I received a copy of this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Book 1 in the Frostblood saga
Quick fire review:
If you are looking for a fast paced adventure with a fiery female lead and an epic fantasy world, then I would definitely suggest giving this a go.
I am pumped to pick up book two when it is out.
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.
4 out of 5 stars
Keeping this short to make sure I don’t spoil the whole damn thing.
This book opens with a bang so it was pretty easy to be drawn into this world. While there are definitely some great aspects to this story and some compelling characters, I will say that this fast paced read isn’t without its flaws.
* The history – the author really took time to beef out the world
* The characters – I can’t wait to see the havoc caused in the next book
* The concept – Frostbloods vs. Firebloods made for a pretty explosive adventure
The writing in this is really good but because it is the first in a series, it does feel like there is a little bit of info dumping happening to allow for the setup of the world and the characters. Thankfully, the amount of information isn’t too overwhelming and I didn’t feel like it detracted from the overall arc of the story.
Ruby is a great character and I am definitely interested in seeing where Blake takes her in the next few books. This sassy lead has the potential to become a really strong warrior-esque heroine if she is given a little more meat in book 2.
If you find this a bit slow in the beginning, definitely stick with it because you’ll be drawn in to the adventure before you know. I will definitely be picking up book 2 when it is out.