AUTHOR: elly blake
RATING: 2.5 /5
TRIGGER WARNINGS: –
WHERE DID I RECIEVE THIS: *Hachette NZ sent me a review copy*
GENRE: YA Fantasy
All hail the Fire Queen.
Against all odds, Ruby has defeated the villainous Frost King and melted his throne of ice. But the bloodthirsty Minax that was trapped inside is now haunting her kingdom and everyone she loves. The answers to its demise may lie to the south in Sudesia, the land of the Firebloods, and a country that holds the secrets to Ruby’s powers and past…
Despite warnings from her beloved Arcus, Ruby accompanies a roguish Fireblood named Kai to Sudesia, where she must master her control of fire in a series of trials to gain the trust of the suspicious Fire Queen. Only then can she hope to access the knowledge that could defeat the rampaging Minax—which grows closer every moment. But as sparks fly in her moments alone with Kai, Ruby no longer knows whom to trust. The fates of two kingdoms are now in her hands.
Guys, it’s sad to say, but I really wasn’t in love with this book. I personally didn’t really like Frostblood. But I had heard from a lot of people that fireblood was leagues better and so much fun, but it just wasn’t for me.
Fireblood continues on after frostblood, where Ruby has beaten the frost king and found a home in the palace with Arbus, but her curiousty over her powers are constantly growing and a mysterious man named Kai turns up, and takes her back to her homeland to train and become a fireblood master.
I really liked the premise, besides the love triangle. But I do have to admit, the love triangle wasn’t the biggest part of the story, and it wasn’t toooo over powering, but it still wasn’t that enjoyable. Kai, like Arcus, trained Ruby in her magic, allowing her to grow as a person (though she stayed stubborn as always) I also found that it sort of felt like a redone frostblood, a boy is training her in her powers again and she has a crush on him. While I did really like Kai, his snark and sass. It just felt too much like the first book which really made it drag for me.
I did personally find the land of Sudsia more interesting, how to ruby it felt like home and how much she wanted to be accepted there. The people of the land we’re something different, especially one, but I’ll stop talking about that because *spoilers* BUT, again, I really was glad for the change in scenery. It allowed Ruby to train out of secret, she could be a fireblood without fear of being murdered for it, it really aided her character growth as she became more and more aware of who she was when she connected more with her fire.
So, personally I’m sure you can see by the shortish review, and my opinions. I wasn’t a fan, and honestly that sucks because I thought this story had so much potential. I’m definitely not off Elly Blakes writing, I loved the lore she wove into the story and the new characters she introduced, but I couldn’t get over the second book syndrome this one had, and how it felt like such a classic old school YA story which isn’t particularly my favourite. Overall, I think this book is perfect for fans of old school YA, people who enjoyed fireblood and honestly, people with lower expectations.
*thank you to hachette for sending me a review copy of this book*
Until next time,