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Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Drinking game: take a shot every time I say “love triangle” in this review. You’ll be hammered in no time.
Ever the Brave was such a wonderful surprise to come in the post. You see, I’d been looking forward to the release on 5th December, only to find out that Amazon had messed up (again, Amazon, what you on?) and being told that it actually comes out later in the UK. I was told it came out after Christmas, so it was lovely having this beauty in my hands early.
And it definitely doesn’t disappoint.
I’m going to admit that it did take me a good few chapters to get back into the characters and their world. I’m not sure if that’s the book or me, because I had literally just finished another book before reading this, so perhaps it was just too jarring for me.
The story picks up with Cohen off doing his bounty hunter thing, chasing down the Spiriter who controlled the King in book one, and Britta trying to adjust to her new connection to King Aodren (whose name I still cannot pronounce and usually just skip over).
Ever the Brave is told in three POVs; Britta, Cohen, and King Aodren. While I did definitely prefer it when Britta or Cohen were narrating, I feel like Aodren’s chapters did, for the most part, help the book out and provide another layer to the story.
Now, given the ending of Ever the Hunted, it’s pretty obvious that Ever the Brave is going to feature a love triangle, right? Yeah, so I expected that, but I’m still quite disappointed with it because I thought it was really obvious that Britta only had platonic feelings for one of the guys, but it was still made out to be a big thing.
I literally do not know why we still have love triangles. Love triangles are done, over, used up. I’ve never met a reader who’s said “You know what I love? Love triangles.”
Maybe I would have liked this love triangle more had I liked Aodren more, but I felt like he was quite flat. I did start to warm to him towards the end of the book, by which time it’s a bit too late because the freaking series is finished, but that’s my problem.
And also because this series is, in fact, a duology, and I don’t really understand why there would be a love triangle introduced in the second book. It’s just a bit disappointing for me.
So all in all, despite that freaking love triangle, Ever the Brave is a worthy second book. Fast pacing, rich world building, and a neat little ending that has you sighing. I would love to see a little Britta/Cohen short story in the future, but I am definitely looking forward to reading more of Erin’s work.