Frostblood by Elly Blake
Released: January 10, 2017
Read: August 2017
Publisher: Little Brown
Format: ARC, 371 pages
Series: Frostblood Saga #1
Description on Goodreads:
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.
Frostblood by Elly Blake was quite interesting. I loved how the characters all seemed to have their own passions and motivations that drove them to take action and stop the Frostking. Arcus seemed the most mysterious of all the characters, considering how unwilling he was to talk about his past. Despite this and his icy, hostile exterior, there was still something about him that made him lovable and respectable. Ruby on the other hand, was a complete open-book. Everyone always knew what she was feeling, and usually her intentions too. She was admirable and fierce, but kind of annoying at times because of how she constantly underestimated herself and believed things were her fault. But with all that, I still think she's a great main character to read a perspective from.
The entire world Elly Blake created kind of amazes me. Even though the plot line she makes is really straight forward, the land is not. It felt like every country and chunk of land had its own opinions of the Frost King and his court. They also had their own beliefs. In general, they all believed in Neb and the goddess' four children, Cirrus, Eurus, Sud and Fors, but the myths about each alter depending on who tells the story. It reminds me of our actually history, where no one knows exactly what happened in certain events because the teller was usually biased.
The ending was pretty great with all the action and twists, and I really hope the sequel holds up!
- "Stillness was a kind of violence in the hands of people who played at handing out pain."
Recommended if you like: elemental magic, overthrowing the government, dystopian, lightly comedic novels, romance
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