One of my goals for 2015 is to get back to my roots and read more books. As the great Frederick Douglass said, ‘Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.’ Books are a passion – nay, an obsession of mine and always have been. I grew up in the library and my parents fostered my love of reading and learning. With books I have lived a thousand lives, found myself absorbed in different worlds, and learned immensely more than I could have otherwise. So put up your feet, grab a good paperback and let’s get reading!
‘Frostfire’ by Amanda Hocking caught me by surprise. It’s really good. Apparently this series is a spin off of another of her series, the Trylle trilogy (which I now have on hold at my local library.) It’s set in a world within our own, but these people are actually trolls, (but not the ugly kind), descended from Scandinavia and at home now in Canada and in northern areas of the United States of America. Our heroine is Bryn Aven, a tough independent nineteen year old, who doesn’t feel like she really belongs in the Kanin tribe, being half Skojare. There are six tribes of trolls, living separately- and they DO NOT intermarry. Her mother was disowned from the Skojare for marrying her father and they live in the Kanin tribe with her father who has been forgiven for marrying out of the tribe. Her heritage makes her stand out, and puts her at a disadvantage, but Bryn works twice as hard for what she wants — to be a top-ranking ‘tracker’ and eventually join the elite guard charged with protecting the city, the Högdragen.
Her main task as a tracker is to find and bring back ‘changlings’ – teenagers who were switched at birth with human babies born into wealthy families. In this way they take with them their trust funds and other assets and thus the tribe is monetarily boosted. As awful as that is, Bryn is fine with continuing the tradition because she understands it to be the tribe’s main source of income. There is one problem though- Konstantin, a fallen Högdragen hero she once admired has begun kidnapping changelings. Also, she’s falling for her boss – normally discouraged, but it could also get them banished from their tribe. What is a girl (troll) who just wants to succeed in her chosen career and kiss her boss to do?
Amanda Hocking has created a world in a world that blurs the lines between the real world and the imaginative one. The creation of the “what if” made the story that much more interesting. The ‘romance’ was well written, and each of the characters had some depth to a certain extent. I’m sure reading this book before her first series in this world will be strange, but it stood on it’s own.
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