I am in cover lust over this novel, that’s why I picked it up….plus I heard some good reviews about this book so I downloaded it before going on vacation.
It sounded like an interesting premise and an easy read so why not?
Bryn Aven is a tracker. Her job is to take and bring back changelings to Kanin.
She has always wanted to be a Hogdragen, an elite trained group of trackers and guards who serve the royals. Her father is the Chancellor of the Kanin people, who serves the King.
One night after her first duty as a tracker, Bryn and her father run into Konstantin Black, the youngest and most notorious Hogdragen serving the Queen.
Konstantin begs Bryn’s father to sign some papers briefly before returning home, Bryn says she will wait for him when she suddenly hears him cry out. She rushed into a room and sees Konstantin brutally attack and stab her father.
Before Bryn can stop him, Konstantin mutters an apology but he is bound by something higher than the kingdoms and that he must complete his mission. He flees and Bryn is left with her father who has sustained serious injuries. Luckily he survives and Bryn goes on to complete her tracker education.
Four years go by without any word from Konstantin. Bryn is out on a tracker assignment to a higher up changeling, Linus, who is next in long for the Kanin throne. While she is on the Linus assignment, she notices a car tailing him that is not part of her operation. She confronts the car and discovers Konstantin and his accomplice, Bent, also tracking Linus. After a brief altercation, Konstantin gets away.
Fearing the worst for Linus, she grabs him early and takes him back to Kanin where he will be returned safely to his biological family. But there are still a whole lot of unanswered questions and Bryn is far from getting the revenge she so desperately wants on Konstantin or will she lose something far more precious, like her heart?
This book was kind of a let down for me. I was expecting a little more adventure and high fantasy. It wasn’t that this book was bad per-se but it wasn’t what I was expecting either.
The author spent a lot of time world building and explaining how things worked in Kanin and how the changelings came to be, that I found myself wondering when we were going to actually get into the story. It was bogged down by a lot of details that weren’t necessary for me. After 35% of the way in, we were still just getting things going which for me is kind of a deal breaker….I want to get into the story right away.
I wasn’t entirely sure that I liked the whole ‘troll’ basis of the story. It sounded interesting at first but as I got into the story, I just wasn’t that into it. Some of the aspects of the trolls were cool but over all I was just kind of lukewarm about it.
I think what bothered me most was that Bryn’s character was a little flat for me. I just didn’t buy her as a strong leader. I just never really connected with her from the very beginning, which was disappointing.
I bought the first book based since I got an ARC for the second book, and again it sounded like a great series. But I am not sure that I am as into this series as I had hoped so I may decline the ARC review. I think there are plenty of other YA adventure series out there with more romance, high fantasy, strong heroines, and excitement to satisfy your YA needs…..for me, this just wasn’t one of them.
Kindle Edition, 336 pagesPublished January 6th 2015 by St. Martin’s Griffin
- Review copy provided by: Personal collection
This book counts toward: NA
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- Books for Challenge Completed: NA
Recommendation: 2.5 out of 5
Genre: YA, fantasy, magic, adventure, urban fantasy, paranormal
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