Crystal Kingdom

Title: Crystal Kingdom
Author: Amanda Hocking
Series: The Kanin Chronicles, book 3/3
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, YA
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: August 4th, 2015




Note: This post reviews the third book of The Kanin Chronicles. You may like to read the first two books in the series, Frostfire and Ice Kissed, before reading this review. 

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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Ice Kissed


Title: Ice Kissed
Author: Amanda Hocking
Series: The Kanin Chronicles, book 2/3
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, YA
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: May 5th, 2015

Note: This post reviews the second book of The Kanin Chronicles. You may like to read the first book in the series, Frostfire, before reading this review. 

Additional note: Ice Kissed contains a descriptive love scene that I feel is pretty mature in its content. Just a heads up for the actual “young adults” this book is geared toward.When Queen Linnea appears to Bryn in a lysa, a projection that allows one troll to enter another troll’s thoughts through a vision, she asks Bryn to come find her. Bryn learns that the queen ran away from her own palace because she felt unsafe. When Bryn returns the queen to Storvatten, she senses the danger for herself. She catches Linnea’s personal guard in the act of trying to assassinate King Mikko, proving the Queen’s suspicions to be valid. As Bryn continues to look into the situation, she realizes that conspiracy is happening in Storvatten, and it involves members of the royal family.Just when Bryn finally figures out who is behind much of the conspiracy in Storvatten, she tries to tell King Evert immediately. But before she can, she is apprehended by the last person she thought would get in her way. Because she knows too much, Bryn is arrested.
 
This action-packed sequel was a good follow-up for Frostfire. Check out the third and final book of this series, Crystal Kingdom.

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Frostfire


Title: Frostfire
Author: Amanda Hocking
Series: The Kanin Chronicles, book 1/3
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, YA
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: January 6th, 2015


Set in modern-day Canada, Frostfire ushers us into the magical world of the Kanin – one of the five breeds of trolls. (Yes, this story is about trolls.) The five breeds of trolls are the Kanin, the Trylle, the Skojare, the Vittra, and the Omte, who are a more aggressive and less attractive form of trolls called, you guessed it, ogres.

Our story is told by Bryn Aven, a strong-willed 19-year-old tracker aspiring to become one of the Hogdragen (an elite guard that protects the Kanin kingdom).  Bryn has been sent on a mission to collect the person who is next in line to the Kanin throne, a changeling. While trying to get the changeling, Bryn has a run-in with the last person she ever thought to see – the exiled Konstantin Black.

When the King orders the trackers and the Hogdragen to pair up and collect all the changelings, Bryn and Ridley (her attractive boss) begin tracking a teenage changeling. Before they can locate her, she is already missing. They split up, Ridley finding only her body, and Bryn meeting Konstantin Black. Konstantin seems to warn her of something: he knows what is really going on. He leaves Bryn unharmed. Bryn and Ridley return home, feeling the shift that has begun in their relationship – both of them have feelings for each other that a tracker and her boss should not have.

When the Skojare Queen goes missing, King Evert sends Bryn and Ridley to Storvatten to locate the her and investigate the wealth of jewels in the Skojare tribe. Things in Storvatten seem enshrouded in mystery. Bryn and Ridley are prevented from investigating the situation too closely. When Konstantin shows up, yet again, it appears that he is more involved than ever. Bryn discovers that he is working for the most wanted man of all the Kanin – Victor Dalig.

This book kept my attention, with an interesting perspective on trolls, a nice amount of love interest, and plenty of action. I would recommend this series to fans of YA Fantasy.

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