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Frostblood (Frostblood Saga Series #1)
     

Frostblood (Frostblood Saga Series #1)

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by Elly Blake
 

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The Frost King will burn.


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

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The Frost King will burn.


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.

Vivid and compelling, Frostblood is the first in an exhilarating series about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies...but together create a power that could change everything.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/05/2016
Seventeen-year-old Ruby Otrera is a Fireblood with a poorly controlled ability to create and control flame, but her kind have been outlawed and persecuted by the cold-wielding Frostbloods, who rule her land. After her true nature is discovered and her mother killed, Ruby is imprisoned, then freed by members of a rebellion seeking to defeat the tyrant Frost King. Ruby hones her skills with the aid of a sullen Frostblood named Arcus, only to be captured again, this time sent to fight as a gladiator for the king’s entertainment. This is a strong debut for Blake, though the overall structure and plot points will be familiar to fans of stories in which a specially skilled young woman is manipulated into overthrowing a corrupt regime, alongside untrustworthy allies and a sexy-yet-mysterious guy. But while the story hits some predictable beats, the overall execution is solid, and as the kickoff to Blake’s Frostblood Saga, it succeeds in laying down intriguing framework for the books to come. Ages 12–up. Agent: Suzie Townsend, New Leaf Literary & Media. (Jan.)
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"This enchanting and fast-paced debut lights up the page with magic, romance, and action, all of which is expertly interwoven throughout the text. Readers will be eagerly anticipating the next book in the series."—Booklist"

This is an enjoyable, fast-paced debut that blends romance into a story of suspenseful battles, royal prisons, and rebel schemes.... perfect for fans of Red Queen and will delight those who love fantasy, adventure, and romance. A strong addition to any YA fantasy collection."—School Library Journal"

Ruby's a spitfire who faces her challenges with grit.... A slow-burning, classic tale."—Kirkus Reviews"

A strong debut for Blake.... succeeds in laying down intriguing framework for the books to come."—Publishers Weekly"

Ruby and Arcus don't disappoint."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"

With a fierce and vibrant world, richly-drawn characters, a steamy romance, and page-turning twists, Frostblood has all the elements of a great fantasy."—Morgan Rhodes, New York Times bestselling author of the Fallen Kingdoms Series"

Compelling characters, a fascinating world, and an exhilarating story beautifully wrought in this must-read debut."—Eve Silver, author of the Game series"

Fast-paced and brimming with magic and intrigue, Frostblood will keep you frozen in place until the last page and then leave you burning for more."—Lori M. Lee, author of Gates of Thread and Stone

