Emma Coffey ~ Staff Writer
Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood, someone who is gifted with the ability to control fire, but she lives in a land where such abilities are forbidden. When her mother is killed by the ruling Frostbloods, Ruby is taken is taken prisoner and recruited by rebel Frostbloods. The rebels want Ruby’s help to overthrow their cruel king and she agrees to avenge her mother’s death. Ruby begins to learn how to hone her skills to defeat the evil Frost King, but also begins to develop feelings for Arcus, a man who wants nothing more than for the king to be defeated. They both must learn to work together in order to defeat the king.
I was first drawn to this book because I wanted to know if Ruby would have her revenge. I was intrigued because I love when a story is about revenge, and it is done well. I enjoyed reading about the main protagonist because she is fiery and passionate, and she is willing to do whatever it takes to get what she wants, even if it is hard. Ruby’s character made me want to keep turning the page. However, the writing style did not blow me away. There were times during the book when the writing felt overly complex when it did not need to be, and I just felt annoyed by that. Compared to other fantasy books that I have read, this book did feel unique in places. Typically, when I read a fantasy book, it feels like there are recycled plot lines and not much originality. Frostblood is different, though, because it takes a unique turn compared to other typical young adult fantasy books. An example is when Ruby confronts the Frost King. Usually, the villain of the story is an ancient being, but this villain is a young man who is cruel and ambitious. He is willing to do whatever it takes to keep his throne, even if it means hurting his own people. This was also one of my favorite scenes in the book because I felt like I was actually in the same room as these characters. The tension was thick and I knew that I needed to find out what would happen next.
Overall, I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars because I did enjoy the plot, characters, and world building. It was interesting to see the difference between fire and frost and how the author tackled this idea. I would definitely recommend this book to someone who enjoys a fast-paced book with plenty of magic between the pages.