Frostblood (Frostblood Saga #1)
By: Elly Blake
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 10th, 2017
Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a fireblood who must hide her powers of heat and flame from the cruel frostblood ruling class that wants to destroy all that are left of her kind. So when her mother is killed for protecting her and rebel frostbloods demand her help to kill their rampaging king, she agrees. But Ruby’s powers are unpredictable, and she’s not sure she’s willing to let the rebels and an infuriating (yet irresistible) young man called Arcus use her as their weapon.
All she wants is revenge, but before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to take part 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.
Fast-paced and compelling, Frostblood is the first in a page-turning new young adult three-book series about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies—but together create a power that could change everything.
Frostblood was a fantastically fun read. Ruby controls fire but lives in a world covered in snow, raised by her healer mother in a small village, far away, or so they think, from the notice of the king and his bloodlust for anyone who wields fire. After the world as Ruby knows it is torn apart with her mother’s death and her own imprisonment, Ruby is given the chance to learn how to master her fire and exact revenge on those who have targeted her.
I adored Ruby, she was fierce and strong and knew what she wanted. She was also kind and a healer at heart, risking her freedom to help others, even if they may not appreciate it. Arcus, too, was an excellent character. His anger and frustration was written well, with it slowly turning to caring and love when it came to Ruby. It was a reluctant partners to lovers trope done quite well, and I loved paying witness to the barbs these two threw at each other and how they gradually dulled over time to gentle banter. Their romance also never overshadowed the plot and Ruby’s end goal admirably never wavered.
The world and its mythology was just as well developed. It was rich and woven into the story, though I felt that its inclusion could have been a little more subtle. And while the mythology was well thought out and detailed, I also easily got confused with the multiple gods and their relationships to each other. Though I can’t wait to see how their stories continue to influence the series as it moves ahead.
The rest of the cast was well developed and held their own, not being easily forgettable. Brothers Thistle and Gamut won you over almost immediately, and Marella functioned as a great ally even though I’m pretty sure she is slightly nuts. Rasmus rounds out the cast as an effective villain, easily portrayed as unstable, just as quick to hurt his enemies as his allies.
Frostblood was an epic start to a new series, an entertaining and captivating read. It was a book I devoured, and a story that I find difficult to imagine waiting until next year to continue.
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