School Library Journal
11/01/2016
Gr 9 Up—Seventeen-year-old Ruby Otrera lives in a world where fire and ice are mortal enemies. Ruby is one of the last firebloods, second-class citizens of the kingdom of Tempesia. There, the ruling frostbloods are determined to locate and destroy all remaining firebloods in the realm. Ruby lives with her mother in a remote village, hiding her unpredictable powers of heat and flame. After the king's soldiers raid her small village and drag Ruby to prison, though, she is set on a dangerous and unexpected path. Blake's debut fantasy novel is a familiar tale about a young woman finding her way in a troubled and prejudiced world. With a few allies, including frost-wielding monks and a mysterious and irresistible masked warrior, the heroine becomes the key to a rebel plot to assassinate the king. Despite some formulaic plot elements, this is an enjoyable, fast-paced debut that blends romance into a story of suspenseful battles, royal prisons, and rebel schemes. VERDICT This series opener is perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard's Red Queen and will delight those who love fantasy, adventure, and romance. A strong addition to any YA fantasy collection.—Ariel Birdoff, New York Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
2016-10-19
A young girl with the power of fire running through her veins must save a kingdom ruled by the evil Frost King.Ruby Otrera lives an isolated life with her mother, hiding her reviled power from the villagers nearby: she's a Fireblood. In a land ruled by Frostbloods, Firebloods are hunted. Ruby can barely control her powers, and when the Frost King's soldiers arrive, she can't stop them from killing her mother and locking her in Blackcreek Prison. Nearly half a year passes before two robed Frostbloods appear and offer her freedom in exchange for helping them remove the Frost King. Soon Ruby finds herself at Forwind Abbey in the care of monks. Brother Thistle tries to teach her how to control her powers in preparation for her task. Arcus, the only lay plotter involved, keeps his face hidden but makes his mistrust clear. As Ruby finds a new home at the abbey, soldiers continue to hunt for her. And it isn't long before she's made to face the throne and learn her true role in both the monks' and the Frost King's plans. Ruby's a spitfire who faces her challenges with grit, but her love interest and his surprises are predictable. Backed by a strong mythology, Ruby's story stands to be reinvigorated in the sequel if a dynamic villain is delivered and the romance takes a back seat. Ruby is relatively pale-skinned in comparison to blue-eyed Brother Thistle; racial difference in this fantasy world cuts along Fireblood/Frostblood lines. A slow-burning, classic tale with too few fireworks at the end. (Fantasy. 13 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316273251
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
01/10/2017
Series:
Frostblood Saga Series , #1
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
1,211
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Elly Blake loves fairy tales, old houses, and owls. After earning a degree in English literature, she held a series of seemingly random jobs, including project manager, customs clerk, graphic designer, and reporter for a local business magazine before finally landing on her current job as a library assistant. She lives in Southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids, and a Siberian Husky mix that definitely shows frostblood tendencies.

