Enter a world where fire and ice are mortal enemies.
In this gripping novel being a living Fireblood is a crime when your kingdom is ruled by a ruthless Frostblood king. When soldiers raid Ruby’s home, she is left with nothing and put in to a cold, dark prison.
In order for her to truly be free, in order for her to change the lives of many people in the kingdom, she must travel in to the heart of the beast. With a mysterious warrior, Arcus – a Frostblood whose trust is questionable – to aid her in travelling to the court of the Frost King. Her mission? To kill the king, but just how hot can her fire burn?
Fans of the Throne of Glass novellas will not want to miss out on this new world. A mysterious warrior, a few monks and a girl whose passion rivals that of her power. A perfect combination for any YA reader.
First impression: I absolutely loved the layout in this book. The font was nice and big and spaced out nicely over the page. For a reader who wears glasses, tiny font, on a small page can get really annoying.
The first 16 pages are very face paced. There is a lot going on, so you need to be paying attention to the details. The pages are riddled with death, heartache and betrayal. After the abrupt and fast paced start, the book becomes much calmer allowing the characters to grow. It is the characters interactions, the Fireblood, Ruby’s, training that keeps you entertained and wanting more.
Part 2 of the book reminds me a little bit of Throne of Glass. It has its own twists and turns, so it is not exactly the same, but if you liked Throne of Glass, you’ll love the second part to this book. There is an arena similar to that in Throne of Glass where the competitors have to fight to the death in order to survive. There are no technical challenges like there was in Throne of Glass, but it has enough drama and fighting going on that you’re never bored.
Ruby is a perfect main character. She’s sassy and brave, but there is always that moment of weakness. That moment where she is truly scared but refuses to show it to her enemies.
Arcus is a very mysterious character. He always wears a hood and even under that he wears a mask to hide himself from others. He seems as cold as the ice he can produce and no matter how much fire Ruby throws his way, he just refuses to melt.
Brother Thistle is an extremely lovable character. From the minute you meet him, you instantly like him. He is a powerful Frostblood and his prophecy seems completely crazy, but he could be on to something more, just not exactly what he thinks.
The book ends simply and sweetly, but you are left wondering, what is going to happen for these three main characters next?
The sequel to Frostblood is said to be released in September 2017 and is understandably called Fireblood (according to Elly Blake’s official website). Very much looking forward to reading the next instalment.
“Face them all like a warrior, whether you are one or not.”