Author: Elly Blake
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 10th 2017
Page count: 376
Genre: Fantasy, Magic, Young Adult, Romance
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. – Goodreads
Ahhh, okay! So in this story we have Firebloods, who are hot skinned, they can control fire and use it as their weapon, then we have Frostbloods and I’m pretty sure you can guess what they do right? They are the opposite to Firebloods, they are cold skinned and they can control ice and use it as their weapon too, there’s also characters in this book that have no magical powers whatsoever but there are healers and monsters included. What more could you ask for?
When I started reading about the Frostbloods and I read about Ruby the Fireblood who has to conceal her powers, I got major Frozen feels and started singing away to myself “Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know!”
But Ruby wants revenge on the people who killed her mother, so she will no longer hide her powers. Her anger and her rage is what makes her more powerful and she has a lot of that stored up but with a little bit of training and some help from the Frostbloods she might be able to control it enough to do exactly what needs to be done without any mistakes. I really like Ruby, she’s a strong and feisty lady but she’s also really kind and loving.
Arcus is one of the Frostbloods that Ruby meets up with and Arcus is actually the one that wants to train this feisty Fireblood to control her powers and help him on a mission to heal a mean hearted king. Again I love Arcus, he comes off stubborn and like he has no emotions whatsoever but as we go through the story we find more out about his past and he starts to ‘warm up’. He’s really cute and I love Arcus’s and Ruby’s relationship!
I genuinely think I enjoyed reading about every character in this book, from Ruby’s mother to the healers, from the guards to the king. Although I was totally rooting for Ruby I still enjoyed the villains, the baddies, they were written so well and with such character. I think the author did really well with the writing and the details of the characters and the scenery, Elly painted a picture in my head for me all the way through.
I don’t read a lot of fantasy but this is one of the first that I’ve truly loved and I am beyond excited for the next book ‘Fireblood’.
Thank you, Netgally & Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for a copy of Frostblood in exchange for an honest review.