Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes.
Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who's determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royal family. She's not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden.
But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin– a fallen hero she once loved – begins kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?
I really liked seeing the world from the Trylle trilogy expanded. We get more insight on the other groups, not just the Kanin tribe. We get a complete backstory and history of this group and it was brilliantly done! Something new and creative. Plus you get to see some characters from the original Trylle trilogy peak in. Bryn an outcast in the tribe due to the fact that she is only half Kanin. She is a tracker but her her biggest desire is to become part of the King's Guard and does everything she can to prove herself to everyone that she is Kanin and that she is part of them and what she deserves to be part of the King's Guard. However, when young changelings who are about to be taken back to their Kanin families, keep getting kidnapped, things take a turn for the worse. Then Bryn finds out that the man kidnapping them once tried to kill Bryn's father and was once Bryn's idol.
Bryn bothered me... a lot. She is a great strong female character. We get to see all sorts of wonderful sides of Bryn as she is placed in different scenarios. She is strong, smart, and you get to see her make mistakes and she that she is "human." Relatable too, she even fights and argues with her parents even though she loves them to no end! However I wanted to slap her most of the time and thought she was being silly or ridiculous Quit fighting with your parents over stupid things, quit being silly in the romance department. GAH.
I enjoyed the romance but found it to be no surprise. It was typical. It did exactly overwhelm the story but still a pretty good part of it which I liked. There looks to be a bit of a love triangle but not 100% sure which I hope there is not, I wouldn't mind seeing it dragged out a bit either.
Overall this is a great start to this new spin off series and I definitely look forward to the next book. It also makes we want to go back and stinkin finish the Trylle series, even though I know what's going to happen!
Sexual Content: moderate (some kissing)
Violence: moderate (some fighting)