Format: E-Galley, 432 pages
Release Date: August 4, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Cast out by her kingdom and far from home, she's the Kanin people's only hope.
Bryn Aven - unjustly charged with murder and treason - is on the run. The one person who can help is her greatest enemy, the enigmatic Konstantin Black. Konstantin is her only ally against those who have taken over her kingdom and threaten to destroy everything she holds dear. But can she trust him?
As Bryn fights to clear her name, the Kanin rulers’ darkest secrets are coming to light… and now the entire troll world is on the brink of war. Will it tear Bryn from Ridley Dresden, the only guy she’s ever loved? And can she join forces with Finn Holmes and the Trylle kingdom? One thing is certain: an epic battle is underway—and when it’s complete, nothing will ever be the same…
Crystal Kingdom is the final installment in the Kanin Chronicles, and things are about to really heat up, and become more intense for protagonist, Bryn Aven. Having been declared a traitor and murderer by her own leaders, Bryn is on the run. She needs time to uncover the final piece of the mystery as to who is ultimately behind everything that has been happening to her, her friends, and her allies in Skojare. If you are looking for a time line update, Crystal Kingdom picks up exactly where Ice Kissed left off with Bryn being asked to make a choice to work with someone she has hated for years, Konstantin Black.
Had it not been for chapter 26's glaring editing and grammatical butchery that turned words into entirely different words that made no sense, this book would have been a full a whole lot better. As it is, I did enjoy this book more than the previous books. I enjoyed watching Bryn discover new allies in the Omte, and negotiating with Queen Wendy of the Trylle for help defeating the Kanin enemies. I enjoyed that Bryn does have friends like Ember and Tilda, and allies like Ridley that she can rely on, and yes, that does include a rather interesting relationship with Konstantin who has been given a raw deal from the very beginning.
I loved how things were tied up nicely without dragging things on, and on, and on. I loved how Bryn really stands up and takes down those who are a threat to her home. Sure she gets hurt a whole lot, again. But she also dishes out what she takes. I loved Bryn and Konstantin together as friends, allies, and yeah, I wouldn't have been displeased with a bit of romance had it taken place. I'm sad that the author kind of showed her cards in who ends up dying in the end. Perhaps there could have been a better way to play that out, especially since this poor character never truly got a chance at the happiness she found.
Now that this series has been tied up, I wonder if Hocking will explore the Skojare further or maybe the Omte? I mean she went from the Trylle to the Kanin, right? Please don't pick up this book before reading Frostfire and Ice Kissed first. Otherwise, you will be missing a huge part of the background. You will miss why Bryn is so straight forward in what she wants out of life. I truly felt sorry for Bryn over the course of this trilogy. She was a lowly tracker, one of the lowest caste of the Kanin, but still wanted to serve her King.
She was treated badly for being blonde haired and blue eyes, and a half breed. She was put into a situation with her own boss of having to walk away from her career, or find love, finally. She has a friend who finds love, and stands up for her Kingdom, rather than running away. In the end, my favorite characters have to be Ember, and Konstantin. After reading this book, you will find out why.
**I received this book for free from (Publisher) via (NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**