Ever the Brave

Ever the Brave

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With King Aodren insisting on making her a noblewoman in exchange for saving him, Britta reluctantly agrees, but she soon is tasked with rescuing the kingdom once more from an enemy that has Channeler powers like herself.
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2017.
ISBN: 9780544664463
Characteristics: 456 pages : map ; 21 cm.
Summary: With King Aodren insisting on making her a noblewoman in exchange for saving him, Britta reluctantly agrees, but she soon is tasked with rescuing the kingdom once more from an enemy that has Channeler powers like herself.

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Ever The Brave, By Erin Summerill, is the second book of the ‘Clash of Kingdoms” series. Just as captivating as the first novel, it brings readers on an adventure in a historical, faraway land, full of love, mystery, betrayals and revelations. It would be a good idea to read the first book of this series, Ever The Hunted, to learn more about the characters and storyline, before reading this novel.
Britta, the heroine from Ever The Hunted, returns, soon after rescuing King Aodren with her newly discovered magical powers, known as “Channeler” power. But rescuing the king was a big mistake, as it creates a magic bond between Britta and the King, severing her bond with the person she really loves, the travelling bounty hunter, Cohen. With her newfound powers come new enemies, as a returning foe and accomplices stage an attack on the king, causing widespread betrayals and mistrust. But the biggest betrayal of all, is when the truth about Britta’s mother is brought to light.
One of the likeable things about this book, is how it is very historically accurate to the medieval times, with things like fiefs, which are large plots of land given to powerful nobles who fought for the king, and the lifestyles people lived, from the poorest peasant, to the king himself.
There are several complex story elements in this story, such as conflict. This is a big one in this story, as there is so much of it. For example, there is Britta, in conflict with the identity of her mother, and the new powers she has, and her connection with the king, but her love for Cohen. Also, throughout the whole story, there are several conflicts between large amounts if people, like between class-conflict between rich and poor, or the conflict between those with the Channler powers, and those without these powers, who think they are witches.
To conclude, I would recommend this novel for people who enjoy adventure and books that take place in the past. This book is very good, and I would definitely read the whole series!
(Reviewed by Amanda M. for the CloverdaleTeenBookReviewProject)

Ever the Brave was captivating, full of excitement, the characters were dynamic and kept me wondering what was going to happen next.
Lord Jamis and Phelia had been working together to over through King Aodren, to allow channelers to have the freedom to live in peace. This all started because of Aodren’s father and his purge proclamation against channelers 18 years ago. Channeler girls were being taken from Shaerdan, leaving the Malamian kingdom to be blamed for their disappearances. With channeler girls going missing and the blame placed on Malam, the promise of a war between Malam and Shaerdan was on the rise. To avoid such a disastrous conflict between both lands, Cohen, Britta, Finn, Lirra and King Aodren had to find the girls in time.
The characters within the book were easily seen for who they truly were, whether an ally to the King’s cause or an enemy. With Britta’s spiriter ability to be able to tell if someone is speaking the truth or not made it a little easier to know who should be trusted. Having Britta find out the truth about her mother and where she comes from, helped her to decide what it is she wanted to do with her powers and how to use it. After becoming a member of the Channelers Guild, Britta was able to see her purpose and understand what she wanted for her life and the lives of those just like her who have been prosecuted for being born with channeler abilities.
The imagery within the book allowed me to understand the setting in which the story takes place. The wintry setting of the mountains and woods surrounding the city of Malam, helped me understand some of the challenges faced by the characters as they race to defeat Lord Jamis and Phelia.
If you enjoy a bit of romance, thrill with some amount of supernatural ability, this book would be perfect for you.
Reviewed by N.B. for the Cloverdale Teen Book Review Project

MelifluousView Dec 23, 2017

Told from the perspectives of Britta, Cohen, and Aodren, the book was easy to get into, and I liked all three characters. The split viewpoints meant less depth of character, so it wasn't as good as Ever the Hunted. But overall, it was a fun conclusion to Britta's story.

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