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Frostblood (Frostblood Saga Series #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Engaging, intriguing, with the perfect budding romance! absolutely loved it!
V-Rundell 4 days ago
4.5 Stars. Ruby is a teen girl unsure how to manage the demands of her Fireblood heritage in a land where just being a Fireblood is a death sentence. Born with the ability to wield fire from her hands, she must release some of this power now and then or she feels pent-up and unstable. She always hides deep in the woods outside their remote village to test and release her fire magic, but the day comes when the Frostblood King's soldiers find her and burn their village for daring to "harbor" a Fireblood. They also kill her mother right before Ruby's eyes. She's imprisoned, kept in a state of complete damp and cold to douse her flames, and starved nearly to death, only to be rescued by a Frostblood master, Brother Thistle, and his protector, Arcus. They vow to save her if she will help them kill the king--and that's a bargain Ruby's all too eager to make. Safely ensconced in an abbey to Fors, the god of Frost, Ruby is trained by Brother Thistle in the safe wielding of her flames, and by Arcus in hand-to-hand combat and swordsmanship. Not all the monks are in favor of keeping a Fireblood nearby, however, and view Ruby's training as traitorous to the throne. Over time, Ruby and Arcus develop a camaraderie that slides into attraction. She's there for several months, as the attack on the king is planned for the summer solstice, the time when Ruby's fire magic will be naturally at it's zenith. But, she's frustrated when she learns that the total plan isn't necessarily to kill the king. It turns out that his ice throne, fashioned by Fors a thousand years before, has been corrupted by dark magic, and Thistle and Arcus believe that darkness has inflicted a madness on the king. Perhaps if Ruby melts the throne, she can restore sanity to the king, who can then call off the hunt for Firebloods. Ruby isn't in love with this plan, and feels vengeance is hers to claim--but she's captured by the king's soldiers before she and Arcus can mount their siege. Being a Fireblood, Ruby is pressed into the King's gladiatorial entertainment, fully expected to be killed in her first event. When she wins--aided by magic that isn't hers--Ruby knows she's living on borrowed time. If only she can get her flames on the King's throne before her life is snuffed. For a fantasy, I really found the realistic development of Ruby as a heroine to be excellent. She's not a quick study. She gets frustrated. She makes mistakes that harm her, and those around her, but she's valiant and determined. Ruby wants to be useful, wants to help herself and all the Firebloods, and Brother Thistle is a patient teacher she wants to please. Arcus is moody and mean-spirited at times, pushing and prodding Ruby to get her off-center. He knows the kind of battles she'll face if they can get her into the King's court, and his tough-love approach felt realistic, as well. Her experiences in the King's court are filled with intrigues, humiliation, and brutality. She's forced to meet her mother's killer many times, even in battle, and Ruby has to keep her wits clear to keep herself alive. The magic that afflicts the King is in play throughout the court--and Ruby's not immune. She can embrace this power, and change her place in the world dramatically, but her deep rapport with Thistle and Arcus keep her grounded in a way she hadn't expected. The worldbuilding is really good, with scenes that are fleshed out and a menacing tone imbued throughout the prose. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC
brittanysbookrambles 11 days ago
If you're looking for a book that is Red Queen crossed with Throne of Glass, then Frostblood is the one for you! At first, it might appear to be a typical YA fantasy, but the execution is phenomenal, the writing is engaging, the dialogue is on point, and the characters are absolutely fantastic. I devoured this book in one sitting and I've reread it multiple times since then. In fact, I will continue to reread it every chance I get—despite my incredibly packed reading schedule—because that's how much I love this book. There is an amazing ship in Frostblood, and while I could argue that they are the heart of the book, it's actually equal parts character and plot driven—a perfect balance! I highly recommend this lovely novel to anyone, but especially to people who enjoy epic fantasy, coupled with a well-balanced main pair that'll most likely be your new favorite OTP!
Van_shortandsweetreviews 16 days ago
4 1/2 stars. I’ve read a few great novels so far this year and among them is Frostblood, the first book in a brand new Young Adult series. I first saw this book in the NOVL newsletter as a giveaway and thought it sounded interesting. Lo and behold, I was one of the lucky subscribers that received this book for review. I suspected Frostblood was going to be good, at least better than most of the YA I’ve read in the past but I didn’t expect to be swept away and so engrossed by the story and characters as much as I did. It was so much more than I expected and kept me reading till the early morning…where I totally looked and felt like a zombie the next day. But it was worth it. I finished it in one and half days! That’s how awesome this book was. It’s very rare nowadays for me to read a book quickly, almost straight through; where I can’t tear myself away from the book until I know what happens next. I think the last book that