Author: Amanda Hocking
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Genre: Teen, Fantasy
Release Date: January 6, 2015
Source: Publisher for Review
The first book in a magical new YA series from New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking that invites readers back to the beloved world of the Trylle.Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes. Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who's determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royalty. She's not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden. But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin– a fallen hero who she once loved – appears to be up to something dangerous, kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?
Now, I have heard mixed reviews on this one already. And it hasn't even hit shelves yet. Some people are saying that it's confusing and hard to understand if you haven't read the Trylle Trilogy. Some people are saying it's not confusing and stands apart from the Trylle Trilogy. Well, let me tell you, since I am a Hocking virgin (I know, there's that word again), this one is not confusing at all! I totally fell right into this amazing world of the Kanin, without the back story of the Trylle. Now it did reference the Trylle a few times, and when it did, it gave some back story into their world. I also believe you are re-introduced to two characters towards the end, and maybe in the middle. But there is nothing confusing about it.
I really enjoyed the change of pace. Most of the time with fantasy books, they mainly focus on the fey, but this one is about trolls. Most people picture trolls as ugly little fat things, but this is about everyday people that look like us and talk like us, just have different abilities than us. I also like the fact that their world is set inside our world, no hidden portals or anything of the like. The story also has a great backbone. I like the concept of the trackers and their role. The only thing that this is wavering on is the fact that this book seems to be turning more towards a love triangle. I'm not a huge fan of love triangles.
Bryn is the main character. It takes you on a span of 4 years at the beginning to get you into the back story of this great read. She admits to having feelings for her boss, Konstantin, who seems to be 10 years her senior (no big deal, my fiance is 12 years my senior). However, when he tries to do something unspeakable to her father, she turns those feelings off. Fast forward 4 years and now she has deep feelings for her new boss, Ridley. But when she sees Konstantin after all those years, those old feelings start to resurface. Hence the beginning of a love triangle.
This would have been a solid 5 star if it wasn't for the impending love triangle. However, this is a must read and I highly recommend this to anyone ages 14 and older due to some mild language.
Her New York Times best-selling series the Trylle Trilogy has been optioned for films. She has published fifteen novels, including the Hollows and the Watersong series. Frostfire - the first book in her newest trilogy, the Kanin Chronicles - will be out on January 6, 2015.