Published by: St. Martin's Press
Released: January 6, 2015
Format: Paperback, 321 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
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 royal family. 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 she once loved – begins kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?
Frostfire is the first installment in the Kanin Chronicles by author Amanda Hocking. Hocking previously wrote about a separate troll tribe called the Trylle, set in the same universe, which I have have not read. Frostfire is told in the first person narrative by 19-year old Bryn Aven, a member of the Kanin trackers. Bryn is half Skojare, half Kanin. She has always felt as though she was on the outside looking in regardless of how hard she's worked because of her physical appearance of being blond haired, and pale skinned, unlike the rest of the Kanin who are dark skinned and have abilities Bryn doesn't possess.
Bryn is very good at her job of tracking down changelings and bringing them home. In fact, she's got a perfect record of never returning home without completing her mission. Bryn's thirteenth job, however, is interrupted by the man who stabbed her father 4 years ago, and left Bryn's shoulder scarred; Konstantin Black. Bryn is obsessed with seeing Konstantin pay for what he did to her father. The appearance of Black, and the subsequent targeting of changelings, sends Bryn on a mission to stop him before anyone dies. But, Black's continue appearances where ever she goes, causes Bryn to pause and attempt to discover what is really happening.
Bryn is a character that I had reservations about at first. Friends told me that she was this fantastic heroine and kicked ass and took names. Perhaps I missed something important while reading this book. There were a few interesting scenes between Bryn and Black, as well as between Bryn and her boss Ridley Dresden who is supposed to be the forbidden romance. I'm really curious as to why Black is so enamored with her. Perhaps guilty conscious? Perhaps like Ridley, he harbors a bit of romantic interest in her.
I did like the fact that Bryn is driven to be the best she can be and doesn't back down to anyone, including the King and Queen or a Prince from another Kingdom. Bryn drives herself hard because she wants to become one of the Kings' elite Hogdragen. She drives herself hard because she wants to be considered a normal part of the Kanin society rather than an outcast. I did like the fact that Hocking has created a race of Trolls that is unlike anything seen before. Her trolls are based on Norse mythology and Scandinavian folklore, and she does spent a good deal of time telling the differences between tribes.
Obviously, since the publisher was so awesome in sharing copies of this book, and the sequel called Ice Kissed with me, I shall be continuing this story and hoping that I can guess as to the major mystery of the series. Hocking and I haven't had an easy relationship with her My Blood Approves series. Some of her stories are so far out there, they make me laugh hysterically. Hopefully, this series will continue to entertain me.
*The Kanin Chronicles is a young adult paranormal romance trilogy. It is a spin-off of the Trylle series and is set four years after the events of the final book in the series called Ascend.*
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