Published on: January 10th 2017
Series: Frostblood Saga #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Buy UK . Buy US. Goodreads
(summary from Goodreads)
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.
All I knew about this book before going into it was that it was about people with the power of Frost and Fire who were enemies. I didn’t even read the description, that was all I needed to want to read this book, and I’m so glad I did read it because it was everything I imagined it to be. The history and origins of the Frostbloods and Firebloods was fascinating and I can’t praise Blake enough for her imagination and creativity to create something that feels so real.
Ruby was a great MC and had a lot more depth than other MCs in YA Fantasy these days. She was a very resilient character and survived through a lot of horrors by the hands of the Frostbloods, but she still had a certain vulnerability to her which made her real and very likable. You could see the reasoning behind every one of her thoughts and decisions and it never felt like she did or said something just for the sake of drama or dragging the story on.
“Everything depends on you. If you fail, there is little hope for the kingdom. You matter.”
I will admit that there are times this book is a bit predictable, the curse of reading a lot of YA Fantasy I guess. But guessing/knowing what was about to happen didn’t ruin the story for me in anyway, it just made me more excited for the thing to happen. There are some great twists in this book and some reveals which made the book such an amazing read. Once I had started it I couldn’t put it down and even spent a good hour sneakily reading it in work, before my boss caught me (oops!)
Although predictable the romance in this book is very well written and I like the realistic way feelings develop between our two characters. Their relationship starts as one of mistrust and through the book we see them start to trust each other more and create a friendship before their romantic feelings for each other start to emerge. It was a nice slow build up, my favourite kind, and by the time we got to the romantic part my tummy was full of butterflies and I found myself swooning at their words.
“His hand was cold, but it made my skin tingle and my heart beat strong and fast. I didn’t want to do anything to make him move away.“
This book fits a lot of story into its 384 pages and a few times I found myself shocked to see that I was only 50/60 ish percent into the book but that so much had already happened. There were a couple of times when days or weeks seemed to be covered in a few sentences but otherwise I felt like the pacing of this book was very well done and it didn’t feel too full. I am curious to see where the story is going to be taken next though as the book ends on quite a strong point with no big cliffhangers. I have some ideas, but guess I will have t wait until the next books release which I will definitely be marking on my calendar!
“When it comes to you,” he whispered, “I like being burned.”
This book is an incredible debut and an amazing start to what I have no doubt will be a phenomenal trilogy. Blake has built her characters and her world with such skill and I can’t wait to see where the story goes next.
I would recommend this book to fans of: YA Fantasy, the Red Queen trilogy, characters with powers, slow burn romances, elemental powers, enemies to lovers type romances, stories with rebellions, worlds with great origins/histories