Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Fireblood (Frostblood Saga #2), by Elly Blake

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
This review has been coming for like a week, so I'm glad I finally get a chance to write it.
I hope you enjoy it, and let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Title: Fireblood
Author: Elly Blake
Genre: Fantasy
Release date: 7th September, 2017
Status: Book 2 in trilogy
Pages: 408
Blurb: "Ice and fire are still at war.
Ruby has defeated the tyrannous Frost King, and Arcus,
the exiled warrior who captured her heart, has taken his
rightful place as ruler of the Frostblood kingdom.

But Ruby is the only Fireblood in a castle of frost and
ice, and the courtiers will not accept her. Even worse, the
dark threat release from the King Frost's melted throne is
stalking the land, bent on destruction- and as the one
who set it free, only Ruby can stop it.

To find the knowledge she needs, she must leave Arcus
and journey south to the land of the Firebloods. But the
homeland Ruby's never seen is treacherous, and friend
and enemy wear the same face.

If she's to save both kingdoms, Ruby must figure out
who she can trust- and unleash a fire powerful enough
to do battle with darkness..."

My Thoughts
I never know how to start reviews.
Bear with me.

Sequels are often tricky to get right, especially if the first book of the trilogy/series was amazing and full of hype, like this one was. But I have to say, I enjoyed this as much as the first, and very possibly more so than the first book in the trilogy.

The second book starts a few months after the first one ends, when Prince Arcus has taken over the throne from his evil brother. Meanwhile Ruby and Arcus are still together, and even though the Royal Court has some less than agreeable thoughts on that idea- they don't really care.
Though I did actually enjoy the political controversy between Ruby and the Court, especially when they clashed. (Which was actually all the time).

At the same time, the Minax from the previous book is creating havoc in the world, possessing people into being awful things, and there's nothing to stop it. So that's a lingering threat.
But after Ruby does some research with Brother Thistle (who we don't get to see much in this one unfortunately) and decides that the only way to defeat the Minax from the Frost throne (that's a tongue twister) is to use the Fire throne Minax to defeat it.

And after a bit of chaos at a party, Ruby makes her way to the Fireblood kingdom to find the Fire throne, and to learn more about the kingdom where her heritage remains. Along with a mysterious yet charming character named Kai. (Love that name by the way, though my loyalty lies with Arcus).

So, what I liked about the book:
Firstly, the controversy between Ruby and the Royal Court, which I've already said I loved. There's nothing like polite confrontation not 40 pages into a story to start it off right (it's better than I'm describing, I promise).

When Ruby arrives at the Fireblood kingdom, she finds out that in order to search for the Minax throne, she needs to become a Fireblood master, and to become one, she must complete three tasks: she gets no clue as to what they can be and nothing to prepare herself for them. What I loved this book was how Ruby took this new challenge. It gave her an excellent character development because she pulled her socks up and worked hard, which I really loved to read about. It was kind of like Fireblood training and as a lover of sport and school, it was a good combination.

Also, the introduction to the new kingdom means a whole new set of characters. You're never quite sure who to trust until the very end, when they all reveal what side their loyalty lies on. It was all quite exciting really, that nagging suspicion that was constantly in the back of your head.

And finally, the end. It was crazy and amazing and... just wow. It was a whirlwind. The ending is still firmly stuck in my head and I can now not wait for the third and final book in the trilogy-
Nightblood- which comes out 18th June this year!
I'm awaiting the last release but I also don't want it to end!

Overall, an impressive book. As you can see, I couldn't fault it.
I highly recommend this book (though of course, you need to read Frostblood first.)

So that's my review of Fireblood! It was a long time coming, but finally it's finished and I'm happy I've written all my thoughts down.
(Let me know in the comments if you have any thoughts.)
I hope you have a wonderful day and I will see you all on Friday!

-Abi xxxxx