Frost Blood by Elly Blake- 4.75 stars
The story is not overly complicated, it is rather simple and straight forward, but in a 'heart warming' kind of way. I did not jump out of my sofa with excitement, but I did grow to love the characters nonetheless.
I really really liked it!
Here is a quick description of the book by GoodReads:
"Seventten-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help tp overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.
Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating -yet irresistible- Marcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action.."(I believe that the rest of the description gives away too much of the book. You know where to find it if you want to read it all!)
- It has humor! I love a little sass from both male and female characters, and there is a healthy amount of it in Frostblood. It made the reading a little fun (refer to the excerpt in the end of this post for a little preview).
- It is a fast paced book. If you have been following me for a while on instagram (or here) you know that I like that about books. There is always something happening. Its packed with action!
- Magic! I am a fantasy lover, the supernatural magical elements made me very happy.There is an explanation behind every power used by the characters. Elly Blake made sure to give the reader a story that is well explained and well understood. Nothing happens 'just because'. The magic has purpose and the main story has a strong and well written background.
- Real issues: the book deals a good amount with how we perceive others. How we assume someone to be a certain way before actually knowing them. I really enjoyed that and found that rather relevant to the world we live in today.
- Strong heroin as well as a strong male character: Have you notice how almost all fantasy books lately have strong heroins and males that are broody but not necessarily special on their own? As in, if they were never mentioned in the book, there would be no romance but the remainder of the story wouldn't have to change at all? I love Throne of Glass, one of my favorites, but even there...if Rowan didn't exist there would be no romance, but Aelin would still be a bad ass heroin. He is an amazing character, but the story does not rely on him.
I like that in Frostblood the male character, Arcus, is an important character. One that the book cannot be without. You may guess why half way through the book, but you wont know for sure until closer to the end. Her victory is not possible without him, without his help. Not even her powerful magic is possible to control without him, she would be lost without Arcus! He is a hero just as much as she is a heroin in this story.
Comparison: if you are looking for a comparison think Red Queen (not its second book please, only the first. In my humble opinion Glass Sword was rather disappointing).
There is only one reason for it not to be a 5 stars book for me: I LOVED the direction the ending was taking. And then.... she is branded (for the true meaning of that you will have to read the book to find out). My point is, the book could have ended. It was a perfect stand alone. Had it ended it would have been one of those imperfect endings that are perfect for that very reason. The main characters would still be hurting, still finding their feet... and that would be ok for that is how real life is. To be perfectly honest, even with the ending as it is I think it is somewhat ok.
Also, Fireblood synopsis hints at a love triangle, I am dreading it... Arcus and Ruby are not perfect, but they are perfect for each other. No need to introduce another male dear author! hehe
A little funny and sweet excerpt for you all:
"How did you find me?"
He unclenched his jaw to answer. " When Wheatgerm returned to the stables, I followed her tracks until they disappeared. And then I heard someone bellowing nonsense, and I knew it must be you."
"Who the blazes is Wheatgerm?"
"The horse you stole from the abbey," he said as if talking to a simpleton.
"You mean Butter. And I didn't steal her. I borrowed her. I take it she's safe?"
"Cold and tired, but safe in the stables eating like she's half starved. Which she probably is, thanks to you. And her name isn't Butter."
"It is now."
"She's not yours to name."
"She's mine in spirit now that we've had an adventure together. And her name suits her. She's soft and yellow, like butter."
He made a disgusted sound. "If we all had names to suit us, you'd be called Thorn in My Backside. Or Plague of the Gods."
I prickled at his scathing tone. "And you'd be Miserable Blockhead."
"Is that the best you could do?"
"Give me time. I'm half frozen."