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.
FROSTBLOOD was a very anticipated book of mine for the last few months or so. I decided to pick it up after reading a few pretty amazing reviews for it, and upon finishing it, I found that I’m relatively excited to read the sequel, FIREBLOOD.
FROSTBLOOD follows Ruby, a Fireblood, as she is sent to compete in competitions for the Frost King. One thing that confused me throughout the novel was how the title, FROSTBLOOD, did not seem to match up with the gist of the book, since it was mainly focused on Ruby, a Fireblood. Nonetheless, I found the plot to only really pick up towards the second half of the novel—the first half, I found bland and lackluster and filled with confusion. I did enjoy the multiple twists at the end of the novel, something that pushed me to give FROSTBLOOD few extra half-stars and propelled me to want to read the second novel.
In terms of the characters, I liked Ruby enough. I felt as if her character was very impressionable, which I hope develops throughout the rest of the series. I enjoyed the tension between King Rasmus and Arcus very much; the reveal at the end also surprised me towards the end.
As you all know, I’m a big fan of romance and the gushy moments between characters. However, I found the romance in this novel to be sort of bland. I did enjoy the love triangle mess but I felt like there could be more tension and drama. However, to note, the kissing scenes between Rasmus and Ruby felt nonconsensual, so I’m pretty happy that (highlight for spoiler) Rasmus died . .
Overall, I have mixed feelings about FROSTBLOOD, but I’m generally pretty excited for the sequel. Although I found the first half of this novel to lag, I did enjoy how the pace and the plot picked up towards the end, ending with a bang. I’m looking forward to reading FIREBLOOD, and hopefully things will tie together better.
Alice is an 18 year old college student who loves the oxford comma, television shows, and the company of dogs. She finds writing in the third person odd yet enjoyable. You can find her scrolling through Twitter, Instagram, and forever organizing her shelves on Goodreads.