Monday, August 21, 2017

Frost Blood by Elly Blake

by Elly Blake
400 pages
Published by Little, Brown Books

Plot:  Desperate to avenge her mother's murder, seventeen-year-old Fireblood Ruby agrees to join a group of rebel Frostbloods on their mission to kill the Frost King.  But the Frostblood monks and their mysterious leader, Arcus, have a secret - and Ruby is not sure who to trust.  With time running out, Ruby is reluctantly trained by the insufferable Arcus and soon the enemy lines of flame and frost begin to blur.  But, before Ruby can complete her training she is captured by Frost King soldiers and forced to compete in a gladiator style arena against Frostblood champions.  Having caught the attention of the King, Ruby finally has a chance to destroy the tyrannical rule of the Frost King once and for all.  But the power of the throne has it's own secrets and she may not be strong enough to fight the darkness.

Review:  Frostblood by Elly Blake was a great fantasy read!  Ruby is a Fireblood and has the ability to create and wield fire at will.  Most of her kind have been hunted and killed by the Frost King.  When Ruby and her mother are found, her mother is killed while trying to protect her.  This leads Ruby on a path of revenge as she eventually joins a group of rebel Frostbloods living in an Abby.   Ruby is cared for and knows she is being used as a weapon to kill the Frost King.  But, a mysterious nobleman named Arcus is living with the monks and he agrees to help her train.  But Frost and Fire are not friends - at least not a first.  Slowly, their relationship begins to grow.  But, before they can fully embrace these new feelings, Ruby is taken away by Frost Blood soldiers and the Frost King forces her to fight Frostblood champions in an arena.  But something dark is helping Ruby and losing herself to it may be the only way to save the kingdom.  I really enjoyed Frostblood and can't wait to read Fireblood next! Elly Blake did a great job of slowly building the relationship of Arcus and Ruby.  Lots of suspense and you really can't stop reading once Ruby gets captured and sent to the arena!  If you are looking for a new fantasy series with some romance than I recommend starting the Frostblood saga. For ages 14 and up!

*Recieved a DRC from the publisher for an honest review.