09 January 2017

ARC Review: Frostblood (Frostblood Saga #1), Elly Blake

Frostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1)

Title: Frostblood
Series: Frostblood Saga #1
Author: Elly Blake
Published: 12/01/2017, Hodder & Staughton
Pages: 304
Source: Netgalley
Format: Ebook

Rating: 5/5

"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."

Frostblood is such a fantastic read! Although this book has been compared to Red Queen, I found it very different, though there were some similarities. In fact, in my opinion, Frostblood outdoes Red Queen completely. Everyone should read Frostblood!

Frostblood is set in a world of Frostbloods (those with ice powers) and Firebloods (those with fire powers). Frostbloods rule the world and hate the Firebloods, and vice versa. In fact, they practically hunt them down. I thought this was pretty cool. Imagine having either of those powers! Pretty badass really! I liked the fact that not everyone in the world is born with a power too. In fact, most people appear to be just regular powerless people. I thought the world-building and history of this world was so, so good and I loved it!

I really loved Ruby! I loved that she struggles to contain and control her gift and her short-temper doesn't help this in any way. She also hates being criticised, though she does want to improve. I just found this pretty relatable. She also knows her own mind and isn't a simpering girl who waits to be rescued. Plus Ruby is such an awesome name for a Fireblood.

Arcus was wonderful. He was just as mysterious as I like the lead male to be. And, though he is mysterious, you really can't help but trust and like him. I liked that he wasn't afraid to push Ruby's buttons to help her gain control over her powers. I just think Ruby and Arcus complement each other really well.

Frostblood is told from Ruby's perspective and I think this was great at showing her fear even though she tries to hide it, as well as the emotional rollercoaster she ends up on. The story is honestly so fast! The pace is just woah! Frostblood just has so much action and even a few twists along the way. I found I had to read many parts pretty carefully to keep up with the story. There is just so much fantastic detail. I loved it!

I found Frostblood's ending very climatic. I honestly had to take my time reading it because I didn't want to miss anything. I was on the edge of my seat too, and almost shouting at my tablet. I also liked that there wasn't too much of a cliffhanger and most plot threads tied up quite nicely. However, there are still plot points left open and I cannot wait to find out more in the sequel, which I believe is to be called Fireblood.

Frostblood is a fantastic read and I absolutely adored it. I urge everyone to read this fabulous book. Particularly those who love fantasy and are looking for a new series with brilliant characters and world-building. Bring on Fireblood in September!

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  1. I wasn't a fan of Red Queen, and this sounds similar but if you reckon it's better then I might give it a whirl. Nice review, BTW!

    1. I hope you do! It's such a fantastic read!


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