Frostblood (Frostblood Saga Series #1)

Frostblood (Frostblood Saga Series #1)

by Elly Blake

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ISBN-13: 9780316273251
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 01/10/2017
Series: Frostblood Saga Series , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 116,670
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile: HL750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Elly Blake is the New York Times bestselling author of Frostblood, Fireblood, and Nightblood. She lives in Southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids, and a Siberian Husky mix that definitely shows frostblood tendencies. Find her online at EllyBlake.com or @elly_blake.

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Frostblood (Frostblood Saga Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is tragically terrible. If I could rate it lower than a one-star I would. The writing style is completely jumpy skipping large portions of time and expecting the reader to know what's going on with little to no descriptions. The book starts off with the introduction to the main character a young 17 your old girl named Ruby with magic fire powers. There is absolutely zero description of the world other than ice vs fire. The chapter ends with the girl's mother dead and then she is randomly kidnapped for being a fire blood. The next chapter begins six months after the first one with no time spent on descriptions of how she traveled there or what happened during her time there other than one measly flashback. The rest of the book continues in this manner. The whole thing feels as if the author wrote down notes and place them all in a book without refinement. I do not suggest reading it, it was a complete disappointment. However, if you insist on reading Frostblodod I suggest you get it from the library and save your money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Engaging, intriguing, with the perfect budding romance! absolutely loved it!
Anonymous 6 days ago
Read this book! You won't be sorry. It's so amazing. I laughed, I cried, I groaned for a characters embarrassing moments! I love these books.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Good story line, especially for those that enjoy Throne of Glass! The writing style seemed pretty simple but the unexpected twist towards the end blew my mind! Overall, a good book that I couldn't put down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
FrostBlood honestly going to be my second best series that I have fell in love with. Now just waiting on NightBlood! Can't wait!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good
xokristim More than 1 year ago
I was pulled into this book almost immediately, it was so action-packed even from the beginning. The world building was amazing, and the story quite unique to me. I read this book in one sitting, which is something I haven’t done in a long time. I just couldn’t put it down, I had to see what was going to happen next. I loved Ruby as a character. She was so loyal and did the right things throughout the book even when they were the hardest decisions to make. She had such a good head on her shoulders throughout the whole book. I think one of the reasons I loved this book so much is because I took a break from fantasy for a while, so I appreciated reading this so much more. Overall I loved this book and would highly recommend it to fantasy fans, or even people who want to start out with the genre.
pooled_ink More than 1 year ago
pooled ink Reviews: a familiar yet bright spark in the fantasy genre This was a lot more exciting than I was expecting, to be honest! I'd read such mixed reviews so I didn't really think I'd get into it but lo and behold I did! Ha! If you’re a YA fantasy lover like me, and if you’re looking for a book you can feel pretty confident will please you, then I’d suggest giving FROSTBLOOD a chance. It has a sort of comforting predictability that will grip you and keep you tight in its grasp for hours. Burning with a fire that threatens the very world it's trapped in, FROSTBLOOD brings darkness into the light for a battle of wills and power that could change Ruby, the kingdom, and the world. **Read the full review on Wordpress: Pooled Ink
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first, I thought this book was going to be a spoof of Avatar and while there are slight similarities, this book was completely different in a great way. I have already read the second book and the story doesn’t let you down. Read this series!
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thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
Ruby and her mom have kept a secret from her village for years…they thought. When Frostblood soldiers show up in town, the villagers hand her over to save themselves. Ruby embraces her heritage to escape and ends up watching her mother die and her village burn down. She is a Fireblood, and her king has persecuted them so that there are very few left. Rescued from prison, Ruby lands in the midst of Fireblood rebel monks who wish to train her to use her flames……and kill the king. Interesting concept, but somewhat familiar to the Red Queen. In Red Queen the color of your blood determines your societal rank, with silvers having powers. In Frostblood, what you are is determined by your power. Ruby has the gift of fire and heat, hence the Fireblood moniker. Those who have the power over ice and cold are Frostbloods. In both series our heroines are “captured” and trained to use their powers. In Frostblood I did enjoy her Yoda/Luke Skywalker type relationship with Brother Thistle who has determined that she is the “child of light” that is prophesied to save them from their ruthless king. Ruby is skeptical, but not stupid, and takes what training she can get. Smart girl, since she has been only successful at accidentally setting things on fire when she’s angry up to this point! There is some historical references to Fire and Frost working together in the past, so when Ruby has a love hate relationship with Arcus, a young mysterious Frostblood, it’s no surprise when those feelings turn more to the love side of that equation (Also a similar plotline to Red Queen). Before they can explore those feelings too far, she is captured and comes to the attention of the King. This is when the story really starts moving. This was a well written ya fantasy tale, but those similarities were a little distracting at first. There were enough differences, especially once she is in the Kings castle and forced to compete in the King’s tournament for her life, that I was able to lose myself in the storyline and enjoy the book. The second book, Fireblood, is out in September so you won’t have long to wait before the next installment. ❤️❤️❤️❣️
13835877 More than 1 year ago
