The Kanin Chronicles

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Tracker Bryn Aven's goal of becoming a member of the elite King's Guard is threatened when she is sent to stop Konstantin, a fallen hero who she once secretly loved, who appears to be kidnapping changelings.
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Jun 21, 2016

Frostfire was amazing and ended in a very unexpected way!

Jan 19, 2016

The land of trolls has a new story, and it's not with the Trylle.
Bryn has had a tough life; both Kanin and Skojare, unable to get the abilities from either and forever sticking out like a sore thumb with her pale skin, blond hair and blue eyes. Living with the ingrained prejudice and disgust of the Kanin would be hard enough without trying to make it into the most elite and coveted position in her society apart from being royalty. The Hogdragen. Better than trackers, harder than being a guard, it's a highly respectable position and Bryn won't let anything stand in her way of it. She will work for it on her own, and will do anything to secure her place among the Hogdragen- even if it means pushing away the guy she's falling for.
She's already on her way, being the 3rd best tracker the Kanin have, not losing a single changeling in the 12 missions she's been on. But when she runs into the traitor Konstantin Black during a mission, who's intent seems to be kidnapping her charge, Bryn's life changes irreversibly. He tried to murder her father. He gave her a permanent scar. And he's been missing for four years. But despite the deep urge and need to kill him and take her revenge, Bryn feels like she's missing the bigger picture. Why does Konstantin seem to be wherever she is? Why is he coming out of hiding now, and what is his purpose in taking changelings? Finally, why does it feel like he regretted his and couldn't stop himself in the assassination attempt against the Chancellor, instead of mentally snapping like everyone says? As she tries the navigate the stress of her job, the confusion surrounding Black, and the feelings she's not ready to admit she has for her very forbidden boss, Bryn is beginning her journey; but where will it lead her?
I got to say, even though the only mentions of Loki and Wendy were off-hand and barely there (which I was pretty saddened by, I want them to make an actual, face-to-face appearance with Bryn!) many of our beloved characters from the Trylle have been introduced, such as Tove, Bain, Finn and Ember (who I forgot moved to Kanin with her family at the end of the last one. It's really neat to see her grow up some more and be friends with Bryn)! I loved these moments and though I didn't read the other series too long ago, I still felt deep nostalgia.

Jul 16, 2015

I thought this book was great! Looking forward to reading the next two in the series. I also love the names they use! :D

Bryn is strong, ambitious, and smart. Living in Kanin, where she was subjected to prejudices her entire life, she fought her way up through the ranks to become one of the best Trackers in. Thoughts that this is just another one of those teen novels where a non-human is sent to a human high school are quickly dashed as readers are quickly pulled into a world of ice, secrets, romance, and trolls.

Bryn’s father was attacked and almost killed by an elite member of the royal guard, Konstantin Black. Years later, while on a mission to bring back a changeling, Bryn encounters Konstantin Black again as he is trying to kidnap the changeling. What was he doing there? Is he after the other changelings? Is he really as evil as Bryn first believed?

What I liked about this book:

- Hocking does a really great job at setting up her world. There’s a lot of Canada going on and the frozen-over city has a magical, yet familiar feel to it.
- The romance. It’s forbidden, how could I not love it?
- I enjoyed that Konstantin's motives were unknown
- How Bryn deals with the prejudice around her.
- That she's fierce. Bryn knows her own mind and trusts herself.
- Bryn makes mistakes and owns up to them.

Some readers will already be familiar with Amanda Hocking and this world from her Tryll series. This is a great companion series and you won’t have to wait long for the sequel, Ice Kissed, which comes out May 2015.

If you like strong female characters and fantasy, like in Kristin Cashore's Graceling or Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games, chances are you will enjoy getting to know Bryn in Frostfire.

Mar 10, 2015

This is a story about an evil parasitic society of Trolls who replace human infants of wealthy families with Troll ones (they look human) then reclaim them when they're 18 to acquire trust fund money, and this is the primary basis for their economy.

One would think the changelings might have issue with this, but apparently mind control is an option.

I'm not sure if this is brilliantly or terribly written.

There is such a mundanity to the perspective of the protagonist.

She's a Tracker; one of the people who goes to collect the changelings.

Her focus is her career, and coping with feelings about her boss, and avenging an attempt on her fathers life.

The elephant in the room is occasionally addressed, but I'm not yet sure if it's foreshadowing or hand waving.

It's meant to be part of a trilogy and ends abruptly with nothing resolved.

The 3 I give is under the assumption it is foreshadowing.

At the very least this is fascinating.

Jan 20, 2015

Fast-paced with a kick-ass heroine and wonderful world setting!


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