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Posted December 5, 2014
It's seldom that you get the opportunity to read a utopian type of novel. This one in particular has an Arthurian type of setting, a tyrannical king, and a princess to be with bravery and spunk.
After the death of her father, Zara has been chosen to be the wife of King Hart's son, Sebastian. It's more like she's been taken against her will. She has a difficult time adapting to her life as the princess to be and find comfort in the Prince's best friend, Sir Devlan. And she finds security in the fact that he's helping her perfect her fighting skills on the side. After all, when there's rebellion brewing and a kingdom in turmoil, it's perfectly okay for a lady to tear up her skirt a little bit.
Okay...okay.... Normally, I'm not a big fan of love triangles. But....if you know how to write them and write them well, like Wolfe did in my opinion, you have done your job as the author. There are plenty of steamy scenes, enough for you to whip out your finger fan to cool yourself down, but that's not what I loved the most about this book. The world building is INSANE! Insane! I don't know if it's just me, but whenever I read any kind of novel with a futuristic society built into it, that's one of the things that will immediately turn me off, meaning if the world isn't fully fleshed out it will either take me forever to finish or I'll abandon it altogether. Wolfe had zero problems with that though....I mean honestly, the society--the kingdom she created makes you feel like you're actually in Camelot during King Arthur's reign. This is a must read. Not only is it action packed, but like I said above, the world building is insane, there are steamy and swoon-worthy moments by the truck-load. I promise you this is a book you won't regret purchasing!
Posted April 27, 2014
I can’t even begin to tell you how much I hearted this book! A time like Camelot set in a dystopian world? Totally epic! This book is another example of why I think author, Trisha Wolfe, is an unbelievably amazing writer!
Zara Dane does what she has to in order to help her father who has the Virus. If the Force finds out that her father is ill, it’s only a matter of time before they take him away. While Zara is in town getting medication for her father, it also happens to be the day that Prince Sebastian reveals to everyone in the kingdom which lucky lady he has chosen to become his bride.
Surprisingly enough, Zara is the one who has capture the prince’s heart. Unfortunately for her, the Force already knows that her father is sick, and is at her door in a matter of minutes to take her father away, and to take her to the castle where she will soon become queen.
Even though all the ladies in the kingdom would give anything to have been the lucky girl chosen by Prince Sebastian, Zara would do anything to get out of this situation she has been put into. Especially after her father has so adamant that she not choose a life in the castle, and to get out.
But finding someone whom she can trust in the castle is a little more difficult that she thinks. Prince Sebastian decides to place a personal guard to watch over Zara. And who better than his first knight, Sir Devlan Capra. A sexy, mysterious knight to boot.
As Zara and Devlan become closer, Sebastian becomes more suspicious of his bride and first knight. Secrets are revealed and alliances are questioned in this page turning hit!
I can honest say that from the very first few pages, up to the very end, I was completely enthralled in this story, this world created by amazing author Trisha Wolfe, and the characters that are ones that readers will love and hate.
From scene to scene to scene, everything flowed together perfectly. The characters were introduced at a perfect pace, and readers were given sufficient information all throughout the book. Events and content did not feel rushed at all, and the characters in the book all had personalities of their own. Whether or not readers feel a connection with a specific character, the characters are all ones that readers can become easily addicted too.
I loved that there was always the constant thought of deception buried in the back of my mind while I was reading Fireblood by Trisha Wolfe. I was always second guessing who to trust and who would be the deceiver which was one of the things that kept me hooked!
And Devlan? *whistle* He is one character that I easily fell for. Ack you guys. You seriously need to read this book, and you will see why falling for him is inevitable. And Prince Sebastian? That dude has his moments, that’s for sure. Good or bad, there’s something about him that is very intriguing! Do I like him? Do I loathe him? Flip…flop…flip…flop… Good times!
Fans of dystopian reads will devour Fireblood by Trisha Wolfe. If you are looking for a read that will keep you hooked right to the very end, don’t hesitate in getting a copy right away! This book is to die for.
Posted January 17, 2014
I just love this story and when I had to put my kindle done cause of the kids or the kindle charging I got upset. That is how good this book was I just didn't want to put it down. Zara was just a girl trying to get her dad better till one day Prince Sebastian decided he wanted to be betrothed and he chose Zara. She was never interested in the Prince like all the other girls but she had no choice when they came and took her to the castle.She started to get to know the prince and thought just maybe that she could help change him once she seen some of his good side but she also seen the bad side of him as well. Then you have Devlan and well you can tell she felt some connection with him when they first lay eyes on each other but after a while she wasn't sure what to do and who to trust. I highly Recommend Fireblood it's a really good read and you will love everything about it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 28, 2013
I admit, this one took me a little to get into and I had every intention of knocking it a star, but now after finishing... I cannot see giving it anything less than 5 stars. Once I hit a certain point, I could not put it down. The world building is so unique in the sense that it mixes futuristic with historical. The romance is intense and sexy. And, the action explodes in every chapter.
I really enjoyed all of the characters in this story, even the bad ones. Our protagonist definitely had a heck of a ride in this book. From starting out as a commoner who wanted nothing to do with anything, to becoming someone so much strength. I love watching characters grow an change through out a story and Zara is a fantastic example of it.
On the other side, man oh sexy man... Devlan Capra. His name is HOT. His dark hair and pale blue eyes totally stole me. His strength and fights and intenseness just completely won me over. I absolutely loved Devlan. From the beginning all the way to the end, his role was played perfectly. I loved the changes we got to see him and well just everything about him. Definitely 100% new favorite book boyfriend.
Overall, I loved Fireblood. I absolutely love the fact that it's futuristic but actually set in an older time period. That Wolfe keeps the romance just as hot as I like it without simmering it down. That the fights are intense and wicked in every way. That there are parts that make you cringe and parts that make you want to fan yourself, and parts that make you laugh. Fantastic book and I will definitely be reading the next one!
Posted December 28, 2013
Trisha has done it again. Kick ass characters, swoon worthy romance, and an intricate plot with side characters that are fully fleshed out.
I loved the setting of this one. It is unlike anything I have read really. It is set in the future, a dystopian society that is based on Camelot, with knights, dresses, older speech patterns, tournaments and the like. Zara is the main character and she is chosen to be the new princess, but she wants no part, because although the society is "peaceful", the king rules harshly, with violent and deadly broadcasted punishments for those who disobey.
Zara is such a strong character, but she has and knows her limits, and I really appreciated that about her. She is new to the court, being raised on a farm, and that makes her relatable, because I have no idea what I would do if trusted into politics, it would be out of my league. But I love how easily she learns and adapts to situations whether court girls with their claws out, to learning to ride a horse or be in combat. She has such a pure heart, she wants to see the best in everyone and she brings that out in people. I also appreciate that she gets emotional. She doesn't deny that part of herself, she knows it is a part of her and that showing them isn't a weakness, but a show of strength.
As she plots her escape, she gains help learning to ride from the first knight, and her guard Devlan. I loved him from the minute I met him, with his wit, charm, broodiness, and his protective nature. I love their exchanges, and like Zara, I wanted to know the secrets he harbored. And little by little we find them out, and it only makes me want to know more about him and fall for him all the more.
The swoon factor is definitely present in this one, and like I have come to expect from Trisha, the romance leaves me breathless, and wanting more.
Sebastian, the prince is a story of himself. I go from hating, to thinking that he has a soft side that can be coaxed out, having hope for him shattered, to pity. The whole range of emotions because he really is a complex character, and being raised by a harsh ruler has left him with a mean streak, but there are also traces of wanting more for the kingdom but the two sides battle which is what leaves me so conflicted.
The rebels are surprises all around in this one, and they are the beacon of hope, but they also have their problems and people that like Zara, it is hard to trust even though they are against the king for their own reasons. But Devlan is there, and they uncover to her some shocking truths, not only about the depth of the evil from the king, but things about her past, and who she is.
The story gives me a good ending, nail biting, and action filled for sure, but it fit the story perfectly, and I am anxious to see how the series will continue.
Bottom Line: Absolutely amazing, brilliant setting, wonderfully developed characters and heart-pounding romance and action.
Posted December 17, 2013
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***
Fireblood by Trisha Wolfe
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication Date: December 17, 2013
Rating: 3 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley
Summary (from Goodreads):
To save a kingdom, Zara must choose between a prince who could be the answer and a rising rebellion that threatens to take control.