made me feel that way was Daughter of Smoke and Bones back in 2011! Plus I’m extremely picky when it comes to YA novels. It’s getting harder and harder for a book, fantasy at that, to stand out in a sea of fantasy novels/debuts but Blake’s book definitely caught my attention and it looks to be a start to a fabulous series. Ruby, our main heroine was one feisty and stubborn chick, which makes sense since she’s a Fireblood; a person that wields and controls fire. Except Ruby never really understood or learned how to control her powers. Ever since Ruby was young, she was taught to hide her gift and never to use it because of how dangerous it was. But after the death of her mother and the destruction of her village; Ruby found herself in the company of two Frostbloods, who controlled water/ice and were willing to teach Ruby to master her powers. Under the condition that she’d help them kill The Frost King. Ruby may have a strong snarky attitude but she was just as caring and passionate when it came to people that mattered. I loved seeing Ruby’s growth throughout the book, because she certainly wasn’t the same girl that was captured by the King’s men. Another main character is Arcus, the mysterious and secretive Frostblood that broke Ruby out of prison. As you all probably figured out by reading the synopsis, Arcus eventually becomes Ruby’s love interest. Man, oh man…the chemistry and tension between these two were off the chart! I loved the slow burning romance, it gave me goosebumps! My favorite scenes were without-a-doubt of Arcus and Ruby training together. However, the stunt Ruby pulled at the end is what kept this book from being 5 stars. While she may have been corrupted by Minax, I didn’t like how easily she dismissed her feelings for Arcus or how she can kiss one person one minute and jump to another guy the next. Very off-putting in my opinion. But thankfully she ended up with the right person in the end! It’s been awhile since I’ve read a great and engaging YA novel. Although Frostblood may have the usual tropes and was a little predictable at time (Arcus’s identity), I still found myself enjoying it immensely. Blake created a fantastic world and characters, enabling me to immerse myself into the story and escape reality for awhile. All the best books do. I highly recommend Frostblood for those that haven't read it yet, it was the perfect blend of romance and action. Fireblood, the second book in the trilogy comes out this year, how cool is that? We don’t have to wait a year! I am so stoked about it!
Anonymous 20 days ago
I love reading. Truly, I do. I try to read as much as physically possible. I've seen a lot of book trends come and go, and really, I'm sure a lot of people have. I feel as though publishing companies. feel so guilty for rejecting the Harry Potter series that just anything can be published; and while this is a good thing, it does seem to me like you read a lot of variations of the same story, and the real creativity is lost. I understand that money needs to be made. I have no problem with this novel. I think it is well written, the characters are passable, the imagination is there, as well as the time and effort. HOWEVER. It is a shame that the imagination presented has already been published. Ever heard of Red Queen and the Iron Fae series? This is the love child of those series. Red Queen: A girl has magical powers within her normal blood. Frost Blood: A girl has magical powers within her blood. They're even related to heat, like Red Queen's Mare. Iron Fae: An icy ruler whom no one can tame but her. Frost Blood: An icy ruler whom no one can tame but her. It is times like these that I crave originality. If you really wish to create something that no one has seen, please stop taking from other novels and series. Otherwise, we are left with no originality and starved for creativity.
terferj 23 days ago
I thought this had a really cool (...or should I say smoking? lol) storyline. I found it very interesting and kept my glued to the pages. There was a few slow moments but I found this to be a great story! I really loved the idea of it. If I had a choice of being a Frostblood or a Fireblood, I’d would be a Fireblood. I hate the heat, so I figure if my body temperature would be high then the heat wouldn’t bother me. Also it would be cool to start a fire whenever I want. lol. I loved the characters. Ruby as Brother Thistle describes her: kind, feisty, headstrong, impulsive - is exactly how I would describe her too. She had it tough; she had to learn to control her powers, she had heartbreak, she had to survive, and then she had a dangerous task. How does this 17 year old get tasked with that? I have trouble deciding what to eat. lol. Oh Arcus. He was so moody, brooding, mysterious, sweet, and I can appreciate that he isn’t drop dead gorgeous and that he bares things from his past. So yes, this had fighting, death, romance that was sizzling, snarky banter, truth and understanding of what needs to be done, a surprise that caught me off guard, and sweet moments. Can I say yay for no cliff hangers. If it was a standalone it would have been fine since everything had a conclusion but since it’s not, it makes me excited and anxious for the next book. **I received this through NetGalley
WinterFairy 26 days ago
I really enjoyed this book! I stayed up way too late to finish it. It's full of adventure, magic, mystery and I can't say enough good things! I can't wait to read book #2! I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy or who is looking for something new to read. PLUS Arcus is my new book boyfriend!
