Author: Elly Blake
Genre: Young adult fantasy
Publication Date: September 7th 2017
My Rating: 4/5 stars
“You fight too much with your emotions. Accept them and they’ll cease to hurt you.”
In this action-packed sequel to Frostblood, the future of Ruby’s world and a court ruled by the love of her life depends on the uncovered secrets of her past. Perfect for fans of Red Queen and Throne of Glass.
Against all odds, Ruby has defeated the villainous Frost King and melted his throne of ice. But the bloodthirsty Minax that was trapped inside is now haunting her kingdom and everyone she loves. The answers to its demise may lie to the south in Sudesia, the land of the Firebloods, and a country that holds the secrets to Ruby’s powers and past….
Despite warnings from her beloved Arcus, Ruby accompanies a roguish Fireblood named Kai to Sudesia, where she must master her control of fire in a series of trials to gain the trust of the suspicious Fireblood queen. Only then can she hope to access the knowledge that could defeat the rampaging Minax – which grows closer every moment. But as sparks fly in her moments alone with Kai, how can Ruby decide whom to trust? The fate of both kingdoms is now in her hands.
I received a copy of Fireblood from Hachette Australia, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Hachette! Fireblood is the second book in the Frostblood Saga. If you have not read Frostblood, I suggest you do 😉 Also, my review for Frostblood can be seen here.
I’m going to first admit that, despite being really excited for Fireblood to release, I forgot most of Frostblood’s plot by the time the book was in my hands. I was debating whether or not I should go back and reread Frostblood, but decided against. But as I read Fireblood, I started to remember major plot points of Frostblood and random bits and pieces. It was enough for me to continue reading.
Elly Blake’s writing is beautiful and flows quite nicely. Her voice is easy to read and reading Fireblood reminded me of why I adored Frostblood. The first chapter already had me hooked into the story and I couldn’t wait to see where it would lead. The world building was great, and we also got to learn a little more about the world’s history and how it linked to the current events that were unfolding.
I LOVE Ruby and Arcus’ relationship, in fact, they are my OTP in this series. They are so sweet together and are always looking out for one another. As I was reading, I held so much fear that the Frostblood court would somehow convince Arcus to kick Ruby out. I shall not reveal anything else hehe. I enjoyed seeing Ruby’s character develop even further, and watching her develop into a more independent and strong woman, someone who can take control and make her own decisions. I love Arcus and I’m hoping that nothing bad happens to him. He’s a sweet cinnamon roll who just wants peace between the two kingdoms.
The introduction of Kai made me uneasy, mostly because I knew there would be a love triangle and that meant my ship might sink. ALTHOUGH, I ended up adoring Kai – he’s a sweet, funny and protective friend and I would love to see Ruby and Kai become closer friends BUT nothing more ahaha. We also got to meet the Queen of the Firebloods and her sweet husband, Prince Eiko, who would do anything to protect/save his wife. His loyalty to her is so sweet.
Fireblood first takes place in Tempesia and then in Sudesia, as Ruby is trying to find a way to destroy the Minax. In all honestly, I find the Minax the most interesting thing in the plot, I guess my soul really is dark *insert laughing emoji* It is because Ruby goes to Sudesia that we are able to learn more about her past, who she is and watch her grow stronger.
The ending, meaning the last couple of chapters, was over-whelming – for Ruby at least. So many twists and turns happen and many new facts are brought to the surface. Some of the twists were predictable but there are many that aren’t. I’m fearing for the last book because I just want a happy ending for these characters. They’ve been through enough suffering. I actually dragged out finishing this book, mostly because I was scared of things happening and scared that things would end on a cliff-hanger. I’m satisfied with the ending so I guess that’s that.
Overall, I enjoyed reading Fireblood and am looking forward to Nightblood, which is the third instalment in the series. The only thing I didn’t enjoy was the budding love triangle. But majority of the book had me wanting to know more. Let’s hope Elly Blake gives us a good ending in Nightblood.
My aesthetic for Fireblood: