Crystal Kingdom (Kanin Chronicles #3) by Amana Hocking
Published: August 4th 2015 by St. Martin’s Press
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The kingdom she loves has turned against her. Can she save it before it’s too late?
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 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 Holms and the Trylle kingdom? Nothing is as it seems, but one thing is certain: an epic battle is under way—and when it’s over, nothing will ever be the same…
I have to say I enjoyed this book immensely more than the second book. This one for one actually had a plot that advanced very quickly and there was hardly any grammatical errors. The plot itself while not spectacular was just alright, but 8 times better than the second book.
This book basically starts off right where the second book ended. Konstantin shows up where Bryn is hiding and he offers her friendship. They go off to try to get support for their cause and to try to clear Bryn’s name. For the most part, I don’t see why Konstantin is always trying to help out Bryn when she doesn’t even appreciate everything he did and just questioned every single motive.
Byrn still annoyed me in this book, but I am very happy that Konstantin is there to basically slap some sense into her. Every time she demanded something “for the good of the people”, he was there to remind her that this was a war and one person can’t come before the good of the many. It also annoyed me that she was ok if the war was happening anywhere except Doldastam, but as soon as it was suggested to bring it to them everyone there was an innocent bystander and shouldn’t be brought into the war. I think she is seriously missing what the idea of a war is.
The addition of Konstantin helped a lot in the book. He just added something that was missing from the first two books. It also seems as if he is the most flushed out character for one that just became one of the cast. One aspect I did not like was the addition of a love triangle between him, Bryn, and Ridley. Thankfully though the love triangle was a little more one sided until the end (but I won’t spoil it for you).
If you could just read the first book and this one, I think for the most part you will enjoy the series. If of course you can ignore all the parts where the author says that a character does something because they are a troll and it’s the troll thing to do. Overall, I give this trilogy a 3 out of 5 stars (the second book really dragged it down for me).