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.
“You don’t know the effect your words have on me, Lady Firebrand. It took years to build up this ice. You will melt it and then I will be broken.”
Frostblood is the first book in the Frostblood Saga and I am hooked. It’s been forever since I have read a YA fantasy like this so I was really excited that it turned out to be a good one. Yes, there is a special snowflake, and yes, I saw one of the major plot twists coming, but it was still a really fun read that I would recommend.
The Story. Ruby is forced to keep her identity as a Fireblood a secret in a Frostblood dominated world. Most of her kind has been hunted down and killed or have fled to neighboring lands to escape persecution. Ruby’s world is turned upside down when her mother is killed in front of her and she is taken to a prison. Five long months pass in this prison before she is liberated by two mysterious people. Ruby finds herself brought to an unfamiliar place that eventually becomes her refuge, despite the rude, arrogant jerk of a Frostblood who insults her any chance he gets. Here, Ruby learns more about her gift and the plans her liberators have made up to save the people of the land. She also finds herself getting closer and closer to Arcus, one of her liberators, whom always wears a mask and a hood to cover his face. As Arcus finally starts opening up to her, Ruby finds herself feeling a spark for him, and it has nothing to do with the burning sensation they get when a Frostblood comes into contact with a Fireblood’s skin and vice versa. Of course, even the best laid plans can go awry, and Ruby finds herself thrust into dangerous waters sooner than expected. Ruby has to gather all her strength and willpower in order to go head to head with the evil lurking around the Frost King.
Ruby. Ruby is strong, feisty, witty, and so very fun to read about. She has this way about her that draws people to her even though they know they should hate her kind. She wins people over with her compassion and her kindness. I was proud of Ruby and I was rooting so hard for her. She was a likable character who was fighting to right the wrongs of the world. Her journey is far from over and I can’t wait to see what the next book holds for her.
Arcus. I loved Arcus! Beneath his icy exterior, he has a heart of gold and cares so deeply for people that it surprises you. I found myself falling in love with his mean side just as much as I was falling in love with his sweet side.
I definitely can’t wait to see what is in store for these characters in the next book. I highly recommend this book to those who love: YA fantasy, series, magic, witty banter, strong heroines, and broody heroes.
Overall Rating: ★★★★/★★★★★