Crystal Kingdom (Kanin #3)
by Amanda Hocking
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…
Amanda Hocking lives in Minnesota, had never sold a book before April 2010 and has now sold her millionth. She is now ‘the most spectacular example of an author striking gold through ebooks’– Observer.
Amanda is a self-confessed ‘Obsessive Tweeter. John Hughes mourner. Batman
Please see more at http://www.worldofamandahocking.com
Like every Hocking book:
Crystal Kingdom is a brilliantly fast-paced and intriguing book. And like every great action/romance novel, it’s a short read that you won’t be able to put down.
In the first part of this book, I felt like the plot was going in circles. Bryn and Konstantin travel from one troll kingdom to the next with no real purpose except for asking for help. I mean, there had to be easier ways to do that. And when they got rejected or close to what they they were looking for, they’d just leave after a day or two. WOMAN, CAN YOU PLEASE EVALUATE YOUR OPTIONS BEFORE MAKING A SPONTANEOUS DECISION?! I guess the perk was seeing each kingdom’s traditions and how they differ from each other.
Then there’s that ‘love triangle’ which I didn’t classify as one because Konstantin wasn’t even competition in the first place. Plus, HE WAS HEAPS OLDER. In my opinion, that label was just a way to increase sales. Instead he was the older brother figure because OBVIOUSLY, Ridley was the one. IT WAS SO OBVIOUS.
Other than those minor frustrations, this book was action-packed and it fabulously built up to a thoroughly satisfying ending to the trilogy. Bryn is a kick-ass character who can fight her way through anything. I enjoyed how Hocking used her to break blonde stereotypes. Bad-ass blondie killing the bad guys – pretty cool, huh? Ridley is – as usual – a love interest who doesn’t get in the way of Bryn’s awesomeness. Kind of like how Jay-Z doesn’t get in the way of Beyonce’s. It’s a dynamic relationship and those are always one of the best kinds. Keep on ruling the world, Beyonce.
The Troll politics was also fascinating as usual and it was SO GOOD to see Wendy and Loki again. Loki was (of course!) beautiful.
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