Anonymous 3 months ago
Review: The cover caught my eye immediately. I love the frost covered rose, as I always loved the beauty of a cold winter. Frost is something really beautiful with it's delicate appearance and the glittering views. The author's writing style is absolutely addicting and amazingly thrilling. The wording has been easy to understand, Ella Blake is writing very fluid and I couldn't find any dull scenes at all. Therefore I haven't been able to put this book aside until I was finished. I've been spellbound from the first words and have finished reading 'Frostblood' on just one evening. There have also been so many emotions while reading this story: Hate, fear, sorrow, loneliness, determination, regret, guilt and helplessness but also great love and friendship. Especially the latter have brought light and hope into the dark moments of this story. Ruby is the female protagonist of this story. She is a Fireblood in the kingdom of the Frost King. She had to hide her gift all her life but even if she got warned about the dangers of using it, she couldn't resist anymore to train her abilities. Ruby is very stubborn but also kind, loving, courageous and sticks to her plans. I loved her from the very beginning. Arcus is the male protagonist in 'Frostblood'. He most definitely has his well hidden secrects and you couldn't begin to imagine most of them. He has had a very hard past because of which he definitely needs to stay hidden until he can carry out his plans. Arcus is mysterious and impatient but he is also strong, courageous, loving, kind, protective and has a very strong gift. Rasmus is the Frost King. His heart and his very soul are covered in darkness. He is one of the worst enemies you could think of. Rasmus is absolutely unscrupulous and power-hungry and his methods are more cruel than I could have thought. The monks, who are following the Order of Fors, are very welcoming and kind. They are a light in all the darkness for Ruby. I can't tell you too much about them, as I would spoiler you unwillingly. But I can tell you, that not just Ruby found allies and a safe haven in the monks abbey. You want to know more about Ruby's huge and dangerous adventure, Arcus's secrects, the Frost King's cruel actions and the amazing monks? Then you should most definitely join all the stunning characters on their journey. I absolutely love 'Frostblood' and can't wait until book #2 in the 'Frostblood Saga' will be published. I can recommend this amazing book to everyone, who enjoys to read a fantasy book. It is for sure already one of my highlights in 2017.
Stephalaughagus 3 months ago
Oh. My. Goodness. This book! Let me start by saying that I have been looking forward to reading Frostblood since I first heard about it. It is one of my most anticipated 2017 debuts. So I was super excited to be approved to read an advanced copy. I picked it up one night thinking I would read a chapter or two before bed. The next thing I knew I was 30% into the story and had to force myself to put the book down because I had to get some sleep. Frostblood will instantly draw the reader in and make you want to do nothing but keep reading. I was instantly entranced by this story and was fully invested in finding out what was going to happen. I think Frostblood is a magically irresistible story full of excitement, intrigue, self-discovery, trust, and a slow-burn romance. I seriously loved everything about it. The writing is wonderful and the story is very entertaining. I think this story has great pacing and world-building. I really like the backstory and found it to be interesting. Overall, some of the reveals and twists were not that shocking. There were a couple that surprised me a little. But that didn't stop me from really enjoying this book. I love the characters very much. Ruby is a great main character. She is brave and spunky but also unsure about herself and her power. I think she has a lot of growth throughout the story. I love the relationship development between her and the other characters. Especially Arcus and the brother and sister monks. And the romance. I LOVED the romance. Slow-burn with passion and chemistry. My Recommendation: Frostblood captivated my attention from the very beginning. When I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about how much I wished I was. I enjoyed the story, world-building, and the characters very much. I can easily say that I think Frostblood is already one going to be one of my favorite reads of 2017. I loved it. I am already super excited and looking forward to the next book! I cannot wait to find out what happens next! I highly recommend reading this one! ***I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***
book_junkee 3 months ago
I'm quite picky about the fantasy books I read, but this one was sent to me and I got sucked in by that awesome cover. I liked Ruby. She's sassy and struggling with her power. I really enjoyed being in her head while she figured everything out. Of course I loved Arcus and Brother Thistle too. There were a few secondary characters that I hope we see in future books. The mythology/backstory didn't seem important when it was shared and I didn't realize I needed that info until it was being talked about again. I had to go back and find the passage to reread. At the same time, I really appreciated that it wasn't super difficult to follow. Overall, it was a quick read that kept me captivated. There were things I didn't see coming, swoons, laughs, a few scenes with fantastic banter, and an extremely satisfying ending. I can't wait to see what happens next. **Huge thanks to The Novl for providing the arc free of charge**
