Fireblood by Elly Blake – REVIEW
In this action-packed sequel to Frostblood, the future of Ruby’s world and a court ruled by the love of her life depends on the uncovered secrets of her past. Perfect for fans of Red Queen and Throne of Glass.
Against all odds, Ruby has defeated the villainous Frost King and melted his throne of ice. But the bloodthirsty Minax that was trapped inside is now haunting her kingdom and everyone she loves. The answers to its demise may lie to the south in Sudesia, the land of the Firebloods, and a country that holds the secrets to Ruby’s powers and past….
Despite warnings from her beloved Arcus, Ruby accompanies a roguish Fireblood named Kai to Sudesia, where she must master her control of fire in a series of trials to gain the trust of the suspicious Fireblood queen. Only then can she hope to access the knowledge that could defeat the rampaging Minax – which grows closer every moment. But as sparks fly in her moments alone with Kai, how can Ruby decide whom to trust? The fate of both kingdoms is now in her hands
“In our shared history, I’d never truly let Arcus see how much I needed him. And he, in perfect pantomime, did the same. No one wanted to be the first to admit we felt more than we could handle.”
I remember being a little disappointed with Frostblood as it seemed too generic and full of YA tropes. There was nothing that made it really stand out from all the amazing YA fantasy books available. I decided to read Fireblood despite this and I’m so glad I did. I enjoyed it much more than Frostblood, which I plan to reread in case I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind the first time round. The writing is still a little bit clunky in places and it’s peppered with too many similes for my liking. Also, it sometimes reads like a teenager’s diary, just listing what happened to Ruby in a repetitive style. However, the characters redeemed the book for me.
“You are flame, Ruby, and fire can either be free or it will be smothered.”
The relationship between Ruby and Arcus has definitely matured and I appreciated them discussing their issues at the beginning. But then Arcus just shut Ruby out and I almost bailed. It was just so frustrating after it seemed like they had both grown up. Luckily, we are introduced to a few new characters in Sudesia. Kai was a great addition – he is arrogant and cocky on the surface, but a lot of fun. Kai is also more complex than he first appears and becomes very close to Ruby. I just hope a love triangle is avoided as I don’t want his heart broken.
“The flame eternal, like the spirits of the Fireblood people. Crush us, beat us, cut us down. We will not be extinguished. We live in the embers and rise again to consume our enemies.”
There were a few plot points that niggled at me but I was definitely surprised by some of the developments. With the recent announcement that the next book will be called Nightblood, it seems likely the plot is moving towards exploring Ruby’s dark potential. Fireblood held my interest and I didn’t want to put it down, which is always a great sign. I’ll definitely be reading the final book in this trilogy as I’m completely invested in the characters.
A solid sequel that promises great things for the final book.
|About the Author
Elly Blake loves fairy tales, old houses, and owls. After earning a BA in English literature, she held a series of seemingly random jobs, including project manager, customs clerk, graphic designer, reporter for a local business magazine, and library assistant. She lives in Southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids and a Siberian Husky mix who definitely shows Frostblood tendencies.