Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a fireblood who must hide her powers of heat and flame from the cruel frostblood ruling class that wants to destroy all that are left of her kind. So when her mother is killed for protecting her and rebel frostbloods demand her help to kill their rampaging king, she agrees. But Ruby’s powers are unpredictable, and she’s not sure she’s willing to let the rebels and an infuriating (yet irresistible) young man called Arcus use her as their weapon.
All she wants is revenge, but before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to take part 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.
Fast-paced and compelling, Frostblood is the first in a page-turning new young adult three-book series about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies—but together create a power that could change everything. – Goodreads.com
Isn’t this a gorgeous cover? I looked into this book because of it.
In reading other reviews of Frostblood, this book was compared to the movie, Frozen. I may be one of the few remaining people on the planet who hasn’t seen the movie, so I can’t offer any comparisons. The world-building is fantastic and fascinating and the author lays some groundwork in explaining the history between frostbloods and firebloods. The characters are very relatable and the way Ruby is welcomed and offered help by some of the monks, in spite of the general feelings and attitudes toward firebloods, is highly admirable – and a timely message.
Did I like this book? Yes – it held my interest and contained some unexpected twists near the end. That being said, there seem to be several other books out there with similar story lines and many of the plot developments were expected. But the twists made a difference for me.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the digital ARC.