Series : Frostblood
Publisher : Hodder and Stoughton
Source : Publisher
Release Date : January 12th 2017
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.
And I had burned him
Even so I have embraced fantasy into my repertoire , I find myself still hesitant on the genre and choosing my reads some what carefully. Though I have found some amazing authors in the high fantasy category that I enjoy reading . YA fantasy seems to be a little more picky for me.
It the main reason why I didn’t initially find myself picking up Frostblood when it first came out until it was recommended by others . Whilst the concept is core good verse evil and something I enjoy. There seemed to be a grey area with this novel. That characters weren’t quite as their race defined them.
Fire verse Ice
Two races against each other determined to destroy the other. One more powerful and slowly killing the other race and overtaking their land .
Remind you of anything. Switch Ice out for Air and leave the Fire as the all powerful nation and you got the Avatar. That were all the similarities end though it gave me the feels . This story is about a girl who is gifted unpredictable Firebloods who sets upon changing the world after a defining event in her life .
Only thing is Ruby isn’t interested exactly in the matters of Frostbloods. She has lived her life being just ordinary and safe . She was guided by her mother to protect herself and hide her gifts. Until she forced to stand up herself and rescued by the last person she would ever seek help from ,the rebels. Who promise to give what she wants in exchange for her help.
An idea not too unfamiliar to fantasies and whilst the story followed a pretty much generic idea to fantasies. Blake still brought something new to the table with her prose and use of tropes. She get readers hooked by her sassy uncoth lead Ruby and how she told the story. It more in form with typical adult fantasies and I loved the format as this was truly a saga. Yet it was different.
I understand the fuss now. I found myself flying through the pages initially until I feel asleep the first day and then sneaking it here and there when I was doing something else. Only taking a break to collect some thoughts down before I forgot about this epic saga. Split in two parts to highlight the I enjoyed the contrasting parts that made the overall story. I loved seeing two sides of the coin. The ordinary and the privilege which made up the two parts and that everyone wasn’t clear cut as it seemed.
From wild unpredictable Fireblood to a Fireblood warrior., there is a lot of changes in Ruby’s life and growth of course. She may learnt a few things but I loved that her characterisation didn’t change. She remained the same uncouth girl with a few new skills learnt from the people she met along way. Everyone added something to the novel and I loved whilst it varied cast of characters it wasn’t overwhelming.
For a debut I found it well written , even though it was playing on many tropes that have been tried and tested. Yes they are very common tropes in fantasy and which are seen in other YA fantasies series. However the concept of the series and the way that the story was told won me over.
Whilst the pieces fell into place for me very quickly and I could guessed things would play out. I was still invested in this story because it wasn’t too heavy and written well. I loved that it did seem have a sense of ending. That that part of the saga was finished though there still was unanswered questions and problems. It something that I wished I saw more of in novels. Blake has definitely me hooked and I can’t wait to see how the second book will play out. As Ruby may have seen one part of her journey behind her. There still more to be done and I’m intrigued what will happen to her