This is going to be a spoiler-free review of Frostblood by Elly Blake. I absolutely loved this book, and I’m excited to share my thoughts with you all.
If you would prefer to watch the video version of my review, you can check it out on my YouTube channel here.
Now, onto the review!
Frostblood is a fantasy YA following the story of Ruby, a Fireblood girl. In the world we are introduced to in Frostblood, the Frostblood’s are the reigning class and Fireblood’s are next to nothing. Essentially, Frostblood’s have the power of, you guessed it, ice, while Fireblood’s have command over fire. Ruby has had to conceal her identity of being a Fireblood her entire life, but things quickly take a turn for the worst when she’s discovered and thrown into one of the Frostlbood King’s prisons.
After being in the prison, Ruby doesn’t lose her determination. She is broken out of her cell by a group of rebels who enlist her to help them take down the tyrannical King. There, for the first time, she begins practicing her abilities. What wasn’t expected, though, is for her to start falling for one of those rebels, who happens to be a Frostblood.
Captured by the King’s men again, Ruby is whisked away to the castle and must fight for her life in a gladiator-like ring. Here is her only chance to use the powers she has always concealed and to take down the King.
This book was a bit slow for me to get into. It took me about a week to really get into, though once hit about a quarter of the way through the book, I was hooked.
I think Elly Blake did a lovely job at introducing her readers to this new world she’s created. I especially appreciate that the world building was paced, because it didn’t feel as if I was having an information overload.
The one thing I wasn’t fully sure of was the romance aspect of the book. For me, it felt as if it was fast paced. One moment Ruby detested her love interest and then the next she didn’t. Maybe it’s because it took me awhile to get through it. Because I love romance, though, I didn’t particularly mind.
Ruby was a wonderful character to read from. She was strong willed and not easily tampered with. She had a mind of her own, and her determination shined through. She has definitely become one of my favorites, and I’m excited to see her further blossom in the rest of the trilogy.
I would recommend this book to anyone who needs something to get them into a young adult fantasy. Frostblood followed a few common tropes, such as “enemies-to-lovers” and “the chosen one”, however I thought they were uniquely done.
You can purchase this book on Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Frostblood-Elly-Blake/9780316273183?ref=grid-view&qid=1511163810900&sr=1-3
Here’s the book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27827203-frostblood?from_search=true