A fantasy that speaks volumes, Frostblood is an amazing debut from author Elly Blake. Big thanks to Hodder for the gorgeous ARC.
Seventeen-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 to 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—Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her—and from the icy young man she has come to love.
A thrilling fantasy with a poignant heart, Frostblood is a book I tore through in a handful of days and absolutely adored. Following our heroine Ruby, the only Fireblood in a sea of Frostbloods, it tells the tale of revenge, love and disarray in a world where individuals are separated and hunted just for the temperature of their skin and their elemental ability or affiliation. Ruby was a fantastic heroine to follow, strong willed and passionate. When she loses everything it is her strength and courage that leads her through the trials and tribulations she then must face; least of all the taming of her fire by a Frostblood whose icy heart she's slowly melting, named Arcus.
Arcus too was a marvellous character, first a thorn and then a rock for Ruby to lean on. His presence and chemistry with Ruby was ever a joy and I honestly can't wait to see what happens in book 2. My favourite character was quite easily Brother Thistle, a sage of wisdom against the Frost King's blindsided racism (or elementism, I suppose?) that helped make the book as poignant as it was. Beyond the glimmer of magic and realm of fantasy, Frostblood is very much a thought provoking book and one I definitely suggest everyone should read.
Elly Blake has outdone herself with this debut and I am now anxiously awaiting the release of book 2, entitled Fireblood. Frost blood meanwhile is definitely a 5* read I urge you all to put on your TBR if it isn't already.
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