(The Kanin Chronicles #1)
- How beautiful is the cover of Frostfire?? I think I stared at it for about five minutes before starting the book. I love the wilderness with the snow, I wonder if it's a real place. The added border of the kingdom's gate works as well. This is a spin off series based on the original Tyrlle world. The female lead on the character is beautiful, even my brother stated so. She reminds me of a kickass combination of Goldilocks and Red Riding Hood with a sword. Let's just appreciate the cover before moving on..
- Bryn Aven is a half-blooded Kanin, she's half Skojare and half Kanin which are super complicated names. Kanin's only have tanned skin and are brunettes with supernatural powers. They're trolls, but in this series - they look more human. Her dream is to become a member of the King's elite guard, as of right now, she works as tracker for the kingdom - a guardian basically. However, not everyone takes her seriously, and she's unable to be respected by all. Her boss is Ridley Dresden, he's her best friend, but also a serial dater as well. In comes the entry of Konstantin Black - he's apparently a traitor who tried to kill Bryn's father years ago. He's what you would call a "fallen hero." Now, Bryn has the real chance to prove herself on her mission, that she is one of them and she's just as good, maybe even better.
- As I first started reading Frostfire, the beginning was a fantastic start to the series, but the plot did slow down.. a lot. I realized it is mainly a teaser of what is about to happen in the further series. There was action, and romance but it took time. It is a light, and easy read - I'm hoping it does get deeper in the trilogy. It did intrigued me enough to finish the novel, and I'm excited to know what happens next in the installment.
- Frostfire is an enjoyable read, and I did love the idea of the plot - the concept of trolls that the author Hocking used, it's original, and it works. I appreciated the background story indirectly as well, the magical world they lived in sounds fascinating. The female lead Bryn is an outcast, she's not accepted in the Kanin tribe; however, she has pledged herself to them. She will risk her life for her people and the kingdom. I had a love-hate relationship with her, I did like her character for the most part. I did liked her attitude towards her work and people; she is not afraid to stand up to the powerful king. Bryn does not make the best decisions at times, she has too much pride, but I also loved the fact that she realizes when she's wrong and apologizes afterwards.
- The romance was swoon worthy and steamy! I did like the sweet dialogue between Ridley and Bryn. I might be wrong about this since this is mainly a teaser to the actual plot, I could sense a real love triangle somewhere with Bryn, Ridley, and Konstantin. Bryn has no feelings for Konstantin as of right now, but I have a feeling they might come later in the second installment.. which I'm actually quite excited about. I actually liked both male leads, I'm still deciding who I liked more. There was a lack of development between some of the characters especially Bryn and Konstantin. I would have liked a more improved plot though, but I did enjoy this novel, the ending left me hanging, although, it's not quite a cliffhanger. I have so many questions left unanswered, and I do look forward to more of the author's work. If you like fantasy, this is something worthy trying. I would give Frostfire 3.5 butterflies.
Below are the next two beautiful covers in the series .. Ice Kissed is the next installment - releasing soon :) I quite like Crystal Kingdom's cover, she stands out in her white dress with the blue background.
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