ARC Review: Frostblood – Elly Blake


31134210Series: Frostblood Saga – Book One
Release Date: January 12th 2017
Pages: 304
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Find It: Goodreads. Amazon.

In a world ruled by Frost, one young Fireblood will struggle to survive…

Synopsis:

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.

Review:

I absolutely love this book! It’s pure action packed fantasy, and I was gripped from the very first page. Frostblood is the first in a new fantasy series, in which fire and ice are mortal enemies. This premise caught by eye right away, and it wound up being the perfect read during the icy winter break. Frostblood was such a fantastic, addictive read and it ended up being one of my favourite books of 2016.

The thing that truly makes the book are the characters. Ruby is such a wonderful protagonist. Strong and firey like her powers but also vulnerable and very human at the same time. She might have this amazing power, but she doesn’t transform into this all magical being overnight, she makes mistakes and doesn’t master every skill, making her a fascinating and believable character. I loved her, and seeing her struggle and fight to survive was a gripping and intense story. Similarly Arcus is a well fleshed out and fascinating character, sometimes cold and unyielding, but also loyal and determined. They both make for fascinating main characters, and were incredibly well written.

The story flows so well, and Blake takes the time to explain how the magic works, making the world feel so much more fleshed out. The romance is also so building, making it much more believable and satisfying when things start to happen. I loved every minute of Frostblood, the magic, the mystery and the danger. I have so many more things I want to know, and I really think this series will be a big hit. The only downside is that now I have to wait an eternity to read Fireblood to be released.

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