AUTHOR: Elly Blake
TRIGGER WARNING: MC is help captive & hunted down
WHERE DID I RECEIVE THIS?: HachetteNZ sent this to me in exchange for an honest review!
The frost king will burn.
Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.
Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating—yet irresistible—Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her—and from the icy young man she has come to love.
this was a really quick read and honestly I feel like it’s that kind of book you burn through but ultimately don’t remember, which is kind of sad, but I definitely don’t regret reading this. I gave this 3 stars because to me it was just average, but I have heard from a few friends that Fireblood, the sequel is much better so I WILL be reading that in September.
Frostblood takes place in a world divided. There are people who cannot preform any kind of magic and then there are those who come from ancestors who were blessed by the gods, the frostbloods and firebloods. their blood runs either hot or cold and they have the ability to control frost and fire respectively. Frostblood follows a fireblood, Ruby, who is taken prisoner for being something she simply can’t change. It follows her as she learns to protect herself and harness her powers before taking revenge on the frost king himself.
Overall I actually enjoyed reading this a lot which some people might not get with such a low rating. Frostblood was fun and action packed but it was really just okay. There was some good character development and some hints into the world but it lacked finer world building and was overall very predictable so while I enjoyed this book, overall it was more of a meh book for me, personally.
The plot as a whole was a bit confusing in some senses, as Ruby herself tried to figure out what she really wanted to do, and what others wanted her to do. To kill the frost king or to show mercy even when he hasn’t. There were no real minor plots to weave in at the end other than a romance and a very predictable plot twist. I personally believe that this can be read as a standalone as the ending of this novel wraps it up pretty well, though some questions are left unanswered, others are closed and enough so that when I finished this book I felt no need to continue the series
I recommend this book to fantasy lovers and people who like stories that show character growth.
Until next time,