Monday, 6 February 2017

Cover Spotlight: Frostblood by Elly Blake.

For today's cover spotlight post I've got another wonderful release from Hodder for you all. I received an ARC from them a few months ago and I absolutely love this story; I'm hoping that you all will too.

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.

I absolutely love the cover of Frostblood, in all variations. The proof covers were absolutely beautiful, both the frost and fire editions, as shown below.

This picture is from the lovely Hodderscape Twitter itself, showing both designs, and doesn't it just display them so beautifully? I myself received the fire edition which I'm completely smitten with - my own Golden Smaug funko is enamoured himself - but I love the frost edition as well (Hopelessly searching for a copy!). I think they really just emphasise the dividing line between the two factions in the story, and the power they both hold, as well as being insanely beautiful.

The final cover however, as shown above and which is available to buy now - I myself purchased a copy last Tuesday! - is even more beautiful, if that were at all possible. The finished copy actually has a glossy shine to it that seems to emphasise the icy cover even more, like hidden ice under a blanket of snow; a dark hidden danger much like the one Ruby faces in the story. The frost covered rose emphasises the struggles Ruby faces in a world of ice; the only fireblood remaining. It emphasises the difficult task that lies ahead of her, and perhaps - with the ice slowly crystallising over the rose's delicate petals - how much it may cost her in the end.

This isn't just a beautiful cover, it's a mini story in its own rights. It highlights elements of the story, raising further questions that could only entice you to read it more than you may already have been. It's a true work of art, and I adore it.

What are your thoughts on the Frostblood final cover? Have you read it, or are you excited to? As always do feel free to leave a comment below, or @ me on Twitter, and thanks for reading.

Holly @The_Arts_Shelf

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