Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Review: Frostfire [Kanin Chronicles #1] by Amanda Hocking

Title: Frostfire
Author: Amanda Hocking
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Genre: Fantasy
Series: Kanin Chronicles #1
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Tor UK
Publication Date: 15th January 2015
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
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?
My Thoughts
When I received an email regarding my interest in reading Frostfire I did not hesitate in saying yes. I love the world Amanda has created and was looking forward to visiting it again, but also get to know a whole cast of characters.

Frostfire is focused on the world of the Kanin, the home of Bryn, the protagonist in the story. Bryn is a half breed, her Mother is Skojare while her Dad is Kanin, this alone makes her stand out among her peers. Bryn is determined to prove herself, and is one of the best trackers the Kanin have, but Bryn's dream is to become one of the elite Högdragen, like Konstantin Black. That is until he attempts to murder her Dad and herself, and while becoming one of the Högdragen is still Bryn's dream, she no longer looks up to Konstantin

Frostfire was a book I really looked forward to reading, getting to see new tribes and how they work to survive. Through Bryn's eyes we learn more about their jobs, their way of life, and see what Konstantin did to betray his people. We also see the bad things about this new tribe, how some things they do don't work by following protocols that aren't really protecting anyone.

Bryn is a strong willed, determined character, and not only is she stunning (just look at the cover) she works as hard as she can and takes pride in her job role. There were times where she was rude to friends or family, but given the stress she was under at the time it's understandable to lash out at those close to us.

Frostfire was a book I read at every opportunity I could, I love how it interweaves with the Trylle series, but can also stand alone on its own without having to have read the Trylle series. Parts of the journey that Bryn takes were fast paced and frantic, but that only added to the scene at the time, however I felt a few parts felt a bit too rushed, especially leading towards the end of the book. The ending itself was anticlimactic for me. After the search, the missions, the build up to what I thought was going to be an epic finale, I did feel slightly cheated, I felt like it wasn't really resolved and it was over far too easily and quickly. That being said I did like the way it added a few new twists to the plot as an entire series, and how it left off ready to be picked up in the next installment.

Final Verdict
Frostfire is a great start to a promising new series from Amanda, it was genuinely a great read with action and forbidden romance. The plot itself kept me entertained and needing to know more, I just wasn't completely convinced with the ending.

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