I actually enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would! I liked the Trylle trilogy, but I only gave the books three stars each. I don't know if my tastes have changed or if this book was just awesomer than the Trylle trilogy!
This spin-off series focuses on Bryn who is part of the Kanin troll tribe. Bryn is an outcast in the tribe due to the fact that she is only half Kanin, a fact that is obvious thanks to her blond. She dreams of being a part of the King's Guard and does her best to prove herself to everyone that she is Kanin. When young changelings, about to be taken back to their Kanin families, keep getting kidnapped, things take a turn for the worse. It doesn't help that the man kidnapping them once tried to kill Bryn's father and was once Bryn's idol.
I really liked seeing the world from the Trylle trilogy expanded from just seeing the trylles. In this book, we get more insight on the other tribes, not just the Kanin tribe. It really goes without saying, that Amanda Hocking really knows how to create a world! Not only is the idea of the different troll tribes done brilliantly (and I applaud the originality!), but we also get a complete backstory and history.
Also, characters of the trylle trilogy sneak in from time to time! Not enough to confuse those who have not read the other series, but still enough to make past fans happy!
Our main character, Bryn, is definitely a strong character! Obviously, as she is a tracker and dreams of being part of the Guard, both of which takes strength! She does have her moments when she may not make the smartest decisions, but she still shows strength. And she also obviously works very hard and is good at what she does!
I have mixed feelings on the romance. The romance between Bryn and Ridley was there, but it wasn't a big romance. They shared a kiss and there was feelings, but they didn't become a couple. Big reason: Ridley has a girlfriend. The fact that there was cheating irritated me. I'm also worried that there might be a love triangle eventually.
This is a great start to a new series! If you're a fan of the Trylle trilogy, you definitely want to pick this one up! Even if you haven't read the Trylle trilogy, you can still enjoy this book! I admit, most of this book leads into the next books and the romance is kind of meh, but this book was still very entertaining! I'm quite glad that there isn't a long wait for the next one!