hell of an adventure. I can’t help but love it. Love, love, love it.
I WANT THE SECOND ONE!
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.
The 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.
If you are nervous about this novel being a stereotypical, predictable adventure/fantasy novel, then you will be pleasantly mistaken. There are many twists and turns that leave you surprised and eager to find out more. From the very beginning I wasn’t too sure which way this book was going, but I loved every moment of it. As with every novel, there were predictions and small things that I predicted to happen, that did actually happen. However, for me, this didn’t make the book any less enjoyable. I actually found that this aspect kept me on my toes a little, I wasn’t too sure if my predictions were going to be right or wrong. Who doesn’t love a good mystery?
The plot was incredibly well woven, in a way that I had no idea how Britta was going to get out of her initial predicament. Small bits of important information were placed carefully throughout the story, slowly sewing the book together into the glorified fantasy novel that it is. If anything was done really well, it was the plot, only finding one or two plot holes throughout. If you’re curious to what those are, leave a comment – I don’t want to spoil anyone.
Britta, Cohen, Lief, Tomas, everyone in this novel was so different. Their characterisation being completely and perfectly on point. I was refreshingly excited with, annoyed at, happy with, disappointed in, angry at every single one of these characters (maybe except Tomas). They were so perfectly human, and I was easily able to relate to most – if not all – of what occurred.
If you are after a novel that you JUST. CAN’T. PUT. DOWN. then I very eagerly and insistently suggest trying this one on for size. I understand that some books aren’t for everyone, but you won’t be disappointed with this one!!
The break down of my rating:
Style & Tone: 9/10
Enjoyment Factor: 9/10