onemused 3 months ago
Absolutely incredible! “Frostblood” was an amazing YA fantasy with a touch of romance that quickly burned (or should I say froze?) its way into my heart. The book takes place in a kingdom brimming with violence and war. Although many people are without powers, some have been imbued with the powers of frost or of fire, called frostbloods and firebloods respectively. The kingdom is ruled by frostbloods who have sought to rid the land of firebloods. Ruby is a fireblood, terrified of her powers as they have the potential to kill not only others she loves but also herself if she is caught. Early in the book, she is caught and brought to a prison after witnessing the terrible actions of the king’s soldiers on her mother and her village. Eventually, she is freed by two frostbloods who want her help. The very nature of frostbloods and firebloods has them at odds, and although she is reluctant to help, she finds that these frostbloods are on a mission that aligns with hers- the death of the cruel and violent king. Ruby is a strong character with a good heart- she really just wants to be a healer like her mother. She is courageous and filled with every type of fire one could imagine- passion, short-tempered, witty. The story is told from her point of view, and she is a fantastic character from whom to learn about the kingdom and the mythical history of the gods and the powers bestowed. As firebloods have been hunted and exterminated, Ruby has never learned to tame or use her skills. The first part of the book is her training with the frostbloods, whose skills were trained. Although they seem like their skills would be at odds, they are similar in many ways. Her time at the monastery is somewhat quiet and relatively uneventful/slower paced, set at odds with the second part/half of the book which is full of danger and much faster paced, taking place in the palace. In this way, it felt reminiscent of several different types of fantasy novels, and I absolutely adored the combination. However, I was unable to put down the book during the second half and caught myself reading even when I shouldn’t be- the action is so intense and constant that there isn’t a single good place to put it down during the second part. Be forewarned, and I mean that in the best way- you’ll want to keep reading/need uninterrupted time for this gem of a book. The book was, in many ways, very predictable, e.g. her romance was easy to predict (which doesn’t mean that I didn’t love every second of it) as well as the true identities of some main characters (which I won’t give away so as to avoid spoilers). However, despite the ability to guess at events or some of the mysteries, the book was fantastic to read and the journey was incredible. I am not sure I can calm down my gushing enough to adequately express how very much I adored this book! I am already ready to reread it and enjoy the build of the romance and Ruby’s personal growth all over again. I am beyond thrilled to learn that this is part of a series, so I can continue with this wonderful world and characters, but so sad that I don’t yet have the next book. As a note, if you hate cliffhangers, you are in luck! This book does have closure and does not have a cliffhanger. However, the ending is not final and you can definitely see the room and potential for the rest of the series. Overall, this was a really fantastic read, and it is definitely shooting to the top of my favorites. Please note that I received an ARC from
TheThoughtSpot 3 months ago
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for the opportunity to read and review Frostblood by Elly Blake! Ruby is Fireblood, (can build heat and flame within her body and can expel both), and loses her mother in an attack on their home. Ruby is taken as a prisoner because Firebloods are persecuted. She spends some time in prison, then is released to go with Frostblood (can build cold and frost within their bodies and can expel both) people and taken to Forwind Abbey. The abbey catches on fire and one of the monks blames Ruby, so she runs away. Arcus, a mysterious resident of the abbey, finds her in the woods, alone, lost and with no horse. He takes her back to the abbey and she makes an agreement with Brother Thistle and Arcus that she will stay and help them if they explain their purpose to her. They finally have mutual trust and their backstories unfold gradually. This adventurous tale comes to life full of action and intrigue in a beautifully described fantasy world. I enjoyed the depth of the characters and how the explanation of the Frostblood world unfolded - 5 stars! I am anxiously looking forward to the sequel, Fireblood which is scheduled for publication September 2017.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Absolutely amazing. I finished it in a day because I couldn't put it down. This book has everything.
gigiluvsbooks 4 months ago
Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a fireblood who must hide her powers of heat and flame from the cruel frostblood ruling class that wants to destroy all that are left of her kind. So when her mother is killed for protecting her and rebel frostbloods demand her help to kill their rampaging king, she agrees. But Ruby's powers are unpredictable, and she's not sure she's willing to let the rebels and an infuriating (yet irresistible) young man called Arcus use her as their weapon. All she wants is revenge, but before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to take part 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. Fast-paced and compelling, Frostblood is the first in a page-turning new young adult three-book series about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies—but together create a power that could change everything. Review: I am not usually a big YA reader, but I was super intrigued by the blurb for this one that I had to pick it up. With that said, I saw a lot of people compare it to other YA books...well I am not going to do that since I don't read a lot of them. I found it a very thrilling and action-packed. The mythos of the frostbloods and the firebloods was engaging and I liked the uniqueness of the mythos. Ruby was great, she had her moments of doubt and weakness, but when the time came she was a fighter. Of course there was a little romance with Arcus, who is not all he seems. Very much on the sweet side, okay for the younger reader. My favorite part was when Ruby was captured and held by the frost king and what she goes through in order to go through with the plan to kill the king. The ending was particularly tension filled and ends with a little cliff hanger. This is the first book in this new trilogy. I cannot wait to see what happens and for someone who is picky about the YA they read it says a lot. 4Stars *I voluntarily read an advance copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
Caroles_Random_Life 4 months ago
I really enjoyed this book. I am actually quite surprised by how much I ended up liking it. When I decided to read this book, I wasn't really sure if it was my kind of book. I found out pretty quickly that it was in fact my kind of book. It was an incredibly exciting story set in a interesting world. I am so glad that I decided to read this book. This book started out really strong. When we first meet Ruby, we learn that she is a Fireblood and that she has been hiding that fact from others for her entire life. Being a Fireblood is dangerous where she lives because they usually don't live for very long after discovery. Ruby has never had an opportunity to really learn how to use her gift or to even test the strength of her power. I liked Ruby almost immediately. She starts the story out in such an impossible situation and quickly proves to be a survivor. As the story moved forward, there were times that I thought I liked her a bit less. Some of her actions while at the monastery seemed a bit immature at times but she is a seventeen year old in a horrible situation so I think it was justified. By the end of the book, I absolutely loved her. She proved to be incredibly brave and had an amazing strength to her character. Ruby wasn't the only great character in this story. Arcus was awesome. He always seemed to have a much larger story to tell and I enjoyed his quiet strength. The Brothers at the monastery were great and there were even a few people at the king's court that seemed like they might actually want to help Ruby. I really enjoyed the way that the story was written. My interest was captured from the very beginning. The pace of the story did slow down a bit during much of the first part of the story but that was where we learned about the world and Ruby's abilities. Once the second half of the book started, I couldn't put the book down. Everything I thought would happend didn't and I wasn't sure how things would work out in the end. I also really appreciated the fact that even though this book is the first of a new series, it came to a nice conclusion. I would highly recommend this book to others. It is a fantastic story that is filled with excitement. I am really very excited about the fact that this is the beginning of a new series. I will definitely be reading the next book in this series just as soon as I can get my hands on a copy. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers via NetGalley.
MBurton 4 months ago
I’m so excited to have a new YA Fantasy series to look forward too. I must have a love for girl power because I get such enjoyment finding series where a young woman comes along with powers and save the day. I hate to give too much description for stories like this. I’m a reader that wants to dive in without knowing what’s going to happen , so all I’m going to say is the storytelling by this author was vivid, imaginative and it completely sucked me in. It’s going to be a long wait until September for the next book! ARC provided by NetGalley.
BookwormforKids 4 months ago
Magic, frost, fire, bloody battles, dark dungeons, and the dark desire for revenge merge together to form a read which ensnares and holds the tension until the very end. Ruby doesn't want much out of life; she simply enjoys living in the small village with her mother, and to practice the talent she was born with--fire magic. Even this, she does quietly in corners where no one can see. But as a fireblood, this is too much. Her mere existence is enough to sentence her to death. When someone sees her, the frostblood soliders come, and everything Ruby holds dear is destroyed. Brutally. Now, she has one goal--to get revenge. Ruby is a girl on a mission to survive and get revenge, and this is a goal she keeps in front of her the entire story. But unlike many tales with strong female characters, Ruby is a natural born fighter. She has fire magic but has basically no idea how to control or use it. And she battles and works on this the entire way through, which helps to make her a character to really cheer on. She's also not a 'stupid' character. Although she does find herself in sticky situations, it's not due to her own stupidity or lack of planning, but rather, she usually