Author: Elly Blake
Publication Date: September 12th 2017
All hail the Fire Queen.
Against all odds, Ruby has defeated the villainous Frost King and melted his throne of ice. But the bloodthirsty Minax that was trapped inside is now haunting her kingdom and everyone she loves. The answers to its demise may lie to the south in Sudesia, the land of the Firebloods, and a country that holds the secrets to Ruby’s powers and past…
Despite warnings from her beloved Arcus, Ruby accompanies a roguish Fireblood named Kai to Sudesia, where she must master her control of fire in a series of trials to gain the trust of the suspicious Fire Queen. Only then can she hope to access the knowledge that could defeat the rampaging Minax—which grows closer every moment. But as sparks fly in her moments alone with Kai, Ruby no longer knows whom to trust. The fates of two kingdoms are now in her hands.
Before I start this review, I just want to say this is another book that I read last year that I didn’t get around to reviewing in time but you know it’s whatever.
Here’s the link to my review of the first book in this series. I enjoyed this book a lot more than the first one. Frostblood was filled with a lot of cliches that were enjoyable but predictable. Fireblood, on the other hand, was not as predictable. I was intrigued by everything that was happening and was actually curious as to what happened next.
You are a flame, Ruby, and fire can either be free or it will be smothered. The last thing I want…” His voice broke, and the sound was like a kick in my chest. “The last thing I want is to smother you.
So if you read my review of the first book, you know that I didn’t like Ruby all that much. That has changed. I definitely like her a bit more now. She grew a lot more over the course of this book and it made me like so much more. Her journey to Sudesia and subsequently her training to become a master were so interesting to read about. I was actually rooting for her and hoping for her to succeed in this book. I also empathized a lot more with. We found out some things about her past and her reaction to them made enjoy her character.
Arcus wasn’t in this book as much as I would have liked but he was still in it so I’ll talk about him. I still love him and still want him and Ruby to be together even with the addition of another character vying for her attention. Arcus in this book was my favorite Arcus that we’ve ever seen. He was sweet, passionate, and an absolute babe. I can’t wait to see how their relationship pans out in the final book.
And now onto the sinnamon roll that is Kai. I liked him. He was sarcastic and witty which are two of my favorite traits in male characters. I didn’t really care for the love triangle that came up. I wish that Kai and Ruby had just remained friends without any romantic entanglement but I knew that it was inevitable. I’m excited to see more of him in the next book.
The writing in this book was so much better than the first book! I didn’t skip any of it and read all the way through. There was a great improvement between Blake’s first book and this one. So that was definitely most welcomed. The pacing of this book was a lot better than the last one as well.
This series is a series that I can see myself rereading every couple of years just for a nice light read that I know I will enjoy. Where Frostblood was just ok, Fireblood made up for it tenfold and I still really enjoy this series even though there are so many tropes and cliches that are in it. I feel like Blake takes those tropes and cliches and makes them fun to read. I like her characters and her world building and I can’t wait to see how she finishes it in Nightblood.