Details of the Book
paperback ARC, 432 pages
Published by St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: August 3, 2015
Synopsis: Cast out by her kingdom and far from home, she's the Kanin people's only hope.
Bryn Aven - unjustly charged with murder and treason - is on the run. The one person who can help is her greatest enemy, the 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 Holmes and the Trylle kingdom? One thing is certain: an epic battle is underway—and when it’s complete, nothing will ever be the same…
The Crystal Kingdom carries pretty much all of the problems I had with the Frostfire and Ice Kissed. Except, I finally get the answers I've been looking for since book one. I was disappointed by some, in particular the details about what Konstantin had been doing throughout this trilogy and his reasons why. That being said, I did enjoy this book. There is a lot more action and drama that I think these books needed. At the end of the day, these books weren't for me but this one made me not regret reading them.
1) The purpose of everything that Bryn has been trying to accomplish finally comes to fruition. In the first two books I was found myself asking what the point of all of this was, and I got my answers in this book.
2) The higher stakes really makes a difference. I enjoyed the action and suspenseful scenes. It made me feel like the characters weren't actually being overdramatic, a feeling I had through Frostfire and Ice Kissed.
3) I enjoyed all of the angst. As I said already, in Frostfire and in Ice Kissed I felt that the characters were being overdramatic and blew certain things out of proportion, the angst here was real and upsetting.
1) I expected more out of the story with Konstantin. I was pretty disappointed with his reasons behind all of his actions that we see in Frostfire and Ice Kissed. He went from being mysterious and interesting, to cliche and obvious. In FrostFire the reader is lead to believe that he has some divine purpose leading him through all of his actions, and yet it wasn't anything like that. I especially didn't like how his story ends. It was too easy for me.
2) I think Ridley needed to be more present. He was barely around in Ice Kissed and I think that his relationship with Bryn needed more time and space. Due to his lack of presence it didn't seem that there was much between him and Bryn anymore.
3) Once again, I have found that I could skip through pages of descriptions and not have missed out anything plot wise. I understand that Hocking wants to paint a clear picture in her readers' minds but there is something to be said about leaving some stuff to imagine ourselves.
4) The trolls have a few magical abilities that were not mentioned in the first two books. They made me blindsided and had me wondering why these abilities were not used or mentioned before.
1) "I kept the phone to my ear long after it had gone silent, as if I'd be able to hear him after he'd ended the call. Talking to Ridley had somehow left me feeling more heartbroken and yet rejuvenated all at once. I missed him so much, and I hated it that I couldn't be there with him and that I didn't know what he was going through."
2) "In the morning, I awoke to a little boy standing next to the bed, staring right at me. When I opened my eyes, there he was, and I almost screamed. Funny that after everything I'd seen lately, it was a two-year old boy that nearly gave me a heart attack."