Amanda Hocking returns to the same world that her bestselling Trylle trilogy was set in with Frostfire, Book 1 in the Kanin Chronicles. Bryn Aven is a tracker, and determined to go as high as she can amongst the Kanin. But Bryn is only half Kanin, and struggles to find acceptance and respect amongst her own people.
When her childhood hero Konstantin, who hurt her father years earlier shows back up and starts kidnapping Kanin children, things get even more complicated. Suddenly Bryn isn’t sure who to trust. She should hate Konstantin, but she feels like there is more to the story than meets the eye, and sets out to discover the truth. No matter what the cost.
Hocking’s Frostfire is everything you expect from the author – powerful characters, incredible setting, and writing that pulls you in, making it impossible to put the book down. I loved Bryn’s character – she’s strong, kick-ass, but still flawed and easy to relate to. Her romantic relationship with her boss isn’t central to the character but instead shows the reader more depth. Add that with her complicated feelings for Konstantin and we have a novel that is built on its relationships and characters (instead of relying on fantasy tropes).
In terms of plot, Frostfire is packed full with action, and reads more like a mystery novel than a fantasy one at times. Hocking masterfully weaves in bits of information, but never enough for us to completely guess the outcome. Speaking of, we don’t actually get to the bottom of the mystery in Frostfire. I suppose that what books two and three are for, but I can’t help but feel impatient to read the next one to find out more!
If you are a Amanda Hocking fan, you’ll love Frostfire. If you are not, you don’t need to have read any of the Trylle books. This series stands on its own feet so far, and I highly recommend picking it up.