Frostblood is a fast paced fantasy novel that has some very cliché aspects to it. A snarky and powerful heroin with the weight of the world on her shoulders. A wounded and handsome hero who has built walls around his big heart. An ancient prophecy and a vicious ruler who must be defeated. Even with the stereotypical aspects of a young adult fantasy novel, Elly Blake's writing brings to life an adventurous and entertaining story that I thouroughly enjoyed enough to read the next book in the series. I really like that she left the story open to continue, but not with a massive cliffhanger that is going to drive me crazy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this story and cant wait to read whats next!!!!
blamethebooks More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Frostblood, but I feel like it had a lot of untapped potential and could have been so much more interesting. Every time I thought something really exciting was about to happen, it just kind of fizzled out and nothing really came to pass. Perhaps some of the things I wanted to happen in Frostblood will pop up later in the series. I was still entertained by the plot, but I kept thinking something amazing was about to happen, and it never did. The pacing and development of the plot was a little off in my opinion as well. I can offer one little example of a plot point that I wish had been developed more. Towards the beginning of the book, Brother Thistle gave Ruby a word in an ancient language that she could use to focus her mind during her training. But we never learned what that word was. The characters just kept saying "the word." It's a simple thing, but I feel like I could have connected to the book a bit more if that point hadn't been glossed over. There were many opportunities to deepen the world building, but it always just stayed somewhat superficial. There was also a very distinct change in the plot about halfway through. I was just starting to really get into the storyline with Arcus, and suddenly he was gone for over 100 pages. I understand why this change had to happen to tell the story, but the change was a bit jarring and I ended up losing interest in the book for a little while until I got used to the new setting. I enjoyed the characters in Frostblood, but I felt like I never really got a chance to connect with them. Perhaps this is because Ruby was our narrator and we only got to know the other characters through her eyes. I think I could have really adored Arcus as a character, but I was stuck seeing him through Ruby's eyes. I've never really had a problem with narrators or different points of view in novels before. This is the first time I've ever noticed the point of view affecting my enjoyment of the novel and my connection with the characters. I found myself constantly wishing that I could read from another viewpoint because I wasn't getting enough out of Ruby's. I will most likely pick up the next book in this series, especially since it is set to release just nine months after Frostblood, but I am not sure how I will enjoy it. In reading the synopsis for book two, Fireblood, it seems as though Arcus might not be a prominent character. He was the most intriguing part of the book for me, so I will be disappointed if he is missing from Fireblood. Honestly, I would love to see a story told just about Arcus, or told from his point of view. I definitely enjoyed Frostblood and thought it was a fun read, but I felt like it was missing that wow factor that would have given it a higher rating.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Ruby's life is destroyed when her Fireblood powers are discovered. Betrayed by her village, Ruby is helpless when her mother is killed in front of her. Arrested by the king's Frostblood soldiers Ruby is sent to prison. Between the abuses of the guards and fear of her Fireblood powers, Ruby knows she won't survive long in prison. When she is offered the chance to escape, Ruby has no choice but to except. The promise of revenge against the king is an added bonus and enough to make Ruby reluctantly agree to her rescuers terms. After her escape Ruby will have to recover her health and learn to control her powers all under the scornful eye of Arcus--an infuriating rebel who Ruby is slow to trust despite her immediate attraction to him. Before Ruby can do more than begin to learn to control her powers, everything changes again. Separated from the rebels and thrust into a dangerous new world, Ruby will have to rely on the fire that rages inside if she hopes to survive in Frostblood (2017) by Elly Blake. Frostblood is Blake's debut novel and the first book in her Frostblood Saga. Blake begins this series with an promising if sometimes familiar conceit and underwhelming world building. Ruby is a gifted but undisciplined Fireblood (basically fire magician) in a kingdom ruled by Frostbloods (ice magicians, if you will). Ruby is inexperienced when it comes to wielding and controlling her power after hiding it for years to avoid arrest or execution. Like many heroines, Ruby seems to be ninety percent bravado and ten percent skill--a flaw she acknowledges while recklessly trying to exercise control she does not yet possess. In addition to being impetuous, Ruby demonstrates a stunning lack of perception and awareness as predictable plot twists and revelations repeatedly leave her shocked. Nevertheless, Frostblood begins with Ruby practicing in secret--a necessary way to start the plot but one with unclear motivations as Ruby is discouraged by her mother who fears detection. After that the plot moves quickly with Ruby's escape from prison and her subsequent recovery and training. There is also ample banter between Ruby and Arcus--a bright spot throughout the novel. Uneven pacing including and an especially abrupt break between the first and second halves of the book make Frostblood feel disjointed with a story that develops in starts and stops. Frostblood joins the recent trend of fast-paced, high action fantasies featuring a powerful girl in the lead. Readers seeking a book in that vein will enjoy this one and be eager to see what comes next for Ruby and Arcus. Readers who prefer slower pacing and stronger world building may see the potential while seeking a weightier read. Possible Pairings: Bound by Blood and Sand by Becky Allen, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, Court of Fives by Kate Elliott, The Jewel by Amy Ewing, The Valiant by Lesley Livingston, The Young Elites by Marie Lu, Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch, Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley, The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
Morgan_S_M More than 1 year ago
Loved this!!! If you get past the first chapter, it turns into this really exciting, intense, fun fantasy that has the tropes you know and love but uses them in exciting to read ways. I liked the writing style, I loved the MC Ruby (strong, feisty, not annoying! Lol), and I loooooved the slow burn hate-to-love romance. So. Good. The characters in general were a definite highlight. The pace is a little fast at times; it could use more worldbuilding, but I liked what there was, I liked the elemental magic, and I just really enjoyed reading this book! Can't wait for the sequel.
V-Rundell More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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***