I bought this book early last year in hopes of reading it in time for the release of Fireblood but as you all know it doesn’t always go as planned. I’m a huge mood reader and once I started my blog and picked up tours this book fell by the wayside. I am so glad I finally got to reading this fantastic YA Fantasy Frostblood by Elly Blake. This fast paced action packed read was worth the wait!
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.
“Ruthlessness is not power. Tyranny is not strength.”
This YA Fantasy world is so cool. I love the history behind the Frostbloods vs the Firebloods. The world building was really well done in many aspects. Not only do we get to see the small winter village where Ruby grows up but an abbey in the mountains and a massive ice castle that houses some of the most powerful Frostbloods. Oh…and we can’t forget the icy cell of the prison where Ruby was left to wither away until one day a monk and his hooded accomplice help her escape.
Ruby is such a dynamic MC. I love that no matter what she’s faced with she comes out even stronger than when she went in. She’s also one of the wittiest characters in YA. She is definitely not afraid to tell you exactly what she thinks of you, no holds barred. I enjoyed the banter she had with each of the characters and her unwavering persistence to find out the truth behind her rescue. She struggles with the role she’s supposed to play in the king’s downfall and is placed in situations that are meant to test her resolve. Blake did a wonderful job of showing Ruby’s strengths and weaknesses throughout this book. I enjoyed every minute of it!
Arcus…oh Arcus. He’s so mysterious for most of the book and the tension that builds between him and Ruby throughout the first half is so intense. I love how much he challenges Ruby in so many ways and even though you question his motives you can’t help but be drawn to him. Those eyes…let’s just say I may or may not have a huge crush on Arcus after reading this book!
If you’re looking for a fast paced YA fantasy than this book is definitely for you!
Have you read Frostblood and Fireblood yet?