Ever the Brave by Erin Summerill
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Don’t worry guys, this is a spoiler free review. (Though there will spoilers for book 1)
This was fantastic. I adored the first book, though I’ll admit it was a little slow at times. The world was so pretty and Britta was such a likable heroine that I didn’t even care about the pacing. But this book? FAST. Perfect pacing. Pretty much non stop. Not to mention SO MANY FEELS that I am still just.. I don’t even know..
I can’t talk too much about the plot aside from what the synopsis mentions, but you know the thing that happens at the end of book one? Well yep, that’s kind of a major plot point for this book. No, it wasn’t too good to be true. When I read that last page, I was losing my mind and that’s pretty much why I was BEGGING for an ARC of this book (by the way, a HUGE thanks to HMH books for sending me this copy and saving my sanity!)
So, on that note (and as you can tell by the synopsis), Britta now has this strange connection with the king that no one can explain. She’s hiding it from Cohen, but the king himself knows. DRAMA ENSUES. Not to mention, everyone is in disarray and trying to track down the woman who had the king under her spell / thus controlling him from the first book. There are lots of plot twists and fun turns and wow, I was highly entertained. It was difficult to sit this book down.
Also, this one introduces new POVs and I enjoyed them all SO MUCH. I don’t want to give too much away since we’re still a ways away from the release date, but I was so pleasantly surprised.
I will say this. Those of you who are hoping to get to know the king, well, you will have your needs met. I LOVE HIM SO MUCH I CANNOT EXPRESS IT WITH WORDS PROPERLY. SMOL KING ALERT.
Alright, continuing on. I just adored Britta, and no, not just because her nickname is my nickname and we have the same hair color. She was fierce, believable, flawed, and truly a pleasure to have as a heroine. I loved watching her struggle with some emotional/moral conflicts.
Cohen, on the other hand, I went back and forth on. I found him a little lacking in the first book, but he surprised me in this one. To be completely honest, he drove me crazy for a good chunk of the book because of protective/overbearingness he has towards Britta, but without spoiling anything, I did appreciate his character arc, and by the end, he had grown on me a good bit. So while he’s not my favorite character, I appreciate him now that I’ve finished the book.
As far as the romance, I’m going nuts over here because I can’t say much without major spoilers (literally NOTHING) and I’m in agony since I can’t talk about it a;lksjfa;lksjfaldkjf
Ugh but I’m not sure how I feel about the end. On one hand, I think Erin made the right choice, and on the other, I’m… I can’t. I’ll get emotional. I can’t talk about it. Let’s just say I was surprised time and time again. I also had like 3 ships going at one time so don’t talk to me. Wait no, talk to me. if you’ve read it, PLEASE TALK TO ME.
I was worried about certain people being used as plot devices, but now that I know what I know, I’m feeling pretty good. I’m also SO EXCITED because there’s another book in this world and ERIN, GIRL, I AM SO READY FOR THIS.
If you’re looking for a well rounded story in a gorgeous fantasy setting with lots of emotional drama/conflict, this is for you. The writing was just lovely as always, and my gosh, buy yourself the hard covers because look at that design.
My advice is to savor the world, savor the characters, and come to me crying afterwards because I still need solace.
I’ll likely update this review once closer to the release date!