Genres: Young Adult, YA Fantasy, Fantasy | Release Date: 7 September 2017 | Series: The Frostblood Saga | Series Book: #2 | Pages: 417 | Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton | Review
Fireblood by Elly Blake is an incredible continuation of the YA fantasy series, The Frostblood Saga! At the end of Frostblood, Ruby and Arcus had defeated King Rasmus (but let loose the frost Minax of Eurus).* Now, Ruby is living with frequent and disturbing visions, Arcus is learning how to be King, and they’re both struggling to deal with the consequences of the tumultuous history between the Frostbloods and Firebloods.
When Ruby leaves for Sudesia, she is on a mission to find and destroy the Fire throne, just as she had the Frost one. Only a Minax can destroy another Minax, and they need the two from the thrones to kill each other; the frost Minax is wreaking havoc across Arcus’ kingdom and must be stopped. There are *massive* revelations in Fireblood, ones which I did not see coming. And just when you think all is well? Ruby’s world gets ever darker…
Can Ruby find and destroy the throne? Will she prove herself to the suspicious Queen? And is there any such thing as a happily ever after, when the union is between a Frostblood and Fireblood?
I don’t normally type out quotes, but this one made me laugh and of course that makes it a happiness boost! “A Fireblood who speaks Tempesian is like a barking cat. A curiosity and perhaps rather amusing, but somewhat ridiculous.” The character who said this (Kai), is one of the best aspects of this second book in the series. Kai presents a fluid and dichotomous front to the world, even as his entire world hinges on Ruby succeeding in her quest… I love his banter, his thoughtfulness, even the nickname he gives Ruby: little bird.
Now, straight up: I love trials. I mean, I wouldn’t love them if I had to do them, but in a story? *Love* them. To get the Queen to trust her, Ruby must become a Fire Master. And what this means? There are three trials Ruby must complete, all without any assistance or prior knowledge as to what she’ll be facing. There are surprises Ruby faces in each one, but the last one Queen Nalani sets? Brace yourselves, glitterbugs! Because nothing is ever easy or straightforward in this world of fire and ice.
Honestly, Elly has just given me a massive happiness boost with everything about Fireblood. In fact, this is such a good book that I’d be here forever if I were to list everything I loved about it!
If you wanted a downside, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. I didn’t have a downside, except that I wanted to keep reading even when the book had ended. But good news! I have the next book right here, so my life is looking up!
Fireblood is packed with fire, emotion, and so much danger that your heart will be racing while you read it! Elly doesn’t disappoint with her follow up to the brilliant Frostblood at all, and this YA fantasy will keep you up all night until you finish the book. What’s not to love about that?! I am so excited to read the next book, and luckily it is right here in my book fort… So go get yourselves a copy of this series while I dive into the final book in The Frostblood Saga! Happy reading, dear glitterbugs.
You can order via my Amazon link: Fireblood
Missed the first book in the series? You can get it here: Frostblood
* If you haven’t read my review for book one, you can read it here: Frostblood: Elly Blake