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Read a Kanin Prequel Novelette For Free!!!

June 24th, 2015 by
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Exciting news! A couple months ago, I wrote a prequel novelette to the Kanin Chronicles called “The King’s Games,” and now it’s available for FREE at Wattpad, for everyone to read. You can read it: here

Kings Game Cover
Here’s the official synopsis:

Set five years before the events in the Kanin Chronicles, Bryn Aven is struggling to find her place in the secret kingdom of the Kanin—a realm as beautiful as it is treacherous. Born of mixed heritage, fourteen-year-old Bryn has never felt like she completely belonged. Now, with the summer sun thawing the frozen province, the yearly King’s Games are about to begin, and an opportunity has arisen to squire for the popular guard, Konstantin Black. Now Bryn can prove herself and earn the respect she craves. With her best friend Tilda by her side, Bryn is more determined than ever to show the Kanin kingdom what she’s made of.

Here’s some questions you might have about “The King’s Games:”

What’s a “novelette?” It just refers to the length of the story. It’s longer than a short story, but shorter than a novel or a novella.

Will I be spoiled if I haven’t read any or only some of the Kanin Chronicles? No. Since it’s a prequel, there are no spoils for the Kanin Chronicles, or even for the Trylle series for that matter.

Where’s Ember? The story takes place in June of 2009, and Ember doesn’t move to the Kanin capital until February 2010 (after the events at the end of Ascend). So she’s just not there yet, but she will be.

Where’s Ridley? He’s only just retired from tracking, so he’s not able to participate in the King’s Games, and he hasn’t yet taken over the Rektor position. So he’s relaxing on the side.

Will this ever be available in print? Right now, I’m going to say no, it will not. But the upside is that it’s for FREE at Wattpad, and you can read it now.

For other fun stuff to go along with the release of “The King’s Games,” I also created a soundtrack for the novelette:


  1. Arctic Monkeys – “Do I Wanna Know?”
  2. Big Data – “Dangerous (feat. Joywave)”
  3. Daniel Johns – “Preach”
  4. The Echo-Friendly – “Same Mistakes”
  5. Echosmith – “Cool Kids”
  6. Emily Wells – “Becomes the Color”
  7. Florence + the Machine – “What Kind of Man”
  8. Lorde – “Ribs”
  9. Sia – “Free the Animals”
  10. Sufjan Stevens – “No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross”
  11. Tove Lo – “This Time Around”


You can also check out the Pinterest inspiration board I made for “The King’s Games.” It was fun, because I got to pick more summery images, and that was a nice change of pace after the snowy scenery of the rest the Kanin Chronicles. (Well, more Frostfire and Ice Kissed, because Crystal Kingdom definitely has changes in scenery).

Follow Amanda Hocking’s board The King’s Games on Pinterest.

So check out “The King’s Games” and I can’t wait to hear what you all think. It was a lot of fun to write, and it was great digging more into Bryn’s past and what it was like for her growing up. I hope you all enjoy it 🙂

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  • Kaya says:

    If I already read all of the books should I still read this book

  • Aelita Wolfblood says:

    is it possible you’ll publish it on the nook like some of your other novellas?

  • DeniseSherman says:

    are you going to writing another story take off from the Trylle Trilogy and the Kanin Chronicles… something with the Skojare tribes?
    That would be awesome if you did

  • malicescribe says:

    Going to check it out

  • ivonne says:


  • ivonne says:

    Interested …

  • Love the sound track! And I will definitely check out “The King’s Games.” thanks!

  • Gabrielle Wilson says:

    Oh sweet lovelyness