Amanda Hocking on Frostfire

Fantasy author Amanda Hocking tells us all about Frostfire, the first book in the Kanin Chronicles trilogy. 

For all those who adored Switched and Amanda Hocking's Trylle series, it has been so exciting to see her return to this world with the all-new adventure Frostfire – the first in the Kanin Chronicles trilogy. Bryn Aven is a worthy heroine, as we find out if she'll give up her dream to follow her heart! 

Now, for those of you that may have questions about the new book, Amanda Hocking is here to answer them. 

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Is this a spin-off from the Trylle series?

Yes, it is, in the sense that it takes place in the same world that Trylle did. A few characters from the Trylle do appear in the Kanin series, and Ember Holmes (Finn's younger sister) is featured prominently throughout the books. This series takes place four years after the events in Ascend, which has given the characters from the Trylle some time to grow and change.


Do I need to have read the Trylle books to understand what happens in the Kanin Chronicles?

No, you do not. I wrote it with the goal of it being accessible to both old and new fans. With that said, there are a few allusions to past books and events that fans of the Trylle will enjoy, but nothing that will keep new readers from understanding what's happening.


Why did you want to revisit the world?

I loved creating the world of the Trylle, but Wendy's story only showed the tip of the iceberg. I knew that I wanted to write a complimentary tale from the eyes of someone who'd grown up in the world and knew it inside and out and could really showcase everything that's going on the troll world. Originally, I envisioned possibly writing the books from Ember's point of view, but eventually I realized that I wanted to start with a brand-new character, who became Bryn Aven. Bryn is fierce and tough, and she won't take crap from anybody, and I absolutely adored writing her and how she tackles the obstacles in her way.


Why is the girl on the cover blond? Is that Bryn Aven? But trolls don't have blond hair?

That is Bryn Aven, and she is blond. The Trylle books really only focuses on the appearances of two tribes - the Trylle and the Vittra. In the Kanin Chronicles, readers will learn that there's so much more to the troll world than just those two.


Is Ridley Dresden named after famed director Ridley Scott, who you frequently reference in your books because Alien, Blade Runner, and Legend are masterpieces?

Yes. Yes, he is.


What about the Trylle movie? Is there any new news on that?

Unfortunately, I don't have any new news to share with you. The movie company still has the rights optioned, which is a good sign, but I don't have anything new to add. For previous updates, you can check out this blog: here.


It's great that you're working on this series, but what about 'INSERT BOOK HERE'?! When will that come out?

For that I would refer you to this blog: Ideas vs Things, where I explain why I don't talk about projects in process, and also to my FAQs, which I do update when I ever have new info to share with you.


by Amanda Hocking

Book cover for Frostfire

Frostfire by Amanda Hocking is the stunning first instalment in a tale of love, betrayal and the need to belong, the Kanin Chronicles.

Bryn Aven is determined to gain status amongst the Kanin, the most powerful of the hidden tribes. But as a half-blood, winning respect is a huge challenge. Bryn's almost-human community distrusts people, and those from other tribes are almost as suspect.

She has just one goal to get ahead: to join the elite guard protecting the Kanin royal family. And Bryn's vowed that nothing will stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss, Ridley Dresden . . .