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. (Goodreads)
*I received this ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
4/5 stars, great start to a series
Frostblood by Elly Blake is an engaging adventure that introduces a world and larger story that I'm sure will entertain me and many other readers well past THE END. It features a strong, complex main character in Ruby; an intriguing and driven love interest in Arcus; and a unique war between Frostbloods and Firebloods.
The characters. Ruby and her friends/enemies are interesting and have their own motives and goals.
The ending. The big scene at the end is fun and made me wonder "what if..."
The love. I enjoy a hate-to-love just as much as anybody else and this didn't disappoint. Arcus is a big, dumb, wonderful love interest and his banter with Ruby is very good.
Part I vs Part II. There is a very distinctive shift in story that I was not expecting when I began reading. We suddenly go from one story to the other and ultimately leave behind 99% of the characters we grew to like in Part I.
No cliffhanger. There is no real cliffhanger at the end of this book. Obviously there will be a continuation of this story (as there is a book 2 and 3 planned), but there is enough closure that I could forget about this book and what may happen if I wasn't a reader who is constantly involved with the publishing world.
Frostblood by Elly Blake will be published January 10, 2017.