Additional note: Crystal Kingdom, like the book before it, contains a descriptive love scene that I feel is pretty mature in its description and content. Strong language is also used occasionally throughout the book. I say this as a heads up for the actual “young adults” this book is aimed toward.Bryn Aven is on the run. Risking everything, she goes to Forening, seeking an audience with the Queen of the Trylle. After hearing her out, the queen grants Bryn amnesty, for the time being. Bryn is forced to find more evidence that it truly is Mina behind everything happening in Doldastam. Desperate to uncover Mina’s past, Bryn decides to go back to the beginning, before Mina even became queen. She goes to Iskyla, the queen’s hometown. There, she finds Mina’s sister, and learns the shocking truth about her past. Now Bryn knows her history, her family, and the reasons behind Mina’s actions. The queen is out for revenge.When Mina declares war on the Skojare, the other tribes see for themselves what she is truly like. They realize they cannot sit by and let her massacre the Skojare. And so, the Trylle and the Vittra join Bryn and her friends, ready to make a stand against Mina. But this is just the beginning. Bryn knows that Mina has to be confronted once and for all. And now Bryn is not alone, but has entire tribes on her side. It is time to go to war against Doldastam – her own city – and give Mina what she has coming.
In this exciting finish, Hocking wraps up a lot of the conflict between the tribes of the trolls, conflict between Bryn and her people, and even conflict in Bryn’s own heart. These books have earned a place on my shelves. I know I will come back and reread them at some point, experiencing this fantastic world of the trolls all over again.
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