Monday, 10 August 2015

Review: Crystal Kingdom [Kanin Chronicles #3] by Amanda Hocking

Title: Crystal Kingdom
Author: Amanda Hocking
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Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Series: Kanin Chronicles #3
Source: NetGalley
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: 4th August 2015
Rating: 5 stars

Tell Me About It
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…
My Thoughts
When I first began reading this series, The Kanin Chronicles, I had no idea how it would all play out, or how it would end. Each new book only brought with it a new question to be answered, a new puzzle to solve, and another life or death mission for Bryn.
Crystal Kingdom is everything i expected from this series and so much more. As the series has progressed the tone of the books has gotten darker, and it shows within the pages of Crystal Kingdom. with a war between tribes ever present, Bryn must do all she can to clear her name, but also strive to do her best to keep her family, her kingdom safe.

On the run, Bryn find herself in the company of an unlikely ally, Konstantin, Not only is he there to help Bryn, but he also wants to find a way for the truth to come out. The animosity between Bryn and Konstantin has been clear thought this series, but now Bryn has to trust him, to put her life into his hands, and hope and pray that he has good intentions and won't try to betray her or kill her. Every choice he makes she silently questions, wondering if this will be his last. Seeing this duo work through thier differences made for a tense read, every action Konstantin took I was worried it would be the one that ended Bryan's future. But eventually this duo managed to find a common ground.

So much happens within the pages of Crystal Kingdom that it's hard to try to put it all down on the a page, each new chapter only had me wanting to know more, worried over what would happen next. Crystal Kingdom has to be my favorite book out of this series. I love how we get to leave and explore the world Bryn lives in. Seeing other tribes and thier homes, learning about thier skills. I was even more excited to get to see Wendy and her new family again. The war, when it eventually came, was brutal and violent, and the loss of so many familiar faces did make me cry, but I thought the ending was a nice way to say goodbye to this series.

Final Verdict
Crystal Kingdom was an epic read that I wish I could read all over again. I did not want this series to end, but I did get the happy ending I wanted.

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