When Zara Dane is chosen to marry Prince Sebastian Hart, son of the man who ordered her father’s capture, Zara knows she must fight to save everything she loves from ruin.
Being betrothed to the prince means a life trapped behind the towering stone walls of the Camelot-forged realm. Under the watchful eye of the prince's first knight, Sir Devlan Capra, changing her future becomes difficult.
When an unlikely rebel reveals the truth about the deadly secrets that fuel King Hart’s twisted world, Zara’s path to rescue her father becomes clouded by deception. The Rebels clear her path by forcing Zara’s hand with an ultimatum: sway Prince Sebastian to join the Rebels, convincing him of his father’s evil nature, or they will take him out.
But Zara is uncertain about a future under the Rebels’ command and where the prince’s heart truly lies. She must decide who to trust, what to believe, and what she’s truly fighting for before the king destroys all of Karm, including her heart.
What I Liked:
I wanted to love this one, you all. I wanted to at least like it. And in a way, I do, but not nearly as much as I'd hoped. This three-star-rating is definitely on the low end of three stars, the negative end. I'm actually debating on whether or not I should drop it to two stars. Probably not though.
Anyway. Zara is chosen, out of thousands of young women, to be Prince's betrothed. Any other young woman would be ecstatic, but Zara isn't. Her father is taken from her, because he has the deadly Virus, and Zara has never felt more alone. Taken to Karm, she has no one to rely on, except her maid, and the first guard.
Soon Zara realizes that things are not as they seem in Karm. The king is, well, evil and sadistic, and the prince does not seem to know about his father's crazed plans. There are groups fighting to free Karm of the evil King Hart, and take down the barrier that separates Karm from the rest of the world. As Zara learns the truth about Karm, Hart, and her trusted first guard Devlan, she finds that she is more valuable than she ever thought.
The story is... interesting. Ish. You all know how much I love fantasy. This novel is a fantasy novel. It's set in the future, way ahead of modern times, but the kingdom is structured after the Round Table (medieval times). So, there are knights and swords and towers and jousting and whatnot. I love this type of fantasy - the medieval fantasy. Trisha Wolfe puts an intriguing spin on the fantasy aspect and world-building, by making it a recreated fantasy world, that knows of the "modern day" past, and has technology.
So, like most generic fantasy novels, there is an evil king who is basically a tyrant, and there is a rebel group that wants to overthrow him. You guess the rest.
The romance is very obvious, and in my opinion, at the beginning, rushed. It's so clear that Zara and this young man instantly have feelings for each other - probably lust at first sight. To me, it was obvious. Their relationship progresses throughout the story, but it bothered me how quickly one character decided that the other was worth the world and more (in a romantic sense), before even meeting that character.
Wait, that's a dislike. Okay. I'm going to the dislike section now.
What I Did Not Like:
I already mentioned that I didn't like the romance very much - or I sounded like I didn't. I liked the pair that fell in love, I just didn't really like how it happened. I also didn't like how it happened. IT'S SO CLICHE. I mean, for those of you who have read Throne of Glass (and even Crown of Midnight), or know EXACTLY what I'm talking about. And I'm sorry that these two authors may have had the same idea without knowing it. But Maas's book was written (to my knowledge) way before this one, and it also came out before this one. I read Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight before I read this one. So excuse me while dislike a certain cliche that I keep seeing in fantasy novels.
And it's a really obvious cliche. I hate obvious things, and I hate cliche things.
Next thing: characters. Zara is such a cliche heroine. I mean, she is SO GENERIC. She doesn't have any personality, in my opinion. She's your typical fighter-attitude, stubborn, irrational, impulsive, STUPID Young Adult literature heroine. She comes from a poor background but STILL acts like she is entitled to everything. I mean, yes, she is chosen to be a princess, and soon, a queen. But for all her telling Devlan and others that she is not selfish and lordly, she totally is.
And she's generic, did I mention that? There isn't much that made me think, that is ZARA, from FIREBLOOD. I can EASILY distinguish her from other YA heroines. Well, the only way I'd be able to distinguish her is if all of the other YA heroines that are chosen to be a part of this made-up sample had a distinguishing feature. Then I could pick out all of them, and be left with Zara. Cliche, generic Zara. Unintelligent, annoying Zara.
