Review: Crystal Kingdom by Amanda Hocking

Title: Crystal Kingdom (Kanin Chronicles #3)
Author: Amanda Hocking
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Date of Publication: August 1, 2015
Cast out by her kingdom and far from home, she is the Kanin people’s only hope. But Bryn Aven, unjustly charged with murder and treason, is on the run.
 
The one person who can help is her greatest enemy, the gorgeous and enigmatic Konstantin Black. Konstantin is her only ally against those who have infiltrated 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?
 
Nothing is as it seems, but one thing is certain: an epic battle is underway—and when it’s complete, nothing will ever be the same.
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Review
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Pan Macmillan Australia for the review copy. Having received one did not affect my views of the novel.

And that is how you end a series! I am mighty pleased to tell you that I enjoyed every single moment of Crystal Kingdom. While the ending to Ice Kissed made me want to read the finale right away, the size of the book didn’t. It was longer than the previous installments and I am known to shy away from those. But then I couldn’t not read it, after what happened in Ice Kissed.

So with Bryn on the run, she doesn’t have allies, or even an ally. Ridley is home, as well as Ember, and now, she’s at the mercy of her archenemy, Konstantin Black. I, for one, loved how we FINALLY got to know Konstantin in all his evasive and elusive glory. We get to know his motivations and the real story behind EVERYTHING. ANSWERS! WE HAVE ANSWERS!

I loved how easy it was with Bryn and Konstantin and you could totally see WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN but then we all know our girl is in love with another man. Ridley was tortured back at home and when he comes for Bryn, he’s distant and cold. Oh, poor bb, when he finally opened up to Bryn. I just want him to be better and with Bryn at his side, he did. And yoohoo, SEXY TIMES ARE AHEAD~

I didn’t even notice that the book was 400+ pages because DAMN, THAT PLOT. Basically, Amanda Hocking leaves us at the precipice of excitement FOREVER. She moves the plot this way and you think everything will happen now but NOPE, some other thing happens and you’re yet again on the edge of a cliff. I just gobbled up page after page after page of this book and I couldn’t get enough. Whether it was Bryn and Konstantin teaming up together, fighting off their enemies, getting help from the ogres and the other tribes, I’m always at the edge of my seat.

Like Ice Kissed, we get to see more tribes in Crystal Kingdom. While I haven’t read the Trylle series, it seems like characters from there made an appearance in here such as Queen Wendy. While I didn’t feel the need to read the Trylle series as the Kanin Chronicles stands well on its own, I am curious though about the Trylle and Wendy.

Amanda Hocking employed a new storytelling trick with Crystal Kingdom where we get to know what happens with the Kanin kingdom with Ember writing letters to Bryn that she never sends out. I like those reprieve from the actual conflict although it also brings in more tension because things were getting worse and there were deaths.

As all finales do, some characters you’d rather not die died and *wails in a corner*. I felt that it would happen and I’m not saying I’m surprised but when you invested ~emotions~ on a series and its characters, it’s never easy to see someone go.

What a fantastic end to a fantastic series! Action-packed, intriguing, and thrilling, Crystal Kingdom closed the story of the Kanin tribe in the eyes of our kickass heroine, Bryn. I know for sure that I will be reading more of Amanda Hocking’s books!

About Amanda Hocking
Amanda Hocking is the USA Today bestselling author of the Trylle trilogy and six additional self-published novels. After selling over a million copies of her books, primarily in eBook format, she is widely considered the exemplar of self-publishing success in the digital age.
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