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Frostfire by Amanda Hocking

For those who love a great trilogy, there’s a new one on the horizon. Amanda Hocking, famous for her popular Trylle Trilogy, is back with a new series called The Kanin Chronicles. The first book releases January 6, 2015, and I was lucky to get my hands on an advanced copy of is potentially sure to become a new obsession of YA lovers. After the success of trilogies like The Twilight Saga and The Hunger Games, it’s the perfect time for something new to consume that genre of readers who crave a long saga of otherworldly drama.

One of the nice things about this new YA trilogy, is a central, strong, main lead. Bryn Aven is the daughter of the king's counsellor. But, she is also an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes. With wits and a keen sense of determination, she advances to join the league of trackers; her goal is to be a member of the elite King's Guard, whose only mission is to protect royalty.

Her boss is Ridley Dresden. Is there an attraction? Readers will have to figure that out for themselves, but whatever this is, it must wait...because there are changelings to save and the traitor Konstantin to find. But is Konstantin really the monster everyone portrays him to be? There are many uncertainties in Bryn's minds...yes, he stabbed her father and almost killed him, but he was also the hero she had admired growing up. I found it a bit unnerving with Bryn's indecisiveness in this matter. She seems like a level headed girl. But then, she's allover the place. At times, Frostfile does seem to have a bit of a here, there, and everywhere kind of plot line. But, remember, I am reading an advanced copy, and those kinks may be ironed out by the time the book is released. Also, perhaps because I did enjoy the book and Bryn as a heroine, I am trying to make excuses for the holes in her character. 

Another issue I had with the book was the use of the F-word...if my accounts are right, it happened just once. And, because of that, it seemed out of place and completely unnecessary in the context. I hope that in the final editing, the reference to the word is taken out, so that younger readers can also enjoy this thrilling trilogy. It's written in simple grammar, ensuring a crossover to younger and older fans (almost reminding me of the movie Frozen). It would be such a shame to have a censorship in place for Frostfire. 

The book lays the foundations of an intriguing Trilogy. The story of the kidnappings of the changelings in Frostfire is interesting. I have not read Amanda Hocking's earlier self-published YA Trylle trilogy, so I am unsure if she wrote about the common practices of the people of Trylle, including the swapping of human babies with Kanin ones, to ensure their survival. Amanda Hocking is no stranger to the YA world. So popular was her first series that it raised her instantly to YA stardom.

All in all, Frostfire is a great first instalment of the Kanin Chronicles, and even though trilogies are not really my thing, I eagerly await the next instalment of the series (although readers, must still wait for this first book, which isn't released until January 2015. 

Frostfire is published by St. Martin's Griffin, New York, and distributed in Canada by Raincoast Books.

Review by
@ShilpaRaikar for @SukasaReads (a division of @SukasaStyle)