Also, how did she go from weak and unskilled in any type of combat or weapon use, to absolutely AMAZING, in about two to three weeks? Is that physically possible? I'd say no. By the end of two to three weeks, she could probably hold a sword correctly, not deflect parries and place blows. So. Not. Believable.
Devlan is an okay character, but he also strikes me as generic and lacking in depth. He's your typical fantasy hero - overprotective, stern, calculating. I don't really know much about his background, or care, to be honest. He's generic. He has no depth. He and Zara are perfect for each other. Zero characterization.
The plot of this novel isn't all that creative either. Evil king, weak Chosen One girl, supposedly kickbutt male to assist girl, overthrow king, happily ever after (not to say that the ending is happy or not). BORING. This plot is the skeleton of any fantasy novel, but it is ONLY the skeleton. It's so unbelievably predictable. I hate predictability. Throw a twist in there, every now and then. Do something other then EXACTLY what a reader might guess. I mean, come one. Evil king. Prince who might turn out like father. Chosen One girl. Kickbutt hero. War for kingdom. The end.
Disappointment. That's what I'm feeling right now.
Would I Recommend It:
Um... this is difficult. As a Trisha Wolfe fan, I'd say read it no matter what I think! Find out for yourself! But realistically, I wouldn't really recommend this book. Overall, I feel so disappointed and disheartened. I expected much better from Trisha. All around, regardless of genre or plot or romance or whatever, Fireblood isn't really worth the read if you weren't dying to read it to begin with. You're not missing out, believe me.
2.5 stars -> rounded up to 3 stars. I really, really wanted to like this one more than I did. I mean, I even pre-ordered the paperback version of this book in April - APRIL, without reading more than the synopsis. I had such high hopes, and honestly, if I had known my opinion about this book before I pre-ordered it, then I hate to say it, but I wouldn't have pre-ordered it. Definitely a let-down, for this fantasy (and Trisha Wolfe) fan!
Posted November 26, 2013
Absolutely lovely! Fireblood was yet another amazing book from the fabulous Trisha Wolfe. This book has thrills, secrets, betrayals, and, of course, romance. It was totally amazing and I loved it!
Zara was a great heroine. Let me first say, though, that I loved her name. Partly because one of my friends also has that name and partly because I've just always liked it. But, let's talk about the actual character. She was wonderful. She was very strong and clever and always did what she thought was right. Her judgement wasn't always perfect, but I think those flaws just made her a more realistic character, somewhat that we can more easily relate to. I thought she was a lovely heroine.
Though there is kind of a love triangle, in the Zara was betrothed to someone else, Devlan was the main love interest and the hero of the story. He was awesome. He was definitely worthy of the title "hero." He was strong, brave, clever, and loyal. He always followed what he believed in, but not if it conflicted with his morals. He was also very sweet and adorable. I really liked him. I thought he was brilliant.
The romance between Zara and Devlan developed slowly. They really shouldn't have been together if they valued their lives and they realized that, so they kept a tight grip on their feelings. But, what made it sweet was that they fell for each other anyway. I thought they were a lovely couple.
Sebastian was a complicated character. There were times that I loved him and times that I wanted to punch him in the face. It was impossible to settle on whether he was good or bad, even after what happened at the end. He was a very dynamic character. On one hand, he had traces of his father's cruelty in him. On the other, he wasn't letting them take over, trying his best to be a good person. Even after what he did at the end, I still felt bad for him and still liked him. Even if I never quite figured out whether or not I loved him, I definitely loved his character. The way he was so complicated made him very interesting and an intriguing character to read about.
The plot was fast paced. I was hooked the entire way through. There were tons of secrets, particularly about how the kingdom was run, but also about the characters' pasts. And, the thrills were constant as Zara struggled to figure out what was right. It was all enough to keep me on the edge of my seat. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was lovely. I think this is going to be a standalone, other than the prequel, because all the loose ends were tied and it felt like the story was concluded. I'm happy with that fantastic ending, but I wouldn't say no to seeing more from these characters :)
Fireblood was a fantastic YA read. It was thrilling, unpredictable, romantic, and full of secrets. I absolutely loved reading it. Lovers of YA romance, this is a book you don't want to miss.
*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review