This is the stunning first installment in a tale of love, betrayal and the need to belong. Here Amanda Hocking returns to the world of her million-copy bestselling Trylle trilogy, with an all-new series ...
Will she give up her dream to follow her heart?
Bryn Aven is determined to gain status amongst the Kanin, the most powerful of the hidden tribes. But as a half-blood, winning respect is a huge challenge. Bryn's almost-human community distrusts people, and those from other tribes are almost as suspect.
She has just one goal to get ahead: to join the elite guard protecting the Kanin royal family. And Bryn's vowed that nothing will stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss, Ridley Dresden.
But her plans are put on hold when fallen hero Konstantin starts acting dangerously. Bryn loved him once, but now he's kidnapping Kanin children - stealing them from hidden placements within human families. She's sent to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
If you haven’t yet treated yourself to Amanda Hocking’s modern-day world of paranormal romance, this is the perfect jumping-on point. Skilled tracker and outsider Bryn Aven is our guide to the mythical creatures living alongside us—her job is to retrieve changelings from their unsuspecting human foster parents as soon as they turn 18. The tribes of trolls and hobgoblins she represents might wield swords, but they’re all too comfortable with 21st-century life. Expect forbidden love, mystifying betrayal, and the frustrations of hidebound politics.
Returning to the troll world of her Trylle trilogy, Hocking explores another tribe of trolls in this first book in the Kanin Chronicles. Bryn Aven is a tracker who recovers changelings (Kanin children reared by humans) once they reach adulthood. An outsider in appearance and powers, Bryn straddles the line between Kanin and the Skojare, her mother's defected tribe. When changelings are threatened by Konstantin Black, a sworn enemy of the Kanin, Bryn weighs her devotion to her father, who was attacked by Black, against her growing conviction that Black is merely a pawn. In addition to tribe rivalries and changeling abductions, Hocking brews sexual tension between Bryn and her boss, Ridley, while introducing secondary plots: a pregnant friend, a mother who doesn't approve of Bryn's job, and Bryn's growing distrust of the royals she is sworn to protect. Those unfamiliar with Hocking's Trylle novels may find the boundary between the human and troll worlds difficult to discern, but the novel's lingering questions and the author's knack for cliffhangers are reason enough to anticipate the next installment. Ages 12 up.
Frost fire left me cold
What a let-down. 700 pages with a ‘nothing’ ending. I don’t know anything and I’m not about to pay for the second instalment in the trilogy in case it too ends in the middle of the story. It wasn’t even a cliffhanger - stopping the story there doesn’t make any sense.