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, a legendary bounty hunter—that is, until her father is murdered. The alleged killer is none other than Cohen Mackay, 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 force to be reckoned with.
Britta lost her father and everything she had. As an illegitimate daughter, she is unable to inherit her father's estate, so as soon as her mourning is over, she will be on the streets. All she wants is to avenge her fathers death, but she is caught poaching and knows that brings a death sentence. Instead, she is asked to hunt down her father's murderer. She cannot believe her ears when she is told it is Cohen, her father's apprentice. She had loved Cohen, but he had left and never returned after promising to. She can't believe it, but there was evidence to prove his guilt. She sets out with guards to hunt him down, as she is the only one who can track him.
Along the way, she makes friends with one guard while the other just wants to hurt her. The Captain is ruthless in his treatment, but also fair. Cohen has other ideas though, and sneaks her right out from underneath their noses. At first she is angry, and just wants to capture him to take him in. But he convinces her he is innocent and was framed.
They travel to the next country over, to where her father died, to investigate. Along the way they find that there is more to Britta than anyone thought. Her mother was born there and they have.... magic. Magic that is outlawed at home. They find out that someone is controlling their king and that only magic can free him, so they travel home to try to save the day.
On a one to ten scale, I give this one a seven. I enjoyed the story, but it didn't grab me and make me keep reading til I couldn't stop. I would read a sequel, though, because I am very interested in what happens next!