Published: January 6th 2015 by St. Martin 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?
So, I recently created a jar in which I put all the titles of books that I own into so that I didn’t have to decide what to read next – because we all know how indecisive I can be sometimes. This is a book that I have had on my shelf for a long while now, so I am glad that it was the first book that I picked out! However, having said that, I was somewhat disappointed with the way this book turned out.
I loved Bryn as a character. She is strong, she doesn’t take anything from anyone (not even her parents) and she has no issues being fierce. She does have character flaws, which make her relatable, but as a whole, she was a great character.
I also really enjoyed Ridley’s character. We see more and more depth to him emerge as the book continues on and we find out more about him and his past. I liked the way his character developed throughout and I am looking forward to seeing the way that his character develops as the series continues. He has many flaws in a lot of areas, but he definitely tries to do the right thing, even if he doesn’t always get it right.
I would have liked to have seen more of Konstantin. We see him briefly at the beginning as he sets certain events into motion and after that we only see him a handful of times. I feel like this book needed more information to be revealed on him as to why he was doing certain things and what exactly he is all about because he is such a huge player within this series.
This book did feel dragged out. I think it needed more information on Konstantin and the events that were going on for it to not feel as long and dragged out as it did. The pacing felt a bit off, which also didn’t help with the dragged out feeling.
I also wasn’t feeling it with the romance. I did not ship the ship that was trying to sail and I honestly believe that Bryn will end up with someone else. I’m sorry if this sounds a little vague, but I don’t want to give away too many spoilers for people who want to read this series, but haven’t yet. I have a theory with who she will end up with in the end and I am looking forward to seeing how it all pans out.
All in all, whilst I mostly enjoyed this book, I do feel like there were certain aspects that needed to be worked on. I am definitely looking forward to seeing how this series pans out. I gave this book 3/5 stars.