Author: Elly Blake
Publication Date: January 10th 2017
Series: Frostblood Saga #1
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.
“Face them all like a warrior, whether you are one or not.”
I liked this book; I didn’t love it but I definitely enjoyed it. There were a lot of cliches that I have come to expect in fantasy books, number one being enemies to lovers. Don’t get me wrong; I am a huge fan of this trope. It’s my absolute favorite. However I only like it when it’s done out over a course of at least two books. This book had the snarky banter I like but it only lasted for about half the book before the two characters were in love with one another. I wish there had been more of slow burn or drawn out romance that bled into the other books.
The main character Ruby Ortera was not my favorite. She wasn’t a bad character. It just felt like she was redundant and like all the other female fantasy characters that are out there right now. She was the Chosen One; she didn’t want to be the Chosen One, and in the end she does what it is she’s needed to do.
My favorite character was definitely Arcus. I love a stoic brooding character who pretends he’s like ice only to be the most passionate character. Arcus was definitely everything I want in a male hero. He was charming, tragic backstory, witty and most of all completely smitten with the main character. The only thing I kind of wanted was more development between Ruby and him. Other than that I liked their relationship.
I think my favorite scenes were when Ruby was with the monks. Anything that came after, her fighting at in the arena, her scenes with King Rasmus weren’t as interesting to me. The action in the book wasn’t the best. All those scenes made me bored and want to skip them. To be honest I kind of skimmed the last 50 or so pages. Overall I think the plot could have been improved and the pacing could have been sped up a tiny bit.
I think I am going to read the other books in the series only because I still want to know what happens next to Ruby, Arcus and everyone else in the book. I think that’s an important part of any first book in a series. It’s making sure that you leave enough open to make people want to read the next books. I think Blake definitely accomplished that.