Book Review: Frostblood by Elly Blake

Frostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1)

Hardcover, 376 pages

Published January 10th 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
I’m happy to share that I finally had the opportunity to read this gripping fantasy.  There were parts that reminded me of Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, but Elly Blake was able to give us a wonderful story that unfolded into something that, while maybe not the most original, was definitely a fun read.

One of my favorite aspects of this book was the careful consideration given to Ruby’s emotional growth and exploration.  Her internal struggles felt real and drove the story’s action and conflict throughout.  I also loved the slow burn relationship developing between her and {spoiler} Arcus.  He’s an interesting character with a dark past.  And although I could see his twist coming from really early on, it was still rewarding when it finally happened.
I also want to point out that Arcus is not the most gorgeous male specimen on the planet as so many male characters are nowadays.  And his own emotional growth and turmoil lent itself well with Ruby’s while not distracting from the plot.  The magic kind of took a backseat, but the world building was spot on, and I found myself reading with fervor all the way to the end.
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Summary:

The frost king will burn.

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.

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