Title: Frostblood (Frostblood saga #1)
Author: Elly Blake
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Format: Uncorrected Proof (ARC)
Release date: January 12th 2017
Disclaimer: I read an early uncorrected proof which I received in the July 2016 Fairyloot box, changes may have been made to the book after the printing of that ARC. This review is my own honest and unbiased opinion of the copy I read.
Description from Goodreads:
In a land governed by the cruel Frostblood ruling class, seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has spent most of her life hiding her ability to manipulate heat and light – until the day the soldiers come to raid her village and kill her mother. Ruby vows revenge on the tyrannous Frost King responsible for the massacre of her people.
But Ruby’s powers are unpredictable…and so are the feelings she has for Arcus, the scarred, mysterious Frostblood warrior who shares her goal to kill the Frost King, albeit for his own reasons. When Ruby is captured by the Frost King’s men, she’s taken right into the heart of the enemy. Now she only has one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who took everything from her – and in doing so, she must unleash the powers she’s spent her whole life withholding.
Frostblood is set in world where flame and ice are mortal enemies – but together create a power that could change everything.
I went into this book not knowing what to expect, and from the very beginning I was surprised by how difficult it was to put this book down once I had started reading. It was so easy to get absorbed into the story that I lost hours at a time. This is even more noteworthy when you take in to account the huge reading slump that I was experiencing when I picked this book up.
While the book is not the most original young adult fantasy book out there, there are more than a few common tropes, this book is still an enjoyable read. It’s fast paced, this is not a book which will bore you, although at times I wish we were shown more and told less. The romance felt a little rushed, although this is only the first book and I expect there will be developments in the sequel. I did enjoy the verbal back and forth between the two characters, I do tend to enjoy the snappy banter with feelings developing underneath.
The magic system was an interesting aspect of this book. While at first glance the idea of fire and ice powers sounds fairly predictable, the way these types of magic were executed made Frostblood stand out. While they are complete opposites, they do have some similarities in the ways that they are shown to be used. Ruby uses her fireblood body heat to help heal a person from illness, for example. There is more finesse to the abilities than you might expect.
This was an enjoyable read, but it’s quite clear that this book is setting the stage for things to come. While it’s not the most original story, it wasn’t overly predictable, there were moments where I wasn’t sure what was about to happen. These moments encouraged me to speed on through to find out, making for a fairly quick read. I had fun reading it and am looking forward to seeing where this story goes in the second book (Fireblood). I gave this book 3.5 Stars.