WRITTEN BY: Elly Blake
PUBLISHED BY: Hodder & Stoughton
HOW I GOT IT: ARC from FairyLoot
VERSION I READ: paperback
(PLOT BY GR) 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.
I received this book few months ago in my first FairyLoot box, I’m not a big fan of fantasy books because they all tend to look like each other and it’s really rare to find something new in a fantasy series so Frostblood has been stuck in my shelf for a while. This is the first month of my first book club attending #OWBookClub (it’s a book club created by Of Wonderland, check it out) and the theme was FANTASY; I have caught the chance to read my ARC of Frostblood since it was its releasing week and I didn’t regret it.
This might be just my personal thought but Frostblood is a mixed of Game of Thrones and Star Wars. Except the fact that there is Frost/Fire and FairyLoot send a little Kahlessi/Jon Snow with the respective copy, I’ve found in Ruby (the Main Character) a lot of Arya Stark and Khaleesi: Ruby is a 17 years old who can’t be hurt by the fire like a true Targaryen but she has also the actual power of fire and she will learn to manage the power; plus, she is also trying to avenge the deaths of her mother and all the people she cared about it and, like Arya Stark, she keep saying their names to not lose her focus.
I could feel the Star Wars part just in the last 100 pages (or so) when the Minax story had its enter — I’m not explaining everything so you won’t receiving any kind of spoilers about it — but Ruby has to fight with both her enemies and the darkness. The last part was a Darth Fener reference: JOIN THE DARK SIDE. Will Ruby succumb to the darkness or will step into the light?
As most of the fantasy stories Frostblood cannot not have a love story between two characters who has been enemies and kind of hate each other at first: a Fireblood and a Frostblood. Kind of Romeo and Juliet: Arcus and Ruby. Arcus is the classic mysterious male character with an actual hoodie in order to increase the mysterious part and we won’t see his face for a while.
The writing in general is fluid and you won’t get bored but the story is always pretty obvious in some points. It looked like nothing remarkable or news to me. The part that I was really interesting into was the darkness/minax part but I felt like it was missing something and the last chapters was written in rush just to closed the story and leave a cliffhanger for the second book.