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.
Published: January 10th, 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
WOW. This book was AMAZING!!! I have literally JUST finished it and immediately opened my laptop to write this review. That’s how good this book is!
This book had me on the edge of my seat and it constantly had me wondering what was going to happen next. From start to finish it was an adventure filled with action, fantasy and romance!
Basically, this book is focused on Frostbloods and Firebloods. Our heroine, Ruby, is a Fireblood who can wield and control, you guessed it, fire. Firebloods are quite rare in this world and hunted by Frostbloods, so they’re forced to remain hidden. The story starts with Ruby, a Fireblood, in hiding with her mother in a small village. Something terrible occurs, Ruby is captured by the Frostblood king’s guards and then, thankfully, rescued by none other than Frostblood rebels.
Then we meet Arcus.
Arcus was literally EVERYTHING. Arcus is a Frostblood who, at first, was moody, tortured and, well, cold. But when he opened up, we got to see this side of him that was fiercely loyal, loving and protective. He helps Ruby train and become stronger and even though he was cold with her in the beginning (sorry about the puns😂), he was always helping Ruby reach her full potential.
“You speak as if I’m as heavy as an ox,” I said. “Last week I was a bundle of sticks.”
“You’re still too thin.”
“Perhaps if I gain some weight, you won’t call me a stick anymore.”
“You may hope to one day be a branch.”
I glanced at him sharply, unable to repress a little flutter of delight that he was bothering to joke with me.“A log, even,” I suggested.
“Doubtful,” he said wryly.
I absolutely LOVED Ruby and Arcus! Their romance was definitely not ‘love at first sight’ but it was slow-burning and it was so sweet to see how protective they were of one another, even when they wouldn’t admit their feelings.
“Who else is there?” He asked. “What Fireblood will do this but you?”
“What if I destroy the throne? When it’s all over, are you just going to”-I waved a hand-“disappear into the air like mist?”
“From the time we leave the abbey until you’re safely back again, I’ll protect you with my life.”
I also really enjoyed the descriptions of the character’s powers in this book. The author has done an amazing job of making you feel their strength and the way they create their frost and fire. The world building was incredible and I loved how we got to see the origin of this hatred that exists between the Frostbloods and Firebloods.
Overall, this book is a MUST READ! If you love fantasy and romance then you will LOVE this book. It’s got a swoon-worthy hero, a fierce heroine and an awesome storyline, what’s not to love? Now I just have to (eagerly) wait for the sequel…