I was looking enough to sent this book by the lovely Rebecca at Chapter 5 Books. But this has no way affected how I feel about this book or what I have to say in my review. If you loved the Throne of Glass series or Frozen then this is the book for you. I have a feeling that this book is going to very popular and for the best of reasons.
- Frostblood by Elly Blake
- Paperback Edition given for review – 376 pages
- Release Date: 12th January 2017
- Published by: Hodder Books
- ISBN: 0316273252
- Goodreads page for the novel here
Ruby is a Fireblood. In a land ruled by frost, her very existence is a crime. She’s spent her whole life in hiding.
Until the day Frostblood soldiers raid her village and kill her mother. The day she swears to avenge her people.
She must travel deep into the heart of the enemy, to the court of the Frost Kind, with only the mysterious warrior Arcus- a Frostblood revel- by her side. But with alliances between blame and ice strictly forbidden. is Arcus friend or foe?
Ruby will only have one change to destroy the maniacal ruler who took everything from her. But she has no idea just how hot her fire will burn… [review from the book of the ARC I received]
I am really excited to be reviewing this book for you, and also the fact that I got to read it early! Although, this does slightly sadden me due to the fact I cannot wait for the sequel (coming out at the end of the year).
The land created by Blake has three types of people; Firebloods, Frostbloods and normal people without magic (obviously muggles). Frostblood is also told is the POV of Ruby, who happens to be one of the most powerful Firebloods. This may have been seen as a blessing years ago, however Fire and Ice now fight. The lands were split between them and now the Frostbloods (due to a corrupt king) have seized control of all the lands and killed most of the Firebloods. Then the amazingly sexy Arcus comes along as well as the Brother’s of church, keeping Ruby safe and training her for her price for freedom: the death of the king.
The magic and the way the world is set out was very easily explained, via tales by Ruby’s grandmother and the beautiful map at the beginning of the book. I found it really easy to follow and get into straight away (which is always a plus) and so much so that I read this in one sitting. I just got addicted by the characters. Ruby is extremely feisty and sassy, even when faced with danger and weakened. The way she is fiercely independent and caring makes her a strong female lead and also interesting to read about. Also, she loves books! Gotta love a character who loves books as much as you.
The romance in the novel was also something I really enjoyed. It very subtle at first and gradually developed. For me, this was refreshing to read a fantasy novel that doesn’t just dive into romance straight away and it was written well. Very well.
I really like the way in which Blake constructed this novel. Even though, I have seen other reviewers compare it to Heir of Fire or the Throne of Glass series (I get that their are some similarities) I felt like their was a whole new world and characters created. Arcus for one will make you remember why you loved the equally rosy Dorian Havilliard. The only thing which I would say what I didn’t like at times was I felt like somethings weren’t as explained as I wanted them to be, for one the ending. I guess this leaves a lot of be explained in the sequel, but I just was not as satisfied as I had hoped. However, the fact that this is a saga has also really got my hopes up.
To conclude, I am so happy that I managed to nab this book before it came out and even more happy to be participating in the fire blog tour for this novel. It was a great start to the year and hopefully it will be great to look forward the sequel at the end of the year too.
“My heart beat once, twice, and I was filled with a terrible pressure of countless sunsets. Orange seared my eyelids, white fire engulfing me in torturous waves. It was a hundred times hotter than the flames Arcus had rescued me from when I had burned my clothes by the abbey stream. It was like being dropped into bubbling lava.
I focused on the black outline of the throne. It still tried to siphon away my heat, a churning, insistent pull that felt as if it were tugging my heart right out of my chest. But I was no ordinary Fireblood. Whether I was born for this destiny or not, I alone had managed to control the Minax inside me. I could do this.
Pulling up every thought of heat and fire in my mind and heart, I let the excruciating pressure build inside me until it was unbearable. Then I let it all explode into the throne. The blast sent me flying backward to slam against an icy pillar. Dazed, I saw that the throne was only half melted, and I repeated the same process. Let the heat build, the way Grandmother had taught me. Harness it, the way Brother Thistle had taught me. Let go, the way Arcus had taught me. Again and again I poured heat, pushed against its resistance, let my power build, and released it with a heady confidence I’d never felt before.
As sweat poured down my face and my hands shook, I shouted with the effort of forcing out so much heat. Finally, the remaining ice of the throne swelled like an overfilled cask and then burst into a cloud of tiny droplets that hissed and steamed and filled the air with rivulets of light.”
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Also, feel free to contact Chapter Books on twitter @Chapter5Books or the author Elly Blake at @elly_blake (use the hashtag #Frostblood). I’ve fangirled a few times to Blake and she replies. I also think this book deserves some love. If you’ve read this please also fangirl with me about Arcus because I feel like I need too. Like DAMMMMN.
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