Book Review: Frostblood by Elly Blake

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. 

This was a quick read that was both better than I expected and rather predictable all at the same time.

The writing was accessible and easy to read, I sped through this book in a few days. The story was relatively fast paced with Ruby seeming to jump from one disaster fairly quickly with barely time to draw breath between them.

I liked the magic system that had some born with the power to create and manipulate frost and ice and others with the ability to create and manipulate fire and heat. It was an interesting system in world where most had no power and at the point we join the world, the Frostbloods rule while the Firebloods are persecuted. The origin story of the powers from the Gods was interesting too but we never really find out why Firebloods are so hated by most of the population.

The romance was utterly predictable but this is a YA book and I kind of expected it to be honest. In fact that probably sums up the book as a whole – an utterly predictable YA Fantasy that still somehow managed to be a fairly fun read.

Frostblood is available now.