Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Release Date: January 12th 2017
Series: Frostblood Saga #1
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
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.
Fast paced and easy to read
Guess who read 50% of this book in one sitting? Yepppp it’s that addictive. Right from the first chapter the plot gets moving and it’s hard pull yourself away. Everything moves forward so fast, you keep turning the pages to read more. No lengthy descriptions weigh this fantasy down. Personally, I would have liked a bit more description when it came to the settings and world’s culture (that’s part of what I live for in fantasy novels) but I can’t complain seeing as I did complete it in two sittings.
Some of my favourite fantasy elements
There was no girl-disguised-as-boy trope in FROSTBLOOD but there were a tonne of my other favourite fantasy things. Elemental magic, for a start, is always a massive draw. A struggle between darkness and light, good and a massive evil (which will come more in the sequels I believe). And then there’s a prophecy!
If you’re writing a book about fire and ice magic, you need characters with the opposite powers to start being attracted to each other. Also make sure they don’t like each other at first, then have them slowly develop feelings and let the tensions build. IT IS LAW!! I promise it will work well, FROSTBLOOD is the perfect example of it working well. I loved the romance so much! Most of it develops in the first half, which felt fast but made sense considering it takes place over two months and there were more important plot things to develop in the second half of the book. It even managed to develop alongside the plot! If it had been all sappy romance for the entire first half of the novel this book would have a very different rating.
Gladiator-esque Fighting Arenas
One of my favourite plot points in FROSTBLOOD were the arena fights. I love a good elemental magic battle, and these scenes were awesome to read. With the skilled champions and occasional creature fighting against little challenger Ruby to the death, it was real suspenseful stuff! I love the way it added to the imagery and atmosphere of the magic battles.
I just had so much fun
Everything in FROSTBLOOD just seemed to work for me. The characters are great, it was so easy to keep turning the pages and it moved along so quickly. It was the perfect formula for a fun fantasy. Exactly what I needed on a day where I felt like crap and just wanted to curl up with something light and easy to read.
FROSTBLOOD was such a pleasant surprise of a book. It hit me at the perfect time and I had so much fun reading it. I cannot wait to see where the plot takes us in the sequel, FIREBLOOD.
FROSTBLOOD is a book I’d recommend to people looking for a lighter, fast paced fantasy.