All she wants is revenge, but before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to take part 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.
Fast-paced and compelling, Frostblood is the first in a page-turning new young adult three-book series about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies—but together create a power that could change everything.
Essentially, she's quite possibly the only born Fireblood still living in a land dominated by Frostbloods. Ruby has always been told to hide her powers over fire but unfortunately, she's discovered and her mother and indeed, her village pay an awful price. Ruby is taken prisoner, treated abysmally and eventually rescued by two very powerful Frostbloods, but just what exactly are their motives?
So, it does seem awfully familiar as our heroine goes up against an evil, despotic King, who might or might not be under a powerful spell. Her allies, would you believe monks? Oh and of course, there's the scarred, irritable warrior, Arcus, who undoubtedly has secrets of his own. Yet, I still enjoyed seeing Ruby not only learn to master her abilities (although if I'm honest I'm still not sure she really has it all down pat) but also cross verbal swords with Arcus. Yes, I know a couple who seem to hate each other learning to care about each other might feel overdone but it's a trope that works, so why not?
About half way into Frostblood, Ms Blake, the author, dropped a huge clue about something but nevertheless the way it ended was a complete surprise to me. My only slight niggle is that I didn't like the way we were told the history of the wars and just how the Gods imbued certain individuals with their powers. That being said, as a story that lacked romance at times, it does make up for it with action scenes.
I'm not quite sure where Ms Blake intends to go with this series, but as the opener it's very intriguing indeed.
This voluntary take is of an advance reader copy.