Fireblood: Frostblood Saga (Book 2)
by Elly Blake
“Ice and fire are still at war.
Ruby has defeated the tyrannous Frost King, and Arcus, the exiled warrior who captured her heart, has taken his rightful place as ruler of the Frostblood kingdom.
But Ruby is the only Fireblood in a castle of frost and ice, and the courtiers will not accept her. Even worse, the dark threat released from the Frost King’s melted throne is stalking the land, bent on destruction – and as the one who set it free, only Ruby can stop it.
To find the knowledge she needs, she must leave Arcus and journey south to the land of the Firebloods. But the homeland Ruby’s never seen is treacherous, and friend and enemy wear the same face.
If she’s to save both kingdoms, Ruby must figure out who she can trust – and unleash a fire powerful enough to do battle with darkness…”
I read Frostblood at the beginning of the year and I adored it, so as soon as I finished it I put Fireblood on preorder. You do need to read Frostblood first, otherwise you will not know what is happening.
Ruby, having beaten King Rasmus and destroyed the frost throne, is being looked after within the frost court, however, most of the court do not trust her as she is different. At a ball, a stranger approaches her and tells her that she can get to Sudesia as the Queen wants to meet her. Meanwhile, the Blue Legion attacks, injures Arcus and they kill some other Frostblood dignitaries.
Wow, there was no second book slump there, it was awesome. I was hooked instantaneously and did not want to put it down. I need the next book in the series now, I’m not sure I can wait 9 months (at least it is not a year!). I went through a torrent of emotion, going from high to low and back to high again.
My favourite part has to be the bits between Ruby and Arcus, and Ruby and Kai. I loved getting to see Sudesia and how different it is to Tempesia, also seeing more of the Firebloods and their culture. After hearing how Firebloods and Frostbloods came about in the previous book, we got to hear about how the Wind Gods and Goddesses were born and I really enjoyed it, I love seeing how mythology can be used.
My favourite characters are Ruby, Arcus, Kai, Dorenna and Brother Thistle, although we do not see a couple of them much. I did feel a twisting of the knife when we find out that some people are not what they seemed and I was shocked by this revelation.
Fireblood ends on a cliffhanger, as the series continues in Nightblood (out June 7th).
While reading this book, I described it as a girl who is trying to overcome boundaries in a kingdom that does not accept her and she finds out more about who she is. I would recommend it to older teens and adults. 5 out of 5.
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