Series: Clash of Kingdoms #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publication Date: December 27, 2016
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Synopsis: 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.
Unfortunately, I didn’t end up liking this book overall – which was quite disappointing because I was really looking forward to reading it.
My biggest problem was that this book was just so generic. I read a lot of YA fantasy and honestly, there was nothing new in this book. It features a girl who has a special power (she has no idea that she has the power of course) and she must use that power to help save her kingdom. And of course there was also an angsty romance. In addition, the world seemed so two-dimensional. There wasn’t enough world building to satisfy me. Most of the characters were two-dimensional as well – I didn’t 100% connect with any of them. The one I came closest to connecting with was Enat.
Going back to that angsty romance, I really wasn’t feeling the relationship between Britta and Cohen. I really didn’t think they had that much chemistry. It was more like, Cohen was the only male (other than Britta’s father) who had been nice to her so she fell for him. *swoon* …. not.
The reason why this wasn’t a 1 star book for me was that I did like Enat and also Britta’s relationship with her.
Bottom Line: If you’re not a frequent reader of fantasy and/or you enjoy simpler fantasy worlds and stories, then this might be the book for you. If you’re like me and are looking for more unique fantasy reads, you might want to pass on this one.