acts on solid thoughts and common sense. The world around Ruby is rich. There's enough familiarity in the life and scenes for the reader to gain a good footing before the fantastical elements take place. There's magic, but there's also quite a few 'normal' characters. This raises the stakes and makes it easier to fever for Ruby and the others when danger arises. The other characters come to life with their own personalities and traits, and it's hard not to get emotionally touched along with Ruby when these friends are threatened. The plot centers on Ruby and her struggle to find a way to stop the Frostking's tyrannic rule. Although this leads through many action and fight scenes, there's also a romantic plot, which holds its own. There's a slow building of trust and friendship, which flowed well with the surrounding circumstances. At least, at first. The romance does start to dominate the plot in the middle, but then, as Ruby's revenge tilts back into full swing, it gets shoved hard to the side. Although it all circles around back nicely into a full-tension ending, this hiccup did pull me out for a bit. The ending is as epic as hoped for. About half of the plot is wrapped up, leaving the rest to be answered in the upcoming books. Summed up, this is an exciting read packed with magic, romance and adventure. I can definitely recommend it to YA fantasy fans. I received a complimentary copy, really enjoyed this and wanted to share my thoughts.
tpolen 4 months ago
Isn't this a gorgeous cover? I looked into this book because of it. In reading other reviews of Frostblood, this book was compared to the movie, Frozen. I may be one of the few remaining people on the planet who hasn't seen the movie, so I can't offer any comparisons. The world-building is fantastic and fascinating and the author lays some groundwork in explaining the history between frostbloods and firebloods. The characters are very relatable and the way some of the monks welcome Ruby and offer help in spite of the general feelings and attitudes toward firebloods highly admirable. Did I like this book? Yes - it held my interest and contained some unexpected twists near the end. That being said, there seem to be several other books out there with similar story lines and many of the plot developments were expected. But the twists made a difference for me. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the digital ARC.
Alyssa75 4 months ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Frostblood by Elly Blake Book One of the Frostblood Saga series Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Publication Date: January 10, 2017 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a fireblood who must hide her powers of heat and flame from the cruel frostblood ruling class that wants to destroy all that are left of her kind. So when her mother is killed for protecting her and rebel frostbloods demand her help to kill their rampaging king, she agrees. But Ruby's powers are unpredictable, and she's not sure she's willing to let the rebels and an infuriating (yet irresistible) young man called Arcus use her as their weapon. All she wants is revenge, but before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to take part 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. Fast-paced and compelling, Frostblood is the first in a page-turning new young adult three-book series about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies—but together create a power that could change everything. What I Liked: Here it is, folks - my first 2017 book review! After receiving a review copy, I couldn't wait to read Frostblood, so it's very fitting that this would be a review of my first 2017-published book. And even better - this book did not disappoint me! Ruby is a Fireblood, and possibly one of the last in existence. Firebloods have been wiped out by Frostbloods. The king is a powerful Frostblood, aided by the power of an ancient evil. Ruby is discovered by the king's soldiers, the soldiers kill her mother, and take Ruby to a prison. When two frostbloods come to the prison to break her out in exchange for her help with taking down the frostblood king, Ruby is cautious but she agrees. She has despised frostbloods since her mother's murder, but the monks who take her in are not so bad. Neither is the warrior young man who assists the monks in breaking her out of prison. As Ruby trains to become stronger to defeat the evil power that is fueling the king, she begins to realize that she has a lot more to lose than she thought. But she will fight to protect the ones she has grown to love, and destroy anyone in her path. This book started off shockingly (with Ruby's capture and her mother's murder), and I was hooked from that point onward. There are so many scene shifts in the book, so many settings, and so much action. You know how usually the protagonist in a fantasy novel will be in one setting for about half the book, and then after he/she "learns" everything important, he/she goes off to battle? Not quite the setup, in this book. I was on board with this! There were many changes of scenery, and the while Ruby is at the monastery for a good amount of time, she isn't there for the majority of the book. I was so impressed with the characterization and character development in this book. Ruby is feisty and brash, qualities you might expect to see in a fire wielder. Arcus, the frostblood who helps break out Ruby and train her at the monastery, seems cold and impervious, just like you'd expect from an ice wielder. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)